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Fishing Overview

License & Lake Info ♦ News, Articles & Seasonal TipsLocal GuidesMarinasTackleBoat RepairsTournament Schedule ♦ Pickwick LakeWilson LakeWheeler Lake ♦ blogger logo Blog

 

 

Fishing Trails of Pickwick, Wilson & Wheeler Lakes - Alabama

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River fishing, bank fishing, bass fishing, smallmouth fishing, pier fishing, boat fishing, fly fishing, creek fishing, tournament fishing, sport fishing and cane-pole fishing, all on Wheeler, Wilson, andPickwick Lake.

The scenic Tennessee River flowing throughout Florence, Lauderdale County and The Shoals is divided by a series of dams into three different lakes: Pickwick, Wilson and Wheeler. These lakes offer some of the best sport fishing in the country and in their blue waters can be found trophy Large and Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Salt Water Stripe, Sauger and Bream.

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The lakes have numerous gravel islands, shallow sloughs, grass-filled backwaters, feeder streams, standing timber, rocky points and underwater structures that make for an

 exciting and challenging fishing experience.


 

For more fishing info, get your free Guide for Wilson, Wheeler, and Pickwick Lake here, or call us at 1-888-FLO-TOUR. 

 

 

 

 

 Lake Info

 

Need a Fishing License to fish Pickwick, Wilson or Wheeler Lakes?

Purchase your license by phone or internet: 1-888-848-6887 or www.takemefishing.org

 

Annual fishing licenses are good for 365 days.  Instant licensing is available on the Internet (2% fee), or by telephone-1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee), or at 900 vendors and probate offices in Alabama.  All youth age 15 and younger fish for free.

 

License requirements vary because the lake includes three states.


Alabama Resident - $12.50 annual license
Florida/Tennessee Resident - $16 (7-day permit)
Louisiana Resident - $26 (7-day permit)
Mississippi resident - $15 (7-day permit)
All other state residents - $11 (7-day permit)
Out-of-state resident annual license fee - $31

Lake Levels - For lake levels and temperature information for Pickwick Lake, Wilson Lake & Wheeler Lake, call 256-386-2264 or www.lakeinfo.tva.gov

Alabama Boat Operator’s Certification
Manual Marine Police Division 334-242-3673
Folsom Administrative Building
Montgomery, AL 36130-1451

 

Daily Creel, Possession & Size of Game Fish Regulations
Visit www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/

  

 

 Seasonal Tips for Pickwick Lake, Wilson Lake and Wheeler Lake

 

Be sure to have a look at Fishound's local, up-to-date fishing reports!

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Recent Videos, Articles, and News

 

1/21/2013    - Selecting swimbait for an Umbrella Rig - Jimmy Mason

1/7/2013      - Tying a Loop Knot - Jonathon Newton

12/23/2012 - Advanced Soft-Jerkbait Techniques - Jimmy Mason

12/6/2012   -  Unlocking Bass: 3 keys to better A-rigging  -Jimmy Mason

 

Spring-(March-June)

Concentrate on deep ledges, gravel points, and bluffs. Head for weed beds and shallow stumps as water temperatures increase in April. Fill your tackle box with plastic worms, jigs, spinner baits and big crank baits.

Summer-(June-September)

Now is the time for blue and channel catfish. For all fish, your best luck is to follow shell mounds, and underwater humps. Keep an eye out for large schools of largemouth & smallmouth on ledges. Local fishermen say to use a jig, big crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina Rig Lizard and live shiners to lure in the big ones.

Fall-(September-December)

Trophy fish are abundant along the riverbanks, woods, rocks and anywhere baitfish can be found. Smallmouth bass congregate in the tailwaters of Wilson and Wheeler Dams. Many anglers have success drifting live threadfin shad in the swift current for trophy smallmouths. Fill your tackle box with top water baits, spinner baits, jigs, rigs, and plastic worms.

