Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 9/17/2018 2:58:53 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 410.54 ft. and slightly falling at the time of this report. Pickwick Dam is spilling until further notice, however, the predicted average outflow calls for considerably less current later this week.




The bass bite seems to be tough for quality fish. From angler reports, keeper fish are becoming harder to come by, but non keeper fish seem to be plentiful. It took 13.4 to win a team tournament there this past weekend. A few quality fish are still coming from the deeper humps and ledges, but as that bite begins to dwindle, anglers are starting to move a little bit shallower to target grassy areas and pockets where bait fish are gathering. Jigs, swimbaits, and Texas/Carolina-rigs are still the go to techniques for the deep water bite. Alternative finesse techniques like shakeyheads and dropshots may also get you a few bites. For those anglers choosing to chase the shallower fish, flukes, rattletraps, blade baits, topwater walkers, and various other shad imitating baits are working. A slower presentation like a light weighted Texas-rigged worm may get you a bite from fish that aren’t actively feeding. Reports of schooling action continue to roll in from all over the lake.




The catfish bite continues to be fair to good. Anglers are using a variety of baits, but cut/whole shad and skipjack seem to be popular choices. Multiple techniques are working as well, but jug fishing and traditional rod-n-reel fishing seem to be the most popular. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and some of the ledges and humps for the most part. Increases in current help the bite.




Crappie anglers continue to target Yellow and Bear Creeks by trolling/drifting minnows and jigs in 15 – 25 ft. of water. Any woody cover in that depth range should be like a magnet for crappie if you prefer to use a vertical presentation.



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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