Fish Pickwick and Wilson Lakes
Pickwick and Wilson Lakes are teaming with fish and the Muscle Shoals area has become one of the hottest destinations for anglers in the Southeast! (“What the heck, one of the best in the entire U.S!”)
Pickwick Lake and Wilson Lake, created within a twisting stretch of the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama and northeast Mississippi, offer an array of the most popular species of fresh-water game fish, including tournament-sized largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass and crappie.
You’ll also discover catfish of legendary size! These lakes are sanctioned by several professional tournament circuits. (Read more in our Tournament News)
Anglers tell us that Pickwick is in top form, with numerous 10-pounds-plus largemouth bass and 7-pounds-plus smallmouth bass being caught this year. Wilson is also good in condition and producing plenty of big bass. Big crappie and catfish are also being caught on both lakes.
These lakes, created by the Tennessee Valley Authority, provide a diverse fish habitat. A deep river channel centers each lake and the submerged terrain, once bottom lands and rugged bluffs, creates a challenging course. You’ll enjoy the chase, but best of all, you will enjoy the catch!
Colbert County, on the south side of the Tennessee River and its world-class lakes, offers lodging that caters to anglers and their families. Throughout the cities of Sheffield, Muscle Shoals, and Tuscumbia, Alabama, you’ll find appealing tourist attractions, parks, recreational opportunities including golf, and everyone’s favorite – food! Restaurants in the Muscle Shoals area feature all sorts of dining experiences from the most informal cafés with home-style cooking to fine dining that is second-to-none.
There are plenty of public boat ramps where anglers can launch their boats for free and hotels that have outside plugins for recharging boat batteries. We are a fisherman's paradise.
We invite you to come to fish and while you’re here, we want you to have fun.
3nd Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge
Dear Alabama High School Student Angler:
Our 3nd Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge will be held on Pickwick Lake in Northwest Alabama on June 13, 2015. This tournament will be televised nationally. Click Here for Angler Registration forms, Boat Captian Registration forms, Rules and Regulations, and hotel information.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to have a great time fishing and earn some big money for college. I’ll be on hand for the tournament and all the events associated with it. I Hope you will make plans to come fish on my favorite lake, Pickwick in Alabama, on June 13, 2015.
If you need additional information, call us at (256) 383-0783 or e-mail us at
Let’s Have Fun Fishing!
Schedule of Events
- Fri., June 12, 2015, 6 p.m. - Pre-tournament meeting with complimentary dinner, NW Shoals Community College, 800 George Wallace Blvd., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
- Sat., June 13, 2015, 6 a.m. – Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake, launching out of Riverfront Park, 1000 Alabama Avenue, Sheffield, AL (just outside of town)
- Sat., June 13, 2 p.m. – Weigh In , beginning at 2 p.m., Sheffield, Alabama
Some spectator seating provided, food available for purchase, festive atmosphere
Breakdown of Winnings in Two Divisions (7th-9th grades; 10th-12th grades)
- First Place - $3,000
- Second Place - $2,000
- Third Place - $1,500
- Fourth Place - $1,000
- Fifth Place - $500
Fee is $20 per Angler.
Trophies provided for each winner in both divisions, including Lunker. Read about last years winners!
Tim Horton, Bass Elite Angler
Students can win money for college while fishing June 13
SHEFFIELD – Alabama students can help pay for their college tuition while catching bass on Pickwick Lake June 13.
The Third Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge offers $20,000 in college scholarships. The tournament, for students in grades 7-12, will be staged out of Riverfront Park in Sheffield. It is open to students in public, private and home schools. The entry fee is $20 per angler.
Horton, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler and outdoors television personality from Muscle Shoals, said the tournament offers students an opportunity to win money for college while fishing on one of the greatest bass lakes in America.
“Pickwick is absolutely awesome. It is full of big largemouth, big smallmouth and big spotted bass too,” Horton said. “The kids are going to catch some really nice fish and have a lot of fun catching them.”
Students will compete in two divisions, grades 7-9 and 10-12. The tournament is open to 2015 graduates.
Trophies and scholarships will be awarded to the top five individual anglers in each division. Trophies and scholarships to Northwest-Shoals Community College will be awarded to the top schools in each division.
Students will enter as two-angler teams, but compete as individuals. There is no limit to the number of two-angler teams a school can enter.
Competitors will receive and a pre-tournament meal on Friday night and a souvenir fishing buff. Highlights from the tournament will be televised.
Entry forms are available at FishPickwickLake.com
For more information about the tournament, or lodging, contact Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at (256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783 or