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Old 07-24-12, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Pickwick or Dale Hollow?

Well my family decided that we were going on vacation to kentucky/ tennessee area and i maybe thought hopefully that i might be able to get away for a day with my dad and hit one of these lakes. But a few problems occured to me...
1. we would be flying
2. im from the west and would love to find a good guide to teach me how to fish differently.


I leave on saturday ( kind of quick i know) and should be around for the following week my question is witch lake is better? (Id really like to catch a 5lb smallie even know i know ittle be hard in the summer) and what guides would you guys reccomend? Im sooo excited and really hope this works out.
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Old 07-24-12, 09:20 PM   #2
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You can't go wrong with Dave Clark... www.trolldhl.com

I promise...he'll teach you to fish "differently".

Honestly, in the middle of Summer I would think he would be your BEST chance at a 5+ lb smallie. You may also slay some trout or walleye.

Just tell him Bryce sent you.
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Old 07-24-12, 09:27 PM   #3
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so your definately thinking dale hollows a better lake?
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Old 07-24-12, 09:42 PM   #4
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Never been to Pickwick, but I love Dale Hollow.
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Old 07-24-12, 11:21 PM   #5
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so your definately thinking dale hollows a better lake?
I planned on going to Pickwick for the first time last year, but it didn't work out. I have to admit that to be fair.

On the other hand, I dream of finding a different job in Nashville just to be close to Dale Hollow, and I have every intention of having my ashes scattered there when I go fishing for the last time, if that tells you anything.
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Old 07-25-12, 12:42 AM   #6
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This time of year, pickwick is probaby a nightfishing type pattern. Also, its not as accessible I think as Dale. Which lake is better for getting a 5 lb smallie with a guide? Its close, from everything I've seen. Pickwick might be more different than the lakes you see out west, its really a river with lake characteristics. Dale is sure enough deep clear mountain lake.
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This time of year, pickwick is probaby a nightfishing type pattern. Also, its not as accessible I think as Dale. Which lake is better for getting a 5 lb smallie with a guide? Its close, from everything I've seen. Pickwick might be more different than the lakes you see out west, its really a river with lake characteristics. Dale is sure enough deep clear mountain lake.
Dale Hollow is pretty entrenched in night fishing right now too (would definitely help beat the heat!). During the day, the best way is to troll deep, open water.
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Old 07-25-12, 10:32 AM   #8
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Just tell him Bryce sent you.
Only do that if you want your guide to DOUBLE his price.

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I can see the dump truck backing down the ramp...........

OK, seriously - you are doing the intelligent thing in hiring a guide for unfamiliar water, even if you had a boat a guide for a day at the beginning of a trip is a smart idea. I haven't been on Pickwick (wanted to last year while I was at Wheeler, but it didn't happen) but I have been on Dale Hollow. I'm not a night fisherman, but that is the big thing at Dale this time of year along with trolling. If you don't mind fishing at night or trolling you should catch a couple smallmouth, along with (as NFE mentioned) trout and walleye.
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I can see the dump truck backing down the ramp...........
Oh, you truly are a ba$tard...
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Old 07-25-12, 01:16 PM   #11
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I'm a SICK bassturd, it's an illness, I can't help it and the sad part is - there is no govenment subsidy I can dip into because of it..............................
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Old 07-25-12, 07:54 PM   #12
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5 lb smallie in the heat of the summer either place its a midnight madness attempt
Dale does have a larger population of copperheads
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I'm a SICK bassturd, it's an illness, I can't help it and the sad part is - there is no govenment subsidy I can dip into because of it..............................
I thought Obama Care offered services for deranged kayakers?
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Old 08-04-12, 08:20 PM   #14
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My vote is for Toledo Bend.....bump
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My vote is for Toledo Bend.....bump
oooopppppssssss wrong thread
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Old 08-17-12, 08:40 PM   #18
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Definitely go to Dale Hollow if you want a SM or if that does not work out come to Norris Lake in East TN. My 7 y/o grandson caught a 6.5 SM 1 week ago

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Old 08-19-12, 02:11 PM   #19
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curious to hear where you went?


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Old 08-20-12, 07:09 PM   #20
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Just got back from Lake Champlain on the Vt side, wife and I put 49 lbs for 10 bass in my livewell to show people at the camp, all were smallies and caught between 7 and 11 at night, mine were on a sammy and wife thru a senko, now that place has plenty of great smallie action IMO.
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