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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 15-Oct-14
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.48 ft. and quickly rising due to all the rainfall over the past few days (at the time of this report). Look for TVA to release a substantial amount of water to try and get back below the rule curve to facilitate a dam inspection. Surface water temps are running around 73-74 degrees. The bass fishing continues to get better and better as we move further into fall. Very few anglers are targeting the deeper bite as the baitfish continue to push shallow toward the creeks. A lot of anglers are targeting the grass beds. Most are using buzzbaits, frogs, senkos, flukes, spinnerbaits and swimbaits to catch their fish. Any irregularities in the bottom contour of the flats are going to hold fish moving up shallow to feed. The striper action below the dam has slowed possibly due to the massive amounts of water coming thru the dam. For those that are fishing below the 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. Crappie anglers are starting to hit the main creeks like Yellow, Indian and Bear with some success. Most are still hitting the deeper water, but look for the bite to move shallow much like the bass as we move further into fall. Best water depths were 10-20 ft. Crappie minnows seem to work better than jigs. The catfish bite is picking up some. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. Eater sized catfish have been reported in the mouth of Panther Creek, and in the coves near Grand Harbor. 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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