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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 7/27/2015


Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.86 ft. and slightly falling at the time of this report. Despite the oppressive heat, a few anglers are still finding a quality fish or two during the day. It took 17.84lbs to win a local, 4-fish limit team tournament at J.P. Coleman this past Saturday.  Anglers are still using a variety of tactics and lures to trigger bites along the ledges and humps, but the bites are getting hard to come by due to the fishing pressure and heat. Some techniques seem to work better than others on certain days so don’t be afraid to try a different technique other than what’s been working for you the last time you were there. Techniques like stroking a swimbait and flutter spoon, 10-14” T-rigged worms, and of course dragging a C-rig and football head jig all seem to get a bite or two. Most are targeting water depths of about 15-25ft in depth. Not all ledges and humps are holding fish, so you may have to fish a few to finally find a school. Other anglers are starting to target the vast expanses of hydrilla that are now showing themselves throughout the lake with worms, topwaters, swimbaits and frogs. The night bite is continuing to be decent as anglers are catching some quality smallmouths and largemouths after dark on a variety of lures like dark colored spinnerbaits and jigs. The catfish bite is fair right now. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having some success on strawberry flavored chicken and cut/whole shad and skipjack herring. Not many crappie anglers are braving the heat, but the ones that are, are targeting suspended fish in Yellow and Bear Creeks by trolling/drifting minnows and jigs in 20-30ft of water. The striper action below the dam is good. Anglers are throwing big swimbaits, bucktail jigs and spoons to catch their fish. 

Here's the winning stringer from this past Saturday. 

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