Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 8/20/2019 7:00:31 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.26 ft. and predicted to rise. Water temps are in the high 80s to low 90s.




The bass bite was fair.  Some fish are being caught on the ledges, but they are not catching more than a few on any single ledge.  Carolina rigs, wacky jighead rigs, and dropshots are the best option right now on the ledges.  Some schooling activity is being reported in some of the small creeks and coves.  Fish are still being caught around the grass beds.  Anglers are reporting catching some decent bass around the thicker grass beds on swimbaits, lipless crankbaits, flukes, and topwaters.




The catfish bite was fair.  Anglers are targeting bluff walls, gravel bars and ledges with kool-aid flavored chicken liver.  With the lake spilling, the bite was better than it had been.  A lot of anglers are having success jug fishing and running trot lines.




The crappie action remains poor.  Very few crappie anglers are braving the heat.  Try fishing live minnows around deep brush piles where bait is present.



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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