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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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Jackson Clarion Ledger

Stegall Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Pickwick Lake (press release)
IUKA, Miss. (April 27, 2015) – Roger Stegall of Iuka, Mississippi, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Stegall earned $8,197.
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Times Daily

Fishing tourney is Shoals' top prize
Times Daily
The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's starts today on Pickwick Lake. It easily has the largest economic impact of any sporting event in the region, Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Assistant Director Alison Stanfield said.

Super-size that spoon please
Times Daily
My introduction to the magnum spoon craze that swept the bass fishing world last summer occurred on Pickwick Lake in August. I recall the sweltering heat when I met Randy Haynes at the Rose Trail ramp in Colbert County. The largemouth bass would prove ...

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The Alexander City Outlook

Dadeville High fishing program continues growth
The Alexander City Outlook
In order to qualify for the state tournament, Dadeville had to fish in at least three tournaments, as they competed in events on Lake Martin, Lake Eufaula and Pickwick Lake in Florence. “We had to fish in at least three tournaments to qualify to get in ...

Times Daily

Magnum spoon newest edition to ledge arsenal
Times Daily
From Kentucky Lake to Chickamauga, the magnum spoon figured prominently in numerous tournaments along the entire chain. The lure proved deadly on any lake that features ledges or deep humps and points, like Pickwick, Wilson, and Wheeler,. Haynes, the ...

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Southwest Times

Corey Smith of Dublin one of six Hokie Bass Fishing Team members in National ...
Southwest Times
... Tech Bass Fishing team, and a Pulaski County High School graduate is now not only a part of the team, but he has qualified for and, at this time, is competing in the 2015 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship at Pickwick Lake in Alabama.

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