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35° 0' 18.1008" N, 88° 11' 52.6848" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Fishing Alabama Reeds Guide Service - Reed Montomery
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Fishing Report
April 14, 2014
Alabama's Pickwick Lake Spring Bass Fishing Report By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Birmingham, Al. Website www.fishingalabama.com There are actually only three lakes in Alabama where an angler has a really good chance at fooling any (or all three) bass species like largemouth bass, spotted bass and smallmouth bass, especially during any bass fishing trip this Spring and early Summer seasons. Including Striped bass as well! These are Alabama's Tennessee River System man made Impoundment's Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake and Pickwick Lake. (Another Tennessee River Impoundment in north Alabama, and the state's largest man made lake, is Guntersville lake, mostly fishing for big, largemouth bass). Pickwick Lake Impounded in 1938 has a real variety of bass for anglers to choose from. They can select to target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and if you like some big, striped bass! All while fishing with lures only (no live bait), during any, "all day excursion" fishing Pickwick lakes weedy banks, its major feeder creeks, along rock bluffs, main lake flats and around both of the lake's upper and lower dam areas. Bass fishing in Pickwick lakes headwaters (below upper Wilson Lake dam in the discharge waters), on any cast, an angler can fool largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and even white bass and striped bass. Lures fished from top to bottom can fool any of these bass during the spring and early summer seasons. Largemouth bass can be caught anywhere lake wide. but as waters begin to warm and new growing aquatic weeds begin to bloom these typically shallow water dweeling bass can easily be found, like when seen bedding around the lake's many weed types such as lilly pads, all types of visible grass and stringy millfoil and hydrilla weeds. Weedless lures like imitation frogs, buzz baits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics like floating worms, lizards and shad imitations are all good lure selections. Smallmouth bass are a different breed of bass, often labled to be very aggresive, especially during the spring time bedding season and early summer when they are recuperating from the rigors of the spring spawn and they are very hungry! They can be found schooling and feeding on hapless baitfish in the lake's feeder creeks, the lakes headwaters, along rock bluffs and even found feeding and holding along drop-offs, ledges and around wood cover like brush, stump rows and laydown trees found along creek and main lake flats. These types of places can be found lake wide and any one of them can harbor some of the year's biggest smallmouth bass. Like largemouth bass (but not weed dweeling bass), Pickwick lake's big, smallmouth bass can be caught while fishing with lures from top to bottom during this spring and early summer season. More open water lures like those jerking and walking type topwaters, buzz baits, poppers and a variety of spinnerbaits, crankbaits, lipless lures and especially suspending jerk baits. Unknown to many anglers that visit this lake (over 50 miles in length), Pickwick Lake also has some very big, trophy-sized spotted bass. They too, are not typically found around the lake's many weed types. But often while targeting the lake's more popular smallmouth bass many anglers catch some big spotted bass, for they can be found mingling right in there with those fiesty, brown bass. For both bass species prefer the same thing. Current, rocks, rock bluffs, sandy small pebbled bottoms especially during the spawn, including the food they eat as well. Minnows, crayfish, bream and many types of shad are always on the daily menu for targeting both smallmouth bass and spotted bass. So should your lure selection. For spotted bass hit the same lures smallmouth bass do, at times small finesse lures work very well! Concentrate your efforts In the mid to backs of creeks and select smaller lures like in-line spinners, small spinnerbaits, shallow running crankbaits, both suspending model and floating model hard bodied jerk baits, soft plastic jerk baits, swim baits and a number of lures fished either Texas-rigged, Carolina-rigged or fished on a jig head on or near bottom. Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery Owner of Reeds Guide Service "Pickwick Lake's (and all of Alabama's), oldest, professional bass fishing only guide service guiding year round for over 40 years" Call today! (205) 663-1504 Birmingham, Al. Website www.fishingalabama.com
Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1Largemouth BassTopwater
2Smallmouth BassJerk Bait
3Spotted BassLipless Bait

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