Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 9/19/2017 1:18:46 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 412.51 ft. and falling at the time of this report. TVA will be lowering the water slowly till around December. Surface water temps are in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. The bass fishing is still fair to good for numbers but quality can be tough to find. It took 16.73 pounds to win a team tournament there this past Saturday. The deep bite is still holding a few quality fish but continues to slow down as more and more fish move shallow following the shad. For the deeper fish, anglers are throwing Carolina-rigs, Texas-rigs, jigs and swimbaits. As the shad move shallow, the bass are right on their tail. Anglers are reporting large schools of shad in the backs of the coves and the creeks. For those anglers, various topwater walking baits, rattletraps, and shakeyheads have been productive lures. Other lures like flukes, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are all good lures to keep on the deck when chasing the fish up shallow eating shad. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in Yellow Creek. Most are catching fish by trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 12 to 20 ft of water. The catfish bite continues to be slow for the anglers reporting in except for those fishing behind Pickwick Dam. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.



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