If you’re looking to do some fishing at Pickwick Lake, there is an endless supply of useful guides, tips, and tricks online to help you make the most of your trip. Pickwick is known as an excellent place for fishing, especially for Bass and Crappie. The waters between Pickwick Dam and Wilson Dam are home to numerous fishing tournaments every year for all ages and skill sets. We’ve gathered some of the best online resources to get you started on your next outdoor adventure.

For up-to-date information, there’s nothing more critical than a regularly updated Pickwick Lake fishing report. The Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks website posts their latest Pickwick fishing report with a link to important information about Pickwick Lake water levels. These reports are updated weekly beginning at the start of the next fishing season. Alabama fishing reports are updated monthly at Fish Pickwick and Wilson Lakes. ). If you’re planning a stay in the area, you’ll also find information on local lodging, restaurants, and tournaments. For the year-round angler, check out Lou’s Pickwick Reports for weekly updates no matter the season. Lou provides water levels, temperatures, and clarity in addition to his fishing tips and predictions. If you still have questions, just post it in the comments on his latest Pickwick Dam fishing report and Lou will give you his best advice.

For a beginner-level angler, there’s also plenty of basic fishing info and safety tips available. If you aren’t sure you want to commit to purchasing a fishing license yet, try out one of the statewide free fishing days detailed here at the Tennessee State Parks website. One of the most important things to know is which species of fish you’ll encounter at the lake. Once you know what you’ll be fishing for, you can specialize your gear, technique, and strategy to target exactly what you’re looking for. Some of the most popular fish in Pickwick Lake include:

Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Spotted Bass Channel Catfish
Blue Catfish Flathead Catfish Walleye Sauger
Yellow Perch White Bass Striped Bass Hybrid Bass
Bluegill Red Ear Black Crappie White Crappie

While there are no fishing reports available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website, it is an excellent hub of information on fishing across Tennessee including everything from spawning temperatures to fish identification guides and fishing locations. If you’re looking to set up at any of the Pickwick recreational areas for your Pickwick Lake fishing adventure, the Tennessee Valley Authority has provided a comprehensive guide detailing the amenities and recreational opportunities at each of the area’s locations. While many anglers choose to fish from a boat, good fishing can still be had along the banks for those without a boat or who prefer staying on land. The TWRA has compiled not only a list of helpful bank fishing tips, but also a complete guide to Tennessee’s public fishing banks including location, acreage, and common species.  Anglers looking for the best Pickwick Lake fishing guides should first check out The Angler’s Guide to Tennessee Fish for comprehensive descriptions and images of each species of TN fish, including invasive species. You also can’t miss the annual TWRA Tennessee Fishing Guide ) if you want all of the updated fishing news, tips, schedules, and more.
For those who prefer a guide service to a guide book, there are a number of professional fisherman offering their expert services for your next Pickwick Lake fishing trip. Check out Carl Boaz smallmouth bass and live bait fishing specialist, Brent Crow, full-time guide and tournament angler, and Roger Stegall, accomplished fisherman for over 30 years.

When you’re ready to try your hand at a little competition, check out one of the many local fishing tournaments held annually. Some of the more well-known events include the Catfish World Championship Fishing Tournament, the annual Sauger Fishing Tournament, the Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament, and any of the Fishing League Worldwide Tournaments. Children are particularly welcome to join the Kids First Adult/ Junior Bass Tournament Series and the Timmy Horton Fishing for Kids fishing rodeo.

Regardless of how much you catch, remember to have fun and stay safe while you’re fishing Pickwick Lake!