Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 5/24/2017 1:20:18 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.94ft. and slightly rising at the time of this report. The bass bite is good for both numbers and quality. It took a whopping 29+ pounds to win a local team tournament there this past Saturday. Anglers are still catching fish on just about every lure you can think of as fish are scattered from shallow water to the ledges. For numbers, anglers are hitting the shallow flats early in the morning with any cover on them with shad imitating lures such as buzzbaits, zara spooks, and spinnerbaits. The quality bite is starting to move off shore toward the ledges as more and more reports of “mega schools” of bass are starting to come in. Anglers are taking advantage of these fish by using crankbaits, swimbaits, and jigs. As the ledge bite picks up, popular fishing spots throughout the lake can get a lot of attention. Anglers need to keep in mind and respect fellow anglers while on the water. The crappie bite is fair as the action has slowed down due to the warming trend. Some quality fish are still being caught, but not at the frequency of weeks past. The water in the 12 – 20 ft range in Mill Creek, Goat Island and Yellow Creek continue to be popular with anglers drifting/trolling jigs suspended fish they found using their electronics. The catfish bite continues to be good. Cutbait and nightcrawlers are the bait of choice right now. Look for pre spawn and spawning catfish to be holding along the bluff walls throughout the next month.

 

The winning 29+ pound bag from Saturday's tournament.

 

For up to date Pickwick Lake water level, see

http://www.tva.gov/lakes/pkh_r.htm