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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake

Monday, March 27, 2017 3:44 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.17 ft and rising at the time of this report. Water temps are still a little cool in the upper 50's on the main lake to the low to mid 60's in the shallow coves. We've reached that time of year where TVA starts raising the water level of the lake. The bass bite is good if not excellent as numbers of quality, pre spawn fish are being caught. It took 25.48 pounds to win a local team tournament there this past Sunday. More and more fish are starting to make that transition toward shallow water in preparation for the spawn. As these fish make that transition, the females are putting on the feed bag as per anglers reports. Anglers are using a variety of tactics to catch there fish. Rattletraps, squarebilled crankbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are working for some of the fish that have moved up shallow and feeding. For those fish that haven't quite made it there, anglers are throwing jigs, Texas/Carolina-rigged plastics, and single swimbaits along dropoffs and points. The crappie bite continues to be good. Limits are being reported caught out of the Goat Island/Steel Bridge area, and lots of fish continue to be caught in Indian and Mill Creeks. The fish are in multiple depths as not all fish are in the same pre-spawn/spawn pattern. Either crappie jigs or minnows are catching fish. Some anglers are trolling/side-pulling while others are vertical jigging. Both techniques will work on any given day. The catfish bite is starting to pick up as we edge toward April. Right now, anglers are using cutbait and whole shad tight-lined around mainlake humps and bars.


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