Fishing Reports

8-15 Striper 3

The catfish bite will really start to heat up this month. Smaller cats will begin to invade the sloughs and shallower water to begin gorging themselves with food for the upcoming spawn. Target gravel bars, ledges, and main lake humps with hard bottoms for the best action on the eating size fish. Whether trolling or anchored fish your baits right on the bottom. Chicken livers, shad guts, and shad minnows are best this time of the year. For the big cats focus on deeper ledges with wood cover and the front and back ends of the humps and islands. Use large chunks of fresh skipjack or cut shad heads along the structure for the bigger fish. Peach and Hog Islands are hard to beat this month. Big cats are caught every spring along the clay bottoms just offshore from Robert Trent Jones golf course.

Pickwick Lake will produce some of the largest smallmouth bass of the year this month. Depending upon the water temperature the majority of the smallmouth will spawn in mid- April, which means they will have their heaviest body weights of the season. Target these fish on gravel bars adjacent to the main channel. Good areas include Brush Creek, Second Creek, and Pride Landing. The fish will be in 6 to 12 feet of water depending upon the water temperatures. I use an 8 foot BnM Float N Fly Rod to present live shad with a small split shot or no weight at all to these fish. The “ Horseshoe” is a community hole located just below Wilson Dam which will also hold good numbers of fish this month.

For guided trips for catfish, live bait bass, or stripers contact Captain Brian Barton at or visit us on the web at


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