Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 5/22/2018 3:04:00 PM

The bass bite is fair to good as the fish are in transition from their spawning activity to the summer time haunts. The number of fish being caught has gone up a little as the fish are starting o group up along deeper structure. However, the quality bite is still a bit tougher to find for some anglers. Some anglers are specifically targeting those deep, summer time holes while others are continuing to target the shallower transition areas leading to those deeper holes. Those anglers trying to catch fish deep are throwing football jigs, Texas/Carolina-rigged plastics as well as drop-shots and shakeyheads, and deep diving crankbaits. Those anglers targeting the shallower transition areas like points are using ned rigs, shakeyheads, jigs and crankbaits. The crappie bite has slowed down some but a few anglers are finding good success in the bigger creeks like Riddle and McDougal. Those anglers are targeting the 15 – 18 ft depth range. The average size of the fish caught is around 11 – 13 inches. Other anglers are finding success in the deeper brushtops on the main lake in 18 – 25 ft of water. Jigs have been working better than minnows in both scenarios, but that can change daily. The bream bite has picked back up all around the lake. A report from the weekend noted one group of anglers caught 150 bluegill in 3 hours on crickets, with the average size of over 7 inches. Other anglers are using worms, but try using both crickets and worms as one may work better than the other in different scenarios. Reports of catfish being caught in the divide cut continue to come in. One group of anglers boated a 37.5 inch flathead on a set line this past weekend. Most are running jugs and set lines with cut bait and whole shad. Reports of bass anglers catching flatheads on crankbaits are coming in which means they are feeding up and moving shallow for the spawn.





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.




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