Pickwick Lake


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416.46 FEET
Full Pool: 414.0
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The River: Rafter CLYDE to soon be on her way with new mistress; will her former Captain watch her go?

Northern Kentucky Tribune

Date: 7/4/2020 11:09:00 PM

In a couple more days, the Rafter CLYDE will point her bow westward, headed in the direction of the mouth of the Cumberland River, some 422 miles downstream. Then it’s all uphill to Barkley Dam

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First half of 2020 is second wettest of any year in history in Chattanooga

Times Free Press

Date: 7/4/2020 4:03:00 PM

The first six months of 2020 were one of the wettest starts to any year in Chattanooga with rainfall so far this year nearly 59% above normal

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Quality Fish Came From Variety Of Depths, Cover


Date: 6/30/2020 10:03:00 PM

Rookie Cole Floyd had fished a couple of warm-weather events at Chickamauga before and came into this event determined to find something away from the offshore "community holes" that would attract

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Body Found In Tennessee River On Friday


Date: 6/29/2020 5:00:00 PM

Chattanooga Police were informed by a local fisherman that a body had been discovered in the Tennessee River. Police were advised that the remains were on the Amnicola Highway bank of the river

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Why Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs won't consider a property tax hike in uncertain times

Knox News

Date: 6/29/2020 2:16:00 AM

The impacts of COVID-19 have hampered budgets and government planning for the foreseeable future — but don't expect Knox County to bump property taxes

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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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