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2012

2012 Pictures of Angler's Fish from Pickwick Lake

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We are still looking to certify lake record largemouth bass (8-pound minimum), smallmouth bass (7-pound minimum) and spotted bass (4-pound minimum). We also have an angler recognition program for other sport fish.

 big striped bass
Joe and Dave caught this nice striped bass during the fall of 2012 with the help of Steve Hacker.
Charley with some black bass
Charley holds a matched pair of black bass from Pickwick Lake, fall 2012.
Bass from Pickwick
Pickwick hold some nice bass, as this father-son team shows, fall 2012.
Tom Stemberger with bass
Tom Stemberger shows off some fine bass caught from Pickwick Lake on October 26, 2012.
 Steve Berryman
Steve Berryman shows that Christmas can come early in Pickwick Lake, December 4, 2012.
Chad with a striper
Chad with a striper
Steve Hacker with a smallmouth bass
Steve Hacker holds a smallmouth bass caught on November 15, 2012.
Steve Berryman with smallmouth bass
The middle of October proves to be a great time for Steve Berryman to catch smallmouth bass from Pickwick Lake, October 16, 2012.
Chad
Chad
Ron Glover
Ron Glover
Steve Darr fishing at Pickwick
Steve Darr caught this channel catfish using threadfin shad in the upper end of Pickwick.
Steve Darr fishing at Pickwick
Steve Darr had this skipjack herring take his bait, November 7, 2012.
Doug Darr fishing at Pickwick
Doug Darr caught this colorful bluegill during November of 2012.
Doug Darr fishing at Pickwick
Doug Darr holds a rock bass caught during November of 2012.

Smallmouth bass from Pickwick
Steve Hacker
sent this picture of his clients during a November 2012 trip.

Tom Stemberger caught these bass from Pickwick
Tom Stemberger caught these bass from Pickwick on October 26, 2012.

Steve Berryman caught these largemouth bass
Steve Berryman caught these largemouth bass from Pickwick on October 23, 2012.
 Marc caught this largemouth bass
Marc caught this largemouth bass from Pickwick during October of 2012.
Steve Berryman caught these smallmouth bass
Steve Berryman caught these smallmouth bass from Pickwick on October 16, 2012.
 Brian Rinehard caught this largemouth bass from Pickwick Lake
Brian Rinehard caught this 9 pound largemouth bass from Pickwick on June 20, 2012 on a football jig.
Terri
Terri with a striper
Terri and David
Terri and David
Norman Bowen
Norman Bowen
Dale
Dale with a smallmouth bass
Corey and Dale
Corey and Dale
Steve with a largemouth bass
Steve Darr poses before releasing a largemouth bass from Pickwick.

jumping bass
The bass were jumping in April, but not into the boat. We had to pull them into the boat.

Doug Darr with largemouth bass
April is a good time to get both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, April 5, 2012.

 
Doug Darr catches his first drop shot fish, a largemouth bass, with the help of guide Steve Hacker.
Steve Hacker catching a bass.
Steve Hacker catches a largemouth bass at Pickwick Lake on April 5, 2012.
 
Fun is catching smallmouth bass with your brother on Pickwick Lake, April 6, 2012.
 bass caught on a plastic worm
Bass will rarely pose for a picture like this.
 Steve with a drum
Steve Darr caught a hard fighting freshwater drum.
two five-pound bass
Steve
and Doug caught these five-pound largemouth bass from Pickwick Lake on  April 5, 2012.
striped bass on an Alabama rig
Don't be afraid to try different lures and colors on an Alabama Rig.  Sometimes that gives the best results.
Steve Darr with a channel catfish
Steve Darr caught this channel catfish on a jig, April 5, 212.
Steve Hacker with a striped bass
Striped bass
are fun to catch on topwater.  This striper followed and hit Steve Hacker's waking Redfin on Pickwick, April 5, 2012.
Dave Mansell with a big striped bass from Pickwick Lake caught on March 28, 2012.
Dave Mansell with a big striped bass from Pickwick Lake caught on March 28, 2012.
mixed bag from pickwick lake
Tom and Mike caught and released a nice bag of black bass from Pickwick Lake with Steve Hacker on April 2, 2012.
Dave Mansell fished with Steve Hacker on March 28, 2012, for this largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.
Dave Mansell fished with Steve Hacker on March 28, 2012, for this largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.
Randy Wiek caught this mixed pair in Pickwick lake on March 28, 2012.
Randy Wiek caught this mixed pair in Pickwick Lake on March 28, 2012.
Mike Brill with a big Pickwick striped bass caught with Steve Hacker's help on March 27, 2012.
Mike Brill with a big Pickwick striped bass caught with Steve Hacker's help on March 27, 2012.
Elliott caught bass from Pickwick
Elliott caught these nice bass in 2012.
Angler with large striped bass from Pickwick Lake
When the current is running, large striped bass can often be taken in Pickwick Lake. Mike caught this striper on March 12, 2012, with the help of Steve Hacker.
Don and Ken
Don and Ken caught these bass on March 23, 2012.
Don and Ken
Don and Ken caught these fish on March 23, 2012.
Ron Glover caught these fish from Pickwick
Ron Glover caught these striped bass on March 19, 2012..

