Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 10/16/2017 11:02:55 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.35 ft. and slowly falling at the time of this report. TVA continues their scheduled drawdown. Water temps are in the lower to mid 70’s. The bass bite hasn’t changed much over the last week or two, but look for the bite start significantly changing this week due to the cool night time temps. Bass fishing is still fairly good for numbers, but finding keepers is still a bit trickier. Most anglers are hitting the flats and pockets that have hydrilla in them. Hitting the grass will almost definitely get you some bites as the bass are pushing the shad to the edges of the grass and then busting them. Flukes, frogs, senkos are working where a weedless presentation is required. In those areas that don’t require a covered hook, anglers are throwing a multitude of shad imitating lures like spooks, chug bugs, whopper ploppers, spinnerbaits, and lipless crankbaits to catch their fish. Some anglers are choosing to back off those grass lines and targeting the deeper flats in 8 -14 ft of water where bigger schools of bait fish are located. Crankbaits, spoons, spinnerbaits, jigs, Texas/Carolinal-rigs are good choices there. The bites are fewer there, but they tend to be better in quality. Shakeyheads, drop-shots, and ned rigs will get a few bites if you think the fish aren’t active. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in fair numbers and are hitting the deeper water in the creeks with good success. Best areas are Yellow Creek, Dry Creek, Bear Creek, and Indian Creek. The best water depths were 15 to 25 ft with both jigs and minnows. Some anglers are choosing to drift/troll while others are opting for more a vertical presentation around any cover available. The catfish bite is fair for some and spotty for others. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having some success on tightlined kool-aid flavored chicken and cut/whole shad and skipjack herring.



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