• Pickwick Lake Fishing Report - TN

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  • Pickwick Lake Fishing Report - TN

    Pickwick Lake Elevation 413.5
    Water Temp. 85
    BASS
    If you get out early enough you can catch bass on top water baits in the lake and below the dam in the river. In the main lake fish main lake points close to deep water. The later in the morning it gets the more important it is to fish a point with deeper water close by. In the river just fish on the main river banks, try to fish a creek mouth or any area where the water runs over the top of shallow rocks. Top water baits seem to only last from 5am until about 6:30. If I am fishing in the river I will switch to a Strike King Series 3 crank bait and fish along the banks, fish tree tops and rocky bluff and chunk rock, then stick with the most productive one of the three. If I am catching fish on a main lake point on top water baits I will stay there and throw a Series 3 Crank Bait along that point and all around it. If it is a productive spot you can usually catch a limit of fish on that one point from around 5am-7am. An alternative to fishing main lake points are fishing big grassy flats with top water baits and sometime the top water bite last longer in that situation, when I am finished fishing a top water bait on a grassy flat I will change to a red eye shad or shallow running crank bait. You will have an easier time throwing a 1/4oz Red Eye shad above the grass in these areas but I have caught bigger fish throwing a 3/4oz Red Eye Shad. When throwing a 3/4oz make sure you start cranking it pretty fast as soon as it hits the water or it will load up on grass before it starts moving. Big fish are in deep water right now, I have been catching fish on 10"Iguana Lizard on a carolina rig and a Strike King one once Spinner bait also works well. White and white and chartreuse are the only two colors that I used this week in these deep water areas.
    Stripers
    Stripers are biting good again. The skip jack minnows are thick and real easy to catch below the dam. The last trip we caught all the skip jack we wanted on live bait rigs, the ones with 5 or 6 small hooks on them. We caught the skip jack close to the dam. The only way we could count on catching stripers was drifting with the skip jack minnows. We caught them two different ways. We fished a carolina style rig with a two oz. sinker and made 20' cast close to the boils and drifted back down stream. The other way is to only tie on one hook and use a larger split shot sinker, make a long cast by the boils and let approx. half a spool of line out while drifting back. Either method worked and they both worked well. Just remember to cast short with the heaver sinker or you will be spending a lot more time hanging up and re-rigging then you will fishing.








    Catfish
    Catfishing slowed down around below the Pickwick Dam where I have had the best luck over the past month. I started moving downstream and started catching more fish drifting in the current. I had been catching fish on worms and cut bait, but the live bait got harder to find. I tried Dyna-Bites in Catalpa Worm flavor and in shad flavor and it worked out well for me. We caught several catfish drifting the Dyna-Bites in 20-25' of water. I like to fish the Dyna-Bites on a size 1 Strike King Whisker Sticker hook with a medium action rod with a once sinker if possible.




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