Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume mid-February.  See below for winter fishing tips.

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 12/6/2021 10:33:17 AM
Species Detail
Bass For bass, target offshore humps, points, and river ledges with 1 oz. spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs, suspending jerkbaits, jigs, and grubs. Good electronics are a must for the off shore bite. Don’t overlook vertical bluffs and gravel bars during the cold weather, especially where the old river channel swings in close. Grubs, blade baits, and jigging spoons are good choices for a vertical presentation, but casting Alabama-rigs, suspending jerkbaits, Ned rigs, or spybaits may get you some bites as well. Some anglers target the tail waters of Pickwick and Wilson dams during the cold months in search of smallmouth. Live minnows/shiners, Alabama-rigs, and single swimbaits work well there.
Crappie Crappie can be caught during the winter; target the bigger creeks and hollows (Indian, Yellow) and look for crappie suspended near the creek channels. Most anglers typically target 20 to 30 feet of water. Hair jigs get the nod during the cold weather. Pre-spawn crappie will start to show up as early as mid to late January depending on how harsh of a winter it has been. Most crappie anglers will start in Yellow Creek and make their way to Indian Creek and Bear Creek towards the end of February.
Catfish The catfish bite is typically pretty tough, with the exception of periods with good current flow. Tight lining cut/whole shad along the deeper gravel bars and shallower river ledges is typically the best technique during the cold months. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here.

As water temps continue to fall, the water level will control the cold water bite for the next few months. Sudden rises in water level, which results in increased current, will typically “turn on” the bass and catfish bite, despite colder water temps.

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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