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Morgan County is the focal point of all outdoor recreation on the 67, 100-acre Wheeler Reservoir (Wheeler Lake) on the Tennessee River in North Alabama.  The lake is the largest in the region, stretching approximately 60 miles between the Guntersville and Wheeler Dams.  Wheeler Lake is basically a wide river until it flows through the City of Decatur, after which it widens considerably and takes on more of the appearance and characteristics of an impoundment.
Decatur has played host to many national fishing tournaments, including the Bassmaster Top 150 Tournament, Bassmaster Invitational, and the Crappie USA National Championship.  Wheeler presents a mixture of deep drop-offs and shallow banks; narrow tributaries and wide-open spaces.  There is flooded timber, grass beds and seemingly bottomless depths; quiet coves, brushly sloughs and wave-washed cliffs.  Just as varied as the lake are the species of quality sport fish.  Wheeler represents the southern most point for the natural habitat of smallmouth bass, making the area home to many lunkers.  Largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, stripe, catfish and sauger are all popular game fish.

Riverwalk Marina.
(256) 340-9170.  Located on the north bank of the Tennessee River.  Includes private slips and boathouses; public launching ramps; vending area, and dock side gas/oil.
Brickyard Landing. (256) 350-1449. South bank of the Tennessee River.  Includes 240 dry-docks, boat repair, waterfront marina store, dock side gas/oil.  No public launch ramp.
Jay's Landing. (256) 350-4705. South bank of the Tennessee River.  Includes wet-slips, vending, jet ski rental, and public launching for a fee.

Freshwater Records
Anglers in North Alabama have landed a number of Alabama's state record catches.  These include:
  Smallmouth Bass, 10 lbs., 8 oz., wheeler Dam Tailwater (a previous world record - any method)
  Spotted Bass, 8 lbs., 15 ozs., Lewis Smith Reservoir (a previous world record - any method)
  White Bass, 4 lbs., 9 ozs., Tennessee River
  Yellow Bass, 4 lbs., 9 ozs., Inland Lake
  Blue Catfish, 111 obs., Wheeler Reservoir
  Channel Catfish,  40 lbs., Inland Lake
  White Crappie, 4 lbs., 8 ozs., Guntersville Reservoir
  Drum, 41 lbs., 8 ozs., Wilson Reservoir (a previous world rod and reel record - freshwater)
  Yellow Perch, 1 lb., 11 ozs., Guntersville Reservoir
  Sauger, 5 lbs., 2 ozs., Wilson Dam Tailwater

Fishing License
State fishing licenses are available at tackle and bait shops throughout the county or from the License Commissioner (256-351-4770) at the Morgan County Courthouse in downtown Decatur, or by calling the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources at 1-888-848-6887.
Resident Fee: 
Annual Rod and Reel             $9.50
County only, hook and line     Exempt
Lifetime                                $150
Non-Resident Fee:
Annual Rod & Reel ..... 7-Day Trip Permit

$16   All non-residents except those listed below ..... $8.00
$31   Florida residents ..... $16
$20   Georgia residents ..... $16
$41   Louisiana residents ..... $26
$21   Mississippi residents ..... $8
$16   Tennessee residents ..... $9.40
$16   All other states ..... $8
Note:  Prices are subject to change.  Those 16 years and older are required to obtain a state fishing license.  An issuing fee of $1 is included in the prices listed.

Creel Limits (Daily)
Black Bass, all species or combinations ... 10
Walleye & Sauger
(7 of 10 must measure 14in.) ... 10
White Bass, Yellow Bass, Saltwater Striped Bass & Hybrids or Combinations
(No more than 6 of the 30 can exceed 16 inches in total length) ... 30
Crappie .... 30
Bream ...... 50