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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 4/21/2015


Pickwick Lake elevation: 415.64 ft. and is still rising at the time of this report. Look for the water levels to start dropping before this weekend as TVA is scheduling to release over 100,000 cfs the rest of the week. For bass, catching fish isn’t a problem as numerous reports of 40-50+ fish days are steadily coming in. Most anglers are having trouble finding keeper fish or getting that quality bite. It still took 24lbs to win a local tournament there this past weekend. Bass are in all stages of the spawn right now. With this high water event, look for “non-spawning” fish to be up shallow in and around any cover in the water feeding. With the probability of the water level falling later this week, look for the primary drop-offs out from spawning areas to hold some fish. This time of year, it’s hard to beat a T-rigged lizard and spinnerbait for covering water. A jig or swimbait might get you that bigger quality bite. Once you catch fish, you’ll get a better idea of what cover the fish prefer to be around on that day. The crappie bite is still as good but seems to be slowing down some. Some quality fish are still being caught, but not at the frequency of weeks past. Mills Creek, Goat Island and Yellow Creek continue to be hot spots as anglers are loading the boat drifting/trolling jigs and casting jigs/roadrunners for suspended fish they found using their electronics. Anglers are targeting 5-12ft of water. The hot jig color(s) continue to be red/chartreuse and blue/chartreuse. The catfish bite has been fair lately as most of the pressure on the lake has been for crappie and bass. A few anglers are using jugs and tight-lining and are having a little success with cutbait and koolaid flavored chicken.

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