Pickwick Lake


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Sauger disappearance leaves winter void

Times Daily

Date: 11/27/2015 1:05:00 AM

Where have all the sauger gone? The question is asked up and down the Tennessee River, especially in the north Alabama reservoirs where the tasty fish once thrived. Sauger have become so scarce they are almost an afterthought. Fishermen have a few theories

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On Thanksgiving and always, a feast for heart and stomach


Date: 11/26/2015 6:27:00 AM

I think of food and it takes me places. To BLT's at a diner near Port St. Joe. To cranking homemade peach ice cream by hand on an island in the Tennessee River. To fried chicken and deviled eggs, green beans and lemon merengue pie at a hundred different

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Cooper: Thankful for city's renaissance in past 25 years

Times Free Press

Date: 11/25/2015 11:39:00 PM

Just 15 of those things are: 1. The Tennessee Aquarium: The attraction, which opened overlooking the Tennessee River in 1992, is the catalyst for many of the changes in Chattanooga's downtown. Sneered at by some when it was first suggested, it nevertheless

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Tailgating by the numbers


Date: 11/25/2015 9:09:00 AM

3 - Universities where fans can "sail-gate" by boat: the University of Washington (Lake Washington), the University of Tennessee (Tennessee River) and Baylor University (Brazos River). 10 acres - Size of "The Grove," the grassy area on the Oxford

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Sitting Pretty?

Biomass Magazine

Date: 11/25/2015 7:23:00 AM

In Simet’s story, Northeast Wood Products found paved roads, rail line, existing storage and proximity to the Tennessee River reason enough to buy space at a long-shuttered ethanol plant, where the company is in the midst of building a wood pellet plant

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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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