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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 8/18/2014


The water level is 413.93 and rising at the time of this report. Surface water temps are still in the low 80s. The dog days of summer are definitely here, but some quality fish are still being caught. Saturday is took a little over 18lbs to win a team tournament out of JP Coleman State Park, while 20lbs took top honors in a couples tournament Sunday out of JP Coleman.  Bass reports are varying but for the most part have only gotten quite a bit tougher. The deep, off-shore bite continues to slowly diminish as the grass bite is gaining momentum. The deep ledges and humps are giving up a bite here or there, but nothing consistent. Anglers are throwing deep diving crankbaits, football jigs, spoons and big T-rig worms on the off shore structure. For the grass bite, anglers are using a variety of lures like senkos, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits or just about anything else that mimics a shad as massive schools of shad are flocking to the grass. One thing remains consistent with both bites however, schoolers. Anglers need to keep a topwater bait or some kind of shad imitator on the deck as you never know when and where they are going to pop up. Granted the average bite might be a little small, but occasionally there will be bass in the 4-5lb range amongst them. 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 escape the heat of the day. Black spinnerbaits and jigs are working there. Reports of striper action continues to come in from behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. Swimbaits and spoons are both working, but more and more angler are opting to use live bait like skipjack and big shad to catch their fish. The catfish bite continues to be slow for the anglers reporting in except for those fishing behind Pickwick Dam. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. 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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