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Hot Bite As Pickwick Stripes Look To Cool Off
While certain portions of Pickwick Lake’s diverse fishery suffer during the summer doldrums, other parts flourish. That idea particularly applies to the cool-water striper fishing in the Pickwick tributaries during August.

The powerful saltwater striped bass migrate from the main lake into the shallow, spring-cooled feeder streams and provide a steady diet of big-fish action, the closest thing to Gulf-style fishing available along the Tennessee River.

The river typically gets stagnant at certain points in the summer. That scenario unfolded last year as a lack of rainfall resulted in an absence of current generated at Pickwick and Wilson dams. There were even hints of a thermocline setting up in parts of the lake, a rare occurrence in a current-driven Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir.

As June ended and July began with a dearth of...

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