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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 7/28/2014


The water level is 414.5 and relatively holding at the time of this report. Surface water temps are still in the mid 80s. Current, or lack thereof, continues to play a major role in the bite for several species. Bass reports are varying, depending on who you talk to, but for the most part have slowed this past week. The bite continues to be challenging for most as quality bites get tougher to come by as we continue through the dog days of summer and fish get used to seeing a lot of the standard lures anglers throw. The deep, off-shore bite continues to produce good fish if you can get them to bite, but with very little current running, its proving to be tough. Deep diving crankbaits, C-rigs, football jigs, spoons and big T-rig worms are all catching fish. The nighttime bite is continues to be fair to good along the bluff walls in Bear and Yellow Creek and is a good way to beat the heat of the day. Black spinnerbaits and jigs are working there. Reports of good stripers continue to come in from behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. Swimbaits and spoons are both working. Catfish anglers have been having mixed success on cut bait, flavored chicken and whole or cut skipjack. The best depths for bumping the bottom seems to be around the 15-20 ft range but that can change daily. A reminder that the Mississippi handgrabbing season is now closed. Since Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, the 1 over 34 inch rule applies as well.


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