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Pickwick April 2011 Fishing Report
By AON Staff
Originally published in the April 2011 issue of AON
Pickwick: Level: 2.7 feet below pool. Temp: Mid to upper 50s. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Good, according to Gary Harlan. “The fishing has been good throughout March, and it looks like it will continue into April. Tournaments are taking from 20 to 25 pounds to win,” said Gary, who guides with Roger Stegall Guide Service. The recent BFL tournament had 167 boats and was won by Roger, who had more than 24 pounds. Andy Houpt, who also guides with Roger, placed second, and Gary was seventh. “Pretty good day for the home team,” Gary said. “We caught good numbers of smallmouths last week. Most were in the 1- to 3-lb. range on Wild Shiner jerkbaits and Coffee tubes. The shaky-head bite is picking up farther back in the creeks and pockets. Use a 3/16-oz. Strike King shaky head and watermelon/red-flake or green-pumpkin/red-flake Strike King Super Finesse Worm. The water on the river is stained, but a few fish are still falling for jerkbaits in bright colors. The water temps are staying so cool due to the flood gates still being open. Look for the faster-moving baits to produce as the water warms — spinnerbaits, crankbaits, etc. The new Burner spinnerbaits and the KVD series crankbaits should be the ticket once the bass make the move to shallower water. I would expect the next full moon on April 17 to be when many of the big females — largemouths and smallmouths — go on the beds, providing the good weather holds out and the water temps make it into the 60s.” Guide and tournament pro Jimmy Mason predicts Pickwick will soon overtake Guntersville as the top Tennessee River bass lake — if it hasn’t already. “Pickwick is exploding. The weights have been incredible, and the numbers of fish are even better,” Jimmy said. He attributes the improved fishing to the new grass emerging on Pickwick. “The nice thing is Pickwick doesn’t have near the boat traffic as Guntersville.” Jimmy said the floods last week made the dam area impossible to fish. “The ramp at McFarland was under water, but as it gets back to normal the river grass in the upper lake will be really good. Basically look for current breaks. As it warms in April, fish the new grass that’s emerging,” he said.
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