My Sunday Afternoon
Last Saturday I stopped on the way to work and took a bunch of pictures of trees and shrubs that were blooming around here. I posted them and everyone loved them and so did I. I also love coming home and pulling up the pictures to see what I have. It's so much fun. You never know how the pictures are turning out until you get them home and see them on the computer.
So Sunday, I decided to stop again, because I was going right by Lake Wedowee. I found this pink dogwood and it was gorgeous! I really love these trees.
I live about five miles from Lake Wedowee. It was one of the reasons I liked it here so much. It's a 10,000 acre lake with 270 miles of shoreline. The boat ramp I stopped by was full, so I guess lots of folks had decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and take a spin around the lake. I didn't blame them one bit! There are all kinds of good coves to fish in. Just to the left of where I was standing taking this picture, there were two guys fishing in a cove. Looked like very relaxing fun to me.
This lake is known as one of the finest lakes in the southeast for its water quality and bass population. It has large mouth bass, spotted bass, and striped bass. It is also a favorite spot for channel catfish and crappie fishing. I have fished in the river below it and caught big mouth bass and crappie before myself.
After I left the boat ramp, I drove down to the Dam. The Lake is actually the R.L. Harris Reservoir, called Lake Wedowee. It is the newest of 14 Alabama Power Hydroelectric plants. The two generating units provide up to 67.5 megawatts of power each. Construction was started on it in November of 1974 and it went into operation in April of 1983. The lake's normal pool level is 793'.
People like to fish at the dam as well. When the water is settled you can see down in there and the fish there are huge. I found two boys down there fishing that afternoon. Dylan and Justin had been out there all day. When I got there, they had several poles set. I talked to them for a few minutes and asked what they were fishing for. Now this is a lake known for bass, crappie, channel cat, etc.
They were fishing for carp. I said "Carp? Why are you fishing for carp? You can't eat carp." They laughed and said they were great fun to catch. Earlier that morning, they had caught five carp ranging from 5 to 30 pounds each. "They fight like crazy", they said. They get the fun of catching them and then throw them back. The funniest thing though, was what they were using for bait.
Now, I was married for 20 years to a man from Tampa, Florida who was a fishing fool. I have seen some very creative things used for bait. These boys were making oatmeal balls. They had a box of regular old oatmeal sitting there and a small cooler of water. They would take a hand full of oatmeal and stick their whole hand down in the water and get the oatmeal wet and then ball it up good. You have to work with it a couple of minutes to squeeze the water out and let it get sticky enough to ball up and stay together. Once it sets though, it stays together. I was absolutely amazed!
These were true Alabama boys. They were avid fishermen, and you could not have asked for more polite young gentlemen. They didn't open their mouth without ma'am following whatever they said. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with them. I stayed for a bit hoping to see them make a catch, but I wasn't that lucky.
As I was leaving, I passed the truck they were driving. This sticker was on the back window. I believed it.
Well, that was my little excursion for the day. It was short lived as I had to get to work, but I very much enjoyed it. I made myself a promise to take the time out this spring and summer to visit the area out here and take photos every weekend that it is pretty.