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In two days we were to arrive at Pickwick Lake for 7 days of world class smallmouth fishing. Pickwick is known as one of the best in the world if not the best for big smallies. Oh, & mid to late March is their best time there! I called in the cancellation yesterday- not fun :'( Some things popped up at my work at the end of last week that need some TLC. :'(
 

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Pickwick will still be there when you the get the chance to go again. If ya start to get the shakes, Fishaholic as you are, hit up a local spot for the vampire shift...should start to turn on soon ;)
 

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Thank you all for the kind words. I think I have overcome being discouraged. Now, let's talk Pickwick. Anybody been? Dreaming about going is sweet torture! Torture away!! ;D
 

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Our reservations were to stay at Pickwick Landing State Park for 7 or 8 nights, which is right by Pickwick Dam in TN. I had some concerns that the fishing might be better below Wilson Dam (56 miles upstream in AL). I've read both are good. Several family members live closer to the side where we were to stay. It looks like I'll have to wait for this summer.

--- taken from http://www.pickwicklake.info
Pickwick Lake has often been called the best trophy smallmouth fishery in the country. This is due in large part to the numerous beneficial conditions of the river system and its location. The lake is situated at the southern boundary of habitable climate for smallmouth. This southern location allows for a longer growing year, which produces larger fish. Pickwick is also at the northern boundary for threadfin shad, the primary prey for smallies, and contains an abundance of them. Add the strong current of the Tennessee River to these two factors and it is easy to see why Pickwick bass are arguably the largest and strongest bronzebacks around.

LAKE PROFILE

Size and Depth - 47,500 acres and 53 miles long with a maximum depth of 59 feet.

Water Source - An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Pickwick Lake is defined by the Wilson Dam in the south Pickwick Landing Dam in the north. With a short exception near its inflows at Florence, the current primarily flows north.

Shoreline - 496 miles long. The shore is approximately 40 percent developed and is comprised of both privately-held land and Tennessee Valley Authority ownership. The remaining shoreline is undeveloped.

Bottom - Sand, gravel, bedrock, mud and muck. The main river channel is mostly bedrock and mud. In tailwater areas and coves, sand, gravel and muck bottoms are found.

Water - Moderately fertile water with a light green to brownish color. In the main river channel the water is lighter colored than the brownish color found in the backwater areas of coves and bays. Visible clarity is between 2 and 4 feet depending on location, rainfall and current.

Cover - There is little submerged vegetation and what is present is sporadically dispersed throughout the lake. The most common emergent plant is water willow, which can be found along the lakes shoreline and in bays and coves.

Pretty cool site (not to mention he's a guide & a pastor): www.smallmouth.com
 

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SLAYERFISH said:
Ya mighta gone there and got skunked- maybe its a blessing you got delayed- ;)
true but a least out there I could use the old excuse that I'm not familiar with the lake yet... how do you ever get use to 47,500 acres? I thought big blue was a beast to learn!
 
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