JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 9/29/2014
PICKWICK LAKE/J. P. COLEMAN:
Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.05 ft. and falling at the time of this report. TVA will be lowering the water quicker this year to facilitate a dam inspection. It’s predicted the lake will be at winter pool (408ft) by October 15. Water temps continue to hang around the mid 70s. The bass fishing is still fair to good for numbers but quality can be tough to find. The deep bite is starting to really slow down as the fish are following the bait toward shallower water. A lot of anglers are targeting the grass beds. Most are using buzzbaits, frogs, senkos, flukes, spinnerbaits and swimbaits to catch their fish. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in Yellow and Indian Creek. Most are catching fish by trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 12 to 20 ft of water. These anglers have reported catching nice fish, but not very many. Reports of striper action continues to come in from behind Wilson dam but fishing below Pickwick is a little tricky right now with all the water being let out. Swimbaits and spoons are both working, but more and more angler are opting to use live bait like skipjack and big shad to catch their fish. The catfish bite continues to be slow for the anglers reporting in except for those fishing behind Pickwick Dam. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. Eater sized catfish have been reported in the mouth of Panther Creek, and in the coves near Grand Harbor. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.
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