Fishing Reports

Timmy Hortons Home Lake Pickwick Lake

As temperatures begin to fall this month the catfish, striper, and bass action will get hotter. September is the official start of the fall live bait fishing season. This years’ shad minnows will now be 2 ½ to 3 inches in length and will perfect size for both cats and smallmouth. Areas to target on Wilson will be the Wheeler dam tailrace and bluff points in the mid lake region. In the tailrace, drift the current seams with enough weight to keep your minnow down near the bottom. Use your trolling motor to keep your boat align with the seam as you drift downstream. When fishing points hook the minnow just under the dorsal fin and use just enough weight to keep the minnow below the surface. Your presentation should be as natural as possible. For numbers of fish, target the south side of the lake from Lime Kiln Hollow to Wilson Lake Shores. For larger fish concentrate on the tailrace region. For trophy catfish use large portions of cut skipjack or shad and troll the ledges in 50 to 70 feet of water off the North side of the lake. The area from Shoals Creek to Wilson Dam produces several 50 pound plus fish at this time of the year.

On Pickwick, focus on the area from Pride Landing to Natchez trace. The entire lake will be good, but I have found more numbers in this portion of the lake. Smallmouth will be holding on the edge of flats and tops of main lake humps. For catfish, fish your minnow’s right along the bottom at the base of the river ledges. Mister Twister Sassy Shad will produce the best striper action. Look for stripers to be the most active in the early morning and late afternoon. The Sheffield rock row upstream to the dam will be a good area to try. For catfish, striper, or live bait bass action contact Captain Brian Barton at or email


Pickwick/Wilson Lake Fishing Guide

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