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 tournaments are prohibited

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 6/2/2020 4:45:13 PM
Species Detail
Bass The bass bite is very good right now as all the current has really turned the bite on. While the quality bite is proving a bit tougher to find for some anglers, most anglers are having good days as far as numbers go. Anglers are still catching fish on just about every lure you can think of. An early and late topwater bite is being reported in the backs of some of the deeper coves and along some of the gravel bars, but it seems these fish are bit smaller than the ones coming from the main river. For the shallow bite, anglers are using Texas-rigs, ned rigs, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits. The quality bite continues to move offshore as we move further into summer. Anglers are targeting ledges, humps, and drop-offs in 15 – 25 ft of water. Anglers are throwing deep diving crankbaits, spoons, jigs, swimbaits, and big Texas-rigs in hopes of getting them to bite.
Crappie The crappie bite is still fair but continues to slow down. Some anglers are reporting catches in water as deep as 30ft. Mill Creek, Bear Creek, and Yellow Creek continue to be the most popular areas. Anglers are drifting/trolling jigs for suspended fish they found using their electronics. Some crappie anglers in Bear Creek reported catching channel catfish while side trolling jigs.
Catfish The catfish bite is good right now. Anglers continue to target the rock walls with worms under a cork for spawning fish. Some anglers are moving offshore around some of the same areas the bass anglers are fishing. Those anglers are using whole shad or cutbait to catch their fish. A few anglers are having success for blues and flatheads by hand grabbing. Anglers need to keep in mind that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so only 1 fish over 34 inches may be kept per person.

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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