2021 Pickwick Slam – Day 1

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 1 of the 2021 Pickwick Slam at Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL.

The 2021 Pickwick Slam marks the first Association of Collegiate Anglers event contested at Pickwick Lake during the springtime in almost 10 years. Contested April 10-11, 2021, the Pickwick Slam is the final ACA regular-season event before the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in May. This week, anglers are competing for over $30,000 in prizes and contingencies, double points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, and five automatic qualifying spots into the 2021 Championship.

Day 1 of the Pickwick Slam begins with a brief weather delay as storms moved through the area early on that Saturday morning. Once the anglers made it out onto Pickwick Lake, they were greeted with phenomenal fishing conditions. Bass all across this Tennessee River fishery are pushed up shallow both to feed and spawn. This makes them very susceptible to biting, and this full field of elite college anglers is ready to capitalize!

The tailrace below the Wilson Dam quickly becomes the focal point on Day 1. Recent rains have added plenty of new water into the Tennessee River, and water is flowing through the gates of the dam at a steady rate. The smallmouth bass that populate Pickwick Lake love these conditions. They will move up and down throughout the day, feeding on shad and baitfish at a feverish rate. Numerous smallmouth in the four to six-pound class will be caught in this area on Day 1, anchoring several bags eclipsing the 20-pound mark.

Tune in to watch Day 1 coverage of the 2021 Pickwick Slam!