Jason Redding is the lake manager at Inland Lake, a 5,000-acre impoundment with 56 miles of shoreline and a length of 7 1/2 miles from the boat landing to the dam in Remlap.
Serving as one of the water-supply reservoirs for the city of Birmingham, Inland abounds with spotted bass, largemouths, a few redeyes and even some smallmouth bass.
"However, there wasn't a single smallmouth caught last summer at Inland," Redding reports. "The lake also has a large number of saltwater stripes and hybrid bass. These were added to the lake to help control the gizzard shad population in Inland. Next to spotted bass, the stripers are the most-often-caught bass in the lake."
Because of the habitat created by Inland's clear water and rocky shoreline, spotted bass dominate the lake. Still, Inland has some nice largemouths.
To reach Inland Lake, travel north from Birmingham on State Route (S.R.) 75 towards Oneonta. In the town of Allgood, turn at Jet Pep service station and the sign for Inland Lake. Go four miles to dead end at the lake.
To launch a boat at Inland costs $5 per day, or you can rent a boat and a motor at the lake.
Rocky shoreline, points, feeder creeks.
In the summer there are mainly two places on Inland where spots are caught. The spotted bass hold either in the cooler water of the spring-fed feeder creeks or around the deep points on the main lake. In the creeks around the springs, the bass hold in 4 to 12 feet of water. But if you fish out on the points, expect to catch the spots all the way down to about 35 feet.
"A 1/4-ounce spinnerbait in either white or chartreuse," he recommends with no hesitation. "Or use a double-willow-leaf spinnerbait or a 4-inch finesse worm fished with a jighead. The favorite colors of the spotted bass for hitting plastic worms include red bug, June bug, watermelon and chartreuse/pepper. At night, fish a black 1/2-ounce spinnerbait. I use 8-pound-test line, regardless of which lure I'm fishing creeks with."