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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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Duluth News Tribune

Brothers in arms share 75th celebration
Duluth News Tribune
Side-by-side, together again, Bob Watts and Willard "Bill" Nelson shared a corner of a banquet table at the Pickwick Tuesday. With steaming oysters and celebratory sheet cakes laid out before them and the lake sparkling through a picture window behind ...

Smiley: Modern Huck Finns
The Advocate
What he found in early 2015 was a 22-foot sailboat docked at Pickwick Lake, Tennessee. The route was to be the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to Mobile, along the Gulf Coast to Lake Pontchartrain, and finally on to Slidell! His brother Steve and I were ...

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Murphy Joins Paragon's Aircraft Lending
Memphis Daily News (blog)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Traveling, boating at Pickwick, family gatherings at the lake, and tailgating at Memphis Tiger football games. What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had any kind of artistic talent, especially musical, but the ...

Alabama's public fishing lakes
The fish in many of these lakes don't see many lures compared to the constant pounding they get in a hard-fished lake like Guntersville or Pickwick, and that makes them a whole lot easier to catch. In late winter, small lakes also have the advantage of ...

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Four Ways to Improve Bass Hooksets
Field and Stream
And on a trip to Mississippi with Cabela's last fall, that's exactly what I got to do. We fished Pickwick Lake with legendary angler and guide Roger Stegall. Few people know Pickwick better than Stegall does. He taught me about the lake and the fishery ...

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Habitat day: Volunteers to sink trees in Bay Springs
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Bay Springs Lake is located along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and comprises roughly nine miles of the blue highway in Tishomingo and Prentiss Counties. It begins at the southern end of the Divide Cut Canal south of Pickwick Lake and is bordered ...

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