Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 7/16/2018 12:50:01 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 414.08 ft. and relatively holding at the time of this report. Anglers are still catching decent numbers out deep as well as quality. It took over 24 pounds to win a tournament out of JP Coleman this past weekend. Anglers are still using a variety of tactics and lures to trigger bites. Anything from a 10xd crankbait to a drop-shot finesse worm will work. A couple a techniques seem to be working better than most. That would be a football head jig and a Texas/Carolina-rig. However, if you have more confidence using other deep water techniques, go with that. Most anglers are targeting water depths of about 15 – 25 ft range. Not all ledges and humps are holding fish, so you may have to electronically scan or fish a few to finally find a school of fish willing to bite. The night bite continues to be good as anglers are catching some quality smallmouths and largemouths after dark on a black jigs, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Target deep banks and gravel bars where fish have relatively quick access to deep water. The catfish bite is good with most anglers jug and rod-n-reel fishing. Koolaid flavored chicken and cut/whole shad have been the best baits. Anglers need to keep in mind that you may only keep one catfish over 34 inches. Not many crappie anglers are braving the heat, but the ones that are, are targeting suspended fish in Yellow and Bear Creeks by trolling/drifting minnows and jigs in 20 – 30 ft of water. If you can locate some deeper offshore brush piles in that depth range, there is a good chance that they will be holding a few crappie.


For up to date Pickwick Lake water level, see

Fishing Regulations

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)
Catfish (blue, channel and flathead)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 15 inches and under
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Catfish: only 1 catfish over 34 inches may be harvested
Paddlefish:  All lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10
Crappie:  30
Catfish: no creel limit under 34 inches; 1 over 34 inches
Paddlefish:  0

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.


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