Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 3/19/2018 12:38:57 PM

The water level is 409.63 and slightly falling at the time of this report. Pickwick Dam is no longer spilling per TVA, so look for the water level to somewhat stabilize this week. Surface water temps are in the mid 50’s and slowly warming. Water clarity continues to be stained. The bass and crappie bites are relatively good. For bass, anglers are still catching some numbers of small fish with some quality fish thrown in. It took 23 pounds to win a team tournament there this past Saturday. Anglers are using a variety of techniques and lures to catch their fish. Alabama-rigs, single swimbaits, rattletraps, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are all catching the pre-spawn bass. Jigs and Texas-rigs are working for those bass that are more lethargic. Most anglers are focusing on transition areas leading to the spawning pockets. Gravel bars, primary flats, and points are all holding fish right now. A few anglers are finding some fish in the deeper pockets that have moved up to stage for the spawn. These will be the first fish to spawn while the others holding closer to the main lake will move shallow a little later in the spring. The crappie action is starting to pick up in Bear Creek and Yellow Creek as numbers of anglers took to the water over the weekend. A lot of anglers are finding fish from 15 – 25 ft of water. Most anglers are trolling or side pulling jigs and/or minnows. Pre-spawn crappie should start showing up closer to shallow water over the next few weeks. The catfish bite is slow but should be picking up as the water continues to warm. This is a good time of year to catch some big ones. Typically this time of year, anglers target the spillways, deeper points, and channel bends with whole or cut skipjack and shad on a tight lined presentation.


 An 8 pound Smallmouth Bass was caught at Pickwick this past weekend.



The crappie bite is starting to heat up in Bear Creek.


For up to date Pickwick Lake water level, see


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.


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