fishing
fishing
fishing
fishing canada west
fishing canada central
fishing canada east
fishing usa northwest
fishing usa northeast
fishing usa southwest
fishing usa southeast
fishing northern
fishing southern
fishing international
fishing
fishing

Advanced search
fishing
sponsors
fishing
 Find a Lodge
fish facts Fish Facts
fishing reports Fishing Reports
fishing forum Message Board
Ice Fishing Hotspots
Largemouth Fishing
Smallmouth Fishing
Crappie Fishing
Musky Fishing
Pickerel Fishing
Steelhead Fishing
fishing

      


Pickwick Lake

fishing tipsarea mapgetting there


fishing tips


      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.

Add your Fishin' Tips, Click Here...

fishing maps

Fishing Hot Spots Topo Maps
Pickwick Lake - Each detailed map provides depth, contours, structure, boat ramps, and updated fishing information. Pickwick Lake fishing maps also include lake info such as gamefish abundance, forage base, water clarity, weedline depth, bottom composition, complete latitude/longitude grid lines and dozens of GPS waypoints. Includes GPS coordinates for specific lake features and structure. » Pickwick Lake Fishing Map

fishing




PopShops™ affiliate stores

Pickwick Lake NEWS!

TVA to lower Pickwick lake levels early to test dam for seismic risks
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Tennessee Valley Authority officials announced plans to lower the lake level at Pickwick Reservoir earlier than normal this fall after inspectors determined that an earthen embankment next to the concrete portion of the dam could be vulnerable to a ...
Pickwick reservoir to have early drawdown for seismic studyWTVA
Pickwick Dam seismic study prompts early drawdown of lakeCourieranywhere
TVA lowering Pickwick reservoir to inspect dam due to earthquake concernsMississippi Business Journal (blog)
WMC Action News 5 -The Huntsville Times - al.com
all 23 news articles »

Two killed in Pickwick boating accident
WBBJ-TV
TISHOMINGO, Miss. -- A boating accident on the Mississippi side of Pickwick Lake claims the lives of two West Tennessee men. Jimmy Sanders said late Saturday night, Pickwick Lake was foggy. He was about to come down to see the weigh-in at a fishing ...

and more »

Pickett Jr. Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Pickwick Lake
BassResource.com (press release)
Pickett Jr. Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Pickwick Lake. Pickett Jr. Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Pickwick Lake Lloyd Pickett Jr. won the Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division super tournament on Pickwick Lake Sunday.

and more »

How early Pickwick water drawdown will affect boaters and businesses
WBBJ-TV
She says the early lowering of the lake will really hurt the store's employees because, since winter is already slow, cutting their busy season short will mean less hours for her. The Tennessee Valley Authority is accelerating the annual drawdown of ...


Tungsten Weights
BassResource.com (press release)
LocationNew Pekin ,In; My PB:Between 11-12 lbs; Favorite Bass:Largemouth; Favorite Lake or River:Used to be Lochloosa and Orange lake in Fl. Also liked Rodman, St. johns river but now its the Big O ! Also..Kentucky and Pickwick, Cumberland too!


Nashville Scene

What's More Southern Fried Than a Hush Puppy?
Nashville Scene
Tennessee? you might be asking. Well, yes, the Savannah in question is actually in the southwest corner of our state near Pickwick Lake. The area is known for its fried fish, specifically at Hagy's Catfish Hotel, a restaurant still owned by the Jim ...

Tag Cloud
access black bass boat launch gps coordinates cottage crappie fishin fishing information Pickwick Lake map marina marked parks productive provide resorts search specific specified spots stories tips topo waters waypoints tackle shop bait lures live fishing lodge guide charter service dropshot trolling casting spinning fly

 
 
  

Advertising Rates | Submit a Listing | Terms & Conditions | Contact Us
All material in these documents are copyright © 2000-2010 www.TheFishinGuide.com. All rights reserved. Reproduction prohibited

 
 
Banner Advertising