Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 8/20/2019 6:56:28 AM



The bass bite was fair.  Water temps are in the upper 80s to low 90s.  Topwaters are still working early in the morning around grass.  Bass are still being caught deeper on old dams and roadbeds.  Big worms, shaky heads, underspins, and Carolina rigs have been the best choices out deep.  Some schooling activity is occurring around points and flats near deep water.  Night fishing is still the best option for bigger fish.




The crappie bite remains poor. Very few anglers were fishing for crappie with the heat.  Jigs with minnows have been the most popular technique.  A few anglers have been catching crappie around the lock.  Others have been fishing the deeper brush piles in the mid lake area.




The catfish bite was fair in the Divide Cut. Cut/whole shad or kool-aid flavored chicken are good bait choices to try.  Fishing at night has been producing some fish for anglers.



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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