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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.

Camp Courage award preserves angler’s legacy


Evan Isbell’s legacy for sharing his love of fishing with others is helping bring smiles to the faces of children participating in Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience.

Isbell, 16, a member of the Muscle Shoals Trojan Bass Fishing Team, died in an automobile accident June 23. He was well known for helping special needs children and adults learn to fish through the Timmy Horton Fishing For Kids program and Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience.

Isbell, of Tuscumbia looked forward to Fishing for Kids and Camp Courage with as much enthusiasm as he did any of the many bass tournaments he competed in on the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association on other tours.

“Evan was such a nice young man. He would always come up to me after Camp Courage or Fishing for Kids and thank me for letting him help,” said Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. “He always had a smile on his face when he was helping the children learn how to fish.”

To honor Isbell, Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience organizers created the Evan Isbell Angler Award to honor the camper deemed the top angler. Twelve children from throughout Alabama attended this year’s session of Camp Courage Sept. 24-27.

Chase_and_Zachary.jpgThe first recipient the Evan Isbell Angler Award was Zachary Glasgow of Albertville. Glasgow caught a 4 ½ -pound largemouth bass at the Camp Courage fishing day on Pickwick Lake to clinch the prize.

It was the first bass and largest fish that Glasgow, 9, has caught.

“It was huge. It pulled really hard when I was reeling it in. Everybody on the boat was telling me that it was a good one,” Glasgow said. “I loved catching that great big fish.”

Chase Murphy, a close friend of Isbell, presented the special award to Glasgow. Several members of the Muscle Shoals Trojan Bass Fishing Team attended the awards ceremony.

“Evan was always trying to help people. He loved getting to help with Camp Courage and help make the children happy,” Murphy said. “With this award, Evan is still making the Camp Courage kids happy. It is a great way to honor Evan and his parents, Ashley and Connie.”

In addition to fishing, the campers made pottery and candles, explored a farm and nature preserve and learned how to use their abilities to make a difference in the world, just as Helen Keller did.

Camp Courage was sponsored by the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation,  Optometry Cares  - The American Optometric Association Foundation, Valley Credit Union, University of North Alabama,  Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, Colbert County Commission, Colbert County Community Development Fund, Siemens Industries, Helen Keller Hospital, Muscle Shoals Fishing Team, Tim Horton Fishing,  Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and Alabama Tourism Department, Wind Creek Hospitality, Cypress Cove Farm and George’s 217.

UNA freshman win collegiate bass tournament

Caleb_Dennis_and_Sloan_Pennington_of_the_UNA_fishing_team.jpg          Sloan Pennington and Caleb Dennis of UNA fishing team

SHEFFIELD - a pair of University of North Alabama freshmen bested 122 anglers from throughout the South to win a Fishlife Collegiate Tour bass tournament on Pickwick Lake.

Sloan Pennington of Childersburg and Caleb Dennis caught five largemouth bass weighing 19.78 pounds to win the tournament, that was staged out of Riverfront Park on Saturday, Sept. 19. They earned $1,500.
John Davis and Payton McGinnis of the University of Alabama finished in second place with 16.70 pounds. Austin Hanley of University of Alabama-Birmingham, who fished alone, was third with 16.46 pounds. Taylor Thompson and Blake Yarbrough of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., finished fourth with Mason MacAnally and Austin Maynard of UAB rounding out the top five.

It was the only second collegiate level tournament for Pennington and Dennis, who were teammates on the Fayetteville High School fishing team. Both said the opportunity to fish at the collegiate level for a school only minutes from Pickwick Lake were big factors in their decision to attend UNA.

“Education came first, but having a fishing team was a close second for why we came to UNA,” Dennis said.

“We had never fished Pickwick Lake before we came to UNA, now we fish it almost every day. It’s an awesome lake,” Pennington said.

Pennington said he and Davis used a variety of techniques to catch their fish in the Fishlife tournament. “We caught fish in a bunch of different places, using a bunch of different baits at a bunch of different depths. We were just junk fishing all day.”

The tournament was sponsored by Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. Executive Director Susann Hamlin said sponsorship will pay dividends as the anglers return to their colleges and universities and talk to their friends about Pickwick Lake and encourage them to visit the Shoals.


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