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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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TVA PICKWICK DAM
Times Daily
Pickwick Lake is about to return to its normal spring levels after the installation of a detection system that will warn residents downstream if an earthquake damages the south earthen embankment at Pickwick Dam. According to a Tennessee Valley ...

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TVA says Pickwick Dam not up to current earthquake standards
Courieranywhere
April 1– The Tennessee Valley Authority is planning a series of public meetings to help inform Hardin County residents of safety enhancements to be put in place at Pickwick Dam. TVA is working to avert the potential for a dam break which officials say ...


Outdoors Notebook: Turkey season, bass tournaments and more
AL.com
May 30: SPRO tournament on Lake Guntersville out of the downtown harbor on 431, $10,000 top prize, $100 entry; sprotournamant@gmail.com. June 6: Alabama Bass Trail at Pickwick Lake; www.alabamabasstrail.org. June 13: Weekend Bass Series on ...


Quake rattles residents near Pickwick Dam
Courieranywhere
Quake rattles residents near Pickwick Dam. April 2– Social media reports indicate some Hardin County residents felt an earthquake which occurred last night at 10:51. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 4.0 magnitude temblor was 24 ...

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Police Blotter: Park Ridge woman, Lake Zurich man charged with retail theft
Chicago Tribune
Dmitry Feygin, 43, of 4668 Jenna Road, Glenview, was charged at 1:59 a.m. April 19 with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and speeding on the 600 block of East Lake Avenue. His court date is May 4. FAKE ID. Emmanuel Poku, 25, of ...


Outdoors Notebook: Bass tourneys, hunting seasons and more
AL.com
May 2: Alabama Catfish Trail out of Franklins Ferry on Bankhead Lake; www.AlabamaCatfishTrail.com. May 9: Alabama Bass Trail at Lake Logan Martin; www.alabamabasstrail.org. May 9: Dr. John T. Murphy Memorial Tournament, Pickwick Lake out of ...

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