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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 16-Sep-14
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 412.35 ft. and falling at the time of this report. TVA will be lowering the water quicker this year to facilitate a dam inspection. It’s predicted the lake will be at winter pool (409ft) by October 15. Water temps have dropped to the mid 70s due to the cool nights over the weekend. The bass fishing is still fair to good for numbers but quality can be tough to find. It took 39.5lbs to win the two day BFL tournament out of J.P. Coleman State Park this past weekend. Big fish for the tournament was a 7lb 10oz largemouth. The deep bite is still holding a few quality fish but continues to slow down as more and more fish move shallow following the shad. For the deeper fish, anglers are throwing Carolina-rigs, Texas-rigs, jigs and swimbaits. For those anglers choosing to target the massive beds of hydrilla, most are using buzzbaits, frogs, senkos, flukes, jerkbaits, and swimbaits to catch their fish. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in Yellow Creek. Most are catching fish by trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 12 to 20 ft of water. 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

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Pickwick Lake Level



417 - Near Flood Stage
418' - Minor Flooding

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