Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 7/16/2018 12:49:02 PM

Most of the fishing pressure continues to be for bass and catfish. The bass reports are still fair to good as it’s still taking over a 3 pound average (per fish) to win most tournaments. Anglers are targeting the gravel pits and the deeper grass beds near the boat ramp, hwy. 50, and the marina. A few anglers are targeting points off the old river runs as well as some of the deeper sloughs up Tibbee Creek. For the shallow grass and slough bite, Texas-rigged soft plastics are best baits, with spinnerbaits, frogs and buzzbaits catching some early and late bites. Shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and shakeyheads have been productive for bass on the points and along the main channel. A few anglers are hitting the Buttahatchie in search of both spotted bass and largemouth bass in hopes of the cooler running water will hold the fish. Jigs, spinnerbaits, shakeyheads, and crankbaits are good options there. The catfish reports are mostly coming from along the channel and below the dam. Both jugs and rod-n-reels are catching some nice catfish. Cut or whole shad fished on a tight line seems to be the best technique for the rod-n-reel anglers. The few crappie reports that are coming in are from the gravel pits. Crappie have been holding along deep grass lines and around any deeper offshore cover. Minnows or crappie jigs are working equally well.


A 9 pound lunker from the youth tournament on June 23.


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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