The cold water hasn’t slowed down the bass bite much on area lakes. Pickwick headwaters continue to produce good strings of bass and stripe in the lower tailrace area. When the flood gates are open search for fish in eddy pockets off the main current flow in 2-6 feet of water. If current allows drop baits just behind wing walls and dikes for the best smallmouth bite. Wilson has been slower but the bite should improve with warming temperatures later in the month.
Crappie have been slow with the rising flooding waters. A few fish are being caught down river in the Indian and Yellow Creek areas in 20-30 feet of water. Shoreline anglers are picking off a few in McFarland Harbor and the Rockpile Recreation area below the Wilson Dam.
Sauger have slowed dramatically from the flurry we saw back in November. A few fish are being picked up at night and early morning by shoreline anglers. Red / Yellow hair jigs tipped with a minnow is best option.
Catfish have been hard to come by lately. A few fish are being picked up in the deep waters of Wilson Lake but not many. Eating size cats are hit and miss in the Cane Creek area on Pickwick and around the Shoals Creek bridge on Wilson Lake.