August 2015 Wilson / Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

Depending on the amount of rainfall we receive, water temperatures may reach the mid 80’s this month making fishing difficult. When water temps reach the low 80’s the bite becomes almost entirely at night or during the twilight periods. The midday bite will be best on cloudy or rainy days. Start your search for catfish on gravel bars, humps, and ledges where the current flow is the strongest. Many fish will seek out deeper holes in the river channel to escape the heat. Target humps directly below Wheeler Dam and the North side of Hog and Peach islands. There are also some deep ledges from Lime Kiln Hollow to McKeirnan Creek that will hold fish. The bluff ledges along the North side of the lake from Shoals Creek to Wilson Dam will hold fish in 30 to 50 feet of water. Use cut skipjack, live bream, or shad for the bigger fish. For fryers, the usual night crawlers, chicken livers, and shad guts will be best. The tailrace action below the dams will be good for Stripers and Bass if TVA produces enough current to hold bait fish below the dams. When the dams are at maximum generation try drifting live shad on a split shot rig or anchor and bump a Carolina rig across the bottom. Mister Twister Sassy Shad in pearl / black and white / chrt. tail will do best for the bigger Stripers. Try to plan your excursions for early morning and late afternoons and you should find good action across the lake.

For guide trips for Catfish, Stripers, or Smallmouth Bass contact Master Captain Brian Barton @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at www.brianbartonoutdoors.com.

 
July 2015 Wilson / Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

 This month start your search for catfish in the tailrace of Wilson and Wheeler Dams. Fish will gravitate to the tailrace in great numbers as they prepare for spawning later in the month. Bottom bouncing cut bait, shad guts, or night crawlers will work best. If the dam is not generating power try fishing a slip float in the slack water. Set your float depth about 3 to 4 feet off the bottom and cast along the wall of the dam. Search for larger fish in the middle portions of the lake. Ledges along Hog and Peach islands, Shoal and Four Mile Creeks will be good bets. Here suspend large chunks of cut skipjack 2 to 3 feet off the bottom and slowly troll over the deepest part of the ledge. Late afternoon and early morning will be the best times for hooking up with trophy fish.

Stripers will begin to group in the tailraces of both dams. Use Mister Twister 4 or 5 inch swim baits on a 1 ounce jig head to target these fish. My favorite colors are the natural tones with blue or black back. White with a chartreuse tail works great on cloudy days. Stripers will be aligned in the current seams between turbines directly below the dam. Bounce the jig along the bottom back downstream with the current.

Smallmouth bass will group all along the river ledges, mounds, and rock piles adjacent to the channel at this time. If the dams are generating current, position your boat just upstream of the structure and cast across the current. Fish tend to pull on top or to the front of structure when current is flowing. If water is slack, throw a BoJoLe flutter spoon on a Carloina rig. Work the spoon over the top and off the sides of the structure. As always, live shad are always best when they can be found. For Catfish, Striper, or live bait Smallmouth bass trips contact Captain Brian Barton at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit us on Facebook, or www.brianbartonoutdoors.com

 
June 2015 Wilson / Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

 This month start your search for catfish in the tailrace of Wilson and Wheeler Dams. Fish will gravitate to the tailrace in great numbers as they prepare for spawning later in the month. Bottom bouncing cut bait, shad guts, or night crawlers will work best. If the dam is not generating power try fishing a slip float in the slack water. Set your float depth about 3 to 4 feet off the bottom and cast along the wall of the dam. Search for larger fish in the middle portions of the lake. Ledges along Hog and Peach islands, Shoal and Four Mile Creeks will be good bets. Here suspend large chunks of cut skipjack 2 to 3 feet off the bottom and slowly troll over the deepest part of the ledge. Late afternoon and early morning will be the best times for hooking up with trophy fish.

Stripers will begin to group in the tailraces of both dams. Use Mister Twister 4 or 5 inch swim baits on a 1 ounce jig head to target these fish. My favorite colors are the natural tones with blue or black back. White with a chartreuse tail works great on cloudy days. Stripers will be aligned in the current seams between turbines directly below the dam. Bounce the jig along the bottom back downstream with the current.

