Fishing ReportColumbus Lake - 5/22/2018 3:04:25 PM
The bass reports are fair to good. It is still taking a 3 pound average to win most tournaments. It took 10.5 pounds to win the Thursday evening tournament (3 fish limit) this past week. Most anglers are hitting the gravel pits and the Hwy. 50 slough. Spinnerbaits and dark colored Texas-rigged plastics such as brush hogs are the best baits. Don’t overlook a topwater bite early and late in the day with frogs and buzzbaits around any kind of vegetation. If overcast conditions persist, it may prolong the topwater bite particularly if the shad are spawning in the area. The catfish bite is picking up. Anglers are targeting areas just off the navigational channel with trot lines and jugs. Cutbait and whole shad are the most popular bait choices. Some anglers are having success hand grabbing as more and more fish move up to spawn. For crappie, anglers are targeting the deeper old river runs and the backwater areas around Tibbee Creek and the gravel pits. Anglers are using contrasting colored jigs around both grassy and woody cover. Woody cover seems to be best in the old river runs while stumps and grassy cover seems to be better in the shallower backwaters.
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.