Jim and Doug Daughdrill
Jim and Doug Daughdrill caught these fish on March 20, 2012.

Doug and Shane
Doug and Shane caught these fish on March 21, 2012.

 Lance Walker lands at 14.58 pound largemouth bass at Pickwick.
Lance Walker lands at 14.58 pound largemouth bass at Pickwick on January 27, 2012, a potential lake record.

Sending a few pictures of the Bass I caught on Pickwick Friday. Had lots of calls and heard some false details, but here is the way it went down.

After a long week of being at shows (Shot show and Farris show) I really needed a break. I called one of our deacons in our church at FBC Counce, Ray Rittenhour, and asked him if he wanted to ease out about 11:00 and crappie fish some. Well, Ray and I did go crappie fishing and after a few hours with little luck and realizing the lake had rose 3 foot at least in a short time, we decided to just try the bass to salvage the day and maybe catch a couple.

About 2:00 we started bass fishing and the lake was just ugly, rising faster than water could get out and just did not seem right, but thought if we fished some shallower bars right off the river, we may get a bite or 2. Well, the first bite was a gar fish, so we joked that we would not get skunked. Within 5 other casts, I had another bite in about 12 ft of water and the fish made a run just like a drum or catfish, with wide turns, one that made me say quickly it was not a bass. Within a few minutes, my line wanted to rise up, so I immediately went to my knees in the hopes it might be a bass. About 25 yards from the boat, I saw the roll and a glimpse of what I thought were lateral lines. She went back down and came to the boat. After 4-5 runs with me thumbing her to keep from pulling off, I finally got the look and realized what she was, a clear 10 pound fish, so I got nervous of course. Well 1-2 more runs, and I finally got her to the side of the boat. Ray grabbed her and lipped her with both hands.

By this time, Brent Barnhart had pulled up and was watching this as the fish came over the side of the boat. I immediately knew she was bigger than the 13.3 I had caught 3 years ago in Alabama waters of Pickwick, but I did not know how much bigger. I ran the water in the livewell, placed her in and took 10 or so minutes to freak out.

Finally, we got our wits, took some pictures and started weighing her, in which my scales and Brent's would not read true, probably because I was shaking so bad. In the meantime, I had called Mike Whitten to find out the state record and understand the rules to certify possibly one, in which he helped me all he could. I called my wife and asked her to find a TWRA officer or somebody to help me. She and Cole (my son) ran to the Pickwick state Park and found the Park Manager and a game warden. Well, off we went to Pickwick State Park. Upon arriving at the park, we took some great pictures while they tried to get a fisheries biologist on the phone with TN. Well, we finally got one on phone who explained in order to certify a state record, we had to have certified scales, 2 witnesses, dorsal fin clip, valve of blood, etc. Needless to say, fish had to die in order to do this; it seemed to me and Ray. I could have gotten to a certified scale, but nobody knew how to take blood, which the biologist was in Nashville, to make sure it was not Florida strain or hybrid, which he said was required. Of course I knew it was a pure Northern strain by her apperance as you can see in pictures, but that was not good enough.

Finally, got a set of scales there that seemed very close (hand held) and weighed her at 14.58, so we knew we were close. Dilemma time, do you take the chance you have state record or do you let her go? So, I asked the TWRA agent and guys to measure her length and girth to give me good ideas on size. She was 27 1/8 inches by 24 in girth. Decision was easy, fish had to live. Cole hopped in the boat with Ray and me.  We took an easy drive back to the area I caught her, in which we had a nice short visit before I placed her back in the lake. Let me tell you, she TORE out of my hand and was unharmed.

So, get home, plug in the dimensions in various "weight calculators," and it varies from 14.5 up to 15.7, with a consensus seeming to be around 14.8. Anyway, guess we will never know if I let the TN state record go or not Friday, but I can tell you, she LIVES on Pickwick Lake. In my heart, I honestly feel it was the State record and for that I am humbled and thankful God gave me that chance to share that fish with good friends and family and let her swim again.

Wanted to share this with some good friends so the story of this fish would not be changed through the translation of others.

Lance Walker  

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