Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 6/12/2019 2:30:24 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.11 ft. and rising.  Water temps are in the low 80s.




The bass bite was good this past week.  There is still a shallow topwater bite early in the morning around rocks and grass.  Many anglers are fishing the ledges now and report catching good numbers of bass in 14 to 25 ft. of water.  Anglers are throwing dropshots, crankbaits, spoons, and Carolina rigs to catch these bass.  Carolina rigs have been the most popular.




The catfish bite was good.  Some anglers have reported catching some bigger fish at night.  Anglers are targeting bluff walls with cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavor chicken.  Hand grabbers are starting to have some success in Yellow Creek.




The crappie action was poor to fair.  Brush piles in 10 to 20 feet of water have been producing some crappie on jigs tipped with minnows.  Bear Creek has been the most popular area.



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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