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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:36 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 410.0 ft and slightly rising at the time of this report. Water temps are in the low to mid 50's. Pickwick continues to be one of the hottest lakes in Southeast for bass. It took 19 lbs to win a tournament out of J.P. Coleman State Park this past weekend. Two fish in the double digits were caught this past Saturday including one 10 pounder and a 12 pounder. Multiple tactics are being used. Alabama rigs, lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, square billed crankbaits are all popular. Other techniques to consider if the bite seems slow are shakeyheads, drop shots, and wacky rigs around shallow cover and grass. For the most part, the bass are in a pre spawn pattern and feeding up before they go shallow for the spawn. Target transition areas, particularly those areas with green hydrilla as the fish will use the cover for ambush points while feeding. The crappie reports are picking up as reports of some good action coming in from Bear Creek. Look for the bite in Indian Creek to pick up soon. The best depths have been anywhere from 12 to 20 ft of water. Jigs have been working better than minnows but that can change daily. The catfish bite is fair as it seems the current is the most important factor right now. Most are still holding in deep holes and are biting cut-bait as well as whole shad.

One local angler boated this 10.67lb trophy.

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