JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 10/20/2014
PICKWICK LAKE/J. P. COLEMAN:
Pickwick Lake elevation: 409.30 ft. and falling at the time of this report. Look for TVA to continue to lower the lake to get back below the rule curve to facilitate a dam inspection. Surface water temps are still running in the low 70s. The bass fishing continues to get better and better as we move further into fall. Anglers are starting to catch numbers of schoolers as the fall feeding frenzy has started. Lures like rattletraps, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, shallow crankbaits, and various topwater lures are all working right now. A lot of anglers are targeting the grass beds as well. Most are using buzzbaits, frogs, senkos, flukes, spinnerbaits and swimbaits to catch their fish. Any irregularities in the bottom contour of the flats are going to hold fish moving up shallow to feed. Some good smallmouth reports are starting to come in from the upper end of the lake toward Florence. Swimbaits, crankbaits and jigs are working for those fish. Crappie anglers are targeting the main creeks like Yellow, Indian and Bear with decent success. Most are still hitting the deeper water, but look for the bite to move shallow much like the bass as we move further into fall. Best water depths were 10-20 ft. Crappie minnows seem to work better than jigs, but that can change daily. The catfish bite is picking up some. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.
Here's a quality smallmouth one angler caught this past week.
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