Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 9/17/2018 2:56:05 PM



The bite has slowed down over the past week. It took 7.8 pounds to win the Sunday evening 3-fish tournament this past weekend. An early morning/late evening shallow bite continues around the patches of hydrilla and pondweed scattered around the lake. The patches of grass with deeper water nearby seem to be the most productive ones. Try flukes and senkos around the grass if the fish aren’t committed to hitting a topwater lure. The bite during the day continues to be slow. Anglers are using Texas/Carolina-rigs, jigs, shakeyheads, and drop-shots along off shore structure in 15 – 25 ft. of water. Other anglers are targeting the deeper grass lines during the day with Texas-rigged worms, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits.




Anglers continue to target deeper (15 – 25 ft.) brush tops and cover with both minnows and jigs. Most anglers are targeting areas from Five Fingers and up toward Crow’s Neck. Pulling or trolling along the creek channels is another good option if you can’t find fish in deeper brush tops. Some fish may also be found along the deeper grass lines in the main lake.




The catfish anglers continue to target 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 in the channelized divide cut.


A 5lb. 5oz. Meanmouth caught by Nick Churchill during a tournament from a couple weeks ago.



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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