Pickwick Lake Facts:
Pickwick Lake has 490 miles of winding shoreline and about 43,100 acres of water surface, running along the Tennessee River and stretching from Muscle Shoals, Alabama to Pickwick Dam, Tennessee.  Fishing conditions include shallow stump flats, well-defined channels, active feeder creeks, steeply falling bluffs, rocky ledges and long grass beds.  Approximately 46 miles of the Tennessee River run through or border Hardin County.  The Tennessee River is part of the Kentucky Reservoir, which is controlled by TVA.

License Information:
Hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Seasons are subject to change & license fees are subject to change. Migratory bird seasons are determined by federal regulations. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, online, and from all TWRA offices.

Online: Go to and click on the link, "Buy a license online." Regular license fees plus a processing fee will be charged to your credit card. Processing fee is $3 if you print it or $4.25 if license is mailed to you.
By Phone: Call 1-888-814-8972. An authorization number will allow you to begin fishing or hunting the minute you hang up. Regular license fees plus a processing fee will be charged to your credit card. Processing fee is $6.25 or $7.50 if license is mailed to you.
U.S. Mail: Send you name, address including zip code, social security number, date of birth, physical features (height, weight, eye and hair color), and enclose the correct fee to: TWRA Sales Office, P.O. Box 41729, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-1729.

White Bass Daytime below Pickwick Dam
Sauger November-March below Pickwick Dam
Catfish Year-round, mainstream bars and drop offs
Smallmouth Bass May-October on gravel bars and old river channel, remainder of year along bluff and old river channel
Largemouth Bass Peak for large fish March-April, October-November
Striper Below Pickwick Dam April-June and August-October
Crappie March-April on river, year-round TWRA fish attractors on Pickwick Lake

Guide Services:

Gordon's Guide Service: Gordon Hardin 731-925-5306 (h). 731-727-4359 (c). 920 Morgan Ross Rd., Savannah, TN 38372. Smallmouth, largemouth, stripers, sauger, and crappie.

Phil King's Catfishing Guide Service: Phil King 662-286-8644. 34 CR 109, Corinth, MS 38834. Catfish guide service that even includes fish cleaning and a photo of your catch. Thirty-two years of fishing on the Tennessee River. Four-time winner of the National Catfish Derby and the 2007, 2009, and 2011 Bass Pro Shop Big Cat Quest; and 2003 Cabela's Classic Champion. Website: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pickwick Outdoors, Inc: David Harbin 1-877-214-4924. Office located at Crye-Leike Pickwick. Complete services for all recreational plans- lodging, fishing, golfing, camping and boat rentals.

Professional Guide Service: Roger Stegall 662-432-3869. 85 CR 256, Iuka, MS 38852. Twenty-seven years of guide experience on Pickwick Lake. Licensed by Coast Guard.

Rick Matlock's Guide Service: Rick Matlock 731-926-6054. 395 Preacher Drive, Counce, TN 38326. Full day or half day trips. Catfish, smallmouth, crappie and stripers. 2012 National Catfish Derby World Champion.

Super Pro Guide Service: Roger Gant 662-665-5160. 17 CR 505, Corinth, MS 38834. Year-round crappie fishing.

Talley's Outdoors: Clagett Talley 731-925-2852. 1020-E Wayne Road, Savannah, TN 38372. Fishing guide services available.

Todd Witt's Pro Guide Service: Todd Witt 662.415.3040. 12 CR 470, Corinth, MS 38834. Full or half-day guided bass trips. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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