North Alabama's Pickwick and Wilson lakes available to the Elite Series anglers competing in the Alabama Charge out of Florence, Alabama, are home to all three species of Micropterus: the largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.
Both of the locks that connect Pickwick and Wilson lakes have been closed for electrical repairs but are expected to reopen Friday morning. Lake Wilson will be inside the tournament waters only on the final two days of the April 6-9 tournament. Switching would be a drastic midgame change, however anglers can opt for Wilson.
High water and wind put a damper on love as Bassmaster Elite Series anglers were discovering that Pickwick is definitely a prespawn situation.