Pickwick Lake Elevation 410
Water Temp. 44
The cold and snowy weather has slowed down some of my fishing trips over the past few weeks. I have fished in bad weather and I had to disregard the dramatic weather changes and fish like I normally would for this time of year. Using the same baits and methods I would in the past worked out fine for me now even under these crazy weather changes. To catch bass I had to stay shallow and although I did not catch anything big in shallow water I did catch a good number of fish. I fished along river banks, cranking crank baits real slow to catch the majority of bass. I used two different of crank baits, one was a Strike King Series 3 in a bright color, the other was crawfish series 4. Both medium size crank baits and cranked really slow. This is actually a good time of year to catch a really big fish on these baits using these methods if you can stand the weather.
White bass continue to bite. I have caught them mostly on grubs and small crank baits while bass fishing. Some banks will just have more white bass than large mouths and small mouths, these banks tend to be gravel banks and sandy banks. The areas I have caught a good number of white bass in have been between the Dam and Savannah, I would not put much faith in catching them in the lake right now.
Stripers remain tough. I do not expect to catch a large number of stripers right now but they will start biting real soon. I do not start really striper fishing until mid to late March.
With the muddy water I believe the more productive areas are in deeper water, I caught more fish in 50-60’ of water instead of 15-30’. These deeper water areas are usually good anytime sauger are biting anyway I just put more faith in the deeper water bites when the river is as muddy as it is now. Dark colored sauger jigs are still working good. I have not used live minnows this year but I do tip the main hook with a plastic minnows. I often check deeper depths and more shallow depths to check to see if they are more productive.