Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 6/24/2019 9:41:07 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.26 ft. and falling. Pickwick is spilling Water temps are in the low 80s.




The bass bite was fair to good this past week.  There is still a shallow topwater bite early in the morning around rocks and grass.  Many anglers are fishing the ledges now and report catching good numbers of bass in 17 to 25 ft. of water.  Carolina rigs, flutter spoons, deep diving crankbaits, and heavy shaky heads have been working well on the ledges.  With the lake spilling, there should be plenty of current to keep the fish active.




The catfish bite was good.  Anglers are targeting bluff walls, gravel bars and ledges with kool-aid flavored chicken liver.  A lot of anglers are having success jug fishing.




The crappie action was poor to fair.  Brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water have been producing some crappie on jigs tipped with minnows.  Bear Creek and Mill Creek were popular areas last week.



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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