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2nd Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge

timmythumbDear Alabama High School Student Angler:

I am proud to join the Colbert County Tourism Office to offer you the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge to be held on Pickwick Lake, May 24, 2014. Pickwick continues to be one of the hottest lakes in the country. Twenty thousand dollars will be awarded via scholarships to anglers who win in two divisions – 7th through 9th grades and 10th through 12th grades.  You’ll find Registration Forms, Tournament Rules, Hotel and Campground information right here, online, at

This is a fantastic opportunity to fish where the Pro’s Fish and earn big money for college. I’ll be on hand for the pre-tournament meeting on the evening of Friday,  May 23 and of course, the tournament on Saturday, May 24,  out of Rose Trail Park, west Colbert County. Make plans now to come fish this tournament on my home lake – PICKWICK!

For more information, call the Colbert County Tourism Office at 256.383.0783 or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Let’s Have Fun Fishing!

Tim Horton
Bass Elite Angler 

Helpful Links - 2014 Rules and Regulations - Anglers’ Boat Captain’s Registration Form -  Colbert County Lodging

*Location and Schedule of Events

  • Fri., May 23, 2014, 6 p.m. -  Pre-tournament meeting with complimentary dinner, Northwest Shoals Community College (Gym), 800 George Wallace Blvd., Muscle Shoals, AL

  • Sat., May 24, 2014, 7 a.m. –  Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake, launching out of  Rose Trail County Park, 9395 Riverton Rose Trail, Cherokee, AL.  Breakfast biscuits, drinks, provided at launch site for anglers & boat captains

  • Sat., May 24, 2014, 2 p.m. –  Weigh In at Rose Trail County Park.  Festive atmosphere,spectator seating and food vending on site.  Staff of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) will be on hand to handle the weigh-in, on stage with Timmy Horton.  Each angler will weigh in his/her catch separately.

*Maps and written directions available online and for you to pick up at the Pre-Tournament Meeting site (NW Shoals Community College) on Friday night, May 23, 2014.

Scholarship Monies Being Awarded

Breakdown of Winnings in Two Divisions (7th-9th grades; 10th-12th grades).

First Place - $3,000 Second Place - $2,500 Third Place - $1,500
Fourth Place - $700 Fifth Place - $300 Big Fish - $500

School Bass Clubs (total weight for top five teams from each school. School will have to use money for scholarships within their clubs.

First Place - $1,000 Second Place - $800 Third Place - $600
Fourth Place - $400 Fifth Place - $200  

Essay Contest (any angler that participates in the Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers’ Challenge is qualified to participate).  Essays are due by May 10, 2013.  (See Rules for Essays).

Essay Winner receives a $500.00 cash prize at the Pre-Tournament Dinner on May 17, 2013.

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.

Tim Horton Fishing Report
Timmy Horton’s tips for Pickwick Lake

Pickwick Lake in northwest Alabama belies the notion that all good things must come to an end. Completed in 1938, the bass fishing in this storied 47,500-acre Tennessee River reservoir is better than ever.

Bassmaster Elite Series tournament angler Timmy Horton was a fishing guide at Pickwick before he became one of the top bass pros in the country. He still fishes Pickwick often and is astounded by what the lake is producing.

“Last spring you had to have 30 pounds to have a shot at winning any bass tournament here,” Horton says. “A 20-pound limit no longer gives you bragging rights at Pickwick.”

Electrofishing by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources found that Pickwick’s largemouth bass were fatter than bass from other Alabama reservoirs in 2008. That was a harbinger of better things to come. Read More