The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to observe the Cahaba lilies when they’re in bloom during the early summer. (Hint: I stalk Instagram to find out exactly when they’re in bloom.) Of course the refuge has its share of m. Cahabae.
However, as a resident of Birmingham, I choose to spend most of my Cahaba redeye bass trips in the urban areas. Seek out those feeder creeks and tributaries that are, for example, close to a brewery. Slagheap Brewery comes to mind.
Urban Creek Stomping for the Cahaba Redeye Bass
I’ll even name a few spots to get you started. These are far from secret. I’ll also offer a hint on finding spots, because fishers are often reluctant to share. Bird watchers, hikers, and recreational kayak paddlers LOVE to share information. Hit those sites and ask around.
Shades Creek: From Mountain Brook and down into Homewood, and far beyond, it’s Cahaba redeye bass nirvana. Here’s an article from the Alabama Birding Trails site.
The Little Cahaba: Above or below Lake Purdy, the Little Cahaba holds numerous easily accessible areas to wade.
Any Blue Line in Hoover, Vestavia, Leeds, Irondale, or Trussville – they almost all have redeye bass.
While You’re At It, Take a Break
Finally, this is a quick list of my favorite places to grab some food or a cold beer in and around Birmingham. Get in touch for other suggestions.
- Read my post about lure selection for redeye bass
- Read my post about fly selection for redeye bass
- On the Fly South wrote a neat post about chasing Cahaba redeye bass
As always, that’s only my $0.02, and your mileage may vary.