Fishing Reports

Desoto - 9/3/2015 9:27:00 AM

The river stage at Helena, AR,  near Desoto Lake is at 8 ft and is predicted to keep falling throughout the week.  Water levels are finally getting back to normal in Desoto Lake after lots of high water, so now is a good time to get back out there.

For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:

There's been several promising reports of good bass fishing on Delta oxbows lately!  Lots of fish in the one to two pound range are being caught, and these fish seem fat and healthy, which is encouraging to see since bass fishing has been below average in the oxbows for the past couple of years.  If you haven't tried them in a while, now is the time to head back to an oxbow and do some bass fishing!

For crappie, try trolling in deep water over flooded structure. Jigs and minnows are the best choice for bait.

Schools of white bass may have moved into Desoto with the high water.  Look for these fish chasing shad.....if you find a school of white bass try a small crank bait or spoon as bait.

For catfish, try fishing trotlines baited with nightcrawlers or cut bait along mudflats, or fish deeper water tightlining with a rod and reel with the same baits or chicken livers, especially around the mouth of the lake.


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).


Online Map

For a general map click on: ", and then click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".

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