Mississippi River stage near Desoto Lake (Helena gauge) is up to 29.1 ft and rising until the middle of the week before it starts to fall.
hasn't been much fishing going on at Desoto yet, so there's no new
fishing reports. The recent surge of cold weather will lead to cool water temps once again. Will probably be later in the week when water temps start to rise again.
If you get out to do some fishing this week bundle up and be safe.
Winter Fishing Tips:
crappie, the best bet in cold weather is trolling in the deeper waters
or jigging around submerged structure. Also try fishing jigs or minnows along the outside edges of the willow trees.
slowly and patiently around downed logs, steep points, or other deep
structure. Good bait choices include spinnerbaits, soft
plastics, or jig-n-pig combos.
Try tightlining with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or chicken liver, or
try running trotlines over mud flats for catfish. After a good rain,
fishing around inflowing creeks or ditches can
normally produce good catfish too.
For Mississippi River oxbow lakes, the fluctuations of the Mississippi River is an important factor for determining how the fishing is. Slow rises and slow falls produce the best fishing. The best crappie fishing on Desoto Lake is normally at water levels between 12-18 feet (Helena gauge).
For a general map go to Http://outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".