Winter-(December-March)

Tailwaters of Wilson and Wheeler Dams provide excellent opportunities to catch sauger (we call them jack salmon) when they migrate upstream to spawn. Winter also is an excellent time for Smallmouth bassfishing on Pickwick Lake. Use small jigs, worms and willow leaf spinner baits in white or white/chartreuse.

 

 Local Guides

 

Jimmy Mason

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www.jimmymasonbasspro.com

 

Jonathan Newton - FLW National Guard Pro

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Ryan Salzman

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 256-508-5260 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.salzyfishing.com

Daniel Boone - Fishing Guide
256-443-8525 or 256-766-4895
www.danielboonefishingguide.com

Sam Parker
7731 Kennedy Dr.
Florence, AL 35630
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(Tony) Cox Fly Fishing
221 Co. Rd. 416
Killen, AL 35645
256-757-0449
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 Brian Barton Outdoors
 Specialty in Catfish and Stripers
256-412-0969
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 Marinas

 

Florence Harbor and Marina

Marina Mar

1050 Clayborn Liles Dr.

Hwy 72 / Shoals Creek

(McFarland Park)

Killen, AL 35645

Florence, AL 35630

256-757-1122

256-768-1299 

 

Florence Harbor & Marina

 
   

Joe Wheeler State Park

 

 Hwy 72  
Rogersville, AL 35652   
256-247-6971 or 256-247-5461   
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 Tackle

Perkin's Outdoors

Dick's Sporting Goods

305 Coffee Road 346 Cox Creek Pkwy
Florence, AL 35630 Florence, AL 35630
256-768-1000 or

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256-760-4211
   

Alabama Outdoors

Tom Smith Custon Rod & Reel

Full Line Orivis Dealer

3303 Veterans Drive

468 N. Court Street Florence, AL 35630
Florence, AL 35630 256-766-8036
256-764-1809  
   

Gray's Tackle Shop

Elk River Tackle

2813 Jackson Hwy. 18833 Hwy 72
Sheffield, AL 35660 Rogersville, AL 35652
256-383-2716 256-247-7070
   

Gene's Bait & Tackle

Wal-Mart Super Center

15261 Hwy 72 3100 Hough (off of Hwy 72)
Rogersville, AL 35652 Florence, AL 35630
256-247-7700 256-767-7581
   

K-Mart

 

105 Cox Creek Pkwy  
Florence, AL 35630  
256-764-2223  
   
   
   

 

 Boat Repairs

Shoals Outdoor Sports

Travis Boat Center

1605 Highway 72 4120 Florence Blvd
Tuscumbia, AL 35674 Florence, AL 35630
256-389-8150 256-757-5000
   

Longshore Cycle Center

Shoals Marine

931 Mitchell Blvd 105 Cox Blvd
Florence, AL 35630 Sheffield, AL 35661
256-764-3038 256-381-5006
   

Jim's Prop Service

 
3407 Huntsville Rd  
Florence, AL 35630  
256-766-1717  

 

 

 

2014 Tournament Schedule

 

March 30, 2013 – Alabama Bass Federation, Inc.

McFarland Park, Pickwick Lake

Weigh-in: TBA

 

May 2-4, 2013 – FLW Central Division FIshing Tournament

McFarland Park, Pickwick Lake

Weigh-in: TBA

 

April 9-11, 2013 - FLW Everstart SouthEast Division Tournament

Joe Wheeler State Park, Wheeler Lake

Weigh-ins: TBA

 

May 23-24, 2013 – Boat US Collegiate National Championship

McFarland Park, Pickwick Lake

Weigh-ins: TBA

 

June 1, 2013 - Alabama Bass Federation Nation FIshing Tournament

McFarland Park, Pickwick Lake

Weigh-ins: TBA

 

June 15-16, 2013 - BASS Collegiate Tournament

McFarland Park, Pickwick Lake

Weigh-ins: TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism,
One Hightower Place
Florence, AL 35630
Call us: 256-740-4141

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Toll Free: 1-888-356-8687