Pickwick Lake Elevation 413.5
Water Temp. 77
When bass fishing early in the morning, don't forget about the grass beds in the lake. Over the past few weeks we have caught a large number of fish in and around those beds using the Strike King Spit N King top water baits . The easiest way to fish the grass with this bait is to just work it around the edges of the grass and not in the middle. I like to use a Lews medium action rod and reel to work these baits with. Lews medium rods are perfect for gaining the most action you can out of these lures. Sometimes you can catch good fish in the middle of the grass beds but you will need to switch to a weedless frog. There are a lot of shallow areas visible from the Pickwick Dam that have grass just under the water surface and these areas usually hold a lot of fish and are easy to fish baits over the top of them without getting tangled in the grass every cast. You can also fish a creature bait through these areas on a weighted hook or texas rig and this method sometimes works throughout the day. The deep water humps and ledges are still holding good fish right now. In the deeper water throw a deep diving crank bait or a heavy spinner bait. Stike King has a 1oz spinnerbait that is a hot lure on Pickwick, Bay Springs and other lakes would be good lakes using this heavier spinnerbait as well.
The Strike King "Spit N King" has been an all around great top water with stripers and bass in the Tennessee River below the Pickwick Dam. Popping this feathered tail bait attracts fish in the area that are actively 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 a 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 live bait rig and drift downstream with a live minnow on a bait hook. If you can catch skip jack minnows in the river for this method of fishing you will be more successful catching good stripers but you can use minnows from a bait store. The store bought minnows usually produces fish if the natural bait are not present below the dam. I only fish with Lews rods and reels below the dam for stripers. I've stripped out a lot of other reels fishing for these large aggressive fish but Lews reels are strong enough to hold up to years of catching a lot of big fish.
We have caught several catfish drifting the Dyna-Bites in 25-30'' of water. I hear livers and shad gutts are very produtive baits as well right now from other catfishermen. This is also a good time of year to fish a little deeper, you may improve the size of catfish your catching.
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 731-607-5266