Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 11/13/2018 12:32:20 PM

Surface water temps were around 60 Saturday, but look for a significant drop this week due to the cold weather.




Bass reports are fair to good as anglers are catching decent numbers of fish, but the quality bite is eluding some anglers. It took 16.23 pounds to win a team tournament this past Saturday. Main lake points with wood cover are good areas to look for keepers and quality fish. Crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, swimbaits, shakeyheads, Alabama-rigs, and Carolina-rigged plastics are working there. Look for shad on your electronics and bass will be close by. The grass bite is fading as some of the grass patches are breaking up. However, some anglers are targeting the deeper grass lines with Texas-rigged worms, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and Alabama-rigs. Some anglers are still targeting the canal in the Divide Cut around the culverts and run outs. Anglers are covering a lot of water with this pattern using crankbaits, Alabama-rigs, and spinnerbaits.




The crappie anglers are having a little success catching some quality fish. The crappie seem to be holding in the 10 – 16 ft. depth range on brush tops or drop-offs. Jigs have been working better than minnows lately, but let fish dictate what you use. Popular areas for crappie right now are the mouths of McDougal Branch, Riddle Creek, and Jackson Camp. Use your electronics to locate offshore brush tops.




The catfish anglers continue to target the old Mackey’s Creek area and the canal above Crow’s Neck. Cut/whole shad is most popular bait, but other baits like night crawlers and liver may also get some bites. Look for the bite to be better around the run outs especially after all the recent rainfall.



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

Crappie (combined black and white)

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

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
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:
Includes the canal connecting Pickwick Lake to Bay Springs Lake in the Divide Section.

Sport fishing trotlines and/or throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, FFFDs, and yo-yos may not be fished in the following areas:

- the Jamie L. Whitten Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 4 overpass.
- the Sonny Montgomery Lock downstream to mile marker 406.
- the John Rankin Lock downstream to mile marker 398.
- the Fulton Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 78 overpass.
- the Glover Wilkens Lock downstream to mile marker 375.
- the Amory Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 6 overpass.


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