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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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Wilson, Pickwick lakes rated among best in US
Times Daily
... County) that come just to fish,” said Haney, superintendent at Joe Wheeler State Park and Lodge in Rogersville. “They come year after year just to fish. Our lakes have a reputation for the fish being caught there and people want to come and ...


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Vassallo Interviews: Braswell Hooked on Ole Miss Fishing
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Christian Braswell: We fish Ross Barnett, Pickwick, Kentucky Lake, and Guntersville pretty regularly (once or more per year for each lake). Every now and then we like to make a trip to a different lake. We've been to Lake Seminole a couple times, Lake ...

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Bass Can't Hide
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SHOALS – Local anglers tout Pickwick and Wilson lakes as two of the best places in the country to fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass. A leading fishing website agrees. In its listing of the top 100 bass lakes in America, Fishhound.com ranked ...


Outdoors Notebook: Hunting seasons, bass tourneys and more
AL.com
14: National Bass Trail tournament, Lake Wilson Lock 6; www.nbtbassaln.com. Mar. 15, 2015: ABA 100% Plus Team Tour, Guntersville; www.americanbassanglers.com. Mar. 21: Alabama Bass Federation Tournament at Pickwick; www.albassfed.org.


Hybrid Bass Or Something Else ?
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!

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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)
The Huntsville Times - al.com
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