Fishing in Colbert County

The Muscle Shoals area offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the nation with well-known Pickwick and Wilson Lakes! The lakes were formed beginning in the 1930's when the Tennessee Valley Authority began construction of a series of massive dams along the Tennessee River in North Alabama. This unique combination of the nature-made deep channel of the river and the man-made reservoirs of flooded fields, bluffs and marsh areas has generated excellent habitats for a large variety of game fish.  

Many professional organizations have recognized the high quality of fishing in the area. Recent circuits hosted by our lakes include the Cabela’s Crappie Classic and KingKat Classic, B.A.S.S. Pro-Am and Top 150, Southern Fishing-Russell Sporting Center Top Rod Championship and the EverStart Series Championship, among others.

To help you plan your trip to the Shoals area, go to

Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge 2015

Saturday, June 13th in Sheffield.  Bass Elite Angler Timmy Horton invites high school anglers to fish his annual tournament.  This is a great opportunity for young anglers across Alabama to have fun and win college scholarship money.  For more information and to register online go to



Fishing licenses are available at the Colbert County Courthouse and at many bait and tackle shops in the area. State fishing licenses may also be purchased online at, which also contains the latest information on license fees, creel limits and lake records.

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