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 38.5' and is expected to slowly fall over the next five days. Windy conditions have made fishing these lakes tough so far this year.
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.
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.
Currently, there are no reports on bream, but they can be caught using crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.
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.
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".