Pascagoula River: The river @ Merrill is at *.** ft. & rising while the lower river @ Graham Ferry is at 4.10 ft. & falling. More up to date water levels can be found at the USGS site at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/rt and select the monitoring station nearest your favorite fishing spot.
*Gage at Merrill is down will update as soon as possible.
Bass fishermen still fish the river & oxbows catching bass around woody cover in the main channel as well as the oxbows using soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Anglers fishing the lower river & marsh continue to report catching a few bass using soft plastics, especially on a falling tide.
Several reports came in of anglers catching flathead catfish in the 20 to 40-lb. range in the mid-river areas using live bait.
The bream are being caught using crickets in the oxbows & main channel near woody cover. Some anglers continue to report decent catches of redear (shellcracker) in the lower river oxbows and main channel south of the forks as well as in the marsh using redworms in 4 to 6 ft. of water. Some of the better catches reportedly coming from the edges of the main river channel & along the edges of the larger bayous in the marsh near I-10 using redworms.
A few crappie reports came in from the oxbows where some anglers are trolling mid-lake using small crankbaits or jigs to catch fish in the 1 to 1.5-lb. range.
Please note: A minimum length limit is in effect for black bass (this includes largemouth bass & spotted bass) in the Pascagoula River from Merrill to the Highway 90 bridge (this includes all connected oxbow lakes, East [Little] River, West River and all water areas between East River and West River). Only bass over 12 inches may be in possession on these waters with a creel limit of 10 black bass per day.