Fishing ReportBay Springs - 4/23/2018 2:22:28 PM
Water temps are in the low to mid 60’s depending on where you are. The water level is at full pool and rising due to heavy rainfall throughout the area. The bass bite is good as anglers are catching numbers of fish up shallow, but the problem is finding the quality bite. The fish are in all stages of the spawn. It took 21 pounds to win a team tournament there this past weekend. Anglers are throwing spinnerbaits, senko-type baits and Texas-rigs up shallow in search of a big female bass bite. The key for the quality bite is to fish slowly. Decent numbers of both spots and largemouth can be caught by running windy banks and targeting timber in the backs of the pockets. The crappie bite continues to be good as reports of limits are still coming in. Most crappie anglers are either casting or vertically jigging jigs with a few anglers using minnows. Some anglers reported success fishing the timber in Five Fingers and McDougal. Others are targeting deeper brushtops in the mouths of the pockets or on the points of the pockets. A few reports of catfish being caught are coming in on the northern part of the lake and in the divide cut. Anglers are targeting the run outs with cut bait or whole shad.
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.