Limestone County is fortunate to be surround on three sides by prime fishing waters. The mighty Tennessee River expanse known as Wheeler Lake bounds the county to the south and the Elk River wraps the western and northern boundaries of the county. With warm air temperatures but cooling waters... the conditions are perfect for a little angling.
Both waterways boast rocky outcroppings, shallow grass, and sudden depression -- all perfect for fishing Bass. The Elk River boast additional feeder waters as well as log jams, stumps, residential piers, bridge abutments, and other underwater obstacles great for angling Smallmouth Bass.
The Bass population is diverse in Limestone County's waters -- Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass and Spotted Bass. Anglers can also enjoy the challenge of Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Bream, Crappie and Sauger as well. The rich waters of Wheeler Lake and the Elk River draw anglers from all over to practice in the "off-season" of the professional circuits.
Anglers in the Limestone County waterways are often surprised by the schooling of Bass around grassy shallows that can often occur without notice during the Fall and Winter months. Record sized Bass have been caught in Fall and throughout most of Winter due to these unusual conditions and schooling behavior. Crankbaits, spinner baits, rattling lipless lures and simulated bait lures are proven to be effective in the Fall as the schooling baitfish are prominent in the shallows and confluences on Wheeler Lake.
Boat ramps are found along the Limestone County side of Tennessee River/Wheeler Like and portions of the Elk River. Lucy's Branch Marina offers transient slips, fuel, food, repairs and more at mile marker 287 on the Tennessee River/Wheeler Lake. Limestone County's Lucy's Branch Park also has a one-lane boat ramp into the same bay as Lucy's Branch Marina. Limestone County's Arrowhead boat ramp, south of Mooresville Alabama on the western side of Limestone Bay, is down a dirt road winding through farmland that can be difficult to reach during or after high water events. The Elk River boat ramps share with the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail. Below is a map featuring the ramps and their locations for the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail.