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The city of Decatur, AL and the nearby industrial park have been the focus for PFOA and PFOS contamination into Wheeler Lake. Decatur experienced wastewater overflows from sewer systems recently in the midst of record rainfall in the southeastern U.S.. and specifically in North Alabama.
The Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will reopen on Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the completion of a renovation and restocking project by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) that began in 2016. The 60-acre lake is located at 529 County Road 134 in Fayette, Ala.
During the renovation, the lake was drained and restocked with Florida largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish and channel catfish. In addition, golden shiners and threadfin shad were stocked as forage to enhance largemouth bass growth.
This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species. This year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will introduce three new additional award categories recognizing even more angler catches!
The fishing forecasts for 32 Georgia reservoirs and 18 rivers are newly updated for 2019 and available on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) website. These web pages provide in-depth information in one convenient location – https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing-forecasts.
“Each forecast is detailed with highly useable information and is connected to an interactive map, providing an additional layer of information to this already excellent resource,” says Thom Litts, Operations Manager for WRD Fisheries Management Section. “Last year, more than 25,000 anglers used these resources, so if you are not checking out these forecasts for your favorite water body before heading out, you are missing out!”
PALATKA, Fla — After becoming the oldest angler ever to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event in 2016 on the St. Johns River, Rick Clunn provided what has become one of the most famous quotes in professional bass fishing history when he said, “Never accept that all of your best moments are in your past.”
The Go Fish Education Center is hosting an education seminar on pond management on Feb. 21, 2019 (5:30 – 7 pm).
February 1 marks the beginning of the fishing season for 21 of Alabama’s 23 State-owned Public Fishing Lakes. Located throughout the state, these lakes are noted for their quality fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie (in most lakes). Because these smaller lakes warm more quickly than larger bodies of water, early spring fishing can be excellent.
Big Wheeler Lake blue cats are sure to be plentiful.
Catfish anglers from several states will travel to Wheeler Lake at Decatur, AL for a King Kat Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 King Kat Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $120,000 in cash and prizes.