Pickwick Lake


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Author Kim Trevathan preparing to paddle up the Tennessee


Date: 3/16/2018 9:18:00 PM

Kim Trevathan planned to begin paddling up the Tennessee River on March 15, but with the Kentucky Dam spilling water at about 200,000 cubic feet per second, he’ll wait until later this week. The lock there is one of nine he’ll pass through on a 692

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Recent weather patterns create strong fishing, draw anglers to TVA lakes

Decatur Daily

Date: 3/15/2018 10:20:00 PM

It does not matter which TVA reservoir it is. Big bags of bass are being brought to tournament scales each week — a sign the Tennessee River is experiencing a major upswing. “At our Guntersville tournament last week, it took almost 20 pounds to crack

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Alleged thief arrested after attempted burglary leads to oil spill

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Date: 3/14/2018 2:42:00 PM

The transformer held a 50-gallon drum of oil. The oil spilled into a storm drain that leads to Williams Street tributary and eventually the Tennessee River, according to Georgia Environmental Protection Division spokesman Kevin Chambers. An environmental

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Georgia lawmakers launch new bid for resolve boundary dispute

The Business Journals

Date: 3/14/2018 9:50:00 AM

but its real importance is that moving the line to the 35th parallel would give Georgia direct access to an abundant water supply from the Tennessee River. Georgia lawmakers have sought to resolve the state's northern borders for decades without getting

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911 call, search warrants to be sealed during search for missing Nashville firefighter


Date: 3/13/2018 9:23:00 PM

Nashville divers were called to assist with the search on Tuesday for a missing Nashville firefighter believed to be in the Tennessee River. Jesse Reed was reported missing one week ago after his truck went into the river near Waverly, Tennessee

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 308 Miles
• Surface Area: 43,100 Acres
• Volume: 924,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 32,800 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 21 Feet
• Length: 53 Miles
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.


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.
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