Mobile-Tensaw: A treasure trove for bassers

Alabama Elite Series pro Matt Herren began fishing the Mobile Delta in 1997.Alabama Elite Series pro Matt Herren began fishing the Mobile Delta in 1997.
You’ll tie into good numbers of pudgy, hard-fighting Coosa River spots and largemouth bass that have had a few years to put on some weight.

“Every three or four years, it seems that the Delta’s bass take a hit from a major tropical storm,” Herren says.

The storms devastate the bass by pushing saltwater far up the delta and damaging aquatic bass habitat.

“There hasn’t been a tropical storm here in several years,” Herren says. “These Delta bass have plenty to eat and grow fast.”

Sampling by the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division in 2007 revealed that there was an adequate largemouth spawn in 2006. Also, the numbers of 8 to-12-inch bass was above average.

Those bass have grown considerably since then. You’d be wise to get after the Mobile Delta’s bass while the getting is good.

FYI

Before you visit the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, go to alabamabasstrail.org. Here you'll find detailed information about fishing locations, productive fishing patterns, local guides, campgrounds, where to stay and current river data. This web site also has priceless information about nine Alabama reservoirs and one other major river system.

SALTWATER BONUS SPECIES

Redfish, speckled trout, flounder and other saltwater fish swarm into the Mobile Delta in the fall. You can’t beat live shrimp for redfish, but they also go for large crankbaits and plastic grubs. Jigs, plastic grubs and live and dead shrimp dupe speckled trout. Bottom rigs with minnows or grubs take flounder. Key fishing spots for these saltwater species include points off the mouths of the lower Tensaw, Blakely, Apalachee, and Mobile Rivers.

CRAPPIE

You’ll find plenty of crappies throughout most of the Delta to provide for regular fish fries. In the spring and fall months, you can pluck these delectable panfish from shoreline cover along the banks of timbered creeks and lakes. Try Stiggins Lake, Douglas Lake, Little Lake and Bay Minette Creek. Fishing minnows or jigs near deep structure should keep you busy.

FISHING ACCESS

Save boat fuel by launching near your chosen fishing area. You can choose from more than 20 access sites throughout the Delta. If you don’t have a boat, new fishing piers have been constructed for bank anglers. They are located at Cliff’s Landing off Highway 225, Meaher State Park pier off the Highway 90-98 Causeway (fee), Choccalotta Access Area on Highway 90-98, and the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Park Pier. Fishing is also popular along the Highway 90-98 Causeway, where many bridges and roads provide access for bank anglers.

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