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Fishing At R L Harris Reservoir In 2024

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, yellow perch and striped bass at Lake Harris in Alabama.

Offering a nice variety of fish species, R L Harris Reservoir, AKA Lake Wedowee, is a 10,600-acre lake located in east-northeast Alabama, just west of Wedowee.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Outdoor Alabama, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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R L Harris Reservoir, also known as Lake Wedowee, is a prominent fishing destination in Alabama. Located in the eastern part of the state, R L Harris Reservoir covers approximately 10,600 acres and offers anglers a variety of fishing opportunities.

One of the popular fish species found in R L Harris Reservoir is largemouth bass. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, points, and rocky areas, provides excellent habitat for bass. Anglers can target largemouth bass using various techniques such as flipping jigs, crankbaits, and topwater lures. Spring and fall are typically the best seasons to fish for bass when they are more active and feeding actively.

Crappie fishing is also prevalent in R L Harris Reservoir, attracting anglers throughout the year. Both black crappie and white crappie can be found in the lake. Anglers often have success targeting crappie around submerged brush piles, fallen trees, and bridge pilings. Live minnows, jigs, and small plastic baits are effective in enticing crappie bites. The spring and fall seasons, especially during the spawning periods, are particularly productive for crappie fishing.

R L Harris Reservoir also offers opportunities for catfish anglers. Channel catfish and flathead catfish are commonly caught in the lake. Anglers can target catfish using a variety of baits such as cut bait, chicken liver, or stinkbaits. The lake's deep channels, drop-offs, and areas with structure are productive spots for catfish fishing. Night fishing can be particularly successful for catfish, as they tend to be more active during this time.

Before fishing at R L Harris Reservoir, anglers should familiarize themselves with Alabama fishing regulations and obtain the necessary licenses. This ensures compliance with size and bag limits, as well as any specific regulations for the targeted fish species.

Search the rocky 271 miles of shoreline for points, brush and boat docks as a good place to locate bass. Crappie can be caught on summer nights around lighted docks, or using crappie lights. The lake also has significant populations of catfish, yellow perch, striped bass, bluegill and other sunfish. There are boat ramps available to the public, a marina and rental boats.

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Primary fish species residing in R L Harris Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Redeye bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish Yellow Perch Striped bass

Lake Wedowee Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on R L Harris Reservoir, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore different areas of the lake and access prime fishing spots. The lake offers several boat ramps for easy launching and accommodates various watercraft, including boats and pontoons.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Molly's Pontoon Rental
Rentals: Bass boats and pontoon boats
404 434-7055

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cresent Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, off Cresent Ridge Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Highway 48 Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, at the west end of the AL State Route 48 Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lonnie White Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, off Bradley Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Swagg Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, west side, off County Road 329, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Tranquility Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off County Road 888, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

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No Campgrounds Or RV Parks Nearby

R L Harris Reservoir AL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Wedowee
Lakeside Marina, Market & Grill
21143 Highway 431
Wedowee, Alabama 36278
256 357-2033

 

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