This month the smallmouth bass should fire up near the dam. Mid-September historically marks the start of the fall bite. Best bets live bait fished between the Singing River bridge and dam on Pickwick Lake and from Big Nance Creek to Wheeler Dam on Wilson Lake. Try to plan your trips when TVA is generating maximum current flow for best results.

            For catfish try deep water on Wilson Lake. Should be plenty of action in 70-80 feet of water on the north side of the lake from shoals Creek to Wilson Dam. Big chunks of skipjack for the big boys small cut bait or chicken livers for table size fish.

            Crappie are already being caught in lower Pickwick Lake. Start your search in 15-19 feet of water in the flats in bear and Second Creeks. Jigs or trolling Bandit crankbaits still producing last week.