Currently the fishing on Neely Henry is deep into a Summer pattern. Water temps are in the 90′s and fish are on the ledges. You can catch fish right now on a go2bait company 10in worm, and a go2bait company finesse worm teamed up with a tackle doctor jig head. We are fishing ledges ht go from 12ft and top out around 6ft. Usually if you find 1 fish you are going to find several. Be on the lookout for surfacing activity, shad flipping, ect….this is a great sign. If you can find a ledge with baitfish then you are going to be sure the bass will follow. Also, the stripe activity is really picking up on the main river! Be sure to drag a worm up under them to catch some quality largemouth and spots s well. I have several days available and would love to take you on an evening or weekend guide trip!
Dustin King - Professional Angler & Guide
Dustin King is a professional angler, and Lake Neely Henry guide. If you're interested in booking a trip on Lake Neely Henry, check out the Guide Service page.
Fishing on the Coosa River has really started to pick up and its picking up fast!!! The water temps are really warming up nicely and the fish I have been catching are super fat! I really think that the water temps never got cold enough to pull the fish out to the main river this year and they have been feeding heavily in preparation for a winter that never showed up. It will be really exciting to see what this years season holds because I can honestly say, there have been more big bass caught in my boat this January/February than ever before. Also, this is the mildest winter I ever remember and I think these two factors really go hand in hand.
The fish I have been targeting have been in creeks thus far and starting to get ready to bed. I have located several places where the surface water temperatures are in the low 60′s which is prime for catching some really big sacks of fish! Right now the evening bite seems to be more “on” than the early morning bite because the water warms up over the evening. I am targeting spawn migrations routes along creek channels. Anywhere a creek channel makes a sharp turn or has a different contour that bass can stop on and feed is where you will find them. Once you locate a school, my recent experience has proven they are hungry and stacked up! I am using crankbaits and jigs to put the big ones in the boat. I am currently working at the bassmaster classic with Wired2Fish, when I get home call me for an awesome trip on Lake Neely Henry. Let’s go chase some fat girls!!
Fishing on Nelly is changing not by the weeks or days but by the hour! This is a great time of year but with so many weather factors playing a part you have to really keep your options open. You can start out the day fishing in 6inches of water, at 11am be fishing in 20ft deep water and by 2pm be fishing 3ft deep with crankbaits haha Its really fun though, last week I had several cast where I would catch a spot and then 3 more follow it to the boat. I expect the big toads to be wanting to play very soon! For some reason, these “Coosa River Spots” are like smallmouth as a lot of you know, the colder the weather the more they want to play! I am running guide specials the rest of the year so make sure to contact me if you want to go fishing!