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Lake Information for Wilson Lake


Wilson Reservoir is located in northern Alabama near the towns of Florence and Muscle Shoals. The reservoir extends upstream for 15 miles to Wheeler Dam and covers 15,500 acres.

Fishing Description: 

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and catfish are targeted most often by anglers on Wilson Lake. No minimum size limit is effect for largemouth bass and spotted bass, and the minimum length limit for smallmouth bass is 14-inches.

During the spring and fall, smallmouth bass congregate in the tailwaters of Wheeler Dam. Most anglers drift live threadfin shad, locally called yellowtails, in the swift current for trophy smallmouths. Other species that congregate below Wheeler Dam are hybrid and saltwater striped bass in the spring, sauger in the winter, and blue catfish and channel catfish during the summer. This area is very popular with both boats and bank anglers. A fishing platform directly below the dam is convenient for bank anglers.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
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Wilson Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Harts Ferry Bait & Tackle
  • 6705 Al Highway 77 - Ohatchee, AL
  • (256) 892-9254
    Tackle World
  • 85 Breezy Ln - Cordova, AL
  • (205) 483-0220

Boat Rental

    International Boat Rentals Incorporated
  • 2521 Arbor Cv - Birmingham, AL
  • (205) 967-8176
    Alabama Small Boats Incorporated
  • 2800 Cahaba Village Plz - Birmingham, AL
  • (205) 977-7010
    West Marine
  • 1723 Montgomery Hwy S, #111 - Birmingham, AL
  • (205) 988-8909

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Max's Bar-B-Que
  • 3236 Cahaba Heights Rd - Birmingham, AL
  • (205) 967-1482
    Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q
  • 200 Union Hill Dr - Birmingham, AL
  • (205) 879-1589

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