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Pickwick Lake Sponsored by
Date 11-Oct-17
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Conditions : Pickwick Lake: Pickwick Lake elevation: 410.64 ft. and slowly falling at the time of this report. TVA continues their scheduled drawdown. Water temps are in the mid 70’s. The bass bite is still fairly good for numbers, but finding keepers is a bit trickier. It took 19 lbs to win a tournament there this past weekend. The winning stringer was anchored by a largemouth that was just shy of 11 pounds. Most anglers are hitting the flats and pockets that have matted hydrilla on them. Hitting the hydrilla mats will almost definitely get you some bites as the bass are pushing the shad to the edges of the grass and then busting them. Flukes, frogs, senkos are working where a weedless presentation is required. In those areas that don’t require a covered hook, anglers are throwing a multitude of shad imitating lures like spooks, chug bugs, whopper ploppers, spinnerbaits, and lipless crankbaits to catch their fish. Some anglers are choosing to back off those same hydrilla mats in hopes of catching bigger fish on a Texas-rigged plastics like brushhogs and big worms. A few anglers are choosing not to target the shallow fish in hopes of a bigger bite off shore bite in 10 – 15 ft of water on some of the shallower humps. These anglers are throwing crankbaits and jigs mostly, but shakeyheads and ned rigs are getting some bites as well. The bites are fewer there, but they tend to be better in quality. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in fair numbers and are hitting the deeper water in the creeks with good success. Best areas are Yellow Creek, Dry Creek, Bear Creek, and Indian Creek. The best water depths were 15 to 25 ft with both jigs and minnows. Some anglers are choosing to drift/troll while others are opting for more a vertical presentation around any cover available. The catfish bite continues to be good for some and spotty for others. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having very good success on tightlined kool-aid flavored chicken and cut/whole shad and skipjack herring.

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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