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Last Updated November 29, 2017


"This month start your search for big catfish in the deep waters of Wilson Lake. As the water temperature continues to fall, catfish will move off into the deep ledges of the river channel. Fish will begin to school making multiple catches of trophy fish possible if you locate an active school. Cut skipjack herring, shad, and live bream or shad will be your best bait options. I like the area from shoals Creek downstream to the dam this time of the year. Jackson Island will also hold good numbers of fish early in the month. If eating size catfish is your goal, fish the bottom of the straight wall bluffs. Points and deep ledges along the shoreline make good staging areas for smaller size fish.
For smallmouth bass and stripers the Wheeler Dam tailrace is your best bet. Bass and stripe will still be staging in the tailrace gorging on yearling shad minnows. Drift current seams and outside edges of the current with live shad if you can find them. Some of the biggest bass and stripe of the year are caught in December in tailrace waters."
For guided trips to catch catfish, bass, or stripe contact Captain Brian Barton at [email protected]. To view rates, packages, and client testimonials visit www.brianbartonoutdoors.com.