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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 11-Nov-14
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 408.99 ft. and relatively holding at the time of this report. Water temps continue to drop following the cold nights this past week, and there are no signs of slowing down to the arctic blast that is forecasted to hit Thursday. Surface water temps were around the 60 degree mark this past Saturday with variable water clarity depending on where you were fishing. The bass bite was tough this past weekend was tough for some and decent for others as trying to catch fish in the buffet line for all the shad is proving to be tricky. It took a whopping 24lbs to win a team event there this past weekend with several fish over 5lbs weighed in, including one 5lb smallmouth. Schooling action continues to occur but finding keeper size fish within those schools is proving challenging for some. 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 8-12ft of water. These anglers are using Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. Crappie anglers are still targeting the main creeks like Yellow, Indian and Bear with decent success. Any deep water cover like brushtops and laydowns are going to hold fish. The deep bluff banks in Bear Creek are popular right now. Try both jigs and minnows to see which the fish prefer. 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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