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: 37.5' and expected to rise to 38.5' by April 17th.
The high and muddy water has made bass fishing very slow on Chotard and Albemarle. Bass will be holding tight to newly flooded cover. Try jigs fished very slow or bumping square bills off hard cover to draw a reaction strike.
Very few crappie are being caught right now with the high water. Try minnows on spider rigs fished very slowly.
No reports on bream. Try crickets or tightlining with worms for Redear.
No reports on catfish, but when the river floods look for good numbers of catfish in newly flooded brush and timber.. Try tightlining with your choice of catfish bait: livers, worms, or commercially available stink baits.
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".