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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 09-Aug-17
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.54 ft. and relatively stable at the time of this report. The bass action has slowed down for most anglers. For most anglers, it has been a grind to even catch a few fish, but some folks are finding fish willing to bite. Most of the top catches are still coming from the deeper ledges and humps, but some quality catches are also coming from shallower water as the cooler weather and rain has cooled off surface temps a little. Finding fish on the deep ledges is not as much an issue as getting those fish to bite. Texas/Carolina-rigs, jigs, big shakeyheads are still working out deep. The moving baits like spinnerbaits, rattletraps, crankbaits, and swimbaits are getting more attention the shallower you fish as the fish in the shallower depths seem to be more active. Reports of some schooling action (mostly white bass with a few largemouth mixed in) continue to roll in from all over the lake. Topwater lures, small spoons, and finesse size Alabama rigs are good choices for these fish. For night anglers, most are still choosing to fish the deeper bluff banks on the lower end of the lake with dark colored plastics and Colorado-bladed spinnerbaits. The catfish bite is still fair to good right now. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having good success on strawberry flavored chicken and cut/whole shad and skipjack herring. The striper action continues below the dam on big swimbaits, bucktail jigs and spoons. Not many crappie anglers are hitting the water, but the ones that are, are targeting suspended fish in Yellow and Bear Creeks by trolling/drifting minnows and jigs in 20 – 30 ft of water. The white bass action continues to be better than in years past. Anglers are using a variety of shad imitating lures like spoons, topwaters, and small swimbaits to catch their fish.

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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