Wilson Lake is located in northern Alabama and is known as the Smallmouth Capital of the World for the trophy Smallmouth Bass caught there. The lake extends 15 miles to Wheeler Dam, covers 166 miles of shoreline and 15,500 acres of water surface for recreation. Wilson Lake, together with Pickwick and Wheeler reservoirs, covers the treacherous Muscle Shoals, which once blocked navigation on the Tennessee River. Most often targeted by anglers are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Catfish. During the spring and fall, smallmouth bass congregate in the tailwaters of Wheeler Dam. Other species that congregate below Wheeler Dam are hybrid and saltwater striped bass in the spring, sauger in the winter, and blue catfish and channel catfish during the summer.