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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 19-Oct-16
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.18 ft with water temps in the low 70's in the mornings but warming up to the mid 70's by mid afternoon. Like last week, a variety of patterns are currently available with some bass anglers finding fish shallow and deep. Anglers are reporting good numbers of bass schooling on the shad that have migrated shallow, and these numbers will only increase as we move closer to winter. For these fish tie on a zara spook jr., fluke, shallow crankbait, willow-leafed spinnerbaits, and a pop-R as all will catch fish. Some anglers are targeting the edges of the hydrilla beds with swimbaits, T-rigged plastics, and spinnerbaits with some success. River ledges and humps are still holding a few fish, but that bite continues to slow down. A few deep holes are still holding bass in the 3 lb plus range. Best baits are deep crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics. Shad are moving toward the creeks so the creek mouths are a good place to start looking. Some decent reports of smallmouth being taken along the gravel bars are starting to come in. Shakeyheads, crankbaits, jigs, and Carolina-rigs are the ticket there. The crappie anglers continue to target the deeper water in the creeks with good success. Best areas are Yellow Creek, Dry Creek and Indian Creek, but don't overlook Panther Creek as it has a ton of baitfish in there. Best water depths were 10 - 20 ft. Crappie minnows seem to work better than jigs, but that can change daily. The catfish bite is still decent. Anglers are catching some numbers on trotlines and rod-n-reels along the old river channel. The white bass and yellow bass are schooling with the largemouth right now and they are biting a lot of the same baits, but you may want to keep a white rooster tail tied on as the smaller lure profiles attract these fish.

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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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