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Fish Pickwick and Wilson Lake Tim Hortons home water. Bass, Crappie and Cat Fishing World ClassPickwick 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.

Children can go fishing for prizes April 25

Children can fish for prizes and college scholarships April 25 at Riverfront Park-1Young anglers can reel-in prizes and a chance to win college scholarships during an upcoming fishing rodeo in Sheffield.

A Crappie Kids Fishing Rode, for children 12 and younger, is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at Riverfront Park in Sheffield. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is no charge to enter. The children can use live bait and fish for all species of fish. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have their own fishing tackle.

“The Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeos are lots of fun for the young anglers,” said Susann Hamlin, executive director of Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. “It’s a great opportunity for the children to learn about the outdoors and spend time with their family. Plus, they could win a scholarship that will help pay for college.”

Prizes will be awarded to the top anglers. Lunch will be provided. All participants will be entered into a drawing for college scholarships that will be awarded in the fall of 2015.

The kid's fishing rodeo is being held in conjunction with a Cabela's Crappie USA tournament on Pickwick and Wilson lakes April 24-25. Many of the nation’s top crappie anglers are competing in the tournament. Weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. both days at Riverfront Park.

Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford said the tournament helps showcase the city and the phenomenal crappie fishing Pickwick and Wilson lakes provide. In addition, the anglers, who will be staying in hotels, eating at restaurants, buying gas and other supplies, provide a boost to Sheffield’s economy.

For more details about the kids fishing rodeo of the Crappie USA tournament, call Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256-383-0783

Giant catfish lure anglers to Sheffield

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Catfish anglers from throughout the South and Midwest are coming to Sheffield later this month for what is being billed as a monsterfest of catfishing.

The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail returns to Pickwick and Wilson lakes for a catfish tournament Saturday, March 28. Many of the nation’s top catfish anglers will compete in the tournament that is sponsored by the City of Sheffield.

Susann Hamlin, executive director of Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau said Pickwick and Wilson lakes are among the favorite places of catfish anglers nationwide who are looking for a place to catch huge fish.

At many lakes, anglers consider a catfish that weigh 25 pounds a big fish. At Pickwick and Wilson lakes, 25-pound fish are common and anglers are disappointed if they fail to catch at least one blue catfish that weighs more than 50 pounds.

Darrell Van Vactor, CEO of the King Kat tournament series, said Pickwick and Wilson lakes are known around the world as being the home of huge catfish.  

Registration is underway for the tournament. Anglers can fish either lake and launch their boat from any ramp. Tournament hours are from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The weigh-in will be at Riverfront Park in Sheffield. The host hotel is Jameson Inn in Sheffield.  

For more details on the tournament call Cabela's King Kat at 270-395-4204 or Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256-383-0783.

Pickwick and Wilson lakes ranked among America’s best


Local anglers tout Pickwick and Wilson lakes as two of the best places in the country to fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

A leading fishing website agrees. In its listing of the top 100 bass lakes in America, ranked Pickwick 15th and Wilson 45th. California-based is one of the most popular outdoor and travel websites. Noted outdoor writer Mike Pehanic compiled the listing of top lakes after consulting professional anglers, bass tournament organizations, and veteran outdoors journalists.

Tennessee River bass fishing guide Cameron Gautney of Muscle Shoals, was not surprised Pickwick and Wilson were listed among the top bass lakes in America.

“There are some lakes where you can catch big largemouth and others where you can catch big smallmouth. At Pickwick and Wilson you can catch both. You might catch a 7-pound largemouth and then catch a 5-pound smallmouth on the very next cast,” Gautney said.

Pro angler and outdoors television personality Tim Horton, of Muscle Shoals, also sings the praises of Pickwick and Wilson lakes. “They are amazing lakes. Pickwick is right there at the top of the best lakes in the country and Wilson is close behind.”

Guntersville Lake was ranked atop the list, with Lake Okeechobee in Florida, Clear Lake in California, Falcon Lake in Texas and Lake Erie/Niagara River in New York and Ontario rounding out the Top 5.

Gautney said Wilson and Pickwick lakes should have been ranked higher in the listing.

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