Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 5/22/2018 3:05:16 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.67 ft. and relatively holding. The bass bite continues to be spotty, but some anglers are finding success both shallow and deep. Several lunkers were weighed in during the weekend’s 2-day, big bass tournament with an 11 pounder taking top honors. For numbers, anglers are hitting the cover/docks in pockets and along gravel bars with Texas-rigs, ned rigs, senkos, shakeyheads, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Those pockets and gravel bars closest to deep water are the best. Some reports of shad spawn activity early in the morning continue to come in. Spinnnerbaits, small swimbaits and various topwater lures are good presentations around the shad spawn. The quality bite seems to be moving off shore as more and more fish move toward the ledges and humps. For these fish, anglers are throwing deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits, jigs and big Texas-rigged worms in hopes of getting them to bite. The crappie bite is still fair to good but continues to slow down. Mill Creek and Yellow Creek have been the most popular. Anglers are targeting 10 – 20 ft of water. Any brushtops in that depth range should be holding fish. Anglers are using both jigs and minnows as either may out produce the other on any given day. The catfish bite has really picked up over the past week or so and should continue to get better as more and more fish move shallow for the spawn. Cutbait and worms are the baits of choice right now. Most of the action is occurring on the main lake rock wall banks. A few anglers are already targeting the catfish by hand grabbing. A few good bream reports continue to come in. Anglers are targeting shallow pockets in Bear Creek and Yellow Creek with both crickets and worms.



For up to date Pickwick Lake water level, see


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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