Mitchell Lake News

5/9/2022
Bassmaster
Ray Scott passed away on Sunday May 8 at around 11:30 p.m. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. Scott was 88 years old. Scott founded the first national professional bass fishing circuit, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, in 1967 and the following year founded the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society — B.A.S…

3/31/2022
Lake News
Crank 4 Bank is a bass fishing event held on Lake Martin and Lake Wheeler April 1st-July 4th where anglers purchase a $100.00 ticket to have a chance (after registration) to catch a tagged spotted, smallmouth (Wheeler) or largemouth bass worth $1,500 dollars along with a chance at being drawn to win one of two boats (a…

10/7/2021
BoatUS News
ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 7, 2021 – Recycling old fishing line and soft baits into new products is labor-intensive, inefficient and simply, for many anglers, not easy to do. This hampers the ability to grow the volume of line and soft bait recycling in the U.S. However, three BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast and…

10/16/2014
Alabama Bass Trail
Decatur, AL – The Alabama Bass Trail is proud to announce two lakes have been added to the state’s popular fishing trail for 2015. The North Division welcomes Weiss Lake while the South Division welcomes Lake Martin. The additional two lakes bring the popular trail to 13 premier bass fishing lakes located…

12/9/2010
ADCNR
Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) is a national program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation that uses one of the most popular outdoor activities, fishing, to help youth make wise choices about their lives, while teaching them to respect and enjoy the environment. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and…

10/10/2010
ADCNR
On Friday October 29, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. for the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (AABC) located near Marion, Ala. The AABC is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of rare and endangered freshwater mollusks (mussels and snails)…

8/20/2010
ADCNR
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reminds hunters and anglers that all current recreational licenses expire on August 31, 2010. Several years ago, the Alabama Legislature changed the license year so that both hunting and fishing licenses expire on the same date each year, August 31.Hunters and…

3/1/2010
ADCNR
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division staff along with local professional fishing guide Ben Gross, President of River Region Guide Service, will present six fishing classes on Friday, March 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The classes are hosted by the Prattville Leisure Services Department at the Doster…

2/14/2010
Bassmaster
Bassmaster Classic (February 19th - 21st)February is not only known for the NFL's Superbowl, but it is known for Bassmaster's Superbowl of bass fishing, the Classic. The 2010 Bassmaster Classic is being held on Lay Lake in Alabama. For those of you that may not know, the field consists…

6/5/2009
Fishing News
On Saturday, June 6 Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most state waters. This Free Fishing Day will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week which runs through June 14. Approved by the Alabama Legislature, Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for a…

3/17/2009
BASS Communications
BASS announced today that the 2010 Bassmaster Classic will return in February to Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., site of three previous Classic competitions — 1996, 2002 and 2007.Fifty-one Classic qualifiers will hit the Coosa River impoundment Feb. 19-21 for the 2010 Classic title. As previously announced…

11/3/2008
Sam Eifling
The differences between the Bassmaster Classic in 1969 and in 2009 will be profound. The man who won that first Classic, Bobby Murray, remembers the weigh-in taking place on the roof of a floating dock on Lake Mead — a lake that none of the competitors had fished before, nor knew, until they were in the air en route…

2/12/2007
Larry Collins
Fishing... is it dangerous to your health? After witnessing a bad boat crash near the ramp at Kowaliga last week my thoughts, turned to why fishermen are part boat racers and part fishermen. It grew from a man’s desire to go fast, the thrill of speed on the water, beautiful days with the wind blowing past you as you barely…

2/5/2007
Larry Collins
Birds are cheap locators when looking for fish feeding on top or near the surface. Nature has given them some great eyes to see bait fish at great distances. Birds feeding over the lake can see bait fish near the surface. Once spotted they start a pattern of diving into the water feeding on the bait. Of course when shad or…

9/25/2006
Larry Collins
Fall fishing is here and a little cooler weather is nice. During the past weeks we have talked about fish locators and their use now let’s talk about boats. Do you really need a big fancy boat and huge motor to catch fish? No. But you sure look good on the water in one of them and you can race over the lake looking much…

9/18/2006
Larry Collins
Fish location is important to catching fish. We have talked about what type units are used to find fish and how to do so with out a lot of expense. Now do you really need two depth finders on your boat? Yes I think you do because you need the unit on or in your dash to keep you in deeper water and to show you structure as…

7/29/2006
Lakes Online
A lawsuit was filed in Montgomery Monday that challenges the new law passed by legislators banning the use of large boats on three Alabama lakes (Weiss, Martin and Wedowee). “In the 40 years I’ve been in the boat business, I have never considered suing anyone,” said Robert Nelems, owner of Nelems Marine Inc. in Jasper…

7/10/2006
Larry Collins
Now last week we talked about top water baits which seem to work best this time of the year when bugs and such fall into the water the bass come up to feed and will take top water baits presented early in the mornings. The first top water bait we will discuss is the buzz bait. This bait has from one to two blades at the…

7/3/2006
Larry Collins
Top water action is some of the most exciting action that can be had fishing for bass. I can’t think of any action that is enjoyed more by a majority of the bass fishermen nation wide. Of course if you ask which top water baits are the best then the discussion is on because each one of them has different baits that they…

6/5/2006
Larry Collins
Just a little cooler weather this week as we get into the first of summer. The fishing has picked up some but still the fish are not locked into the summer patterns. As the heat comes to the lake those that love to fish look for ways and times to continue to enjoy their sport and lots of them look to night time. Once the…

12/1/2005
Reed Montgomery
Like the man made impoundment Lay Lake found just upstream, Mitchell Lake is kept at or near full pool year round. Although Mitchell Lake is only 14 nautical miles long from dam to dam, it is still a very spread out lake, featuring 5,850 surface acres of water and over 147 miles of shoreline. It is also an old lake…

9/1/2005
Reed Montgomery
I look forward to fishing every Fall season on Mitchell Lake. For those anglers that are rather new to fishing this lake, a few facts may help. This is the fifth lake of the six Coosa River Lakes, that run from north to south Alabama. It is located in mid Alabama near the town of Clanton. It's now been 83 years since…

6/1/2005
Reed Montgomery
Daytime Bass Fishing Tips If you choose to fish Mitchell Lake during the day this summer, expect a lot of company. This is the smallest lake on the lower Coosa River System, consisting of 5,850 surface acres, 14 nautical miles from upriver Lay Lake dam to downriver Mitchell Lake dam and Mitchell Lake only has 47 miles of…

3/1/2005
Reed Montgomery
Like most Impoundment's in Alabama, Mitchell Lake is showing its age. Mitchell lake dam was completed in 1923. Now, after 83 years of existence this small 5,850 acre lake (by most standards) should be fished out. But no so, with more and more anglers practicing the easy-to-learn art of "catch and release." Even major bass…

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