Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 8/14/2017 9:58:16 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.98 ft. and rising at the time of this report. TVA is pulling more water this week due to the rainfall, so look for the bite to improve a little. The bass action has significantly gotten tougher but a some anglers are finding some quality fish. It took just shy of 22 pounds to win a team event there this past weekend. Catches are still coming from the deeper ledges and humps. Finding fish on the deep ledges is not as much an issue as getting those fish to bite. Texas/Carolina-rigs are still the go to techniques for the deepwater bite however alternative finesse techniques like a shakeyhead and dropshot are working as well. A few anglers are targeting the sparse grass in the bigger pockets and creeks like Indian and Panther. For the grass bite, most anglers are throwing flukes, frogs and swimbaits with some success. Reports of some schooling action continue to roll in from all over the lake as more and more schools of shad are showing up close to the surface. Topwater lures and other shad imitating baits are good for these fish. A lot of white bass usually accompany the schooling action. The catfish bite is fair to good right now. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having very good success on strawberry flavored chicken and cut/whole shad and skipjack herring.



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