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Desoto - 8/18/2014

The current river stage at Helena is near 7 and just beginning a slow rise.  

Many anglers are running trotlines and floating jugs for catfish.  Catfish fishing should remain good at the low water levels, and tightlining near the outlet to the river may be another good option to try.  For blues try using nightcrawler or chicken gizzards, and for flatheads try live green sunfish or shad.

Bass should be up near structure or suspended near a dropoff. Look for inflowing water from recent rains and runoff. Try tossing a spinnerbait or a deep diving crankbait.

For crappie, try trolling through deep portions of the lake and around submerged willows or steeply sloping banks.  Look for bream to be bedding up soon in water less than 5 feet deep, especially around underwater stumps or other structure.  For bass, try fishing soft plastics around the fishing piers on the Mississippi side of the lake, or target areas with inflowing creeks or ditches with spinnerbaits or crankbaits.


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).

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Online Map

For a general map go to Http://outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".



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