Fishing ReportJP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 4/23/2018 2:29:14 PM
Pickwick Lake elevation: 414.18 ft. and slightly rising at the time of this report. Pickwick dam is spilling until further notice. The windy weather conditions put somewhat of a damper on the bass bite during the latter part of last week and into the weekend. Anglers are catching decent numbers of fish, but the quality bite is a bit tougher to come by. The spawn seems to be starting up as several reports of bass on the beds in Yellow Creek are coming in. This is making anglers slow down and fish spawning areas more thoroughly with either Texas-rigged plastics or jigs. Some anglers have resorted to using shakeyheads or ned rigs to catch some of these fish. It still took a little over 17lbs to win the BFL tournament there this past weekend. Those anglers not targeting the spawning areas are targeting transition areas like points and gravel bars leading to the spawning areas. Spinnerbaits, jigs, swimbaits, shakeyheads and crankbaits are good lure options for that bite. The crappie bite is still good but seems to be slowing down some. Some quality fish are still being caught, but not at the frequency of weeks past. Mill Creek, Goat Island and Yellow Creek continue to be hot spots as anglers are drifting/trolling jigs and casting jigs/roadrunners for suspended fish they found using their electronics. Anglers are targeting 5 – 12 ft of water. The hot jig color(s) seems to have some variation of chartreuse in them. The catfish bite has been fair lately as most of the pressure on the lake has been for crappie and bass. A few anglers are using jugs or trotlines and are having a little success with cutbait and koolaid flavored chicken.
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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters. Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.