Harris Lake (Lake Wedowee)

Details

Location:
Wedowee, AL
United States United States
Coordinates:
33.2961, -85.5818
Distance:
24 Miles
Description:

Harris Reservoir is located in east-northeast Alabama on the upper Tallapoosa River in Randolph and Clay Counties near Wedowee. The reservoir is 24 miles long and contains 10,660 acres. Completed in 1983, Harris Lake is the youngest hydropower lake in the state.

A 13- to 16-inch slot limit was placed on black bass (largemouth and spotted bass) on October 1, 1993. (A slot limit means that only fish shorter than 13-inches and longer than 16-inches can be harvested from the lake. Bass that are between 13- and 16-inches must be released.) The objectives of the slot limit were to restructure the bass population by protecting fish in the slot that were deficient in numbers, reduce the numbers of smaller fish (8- to 13-inches), and increase the numbers of larger fish (longer than 16-inches).

Since the implementation of the slot limit, numbers of smaller bass are declining and numbers of fish longer than 14-inches are increasing. Growth rates are improving, as is the plumpness of bass. These improvements are a direct result of educating anglers on the importance of removing (harvesting) bass smaller than 13-inches. Continued harvest of small bass is necessary to ensure sustained improvements in the fishery.

Crappie had a good spawn in 1997 that is maintaining the fishery. However, lean years in 1998 and 1999 could slow crappie fishing until another strong spawn occurs. Remember, Harris Lake has a 9-inch minimum length limit on crappie.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier
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Photos

Map

Map for 33.2961, -85.5818
New Fishing Report

Fishing Reports

Harris Lake (Lake Wedowee) Fishing Report 09.01.11

LAKE WEDOWEE   By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Birmingham, Alabama Website www.fishingalabama.com     Impounded 1983 Weather: Sunny Air Temperatures: Morning - 62 degrees / Evening - 94 degrees Water Temperature: Morning 82 / Evening 88 Water Clarity: Clear Lake Level: Down 1 1/2 feet (and falling for winter pool - full pool is 793.0) * Call 1-800-lakes-11 for current lake level and water generation schedule     &...

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Spottedbass-240-fw

Bass, Spotted (Micropterus punctulatus)

Freshwater
263
Whitebass-240-fw

Bass, White (Morone chrysops)

Freshwater
492
Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Guides

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Reeds Guide Service

With over 40 years of experience Fishing Alabama's Lakes and Rivers for Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass and Huge Striped Bass, we can put you on the fish.
Alabaster, AL, United States United States

Lodges

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Tournaments

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