Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 4/17/2019 6:19:53 AM



The bass bite was good. Water temps are in the mid 60s, which has a lot of bass getting on beds. Some bass are even post spawn now. Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, and senkos have been working well in the coves and secondary points.




The crappie bite was good. Anglers are targeting woody cover in 2 – 6 ft. of water.  Any pocket that has some standing timber or big laydowns is holding fish right now. McDougal Branch and Ashcraft Hollow have been popular areas. The back of Gin Branch has also been good.  Jigs have been the most popular technique lately.




Very few catfish anglers are hitting the water right now. Cut/whole shad or kool-aid flavored chicken are good bait choices to try.



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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