• 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

    Water Temp. 85
    BASS
    With the temperature pushing 100degrees the only answer to having fun fishing on the guided fishing tripsI do is to start real early in the morning or start in theafternoon. Even on the hottest days you can still stay pretty comfortableif you start at 5:30am and fish for three more hours. The other advantage ofstarting early is the fish are visibly more active during the earlyhours. I usually start fishing with a top water bait in shallow water inthe main lake. You can catch a few bass in the backs of coves early ontop 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 yourday with on the lake or below the dam for bass, stripers or white bass, so itis 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 surfacewith the mouth of the bait, if the bass are active they will hit it. I take alot of people fishing and most people like to over jerk their bait (to hard)and this simply doest not attract the bass as much as the subtle actionwhen fishing the Spit N King. I like to use Lew’s medium action rods forbetter action when fishing any topwater bait, which is also more forgiving whena fish hits it and you react to hard with a hook set. The biggest mistake I seewhen fishing a topwater bait for active fish is your natural reaction ofjerking the bait out of the fishes mouth. It is best to let the fish take itand keep the drag set loose. After the top water bite is over try fishing afootball head jig with a plastic crawfish in the same areas. If you werecatching fish on topwater baits in rocky areas throw the football head jig inthe same area and other similar rocky areas. If you were catching fish ontopwater 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 fishthe same areas I just caught fish on topwater baits at.

    Stripers
    The Strike King "Spit N King" hasbeen an all around great topwater with stripers and bass in the Tennessee River below the PickwickDam. Popping this feathered tail bait attracts any fish that is in thearea that is activly feeding on the surface. If you are after stripersand you have already caught a few big ones on the top water baits you mightwant to switch over to a jerk bait because you can usually hold on to the fishlonger with the jerk bait. Right now you can find small stripers bustingthe surface all day but the bigger stripers will be in deeper water after the first fewhours of daylight. Throughout the middle of the day you will need to switch toa deep diving crankbait, crank hard with your drag loose. Between the currentand the strength of these salt water fish it’s important to use equipment thatwill hold up, I’ve always used Lew’s reels in any situation that seem to abuseother reels. Lews rod and reel combos are by far the best set up for qualityand performance for the money you’ll spend.


    Catfish
    Catfishing slowed down around below the Pickwick Dam where Ihave had the best luck over the past month. I started moving downstreamand started catching more fish drifting in the current. I had been catchingfish on worms and cut bait, but the live baitgot harder to find. I tried Dyna-Bites in Catalpa Worm flavor and in shadflavor and it worked out well for me. We caught several catfish drifting theDyna-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 Lew’s rod with aonce sinker if possible.

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