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Chotard and Albermarle - 4/14/2014

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 near impossible when the River is below 13 feet (Vicksburg Gauge). 

Water level at Vicksburg is at 35.6and is expected to rise to 37.1' over the next five days.  Windy conditions have made fishing these lakes tough so far this year.

Bass  

Currently, there are no reports on bass. Bass can be caught around trees and stumps across from Laney's ramp.  Try soft plastics and spinnerbaits around the edges of the trees.  The points along Chotard can also hold good-sized fish.  Try texas-rigging a plastic worm or deep diving crank bait when fishing the points.

Crappie

According to Ronnie at Yore Country Store, crappie fishing is slow on Chotard and Albemarle.  These lakes are known to have big crappie.  Try using minnows or jigs around the willow trees.  If you cannot find them there, try some of the deeper treetops along the lake.  Trolling slowly in open water can be an effective method for catching crappie too. 

Bream

Currently, there are no reports on bream, but they can be caught using crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.

Catfish

No reports on catfish right now, but catfishing is generally good on the lakes.  As an oxbow of the MS River, catfish will always be a good option.  Try tight lining in deep water with chicken liver, cutbait, or worms.  

Online Map

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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