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Clagett Talley's Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

BASS 

I've caught several bass wishing with Strike King Series 5 crankbaits on the new Lews Cranking Rod.  When fishing these crank baits make sure you used a medium rod that allows the the crank bait to work. I've had pretty good luck on main lake rocky points and structure around the Pickwick Dam. If you can stand the swift current below the Dam you should be able to pick up a few bass on live bait.  Just drift split shots with live minnows along rocky banks and you will pick up a few bass and some real nice smallmouth.  The smallmouth are hard to count on day to day but you can still catch a few big ones if you stick with it. 

Stripers 

Every once in a while we will come across a striper or two around the dam this time of year. Trolling big Strike King Series 6 or 10XD crank baits or drifting live bait.

Catfish

Catfish are still biting good in some areas, I like to use nightcrawlers and red worms. We even catch a few while sauger fishing with minnows. We have been catching a few in the 15-20' range and some have come out of deeper water.

Sauger

Sauger fishing is still in its beginning stages and will get better and better until next spring and sometimes it acually improves during the spring. Right now you will have good and bad days and there will be no excuse for the bad day because you can do the exact same thing you did the day before and it just will not work. On some drifts you will catch two or three and go back and not catch any, but this usually stabilizes throughout the winter to where you can count on them a little better. And something to keep in mind is although you hear that sauger fishing is better when the weather is as miserable I find that not to be true. I often go on pretty days in the middle of really cold days and if the fish were biting on the bad day before, they also bit on the pretty day as well. 


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