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Last Updated June 4, 2018


Our source for Wilson Lake, Brian Barton, told us,"After cooler than normal water temperatures in May, the water is starting to heat up. This means to search for catfish in deeper water. The spawn will start winding down by mid-month and the cats will head for deeper water. Good locations to try are river ledges in 45-70 feet of water. Locate rocks or wood on the ledges and you will find big catfish. For smaller fish target points and bluff lines in 20 to 40 feet of water. Chicken livers, shrimp, and cut baits will be your best baits. Tip of the month, after heavy afternoon downpours, target creek arms or muddy shorelines. Discolored water will attract great numbers of cats in warmer weather.
For bass start your search on islands and shallow river and creek ledges. Most fish will be holding in 15 to 30 feet of water along ledges and humps. Hog Island and Cox Island on Wilson Lake will be your best bet. On Pickwick, target ledges between the Natchez Trace Parkway bridge and Pickwick Dam. As always, a live shad floated with a slip float or drifted with a split shot and weight are hard to beat for big bass.
The striper bite should pick up beneath the dams. Check the dam walls for shad activity. If the shad are swimming along the walls of the dam the stripers will be close by. Bream should start their second bedding around the first and end of the month. This is the time of two full moon periods in June. Crickets, small tube lures, and jigs are best for bluegill. If targeting shell crackers, red worms and cut shrimp are best. Search for bedding bream in 1 to 5 feet of water around gravel bars, weed beds, and log jams."
For catfish trips, meat or trophy, or live bait smallmouth action, contact Brian Barton at [email protected] or visit the website at www.brianbartonoutdoors.com."