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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 5/26/2015


Pickwick Lake elevation: 414.46 ft. and rising at the time of this report. Look for the lake to continue to rise this week with all the rainfall that fell this past weekend throughout the Tennessee River valley. For bass, catching fish isn't a problem as numerous reports of 40-50+ fish days continue to come in. Most anglers are still having trouble finding those quality bites. Bass are slowly moving toward their warm season patterns as the spawn is all but over. Anglers are using numerous techniques to catch fish as multiple patterns are in play. From topwater and shakeyheads to 25ft deep diving crankbaits and big spoons, seems like you can get at least one bite on every lure.and everything in between. Some anglers are starting to target the ledges with some success throwing crankbaits, jigs and T-rigged worms. The crappie bite continues to be slow, but a few anglers are still catching some quality 14+ inch fish. Mills Creek, Goat Island and Yellow Creek continue to be the popular areas as anglers are drifting/trolling jigs for suspended fish they found using their electronics. The catfish bite continues to be good. It’s still a bit early for the fish to be spawning, but they aren’t far off so get your fly rod ready. A few anglers are using jugs and tight-lining and are having a little success with cutbait and koolaid flavored chicken. The fish caught this past weekend were mainly from folks tightlining the bottom with shrimp and cutbait. Grabbling season has started and anglers need to keep in mind that you may only keep one fish over 34 inches. 

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