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JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 9/16/2014


Pickwick Lake elevation: 412.35 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 (409ft) by October 15. Water temps have dropped to the mid 70s due to the cool nights over the weekend. The bass fishing is still fair to good for numbers but quality can be tough to find. It took 39.5lbs to win the two day BFL tournament out of J.P. Coleman State Park this past weekend. Big fish for the tournament was a 7lb 10oz largemouth. The deep bite is still holding a few quality fish but continues to slow down as more and more fish move shallow following the shad. For the deeper fish, anglers are throwing Carolina-rigs, Texas-rigs, jigs and swimbaits. For those anglers choosing to target the massive beds of hydrilla, most are using buzzbaits, frogs, senkos, flukes, jerkbaits, and swimbaits to catch their fish. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in Yellow Creek. Most are catching fish by trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 12 to 20 ft of water. Reports of striper action continues to come in from behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. 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. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.




CAUTION — Tennessee River Mile 244 — CAUTION
Sept. 15-17; 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

TVA will be working on the portion of the Colbert-Oakland transmission line that crosses the river Near River Mile 422, northwest of the Colbert Fossil Plant.

All watercraft should avoid the area or take extra precaution and heed warnings of safety patrol boats. Safety boats will be monitoring marine channels 13 & 16 and can be contacted on those channels.

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