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35° 0' 18.1008" N, 88° 11' 52.6848" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks - Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
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| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Stained
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September 17, 2014
Pickwick Lake elevation: 412.35 ft. and falling at the time of this report. TVA will be lowering the water quicker this year to facilitate a dam inspection. It’s predicted the lake will be at winter pool (409ft) by October 15. Water temps have dropped to the mid 70s due to the cool nights over the weekend. The bass fishing is still fair to good for numbers but quality can be tough to find. It took 39.5lbs to win the two day BFL tournament out of J.P. Coleman State Park this past weekend. Big fish for the tournament was a 7lb 10oz largemouth. The deep bite is still holding a few quality fish but continues to slow down as more and more fish move shallow following the shad. For the deeper fish, anglers are throwing Carolina-rigs, Texas-rigs, jigs and swimbaits. For those anglers choosing to target the massive beds of hydrilla, most are using buzzbaits, frogs, senkos, flukes, jerkbaits, and swimbaits to catch their fish. The crappie anglers are starting to show up in Yellow Creek. Most are catching fish by trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 12 to 20 ft of water. Reports of striper action continues to come in from behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. Swimbaits and spoons are both working, but more and more angler are opting to use live bait like skipjack and big shad to catch their fish. The catfish bite continues to be slow for the anglers reporting in except for those fishing behind Pickwick Dam. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here. CAUTION — Tennessee River Mile 244 — CAUTION Sept. 15-17; 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. TVA will be working on the portion of the Colbert-Oakland transmission line that crosses the river Near River Mile 422, northwest of the Colbert Fossil Plant. All watercraft should avoid the area or take extra precaution and heed warnings of safety patrol boats. Safety boats will be monitoring marine channels 13 16 and can be contacted on those channels. For current lake levels and current generation schedules, go to http://www.lakeinfo.tva.gov/htbin/lakeinfo?site=PKHDataType=AllSUBMIT=View+data
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Fishing Report Provided by Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks - Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
Rating:
2
Average: 2 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Stained
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
September 9, 2014
The water level is 413.42 and relatively holding at the time of this report. Look for TVA to start their annual drawdown of the lake pretty soon as we’ve reached that time of year. Surface water temps are still in the mid 80s. Bass reports are still varying but for the most part are still a bit tougher than most would like. Despite the oppressive heat, it took over 26lbs to win a local team tournament this past weekend. Even with the slow bite there were 7 bags over the 20lb mark. The deep, off-shore bite continues to slowly diminish as the grass bite continues gaining momentum. The deep ledges and humps are giving up a bite here or there, but nothing consistent. Anglers are throwing deep diving crankbaits, football jigs, spoons and big T-rig worms on the off shore structure. For the grass bite, anglers are using a variety of lures like senkos, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits or just about anything else that mimics a shad as massive schools of shad are flocking to the grass. One thing remains consistent with both bites however, schoolers. Anglers need to keep a topwater bait or some kind of shad imitator on the deck at all times as you never know when and where they are going to pop up. Granted the average bite might be a little small, but occasionally there will be bass in the 4-5lb range amongst them. The nighttime bite is continues to be fair to good along the bluff walls in Bear and Yellow Creek and is a good way to escape the heat of the day. Black spinnerbaits and jigs are working there. Reports of striper action continues to come in from behind both Pickwick and Wilson dams. Swimbaits and spoons are both working, but more and more angler are opting to use live bait like skipjack and big shad to catch their fish. The catfish bite continues to be slow for the anglers reporting in except for those fishing behind Pickwick Dam. Most are tightlining cut or whole shad and skipjack. A reminder that Pickwick is a shared waterbody with Alabama, so the 1 catfish over 34 inch rule applies here. Here's the winning stringer from this past weekend. CAUTION — Tennessee River Mile 244 — CAUTION Sept. 15-17; 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. TVA will be working on the portion of the Colbert-Oakland transmission line that crosses the river Near River Mile 422, northwest of the Colbert Fossil Plant. All watercraft should avoid the area or take extra precaution and heed warnings of safety patrol boats. Safety boats will be monitoring marine channels 13 16 and can be contacted on those channels. For current lake levels and current generation schedules, go to http://www.lakeinfo.tva.gov/htbin/lakeinfo?site=PKHDataType=AllSUBMIT=View+data
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