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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 29-Nov-17
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.42 ft. and relatively holding at the time of this report. Water temps continue to slowly drop and are now in the mid 50’s depending on where you fish. Water clarity will vary depending on where you are fishing, but generally speaking it is clear. The bass bite continues to be spotty as some folks have figured out some sort of pattern while others are struggling to catch keepers. The schooling action continues but has slowed down probably due to surface water temps. Lures like rattletraps, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, shallow crankbaits, jerkbaits and various topwater lures are the most popular for the schoolers. Some anglers are choosing to ignore the visible schoolers in favor of some deeper schoolers in 8 – 12 ft of water. These anglers are using Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, blade baits, and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. Some anglers are having success below both Wilson and Pickwick dams throwing A-rigs and swimbaits. These anglers are catching some quality smallmouth and stripers. The crappie reports are fair to good. Several anglers are hitting Yellow Creek right now with some success in the 15 – 20 ft. range. Any cover in those depths will be holding fish. The deep bluff banks in Bear Creek are popular right now. Drifting or trolling is popular here. Try both jigs and minnows to see which the fish prefer. Shad colored jigs are probably the best jig color. The white bass bite continues to be good. Anglers are targeting off shore humps and bars where the shad are located. It’s important to pay attention to bird activity as they will show you where the shad are close to the surface which usually means fish are pushing them up in the water column. Best baits for this pattern have been Alabama-rigs, spoons, silver buddy style shad baits, and rattletraps. While running this pattern, you may run into a few quality largemouth bass as well. The catfish bite is fair right now. 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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