Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake - 5/13/2024 9:02:39 AM
Species Detail
Bass A variety of lures are working right now. Some anglers are reporting a decent buzzbait bite in some of the backwater areas where grass and bushes are flooded. Others are throwing weightless and Texas-rigged soft plastics for those more lethargic fish. Some anglers have resorted to using shakeyheads and Ned rigs to catch some of these fish as well. Spawning shad can offer bass anglers some fast action for the first hour or two of the day on topwater lures like buzzbaits and walking baits.
Crappie The crappie bite is still fair to good but seems to be slowing down some as anglers aren’t catching as many. Some quality fish are still being caught, but not at the frequency of weeks past. Mill Creek, Goat Island and Yellow Creek continue to be hot spots as anglers are drifting/trolling jigs and casting jigs/roadrunners for suspended fish they found using their electronics. Anglers are targeting 10 – 15 ft of water. Both minnows and jigs are catching fish.
Catfish The catfish bite is starting to pick up. Anglers should be starting to fish along the rock walls soon, if they're not already. Redworms and nightcrawlers are the bait of choice right now.

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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