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Pickwick Lake

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      Often called the best smallmouth bass fishery in the U.S., Pickwick Lake regularly produces smallies in the 2 to 3 lb range and it's not uncommon to catch 5 to 6 lb fish.

During early spring, smallmouth move into tailwater areas in preparation for the spring spawn. After spawning the bass disperse to the numerous rocky areas found throughout the lake. With the coming of Fall, smallmouth bass return to the tailwater areas in search of forage. Threadfin shad, gizzard shad, crayfish, minnows, juvenile bluegill and sunfish are the main food sources for Smallmouth Bass in Pickwick Lake. In Spring, smallmouth bass with feed heavily on crayfish, and lures which mimic these freshwater crustaceans can be deadly.

Pickwick Lake is the reservoir created by Pickwick Landing Dam as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The lake stretches from Pickwick Landing Dam to Wilson Dam. The main species of fish which inhabit Pickwick Lake are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, white crappie, sauger, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish.

Pickwick Lake has excellent sportfishing opportunities, with one of the most productive areas being the Wilson Dam tailwater at the upper end of the reservoir. This area is highly noted for record-size smallmouth bass and catfish. Another hotspot on Pickwick Lake is the discharge basin at Colbert Fossil Plant west of Sheffield, Alabama, where the warm water discharged from the power plant attracts fish during the cold weather months.

      Trophy size largemouth bass in the 5-to-8 pound are abundant in Pickwick Lake, although fish in excess of 10 pounds have been taken in the past. The best Largemouth bass fishing on Pickwick lake is generally between mid-March to May. Pre-spawn largemouth move into shallow backwater areas in preparation for the spring spawn. After spawning they move out to deeper slackwater areas, adjacent to the swift currents in pursuit of forage. Largemouth will feed on shad as well as minnows and juvenile bluegill and sunfish.

      Both black crappie and white crappie can be found throughout the lake. Most Pickwick Lake crappie average about 1 pound and are easier to target when schooling. Tiny tube jigs tipped with a worm is always a great tactic for crappie. Both black and white crappie move shallow during the spawning period, from mid-February to late April. As the water warms in the summer they move deeper where they hold in 20-to 30-feet, usually above structure, such as brush piles, fallen timber and submerged Christmas trees.

      Sauger are also abundant in Pickwick Lake and can be found scattered throughout the lake during summertime, typically holding in deeper water. The best time of year for sauger is during the winter months, from December until February, when they can be found concentrated in tailwater areas.
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Pickwick Lake NEWS!

Washam Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Pickwick Lake (press release)
(April 11, 2016) – Jimmy Washam of Covington, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Washam took home ...

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FLORENCE, Ala. – The fourth tournament of the 21st season of the Walmart FLW Tour, the most competitive circuit in professional bass-fishing, kicks off May 5-8 with the Walmart FLW Tour at Pickwick Lake presented by Quaker State. Hosted by ...

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Memphis Commercial Appeal

Prime time is now for bluegill, shellcrackers
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Rick Lesley of Bartlett (St. Jude Bass Classic): "This time of the year a black beetle fished in the pockets in (Pickwick Lake's) Yellow Creek. Just throw to the bank and (you'll) get a bite almost every time." Peanut Quon of Memphis (Peanut Craft Lure ...

Daily Mail

From the Edinburgh cafe where JK Rowling created Harry Potter to Virginia Woolf's favourite Sussex beach... joyous ...
Daily Mail
This was Wordsworth's workplace from 1813 to 1843, when he was Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland. Just round the corner, on Lake Road, you'll find a small hotel called Lakes Lodge. Back in the Victorian era, this was Laurel Villa – the house where ...

Crews continue search for two missing brothers on Pickwick Lake
FLORENCE, Ala. – Wednesday marked day eight in the search for two brothers who went missing on Pickwick Lake in the Shoals. An exhaustive operation, search crews continue to use sonar and air support to comb over miles of shoreline and waterway.

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Searchers say they will stay on Pickwick Lake for as long as it takes
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - After two weeks, there's been no sign of two brothers who went missing on Pickwick Lake on March 1. A make-shift sign now hangs from the “Old Railroad Bridge” which spans the Tennessee River. It's a banner of support for the ...

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