Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Aberdeen Lake - 4/17/2019 6:16:22 AM




The bass bite has been poor. With the recent storms, most of the lake is high and muddy.  The bass are spawning right now so look for old river runs, canals, and backwaters to be where the best bite is happening.  If you can get into areas like Golden Pond or the canals above the marina, you are sure to find some bass on beds.




The bite has been poor. The backwaters are warming up, but with all the muddy water it has been difficult to get a bite. Woody cover in the backwater areas and canals are holding fish. Crappie jigs, particularly black, red, and chartreuse jigs work well in dirty water conditions, while minnows may work better in cleaner water conditions.




Not much to report as very few catfish anglers are hitting the water. If you do want to try your hand at catfishing, using cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavored chicken is a good bait choice this time of year. Look for areas just off the navigation channel out of the current to hold fish.


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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