Spring Fishing Begins On the Skinny Waters in Birmingham

A friend and I caught these over the weekend on the Little Cahaba River and Shades Creek, just as a weak cold front was moving in with some rain. They’re not hitting topwater yet, but they’re quicker to the streamers than they were all winter. These are the perfect size for 3wt rods and under.

The pleasure of fishing the waterways of the Birmingham metro area is that a wide variety of bass and bream populate these waters. While these skinny-water bass and bream rarely grow as fat as their overstuffed cousins in Alabama’s many reservoirs and stocked ponds, they still offer the city angler who appreciates diversity and color many excellent fishing opportunities close to home.



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