Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 6/19/2018 12:51:33 PM

Like Aberdeen, the recent heat has slowed fishing pressure down a bit. Most anglers are targeting bass and catfish. For bass, anglers are hitting any deeper grass beds they can find along the eastern shoreline in the gravel pits/marina areas. Buzzbaits and frogs are good choices early and late in the day, while jigs, Texas-rigs and spinnerbaits are getting the nod during the day. Other anglers are running up to the mouth of the Buttahatchie in search of some spotted bass along the mouth and gravel bars up the creek to highway 45. Jigs, crankbaits, shakeyheads, and Texas-rigs are working here. For catfish, anglers are fishing below the dam with decent success with cut/whole shad on rod-n-reels. Others are running jugs along the channel and around the mouths of old river runs. Some hand-grabbing action continues to go on, but not much to report as far as numbers or size. The few crappie anglers hitting the water are having luck by targeting suspended fish in the gravel pits and in the deeper old river runs. Try both minnows and jigs to see which the fish prefer for that day.


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

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 14 inches and under
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Paddlefish:  All lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10
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:
From Columbus Lake dam spillway downstream to Mile Marker 334, including the auxiliary spillway and associated bank fishing access areas in the Tombigbee River cutoff below the dam.

  • Anglers can only use one pole or rod per person.
  • Artificial lures with no more than 3 treble hooks no larger than #2 may be used anytime.
  • The use of baited or bare treble hooks is illegal.
  • No other gear can be used in these waters except that dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps may be used to capture bait. Anglers keeping minnows, shad, nongame gross fish and non-native fish caught with these gear types must immediately place their catch on ice or in a dry container.
  • From Dec 1 until the last day of February - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks no larger than #2.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
  • From March 1 to Nov 30 - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks of any size.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
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