Please Excuse Me For Not Posting the Last Few Weeks 8-29-2017

I’d like to apologize to all my readers. I’ve had some severe medical problems and have not been able to work much on the website. I should be back and running regularly very soon. Please come back and I’ll try try to give you some of all the best activities happening in the great outdoors.I don’t just give information on hunting and fishing info and tips, I try to cover all the outdoors.  Sincerely, Gary A. Engberg Continue reading Please Excuse Me For Not Posting the Last Few Weeks 8-29-2017

Pickwick Report: Good Spring; GREAT Summer!

Discharge rate: Approx 55-60k cfs most weekdays Water temp:78-82 degrees It has been a good year on Pickwick, and the current offhsore ledge bite is as good as I’ve seen it in many, many years?maybe ever. Not all is good, however, as I’ll explain below. But first the good news . . . Early season Smallmouth fishing was decent, but not outstanding. We caught lots of 4 to 6 lb fish, but the giants were missing. If you have not tried the new Strike King Rage Swimmer, you are missing out! That was by far the best big Smallmouth bait … Continue reading Pickwick Report: Good Spring; GREAT Summer!

Pickwick Fishing Report: Personal Bests, 28 lb Strings, and Another 9 Pounder by Guide Steve Hacker 12-15-2015

12.15.15 Water temp: 56-57 degrees TVA discharge rate: highly variable, to as high as 175k cfs. in the past week with spillways on; currently near 100k, with spillways possibly closing today. Lake elevation: highly variable, flooding last week; currently about 418. We’ve been blessed with a wonderful fall, with some beautiful weather, and some tremendous catches of big smallmouths—largemouths, too. The only negatives were that the fall foliage colors were the worst I can ever remember, and we did have flooding rains in the past couple of weeks. River has settled down now, however, though some more rain is in … Continue reading Pickwick Fishing Report: Personal Bests, 28 lb Strings, and Another 9 Pounder by Guide Steve Hacker 12-15-2015

Wisconsin: New National Recreation Trail Designation 6-1-2015

Good morning, We wanted to let you know that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis will announce a new national recreation trail – the Tribal Heritage Crossing of the Wiouwash Trail – in Wisconsin today in advance of National Trails Day this Saturday, with details below. For more information, below is the press release, embargoed until 11 AM EDT. Please contact us at interior_press@ios.doi.gov should you need more details.  WISCONSIN Tribal Heritage Crossing of the Wiouwash Trail This 1.8-mile multimodal path provides a safe way for runners, walkers, bikers and in-line skaters … Continue reading Wisconsin: New National Recreation Trail Designation 6-1-2015

Best Christmas Wishes–and a Few Fish Pix! 12-24-2014

My email address book got carted off somewhere into Buzz Lightyear’s “infinity and beyond”, and unless you had emailed me, I did not have your address to send out fishing reports (my own computer refusing to let me access my own email account–even with correct login and password; my ISP still has no idea why.). It has been a very busy year for us, with Jonathan’s being a senior this year, and the college football recruiting process (It’s time consuming and tiring, but admittedly very fun). He recently received a full scholarship offer (by combining scholarships to total $32k/year) to … Continue reading Best Christmas Wishes–and a Few Fish Pix! 12-24-2014

Pickwick Report: Some of You are Famous! Steve Hacker Guide Service 5-3-2014

Doug Darr has updated the state website, and included many of you on the fishing pages with your big fish. You can go to these two links to see yourself and others with their catches: http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/pickwick/angler/ http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/fish/bassblack/smallmouth/angler/ Doug does a GREAT job with the website and state education programs–and to top it off is a nice guy, too! Congrats to all of you on your catches. One more thing (personal note): My Mom has just suffered a stroke, hopefully a relatively small one. It was originally misdiagnosed by the hospital right after the episode, but confirmed by MRI at a … Continue reading Pickwick Report: Some of You are Famous! Steve Hacker Guide Service 5-3-2014

Steve Hacker Guide Service Pickwick Fishing Report: Smallmouth Spawn All but Over; Stripers Make a Showing (Finally!) 4-26-2014

4.25.14 Water temp: 63 degrees TVA discharge rate: approx. 14k cfs (next to nothing—but that WILL change next week!) Lake elevation: approx. 414.5 (that will change, too) I mentioned above that the TVA discharge rates will change this coming week, that being due to the weather forecast. For several days now all weather outlets have been keeping an eye on a developing storm system, and each day the forecast for some severe weather has become more likely. Last night WAFF Chief Meteorologist Brad Travis likened what is coming early next week to a cake recipe where all the ingredients are … Continue reading Steve Hacker Guide Service Pickwick Fishing Report: Smallmouth Spawn All but Over; Stripers Make a Showing (Finally!) 4-26-2014

Pickwick Report: More 6’s, 7’s, and 8’s 4-12-1214

4.11.14 Water temp: 57-60 degrees TVA discharge rate: highly variable; from 0 to over 80k cfs, averaging approx. 50k cfs. Lake elevation: highly variable, from 409 to 418; avg about 416. 4.11.14 Water temp: 57-60 degrees TVA discharge rate: highly variable; from 0 to over 80k cfs, averaging approx. 50k cfs. Lake elevation: highly variable, from 409 to 418; avg about 416. We have had big changes in the water conditions the past two weeks, due to recent heavy area-wide rains. TVA went from a very low 24 hour average discharge of only 10k cfs to over 80k earlier this … Continue reading Pickwick Report: More 6’s, 7’s, and 8’s 4-12-1214

Pickwick Report: Feast or Famine. 5@31-10 and Multiple 7 Pounders 3-22-2014

3.21.14 water temp: 52 degrees TVA discharge rate: approx. 29k cfs 24 hr. avg. Those of you that have fished Pickwick for any length of time know how much influence what TVA does with daily water levels and discharge rates has on the fishing, and especially the smallmouth bite. This was a week of many changes. Word was that the low levels were to allow dock work. TVA really dropped the bottom out of the lake several days this past week (4.13 feet while we were trying to fish Monday, and over 5 feet on Thursday). But Wednesday the level … Continue reading Pickwick Report: Feast or Famine. 5@31-10 and Multiple 7 Pounders 3-22-2014

Pickwick Report: Big Smallmouths and Largemouths by Steve Hacker Guide Service 3-4-2014

2.28.14 Water temp: still 49 degrees TVA discharge rate: approx. 125k cfs (with 13 spillways on) Lake elevation: approx. 419 I just spent a most enjoyable two days with Jeff Murray and Randy Shank, down from the frigid north (northern Indiana). I just THOUGHT we have had a rough winter down here! Seeing the pix of their busting through and shoveling a path through 200 feet of 18 inch ice-covered snow to get to the boat trailer in the back yard made me realize it wasn’t so bad here. The pix pretty much speak for themselves, as we caught quality … Continue reading Pickwick Report: Big Smallmouths and Largemouths by Steve Hacker Guide Service 3-4-2014