• 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. 85
    BASS

    The top water bite has produced alot over the past week. I usually start fishing with a top water bait in shallow water in the main lake. You can catch a few bass in the backs of coves early on top water baits too but I usually catch bigger fish in the main lake. The "Spit N King" by Strike King is the perfect size bait to start your day with on the lake or below the dam for bass, stripers or white bass, so it is a good idea to have one tied on when you start fishing in the morning. You will just need to make short jerks with your rod to disturb the surface with the mouth of the bait, if the bass are active they with hit it. I take a lot of people fishing and most people like to over jerk their bait (to hard) and this simply does not attract the bass as much as the subtle action of the Spit N King. I like to use medium action rods for better action when fishing any topwater bait, which is also more forgiving when a fish hits it and you react to hard with a hook set. The biggest mistake I see when fishing a topwater bait for active fish is your natural reaction of jerking the bait out of the fishes mouth. It is best to let the fish take it and keep the drag set loose. After the top water bite is over try fishing a football head jig with a plastic crawfish in the same areas. If you were catching fish on topwater baits in rocky areas throw the football head jig in the same area and other similar rocky areas. If you were catching fish on topwater baits in grassy areas fish the same grassy areas with the jigs. Some of the biggest fish I have caught have been when I switch to a jig to fish the same areas I just caught fish on topwater baits at.

    Stripers
    The Strike King "Spit N King" has been an all around great topwater with stripers and bass in the Tennessee River below the Pickwick Dam. Popping this feathered tail bait attracts any fish that is in the area that is activly feeding on the surface. If you are after stripers and you have already caught a few big ones on the top water baits you might want to switch over to a jerk bait because you can usually hold on to the fish longer with the jerk bait. Right now you can find small stripers busting the surface all day but the bigger stripers will be in deeper water after the first few hours of daylight. Throughout the middle of the day you will need to switch to a deep diving crankbait, crank hard with your drag loose.


    Catfish
    I see several catfish caught just below the dam near the boils and in the still water. But I have been 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 medium action rod with a once sinker if possible.

    For an online report you can go to TWRA website . You can access it through my website www.pickwickareaguide.com and you can also go there to access TVAs website and by doing so it will take you straight to Pickwick lake.
    Compliments of Clagett Talley at Talley's Outdoors 731-607-5266 or www.pickwickareaguide.com
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