Fishing ReportJP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 3/19/2019 3:01:09 PM
Pickwick Lake elevation: 409.24 ft. and stable at the time of this report. Pickwick Dam is currently spilling and will continue to until further notice. There is still a heavy stain on much of the lake due to all the current and rainfall over the past couple of weeks.
The bass bite was good for some anglers this past weekend. Anglers report catching 10 to 20 bass per day. Alabama-rigs, lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and single paddle tail swimbaits have been the most popular lure choices lately. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and other current breaks along the river.
The catfish bite continues to be slow. Traditional rod-n-reel fishing seems to be the most popular technique. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and some of the shallower ledges and humps for the most part. Look for areas of water out of the current as fish will congregate there. Cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavor chicken are good bait choices right now.
The crappie action is slow due to the dirty water, but the fish that are being caught are quality size. Anglers are finding fish from 10 – 15 feet of water. Trolling jigs and crankbaits is a good technique to locate fish that haven’t started moving toward shallow water. Pre-spawn crappie should start showing up over the next few weeks.
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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
Catfish: no creel limit under 34 inches; 1 over 34 inches
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.