Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume on February 15, 2023. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Pickwick Lake.

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 11/29/2022 2:06:31 PM
Species Detail
Bass As water temps continue to fall, the water level will control the cold water bite for the next few months. Sudden rises in water level, which results in increased current, will typically “turn on” the bass and catfish bite, despite colder water temps. For bass, target offshore humps, points, and river ledges with 1 oz. spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs, suspending jerkbaits, jigs, and grubs. Good electronics are a must for the off shore bite. Don’t overlook vertical bluffs and gravel bars during the cold weather, especially where the old river channel swings in close. Grubs, blade baits, and jigging spoons are good choices for a vertical presentation, but casting Alabama-rigs, suspending jerkbaits, Ned rigs, or spybaits may get you some bites as well. Some anglers target the tail waters of Pickwick and Wilson dams during the cold months in search of smallmouth. Live minnows/shiners, Alabama-rigs, and single swimbaits work well there.
Crappie Crappie anglers continue to target Yellow and Bear Creeks in the 12 – 20 ft. depth range. Any woody cover in that depth range should be a hot spot for crappie.
Catfish The catfish bite is fair to good. Anglers are using a variety of baits, but cut/whole shad and skipjack are popular choices this time of year. Multiple techniques are working as well, but jug fishing and traditional rod-n-reel fishing seem to be the most popular. Those anglers rod-n-reel fishing are opting for a tight lined technique. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and some of the shallower ledges and humps for the most part.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth) Minimum Length Limit 15 inches and under
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 9 inches and under
Catfish No length limit Anglers can harvest only one catfish over 34 inches

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Bass 10
Crappie 30
Catfish No length limit Anglers can harvest only one catfish over 34 inches

 Additional Information:

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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