Fishing ReportColumbus Lake - 12/22/2017 7:20:58 AM
Late Fall/Winter fishing report: Pretty much the same story for Columbus as for Aberdeen. The crappie bite will be fair until water temps drop below 50 degrees. Best areas to target will be the old river runs where cleaner water is present with the best depths being 5 to 10 ft. Once the water temps drop into the 40s, the bass and crappie bite will be tough, especially during dirty water events. Not that bass and crappie can’t be caught, there just aren’t many people trying to catch them on Columbus this time of year. Most folks on the water are duck hunting. With that said, however, several days of warm weather will cause the bass and crappie to get active, particularly in the shallow sloughs that are off the channel and somewhat protected. If not too muddy, the mouth of the Buttahatchie offers some decent cold water fishing for spotted bass. Dark colored Texas-rigged plastics, jig-n-pig combos, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are all good bait choices with any warming trend. Weekly fishing reports will pick back up in February.
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.