Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Aberdeen Lake - 7/16/2018 12:47:17 PM

Fishing traffic continues to be slow. Most of the bass reports are coming from the deeper sloughs with cover and shade. An early morning and late evening bite can be had on black buzzbaits and frogs. In between the twilight hours, anglers are using dark colored jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics like creature baits around trees, stumps, and grass beds. A few bass are showing up along the navigation channel. Target any wood close to the channel drop-off with Texas-rigged soft plastics and crankbaits for best results. Some anglers continue to target the riprap above Hwy. 278 with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and shakeyheads. The catfish anglers are still reporting success with rod-n-reels and also jugs. Cuts and the mouths of old river runs are best areas for rod-n-reel action. The upper end of the channel near the old Tombigbee River has been popular with the jug fishermen. Look for the increase in current due to the recent rainfall to help the bite. The few crappie anglers hitting the water are also fishing the sloughs with standing timber in 4 to 8 ft of water. The bite is a bit slow. Try both minnows and jigs to see which the fish prefer.


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.


Fishing Regulations

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 14 inches and under
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Paddlefish:  All lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10
Crappie: 30
Paddlefish:  0

Paddlefish harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Tombigbee River and it's tributaries.

Walleye harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tombigbee River and it's tributaries north of Hwy 278 (Monroe, Itawamba and Prentiss Counties).

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:
From the Aberdeen Lake dam downstream to the U.S. Highway 45 overpass, including the auxiliary spillway and the associated bank fishing access area in the Tombigbee River cutoff below the dam.

  • Anglers can only use one pole or rod per person.
  • Artificial lures with no more than 3 treble hooks no larger than #2 may be used anytime.
  • The use of baited or bare treble hooks is illegal.
  • No other gear can be used in these waters except that dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps may be used to capture bait. Anglers keeping minnows, shad, nongame gross fish and non-native fish caught with these gear types must immediately place their catch on ice or in a dry container.
  • From Dec 1 until the last day of February - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks no larger than #2.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
  • From March 1 to Nov 30 - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks of any size.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
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