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Hey guys!

 

Our local bass club does an "away" tournament twice a year, one in the spring, one in the fall and this year they've decided to make our fall away on Pickwick Lake. My dad and I have never fished this lake in our entire lives. They had a tournament here once upon a time on this lake and some of the members were ho-hum about it. Said we had to be careful on the water etc.

 

Anyway, the Tournament is middle-late October, but I'm doing some scouting around on the web and asking anyone in this community that knows anything about the lake to share some knowledge or at least some spots to check for some bass. I'm not asking for your lunker holes, so please don't be offended. I am simply asking for some spots that may hold enough for us to limit out on some fish. 5 each.

 

We will be in town that Thursday night, practice all day Friday... Tournament is that Saturday. 

 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

 

I did find this website here and was wondering if anyone could confirm some of these "spots". 

 

http://www.pickwicklake.net/Pickwick_Lake_Info/Maps/Bass_Fishing/bass_fishing.html

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I have caught fish on the spots from that webpage........ cover water is the best I can tell you.

 

In 10 years I will know more, Pickwick is BIG, yet I have thought it fishes smaller than its size. Which by small I feel that it is a "spot on a spot lake" but HUGE cause you have to find 3 to 6 sweet spots like that over 45k+ acres to start a milk run.

I only started fishing it this year, so I maybe crazy with that statement.

 

Dont forget to fish the dam.....

 

also, dont discount your experience from guntersville either, IMO.

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Pickwick is my home lake, but things change with the seasons. I will give you some up to the minute tips as we get a little closer

to game day. A lot depends on where you are putting in, State Park, Yellow Creek, J.P. Coleman or McFarland? Since I'm sure

you are anxious to get started, these are a few of the obvious choices we refer to as "community holes". 

 

Launching from State Park:  The right hand pont leading into the river. The point and the old creek bed both hold fish, usually

smallmouth.  Next, down to the riprap at the dam and especially the tie-ups next to the lock. Go wide arounf the gates and fish the oother side, then down the bluffs.

 

Putting in at Yellow Creek: The entire bank upstream in yellow Creek across from the marina. Panther Creek and my

favorite area on the entire lake, the sand bar in front of Dry Creek (right side).

 

J.P. Coleman: Motor down to Second Creek. Fish the rip-rap in front of the bridge, then start to the right as you enter the creek. 

The left banks are worthless.

 

McFarland:  The rip-rap on the right all the way to the first creek; the bluffs immediately across from the harbor and then

down to "the horseshoe" near the dam.

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Man road I can't tell you how much that would mean to me. I'd be glad to meet up with yah and buy you a couple lures of your choice or whatever for your time and effort. I just know i can't go in there blind (pun intended, it okay.. laugh at it)....

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P.S. They were about 100% they were going to want to launch out of McFarland. 

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I have caught fish on the spots from that webpage........ cover water is the best I can tell you.

 

In 10 years I will know more, Pickwick is BIG, yet I have thought it fishes smaller than its size. Which by small I feel that it is a "spot on a spot lake" but HUGE cause you have to find 3 to 6 sweet spots like that over 45k+ acres to start a milk run.

I only started fishing it this year, so I maybe crazy with that statement.

 

Dont forget to fish the dam.....

 

also, dont discount your experience from guntersville either, IMO.

I agree, most ledges have a sweet spot and if you don't hit it just right you won't get bit.  I've got one spot that can't be more than 20x20 but if you hit it, you're catching fish every cast.  But if your off your way off.

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I agree, most ledges have a sweet spot and if you don't hit it just right you won't get bit.  I've got one spot that can't be more than 20x20 but if you hit it, you're catching fish every cast.  But if your off your way off.

wanna go fishing? LOL

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wanna go fishing? LOL

More than you know!  It's been 5 weeks since my truck was totaled towing my boat.  Still shopping for a new truck and the boat is still in the shop! :cry4:

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P.S. They were about 100% they were going to want to launch out of McFarland. 

There is a rock row just downriver  of Mcfarland Harbor. It extends from Riverfront Park which is on the Colbert County  side and extends all the way to the mouth of Spring Creek.  I have had good luck with cranks, topwater, soft plastics, spinners  etc.  Some of the rocks are visible but many are submerged, so be careful if you fish that area.  Also the 7 Mile Island area has been productive. Lots of grass from just downriver of Pride Landing all the way to Natchez Trace bridge and beyond.  I do not fish past Natchez Trace bridge area much, except sometimes I will fish Big Bear Creek which is just a few miles down river of the Trace.  I have had good luck there. Although it is my home lake,  I am by no means an expert on Pickwick but I will help you out all I can  

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Also if you have the World Fishing Net, check out Timmy Horton Outdoors,  a lot of his shows he fishes Pickwick, so that may give you some ideas too

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