Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 11/13/2018 12:41:10 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 409.50 ft. and slowly falling at the time of this report, but is expected to rise to over 410 within the next day or two due to heavy rainfall. Pickwick Dam is spilling until further notice. TVA continues their scheduled winter drawdown. Surface water temps were in the low 60’s this past weekend.




The bass bite continues to be fair to good as fish continue to move along the deeper flats and pockets to chase the schools of shad. The bigger quality bites are a bit tougher to come by, but a few anglers are finding some quality fish. It took 18 pounds to win a team tournament there this past weekend. Anglers are throwing a multitude of shad imitating lures like spooks, smaller whopper ploppers, willow-leafed spinnerbaits, Alabama-rigs, blade baits, jerkbaits, and lipless crankbaits to catch fish. Some anglers are choosing to ignore the visible schooling fish in favor of some deeper schooling fish in 8 – 12 ft. of water. These anglers are using crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, Alabama-rigs, jigs, Texas/Carolina-rigged plastics, and spinnerbaits to catch these fish.




Most anglers are tight lining cut or whole shad and skipjack. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and some of the shallower ledges and humps for the most part. Look for some increased activity on the gravel bars as fish move up to escape the heavy current.




Crappie anglers are targeting the main creeks like Yellow, Indian, and Bear with decent success. The deep bluff banks in Bear Creek are starting to get popular. Some anglers are trolling in open water and along some of the bluff banks, while other anglers are vertically jigging around deep cover. Try both jigs and minnows to see which the fish prefer.



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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