Fishing & Boating


J. P. Coleman State Park is open to fishing and boating.  The number of persons in each watercraft is limited to the greater of two (2) occupants or 50% of the occupancy limit of all multi-person watercraft.  Bank and pier fishing is allowed but social distancing requirements must be adhered to (maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals).

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 8/4/2020 10:54:44 AM
Species Detail
Bass Surface water temps seem to be running in the mid to upper 80’s. Right now it seems as though it is feast or famine for bass anglers as some are still catching decent numbers of quality fish while others struggle to get bites. Current is critical right now for those anglers choosing to stay deep and fish the humps and ledges along the main river, but not so much for those fishing the offshore structure in Bear and Yellow Creeks. Finding fish is not as much an issue as getting those fish to bite. Anglers are still using a variety of tactics to get their bites. Texas/Carolina-rigged plastics are catching more fish than just about anything when it comes to the offshore bite, but other techniques like shakeyheads, drop-shots, jigs, and spoons are also getting a few bites. The night bite is continuing to be solid as anglers are still catching some quality smallmouths and largemouths after dark on a variety of lures like dark colored spinnerbaits, jigs and Texas-rigged plastics.
Crappie 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.
Catfish The catfish bite is fair to good right now. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having success on strawberry koolaid flavored chicken, cut/whole shad and skipjack herring.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth) Minimum Length Limit 15 inches and under
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 9 inches and under
Catfish No length limit Anglers can harvest only one catfish over 34 inches

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Bass 10
Crappie 30
Catfish No length limit Anglers can harvest only one catfish over 34 inches

 Additional Information:

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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