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Pickwick Lake Tennessee TN Fishing Report: 09 Aug 2017
Pickwick Lake Elevation 414
Water Temp. 85
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.
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.
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
31 July 2017
Pickwick Lake Elevation 413.5
Water Temp. 85
If you get out early enough you can catch bass on top water baits in the lake and below the dam in the river. In the main lake fish main lake points close to deep water. The later in the morning it gets the more important it is to fish a point with deeper water close by. In the river just fish on the main river banks, try to fish a creek mouth or any area where the water runs over the top of shallow rocks. Top water baits seem to only last from 5am until about 6:30. If I am fishing in the river I will switch to a Strike King Series 3 crank bait and fish along the banks, fish tree tops and rocky bluff and chunk rock, then stick with the most productive one of the three. If I am catching fish on a main lake point on top water baits I will stay there and throw a Series 3 Crank Bait along that point and all around it. If it is a productive spot you can usually catch a limit of fish on that one point from around 5am-7am. An alternative to fishing main lake points are fishing big grassy flats with top water baits and sometime the top water bite last longer in that situation, when I am finished fishing a top water bait on a grassy flat I will change to a red eye shad or shallow running crank bait. You will have an easier time throwing a 1/4oz Red Eye shad above the grass in these areas but I have caught bigger fish throwing a 3/4oz Red Eye Shad. When throwing a 3/4oz make sure you start cranking it pretty fast as soon as it hits the water or it will load up on grass before it starts moving. Big fish are in deep water right now, I have been catching fish on 10″Iguana Lizard on a carolina rig and a Strike King one once Spinner bait also works well. White and white and chartreuse are the only two colors that I used this week in these deep water areas.
Stripers are biting good again. The skip jack minnows are thick and real easy to catch below the dam. The last trip we caught all the skip jack we wanted on live bait rigs, the ones with 5 or 6 small hooks on them. We caught the skip jack close to the dam. The only way we could count on catching stripers was drifting with the skip jack minnows. We caught them two different ways. We fished a carolina style rig with a two oz. sinker and made 20′ cast close to the boils and drifted back down stream. The other way is to only tie on one hook and use a larger split shot sinker, make a long cast by the boils and let approx. half a spool of line out while drifting back. Either method worked and they both worked well. Just remember to cast short with the heaver sinker or you will be spending a lot more time hanging up and re-rigging then you will fishing.
Catfishing slowed down around below the Pickwick Dam where I have had the best luck over the past month. I started moving downstream and started 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 size 1 Strike King Whisker Sticker hook with a medium action rod with a once sinker if possible.
Compliments of Clagett Talley 731-607-5266 www.pickwickareaguide.com
For general lake information on Pickwick Lake:
Outdoor Alabama Official Website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources