November 2015 Wilson / Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

October has been one of the best smallmouth bass and catfish months we have had in several years. If we continue to have above normal temperatures November should be just as good. For catfish, fish flats adjacent to channel ledges and drop-offs. Fish will hold from 15 to 40 feet deep depending on how deep the shad schools are located. Use small shad, cut baits, and shrimp to target these fish. Trolling at .2 to .6 mph will allow you to cover more water and catch more fish. For bigger catfish, the mouths of tributary creeks will be the ticket. Creeks with good flat fishing include Town Creek, Shoals Creek, Bear Creek, and Yellow Creek. Slow troll big chunks of cut skipjack 1 to 3 feet off the bottom for the big boys. A slower speed of .2 to .3 works best for bigger fish.

The smallmouth bass bite has been on fire in both the Wilson and Wheeler Dam tailraces. Use a throw net to collect 3-4 inch shad and keep them lively in a bait tank. Make sure to add salt and change the water every hour if you don’t have a commercial bait tank. I use BnM Float n Fly spinning rods in 8 foot length with 8 to 10 pound Vicious mono line. Attach a split shot about 18 to 24 inches above a Tru-Turn size 1 or 2 hook and you’re ready to fish. The size of the split shot needed will be determined by the amount of current. Usually 1/8 to ½ ounce of weight will do the trick. Cast upstream into a seam between two turbines and float with a tight line back downstream. It’s not uncommon to catch 50 to 75 fish per day drifting live minnows. Most days you will catch at least 6 to 7 different species including smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass, blue and channel catfish, along with drum, hybrids, and white bass.

For guide trips for Catfish, Striper, or live bait Smallmouth Bass fishing contact Captain Brian Barton at or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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