Chotard and Albermarle - 9/3/2015 9:28:00 AM
Fishing on Chotard and Albermarle is always dependent upon the MS River level and movement. For best results on these lakes, always check the MS River report to know if the river is moving in or out of the lake and target areas of moving water for improved fishing. Fishing is typically best when the river is on a slow fall. For most boats, access to the river is almost impossible when the river is below 13 feet (Vicksburg Gauge).
River level at Vicksburg: 17.2' and is expected to fall to 16.5' by September 4.
Chotard Landing may be reached via Low Water Bridge Rd. off of Hwy. 61, but not via the levee from Eagle Lake.
Good numbers of bass in the 10 - 12" range are being caught on Chotard. Twenty pounds was the winning weight at a recent tournament.
Crappie fishing has slowed some; the cool weather earlier may have slowed them down. Falling water levels should have them biting again soon. Try minnows or jigs on spider rigs.
According to Jerry Johnson at Chotard Landing, bream fishing has slowed some as well. Some fish are being caught, but are small in size. Try crickets or tightlining with worms for Redear.
No reports on catfish this week. Try tightlining with your choice of catfish bait: livers, worms, or commercially available stink baits, or live bait for flathead catfish.
A description and a map of these lakes can be seen at - www.outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Lake Albermarle or Chotard under "more area lake maps".
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