United States
32° 51' 4.4388" N, 86° 26' 47.6268" W
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Clear
5 fish caught | Lunker: 10lb Striped Bass (Striper) using a Spoon

Mitchell Lake Report for late Summer mid-August By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com located in Alabaster, Al.

Its been a while since I posted a fishing report for Alabama's Mitchell Lake. With good reason. Go to my website for updates www.fishingalabama.com  to read more about my battle with Pancreatic Cancer. But now, I'm back guiding since June of 2015 and I thank the good Lord for helping me to do so.

* Update on Reed Montgomery's Condition - After being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in November of 2014, an 8 hour Microscopic Surgery in January 2015 and six months of chemotherapy, I got some good news after the results of my recent cat scan. My doctor says I'm now, Cancer Free! Thank God!

Its good to be back with the sport and occupation I love. Fishing and guiding for bass! See updates at my website www.fishingalabama.com for more info. Or go to www.bassmaster.com and type in the name, "Reed Montgomery" in their search box for an article about me and my battle with Pancreatic Cancer. I thank all of you for your continued support, your prayers and your donations that all tremendously helped me and my wife Margie make it through this life changing event and ordeal.

* Pictures - As you can see from the attached pictures file from a recent fishing trip to Alabama's Coosa River System on Mitchell lake we had a good day while fishing Mitchell lake's headwaters, situated below upper Lay lake dam, and the many surrounding grassy pockets.

We had several largemouth bass, some over 4 pounds. A few spotted bass including a fat four pounder. Even a tackle-testing striped bass caught on a jigging spoon! Variety! We fished the upper lake all day, with current being discharged at the upper dam. Some largemouth bass came from surrounding pockets featuring weeds, wood cover and rock bluffs! Topwater lures, crankbaits, frogs, jigging spoons, brush hogs, jig combos and spinnerbaits fooled a lot of these bass.

It was a cloudy, rainy day like many we have seen this week with air temps in the upper 80's. Water temps were the same in the mid-to-upper 80's. It was a week day, with less anglers in the upper lake and an all day water generation until around 2 p.m. when we were forced to leave due to incoming heavy rains and bad weather.

Fall is coming! Water and air temps will drop into the 70's soon and bass will begin to move and fatten up for the upcoming winter months ahead. Make plans now e-mail me alabassgyd@aol.com or call on Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 to see how!

* Gift Certificates - Gift certificates (good for up to one year from date of purchase) for future guided fishing trips to Mitchell lake (or any Alabama lake), are available year round for ocassions such as birthdays, graduation, Fathers day, Mothers day, Valentines day, Christmas or any occasion! E-mail me alabassgyd@aol.com  for more info!

* Buying a new boat? No matter what state you live in always call on www.airportmarine.com first! For bass boats, pontoons or runabouts, parts, service and repairs. A friendly sales staff and excellent marine business, the best in Alabama or the entire south! Give em' a call at (205) 663-0407 and ask for the owner, Ken Hollis and tell em' Reed Montgomery sent you. You can even go with Reed on a boat demo ride on nearby Lay lake! Also see their Bass Team Buddy tournaments, Solo Trails, and High School tournament trails info at www.airportmarinetrails.com

* Facebook - See us on Facebook, just type in, Reeds Guide Service for updates, fishing info, pictures and more!

Again, I want to thank you all for your support, your donations and your prayers in aiding me through these very trying times in my life. It has made it easier for me and my wife to accept lifes ever-changing ordeals through friends and family like you!

Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery, owner of Reeds Guide Service in Alabaster, Al. Website www.fishingalabama.com "Alabama's oldest, professional - bass fishing only - guide service guiding on Mitchell lake and all other Alabama lakes for over 40 years"

Look for more fishing reports soon...


CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassTopwaterHeddon Lures4
2Largemouth BassJerk BaitHeddon Lures3
3Largemouth BassFlukeZoom4
4Striped Bass (Striper)Spoon10
5Spotted BassBrush HogZoom4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 91-100 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Clear
3 fish caught | Lunker: 5lb Largemouth Bass using a Davis Baits Football Head Jig

Late Summer Bass Fishing on Alabama's Mitchell Lake By Reed Montgomery Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com Impounded 1923 Lake level Full Pool 312.0

* Early to mid August displayed air temps ranging from the mid 80's to low 90's. The latter part of the month it got even hotter! With daytime air temperatures near 100 degrees predicted for several days this week, many anglers have resorted to fishing early in the day, late in the day or at night, when its cooler. Some anglers just stay home until fall arrives! But if you can stand the heat you can still fool a few good bass into biting. Football head jigs, deep diving crankbaits and suspending jerk baits fool both big largemouth bass and Coosa River breed of spotted bass. * Concentrating your efforts along the deeper main lake ledges and drop offs, along creek mouths, deep cuts and pockets, and the lakes headwaters (situated below upper Lay lake dam) are suggested. Any sudden, rainy period is a welcome sight. Bass should move shallow when it does get cloudy or rain occurs like evening thundershowers. So just be there! Or you can always call (205) 663-1504 on Reeds Guide Service..first! Mitchell Lake's oldest, professional bass fishing only guide service, guiding on all Alabama lakes for over 40 years." See my website www.fishingalabama.com for more info. Utilizing the 2015 Ranger 520 Comanche Bass Boat with 250 H.P. Evinrude E-tec and Lowrance electronics! All provided by www.AirportMarine.com

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassFootball Head JigDavis Baits5
2Largemouth BassCrankbaitMann's4
3Spotted BassJerk BaitRapala4
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Yes, although its hot in the low-to-upper 90′s, keep in mind, there will always be numbers of big, largemouth bass mostly found lingering in and around the multiple variety of aquatic reeds. These are catchable bass! The best lure right now would be an imitation frog. These fish are eating frogs day and night. Fishing like this requires strong rods and braided line to catch the Bass and keep them from getting tangled up by bringing them to the boat fast.