• Pickwick Lake Fishing Report - TN

    Pickwick Area Guide
    (731) 607-5266 http://www.pickwickareaguide.com/ pickwickareaguide@yahoo.com
  • Enjoy fishing in Pickwick Tennessee or anywhere in the Pickwick area with an experienced area guide. We will take you on a guided fishing trip for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass,WhiteBass, Stripers(Rockfish),Catfish,Sauger and other Tennessee River fish. We take individuals and groups.We do half days and whole days. We provide all the tackle for the trip.We also provide drinks but your welcome to bring your own.

  • Pickwick Lake Fishing Report - TN

    Pickwick Lake Elevation 414
    Water Temp. 75

    BASS
    The best time of the day for me has been early in the morning, even if no generation from the Dam is present. At day break I like to throw a top water bait. Around 6am I start catching fish on a Strike King Series 3 Crankbait. I will fish this Series 3 for a least an hour or more with confidence that I will catch 5-10 fish. My favorite color right now is white with red eyes. I like to start off on a point with some structure involved. On my guide trips I like to use two or three different colored Strike King Crankbaits until one of the fishermen starts catching more on one color, then I might have both fishermen using the more productive color. I will often throw this size crankbait all day (Series 3) but if you do not use the proper rod with the right action you are cutting down the attraction to your bait and in return the amount of fish you will catch. For a crankbait you must not use a heavy or even a medium heavy rod. My choice of rod is a medium action Lews Perfect Speed Stick rod and 10 pound test Lews Line. This set up is perfect for casting these smaller sized Strike King Crankbaits and it gives them the action they need to attract bass. If you like to fish a little slower, I would throw a carolina rig right now. I have caught a lot of nice bass over the last two weeks on different plastics on a carolina rig, the most productive color has been green pumpkin with red flake Strike King Rage Craws.

    White Bass
    If you like to catch a lot of fish you can still load up on white bass right now. Using the same Series 3 Strike King crankbait in the river will catch a large number of white bass while catching largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass along the way. The Botel area below the Dam is a good area to cover for all these species with the 8' diving Strike King crankbait. I have also caught a lot of white bass in the Savannah area using the same crankbait along rocky banks.

    Stripers
    Stripers are biting really well when the Dam is generating. Yellow tail minnows are running strong right now and accounting for a large number of fish. Fish these yellow tail minnows close to the bottom and drift down stream. If you fish during the morning hours or late afternoon you can catch a lot of fish on a King Shad by Strike King, this bait runs below the surface and is big and strong enough to hold up to big stripers. It is best to fish the King Shad on 12 pound test line and throw it where there is a lot of current, because it is jointed its action attracts fish when you simply reel it back slowly with tight line.

    Catfish
    I have caught a few catfish while striper fishing. I see a lot of catfish caught below the Dam in 20-25' of water. Most people I see are using bait they are catching in the water such as yellow tail minnows and skip jack.



    Compliments of Clagett Talley at Talley's Outdoors 731-607-5266 or www.pickwickareaguide.com
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