Pickwick Lake


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More than 100 volunteers help search for missing teens and parent in Tennessee River

Action News 5

Date: 2/25/2020 4:44:00 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Early Tuesday morning rescue teams got their boats back in the Tennessee River, continuing the search for two 15-year-old boys and a 43-year-old parent chaperone who were

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Sheffield Utilities assessing break in sewer line on Tennessee River


Date: 2/25/2020 12:23:00 PM

SHEFFIELD — A 38-inch wastewater line that runs along the bluff along the Tennessee River has broken at a joint and is discharging wastewater into the river. Sheffield Gas, Water and Wastewater

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Landslide sweeps homes off of bluff and into Tennessee River amid sparks, crackling

Charlotte Observer

Date: 2/25/2020 10:44:00 AM

Two large homes collapsed into the rain-swollen Tennessee River Saturday, and dramatic video shows the tumble was proceeded in one case by the eerie sound of cracking, snapping and sparks of

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The Dream of Catching a Triple-Digit Fish in the Tennessee River Valley


Date: 2/24/2020 3:00:00 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Whether it is fishing for sport or just for fun, fishing enthusiasts can find world-class lake fishing within the Tennessee River Valley. The area

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Chattanooga construction crew rescues basset hound from Tennessee River

Dayton Daily News

Date: 2/19/2020 2:55:00 PM

A construction crew in Chattanooga put in some overtime Wednesday morning, rescuing a basset hound from the Tennessee River, WTVC reported. The dog, named Buddy, was trapped in some brush along the

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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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