Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 6/19/2018 12:52:16 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.78 ft. and is fairly stable at the time of this report. The summer heat has arrived and surface water temps are in the upper 80’s. The bass bite is good for numbers, but some anglers are having trouble finding the quality bites. It took a little over 19 pounds to win a team tournament there this past weekend. The summertime is definitely here and you can tell as the off shore humps and ledges are starting to get hit pretty hard by every bass fisherman hitting the lake. Anglers are using a variety of tactics and lures to trigger bites. Anything from a 10xd crankbait to a drop-shot finesse worm will work. You may have to use a variety of tactics to see what the fish are wanting that particular day as it changes frequently. If you can find the fish, it’s almost a sure bet you can get one or two to bite if not more. Most are targeting water depths of about 15 – 25 ft in depth. Not all ledges and humps are holding fish, so you may have to fish or scan a few with your electronics to finally find a school. The catfish bite is good right now, whether you are hand grabbing, trotlining, jug fishing or the just plain ole rod-n-reel fishing. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having good success on strawberry flavored chicken and cut/whole shad. The flatheads seem to be up shallow for the spawn while the blues and channels are a bit deeper along drop-offs and ledges. Anglers need to keep in mind that you may only keep one fish over 34 inches per person. 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 – 30 ft of water.


For up to date Pickwick Lake water level, see

Fishing Regulations

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)
Catfish (blue, channel and flathead)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 15 inches and under
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Catfish: only 1 catfish over 34 inches may be harvested
Paddlefish:  All lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10
Crappie:  30
Catfish: no creel limit under 34 inches; 1 over 34 inches
Paddlefish:  0

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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