The smallmouth bite should continue to be really good in the Wilson and wheeler tailraces. Good strings were caught again this week. Start your search in eddy pockets near the dam. Fish have been holding in 3 to 7 feet of water. Humps and wash holes below Wheeler Dam have been yielding both big catfish and smallmouth bass. A few spots and largemouth are being caught in the backwater flats below both dams. Jigs, crank baits, and small swimbaits have been the ticket.
Crappie are still biting well on lower Pickwick Lake. Bear Creek and Yellow Creek areas the best bet. Fish creek channel ledges in 18-30 feet of water. Look for fish on wood structure along creek ledges and other isolated cover. The Second Creek area near Waterloo and Little Bear Creek in the upper lake have also produced good numbers of fish.
Catfish bite has been slow all winter and continues to lag. For big fish go to Wilson Lake and search for wood cover in 40-60 feet of water. The Jackson Island ledges near the dam has also produces some smaller fish. To fill the coolers with eating size fish try bridge piers in Shoals Creek, Town Creek, and the Natchez Trace Parkway bridge. For what ever reason small er fish are on the bridges very well right now.