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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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Two killed in Pickwick boating accident
WBBJ-TV
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 tournament when he got ...

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OUTDOORS: Fishing notes from Pickwick and other lakes
Jackson Sun
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2014 dove season, which begins Sept. 1 and continues through Sept. 28. Landowners can earn up to $2,400 for providing a dove field for public hunting. These fields must ...


Clemson bass anglers qualify for big dance
Greenville News
... bit as exciting as a fourth-quarter drive into the end zone, Alan Howatt hooked a largemouth bass that garnered him and teammate Bryan Carroll a top 15 finish in last month's Bassmaster College Series Wildcard tournament on Pickwick Lake in Alabama.


Officials stressing safety as boaters hit the water for Labor Day
WSMV Nashville
Two other west Tennessee men died Saturday night on Pickwick Lake after their boat hit a barge. Neither or those men were wearing life jackets either. Certain violations, including not wearing a life jacket, can mean an automatic citation for the ...

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Area Police Reports
Stacey Page Online
Sunday, Aug. 31, 8:46 p.m. Bianca Prater reported criminal mischief to her yard, made by an unknown vehicle, in the 5800 block of South 450 West, Claypool. Sunday, Aug. 31, 8:17 a.m. Richard Davis reported criminal mischief to his yard, made by an ...


Doris U. Tulare
La Crosse Tribune
Grateful for having shared in her life are her daughter, Helen (Donald) Gunderson, Wood Lake, Minn.; a son, Walter (Ranee Roelse) Tulare, La Crosse; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, James Davis ...

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