Smallmouth bass will group all along the river ledges, mounds, and rock piles adjacent to the channel at this time. If the dams are generating current, position your boat just upstream of the structure and cast across the current. Fish tend to pull on top or to the front of structure when current is flowing. If water is slack, throw a BoJoLe flutter spoon on a Carloina rig. Work the spoon over the top and off the sides of the structure. As always, live shad are always best when they can be found. For Catfish, Striper, or live bait Smallmouth bass trips contact Captain Brian Barton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit us on Facebook, or www.brianbartonoutdoors.com

 
May 2015 Wilson / Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

One question I get asked most frequently by folks is, what is your favorite month of the year for catching catfish? I always tell them without hesitation, May. May on the Tennessee River is by far the best month of the year for catching numbers of catfish. Fish are aggressively feeding getting ready for the spawn which starts in mid-May and runs through early summer. Water temps will now be well into the 70’s and fish will be easily caught in shallow water. Target hard bottom flats or gently sloping banks from 10 to 25 feet deep. On Wilson Lake fish will stack up in sloughs all along the lake. This month all traditional catfish baits will work. Old standby’s like chicken livers, minnows, and worms will all do fine. Drifting in the Wheeler Dam tailrace during peak generation periods will be a good choice. Drift along with the current while bumping your bait along the bottom. Most of these fish will be 1 to 2 pound blue cats that make excellent table fare. Another tactic I like to use this month is a fly rod. I target bluff banks along the main lake for this method. Simply take a fly rod and attach a size 1 or 2 hook to the end of the line with no weight. For bait, I prefer a small piece of shrimp. It stays on the hook well when casting and doesn’t get eaten off by small bass and bream like worms or other baits. Cast the shrimp up under the bluff wall and allow it to sink to bottom. Fish will normally take the bait on the first ledge. A 5 pound plus blue or channel cat puts up quite a battle on fly equipment.

Pickwick Lake will be hot this month for catfish. Fish will move out of the river channel up into the creeks and main lake flats in preparation for spawning. Channel cats will be finishing up their spawning in early May and the blues will be headed to the beds. Best bets for channels are cypress knees in the upper portion of the lake. Coffee Slough and the area across from Colbert Steam Plant are loaded with trees in 1 to 4 feet of water. I use a 7 foot BnM medium action spinning rod with 8 pound mono to target these fish. I attach a 1/16 ounce weight just above a Daiichi 1/0 circle hook and bait with shrimp or Team Catfish’s Sudden Impact prepared bait. This is the only prepared bait I have ever used that will catch more fish than natural baits. Cast your bait right against the trees and slowly work back to the boat pulling it up and over the roots of the tree. For blue catfish concentrate along the tops of the river ledge from Second Creek to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Hard bottoms will wood cover nearby will hold plenty of catfish. A slip float rig or three way swivel rig with a small bank sinker will work best on these fish. For catfishing trips contact Captain Brian Barton at www.brianbartonoutdoors.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
April 2015 Wilson / Pickwick Lake Fishing Report

April is one of the best months for fishing on Wilson Lake. Crappie will be moving to the shorelines to spawn along with the bass and shell crackers. Catfish will begin to stage on shallow bluff ledges and points leading into the mouth of feeder creeks and sloughs. Target catfish in 10 to 20 feet of water on the upper portion of the lake. Hog Island, the Wheeler dam tailrace downstream to Town Creek, and the rocks of the old river lock system near Bluewater Creek will hold plenty of cats. Worms, shrimp, chicken livers, guts, and cut bait will all do well now. On the lower portion of the lake, search for catfish in Shoals Creek along the channel ledges and isolated wood cover. All the bluff wall ledges 15 to 40 feet deep will hold fish. For trophy fish try fishing just off the bottom along the ledges of Jackson Island near Wilson Dam. Whole live shad or large chunks of skipjack will be your best bet. Smallmouth bass will be post spawn and ready to feed. Drifting live shad in the Wheeler tailrace will be at its best. Smallmouth will also be found hanging off the ends of long points in 15 to 30 feet of water on the lower end of the lake.

The first week of April is historically the peak spawn for smallmouth bass on Pickwick Lake in the “Horseshoe” below Wilson Dam. Last year we had several 10 fish 45-50 pound catches trolling live shad in this region. Target fish in the calm water early in the morning and late afternoon. Move out into the edge of the current and eddy pools during the middle of the day. Fish will stage along the Pond Creek gravel bar as well as the pea gravel bars across from McFarland Park. On the lower end of the lake target both catfish and smallmouth on humps and gravel bars in 10 to 20 feet of water. Typically, the bass will hold on the up current side and top portion of the hump, while catfish tend to hang near the backside and closer to the bottom. Use live shad if you’re targeting both species. If your targeting catfish only, shad or skipjack guts will be best fished on light line with spinning tackle. For heavy weight catfish use your electronics to locate fish along the basses of the river ledges. Bigger catfish will be found near rock or wood cover near the bottom in deeper water. For catfish trips, meat or trophy, or live bait smallmouth action, contact Brian Barton at www.brianbartonoutdoors.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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