Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 4/17/2019 6:24:27 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.92 ft. and slowly falling at the time of this report. Pickwick is spilling.  Water temps are in the low to high 60s.




The bass bite was good. With the weekend rains, Bear Creek is running muddy. Bass can be found spawning in all of the major creeks.  Some anglers had success sight fishing.  Chatterbaits, squarebill crankbaits, Carolina rigs, and wacky rigs have been productive.  Most anglers were catching bass in shallow water.




The catfish bite continues to be slow. Traditional rod-n-reel fishing seems to be the most popular technique. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and some of the shallower ledges and humps for the most part. Look for areas of water out of the current as fish will congregate there. Cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavor chicken are good bait choices right now.




The crappie action was good in Yellow Creek. Anglers casting along the banks had the most success.  Several anglers reported catching limits of crappie each day.  The bite also picked up in the Mill Creek area with most anglers side pulling or spider rigging.




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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