Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 11/13/2017 8:09:17 AM

Pickwick Lake elevation: 410.09 ft. and relatively holding at the time of this report. TVA continues their annually scheduled drawdown, but should reach winter pool within the next week or so. They are pulling a fair amount of water as well which should help the bite. Water temps are in the low 60s and should continue to fall as we head toward winter.  The bass bite continues to be hit or miss for most folks. The fish are chasing shad throughout most of the lake especially in the coves and around any vegetation. Anglers are throwing a multitude of shad imitating lures like spooks, chug bugs, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits to catch their fish. The A-rig is starting to produce a few fish as well. A few anglers are choosing not to target the shallower fish in hopes of a bigger bite off shore in 10 – 15 ft of water on some of the shallower humps and gravel bars. These anglers are throwing the A-rig, jerkbaits, crankbaits and jigs mostly. Also, the tailrace bite continues to be popular as TVA is churning out 60,000+ cfs of current. Alabama-rigs, single simbaits, crankbaits, and heavy spinnerbaits are popular lure choices behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in fair numbers and are hitting the deeper water in the creeks with good success. Best areas are Yellow Creek, Dry Creek and Indian Creek. The best water depths were 15 to 25 ft with crappie minnows but jigs may work just as well. Some anglers are choosing to drift/troll while others are opting for more a vertical presentation around any cover available. Like the bass, the crappie are also keying in on the schools of shad, so if you can find some deeper schools of shad, the crappie shouldn’t be far off. The catfish bite is fair to good in some areas right now. The jug and rod-n-reel crowd are having very good success on cut/whole shad and skipjack herring.




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