SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 19, 2017) – The 2017 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s is nearly here. The college anglers will soon be arriving in beautiful Florence, Alabama to fish Championship Week while enjoying all the festivities associated with this competition week. Pickwick is always a huge favorite among anglers because it is full of bass that can be caught both shallow and deep.
When nearly 400 college anglers blast off onto Pickwick Lake for their practice and competition days during Championship Week, they’ll be facing a wide range of choices on how and where to fish. Do they fish the deep ledges, what about the tailraces, or go shallow to fish the ample cover along the banks? We took the time to speak with numerous professional anglers to get their thoughts on what the collegiate anglers should expect; here top touring pros Clark Wendlandt and Jeff Kriet share what they would do.
Clark Wendlandt, Cabela’s-Garmin Pro
“Due to the lock being out of service for this event, everyone will have to find them on Pickwick, but the lake is plenty big enough and good enough of a fishery to handle it. For guys who haven’t experienced Tennessee River ledges, basically you’re looking for long bars with shell and stumps on them. Most of the best spots will be in the current. One thing about these Tennessee River Lakes is that the fish live offshore for a majority of the year so there are plenty of fish to catch along these ledges.”