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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 28-Aug-14
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: The water level is 413.50 and relatively holding at the time of this report. Surface water temps are still in the mid 80s. The sweltering heat as knocked the action back some. Saturday is took a little over 13lbs to win a local club team tournament out of JP Coleman State Park. Bass reports are varying but for the most part have gotten quite a bit tougher. The deep, off-shore bite continues to slowly diminish as the grass bite continues gaining momentum. The deep ledges and humps are giving up a bite here or there, but nothing consistent. Anglers are throwing deep diving crankbaits, football jigs, spoons and big T-rig worms on the off shore structure. For the grass bite, anglers are using a variety of lures like senkos, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits or just about anything else that mimics a shad as massive schools of shad are flocking to the grass. One thing remains consistent with both bites however, schoolers. Anglers need to keep a topwater bait or some kind of shad imitator on the deck at all times as you never know when and where they are going to pop up. Granted the average bite might be a little small, but occasionally there will be bass in the 4-5lb range amongst them. The nighttime bite is continues to be fair to good along the bluff walls in Bear and Yellow Creek and is a good way to escape the heat of the day. Black spinnerbaits and jigs are working there. Reports of striper action continues to come in from behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. Swimbaits and spoons are both working, but more and more angler are opting to use live bait like skipjack and big shad to catch their fish. The catfish bite continues to be slow for the anglers reporting in except for those fishing behind Pickwick Dam. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.

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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