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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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East Union football player drowns in Pickwick Lake in Tishomingo County
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IUKA, Mississippi — A 17-year-old East Union High School student has drowned in Pickwick Lake in Tishomingo County in Northeast Mississippi. Coroner Mack Wilemon tells local media outlets that 17-year-old T.J. Hamblin drowned Friday at the J.P. ...

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Outdoors Notebook: Bass tourneys, nature hikes and more
18-19: Alabama Bass Federation Championship at Lake Guntersville; Sept. 26: National Bass Trail tournament at Pickwick out of McFarland Park; Oct. 3: Snagproof Frog Tournament at Lake Guntersville, $10,000 first ...

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Pickwick Place taking shape
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The Pickwick Place has already secured 23 bookings for the event center, and only nine are from within the county. The Stuckeys said their produce stand has drawn a lot of Lake Erie traffic on Fridays and Sundays, and that that's helped to get the word ...

This week in the Clubs include an appearance by Steve Jochum; Shockwave at ...
750 Jaycox Road, Avon Lake; 440-930-5570. 8/29 Saturday: Steve Jochum. 7-10 p.m.. Main Street Cafe. Rally in the Alley, 17 Public ... Eliza Sidecar, Mason Dixon, Shrimp Cocktail, Doll Bambino. 8 p.m. $8. OPEN MIC. Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club.

Woman dies in boating accident at Pickwick Lake just after Spirit of Freedom ...
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheffield Police and Alabama State Troopers say a woman died after an incident that happened when the Spirit of Freedom Fireworks Festival wrapped up Saturday night. Emergency crews responded to Riverside Park in Sheffield ...

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In seach of record largemouth bass
Lance Walker with Pickwick giant.jpg Lance Walker shows the massive 14.58 pound largemouth he caught from Pickwick Lake in 2012. The fish would have been a new Tennessee state record if he had chosen to have it officially weighed. Lance Walker.

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