JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 12/2/2014
PICKWICK LAKE/J. P. COLEMAN:
Late Fall/Winter fishing report: As water temps continue to
fall, water level will control the cold water bite for the next few months.
Sudden rises in water level, which results in increased current, will typically
turn-on the bass bite, despite colder water temps. For bass, target offshore
humps, points and river ledges with 1 oz. spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs,
suspending jerkbaits, tubes, and grubs. Don’t overlook vertical bluffs during
the cold weather, especially where the old river channel swings in close. Grubs
and jigging spoons are good choices for a vertical presentation. Crappie can be
caught during the winter; target the bigger creeks and hollows (Indian, Yellow)
and look for crappie suspended near the creek channels. Most anglers typically
target 20 to 30 feet of water for best results. Hair jigs get the nod during
the cold weather. Pre-spawn crappie will start to show up as early as mid to
late January. Most crappie anglers will start in Yellow Creek and make their way
to Indian Creek towards the end of February. The catfish bite is typically
pretty tough; the exception would be during good current flow. Target the
ledges with cut or whole shad for best results. A reminder that Pickwick is a
shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.
Those who want to target sauger during the winter should fish the tailraces
below Pickwick and Wilson dams with heavy hair jigs and minnows. Weekly fishing
reports will pick back up the first week of February.
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