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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 2/23/2015


Pickwick Lake elevation: 410.00 ft. and rising at the time of this report. While Pickwick Lake continues to be one of the best lakes in the southeast, cold and wet conditions kept many anglers off the water this past weekend. The surface water temps have fallen significantly compared to a couple weeks ago and doesn’t show signs of rising again in the not-so-distant future. This means the late winter bite will be prolonged that much longer, similar to last year. The Alabama-rig phenomenon continues to thrive on the Tennessee River reservoirs. Gravel bars and points seem to be where most of the bass are holding. Other techniques that are working are flatsided crankbaits, “mop” style jigs, lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits fished in the same areas as the A-rig. Anglers are reporting only getting 5-15 bites a day, they are usually quality fish. Crappie fishing took a hit this past week as the conditions kept anglers off the water. Those that did try their luck had fair success, mostly in Yellow Creek. Anglers were trolling in 15-20ft of water. Sauger fishing below the dam has been better this year than in years past mainly due to lower levels of water released from Pickwick Dam. Anglers are still reporting some decent catches. 


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