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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 08-Sep-16
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.48 ft and relatively holding at the time of this report. Water temps are in the mid 80s. As the days are getting shorter, fish are starting to make that fall transition, but with the extended heat and humidity the fishing action has gotten a bit tougher. Over the next couple of weeks, TVA will begin their annual draw down which also helps trigger fish to start their fall transition. The bass reports are spotty since the shad are scattered all over the lake. Some anglers have had some decent days while others have struggle. Many patterns are available, but the key to this transition bite is to cover enough water as to find actively feeding fish. The schooling bite continues to be decent early in the day and throughout the day if overcast conditions persist. Walking and popping baits are the popular choice for these fish. The average size of the schoolers are fairly small by Pickwick standards as most are in the 1 - 2.5 lb range. Look for this bite to get progressively better over the next several weeks as more and more fish get into that fall feeding frenzy due to the schools of shad getting bigger. For those who choose to fish the submerged grass, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, flukes and swimbaits are good bait choices. For matted grass, frogs and punch rigs are the go to techniques. The bigger fish are still holding a bit deeper on some of the shallower ledges and humps. Crankbatis, jigs and Carolina-rigs are the techniques of choices there. Anglers are reporting they have to fish very slowly for these fish. Catfishing is still decent up towards the Trace bridge. Anglers are using a variety of baits, but cherry and strawberry flavored chicken and liver seemed to be the baits of choice. Look for cut or whole shad to become a staple the further we get into the fall season.

Reported by: MDWFP

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About: - Pickwick Lake in perched on a rock bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, J.P. Coleman offers 47,500 acres of fresh water for fishing and water sports. The lake is brimming with crappie, bream, catfish, sauger, walleye, and most species of bass.  Visitors can fish for Smallmouth bass in the sparkling waters of Pickwick Lake, and enjoy camping and exploring in the untamed wilderness along the banks of the Tennessee River.

A Mississippi fishing license is required for all persons between the ages of 16 and 65. Water skiing is permitted, and a boat launching ramp is available.

Location: Four miles north of Iuka, turn off Highway 25 onto County Road 989; follow County Road 989 until it intersects County Road 321. Turn right. Entrance to park is approximately one mile.

  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Bream
  • Catfish
  • Sauger
  • Walleye

Misc Info: -

Pickwick Lake Level



417 - Near Flood Stage
418' - Minor Flooding

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