Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 7/15/2019 9:32:38 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.21 ft. and expected to rise. Pickwick is spilling Water temps are in the high 80s.




The bass bite remains slow.  It's been hot with a lot of small tournaments going on.  The fish are pressured and it is difficult to find a school willing to bite.  A few fish are being caught early in the morning and late in the day. Most of the bass have been on the smaller side with a few quality fish being caught every now and then.  Night fishing has been the best option lately with the hot days.




The catfish bite was fair.  Anglers are targeting bluff walls, gravel bars and ledges with kool-aid flavored chicken liver.  With the lake spilling, the bite was better than it had been.  A lot of anglers are having success jug fishing and running trot lines.




The crappie action remains poor.  Try fishing deeper brush piles in 15 to 25 feet of water with jigs tipped with minnows.  There just haven't been many crappie anglers braving the heat and boat traffic.



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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