Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 10/16/2018 1:21:08 PM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 411.08 ft. and ever so slightly falling at the time of this report. TVA continues their scheduled winter drawdown. Surface water temps are in the low to mid 70’s.




The bass bite is good for numbers right now as more fish are showing up along the grass flats and in the pockets to chase shad. The bigger quality bites are a bit tougher to come by. Flukes, frogs, and small paddle tail swimbaits are working where a weed less presentation is required. In those areas that don’t require a covered hook, anglers are throwing a multitude of shad imitating lures like spooks, chug bugs, spinnerbaits, blade baits, jerkbaits, and lipless crankbaits to catch their fish. Some anglers are choosing to back off those same hydrilla mats in hopes of catching bigger fish on a Texas-rigged plastics like brushhogs and big worms. Reports of schooling action continue to roll in from all over the lake. Look for the schooling activity to continue as we move further into fall and the water temps start significantly dropping. Very few anglers are targeting the deep river ledges and humps, but a few quality fish still remain deep. Jigs, swimbaits, and Texas/Carolina-rigs are still the go to techniques for the remaining deep water bite.




The catfish bite continues to be fair to good. Anglers are using a variety of baits, but cut/whole shad and skipjack seem to be popular choices. Multiple techniques are working as well, but jug fishing and traditional rod-n-reel fishing seem to be the most popular. Anglers are targeting gravel bars and some of the shallower ledges and humps for the most part.




Crappie anglers continue to target Yellow and Bear Creeks in the 12 – 20 ft. depth range. Any woody cover in that depth range should be like a magnet for crappie. Both minnows and jigs are working, as one could out produce the other on any given day. Look for the bite to pick up as we move further into fall and the water temps start significantly dropping.



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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