Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 6/24/2019 9:35:21 AM



The bass bite was fair. Water temps are in the low 80s. Bass have entered their summer patterns.  Topwaters are working early in the morning around points and grass.  Drop shots, shaky heads, and Carolina rigs have been the best choices out deep.  Night fishing has picked up and is definitely the best option with summer approaching.




The crappie bite was poor to fair. Anglers are targeting woody cover in 13 – 18 ft. of water.  Jigs with minnows have been the most popular technique.  A few anglers have been catching crappie around the lock.




The catfish bite was fair to good 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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