Don’t put away your winter fishing gear just yet. If you are entertaining the thought of hitting an area lake or river, look for a nice start to your day Thursday with a high of 77 degrees and a low of 59 – but then get ready for it.

Evening temperatures are scheduled to hit a low of 40 degrees Friday; 30 on Saturday and 46, Sunday.

That said, here’s this week’s …

Fishing Report

Pickwick Lake

Water temperature 56 degrees. Elevation 410 feet.

  •  Bass: “With temperatures in the mid 70’s, it makes it hard not to go bass fishing,” Clagett Talley said. “Bass fishing picked up over the last week, and this time of year is good for catching quality fish, just do not expect to catch a lot of bass.”

A tour guide from Savannah, Clagett recommends you keep it pretty simple and cover as much water as possible moving your bait slow.

“Carolina rigged Strike King Rage Craws worked well over the last few days,” Clagett said. “A Strike King Red Eyed shad crankbait in bright colors also works well.”

Clagett said rock bluffs and grassy areas continue to hold fish.

  •  Stripers: “Stipers are throughout the river and lake, but it is just hard to fish for them right now,” Clagett said. “You can occasionally catch some on deep-diving crankbaits around the Dam. The good news is that stripers will bite better and better from this point on.”

Clagett said during the next few weeks he expects to see some of the biggest stripers he will see all year and the numbers will only increase.

  • Sauger: Clagett said a lot of fishermen will discontinue sauger fishing about this time of year for various reasons.

“They either think it is over or because they switched to bass fishing, which I understand, but this is my favorite time to go sauger fishing,” Clagett said. “I usually catch better quality fish and more keepers than I do in the prior months.”

Clagett said for some reason, it seems like sauger are not as picky when it comes to what you tip your jig with – a minnow or some kind of plastic bait.

“So, naturally I will choose a plastic bait and it performs well,” Clagett said. “The standard way of fishing with a sauger jig in water as shallow as 15-feet, and water as deep as 60-feet, will continue to work throughout March. Look forward to catching (sauger) on crankbaits in the next few weeks.”

Want more from the “Mayor of Pickwick Lake?” Give Clagett Talley a call (731) 607-5266 or visit him online –

Gibson County Lake

Water temperature: 55 degrees

  • Bass: “Bass are hitting lemon colored plastics fished slowly in the timber,” Trenton’s Brent Smith said. “The lake is getting a lot of pressure and the fish are really scattered.”
  • Crappie: Brent said crappie fishermen are bringing in a medley of bass, crappie and shell crackers on jigs.

“The water at Gibson County Lake is still very low, but there are no problems on the boat ramp,” Brent said. “The lake store is also still closed and will open in March.”

Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley

Water temperature: 52 degrees

  • Bass: “Bass are doing well,” Darrell Van Vactor said. “Fish Threadfin shad pattern jerk baits and A-rigs with four-inch natural color swim baits on the main lake points close to deep water. Some good smallies were being taken this week fishing road beds on the east side of the lake that had chunk rock present. Swim baits and finesse worms in electric chicken did the best on the smallies.”

Darrell Van Vactor is the president/CEO of Outdoor Promotions, Inc., in Benton, Kentucky.

  • Crappie: “Falling waters have pushed the crappie a little deeper, but they are still feeding well in 18-to- 22-feet of water,” Darrell said. “The best technique has been vertical jigging with a 1/8-ounce to a quarter-ounce chartreuse lead head and black/chartreuse or red/chartreuse Jenko paddle fry jig.”

Darrell said fish were found Monday on the main lake suspended in a deep creek.

“We put the jigs down just above where we were marking them on the sonar, and the bite was really good,” Darrell said. “Most anglers are taking near limits on Kentucky Lake and decent numbers on Lake Barkley, where the water is a little more dingy.”

  • Catfish: Nothing doing – but Darrell said they should still be hanging out deep in the main lake river channel.

(PHOTO: Lake Graham in Jackson)

David Thomas, Twitter – @DavidThomas@WNWS

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