National Championship." That is the response Martin McCravy, a 4th year angler at the University of North Alabama, provided when asked about how conditions are setting up for the 2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. For the seventh-consecutive year, college fishing's most prestigious event will take place on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. Located along the famed Tennessee River system, Pickwick is widely considered one of the best ledge fishing lakes in the country. Temperatures are beginning to rise, conditions on the lake are stable, and all signs point towards a great event in a little over three weeks.
Seeing conditions setting up to be a typical summer pattern with stable lake levels should come as a welcomed sight to the anglers. Earlier this year, flooding greatly affected the Tennessee River. McFarland Park, the host site for the 2019 Championship, was closed for numerous weeks. Flood waters swelled over the banks leaving piles of driftwood and destruction in its path. "There are a few more trees laying down the banks and some new trees laying off in some of the creek channels, but most of the lake looks normal," added McCravy.
"Normal" is a word we are relieved to hear. UNA anglers are reporting lake level conditions to be back to normal levels for this time of year. Pickwick Lake has returned back to its normal self, and it has many local anglers extremely excited about what it could produce for the Championship, "The flooding definitely affected the lake but overall I think it will still be a normal ledge fishing tournament as usual," said Luke Mason, from the University of North Alabama.
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