Fishing ReportColumbus Lake - 4/17/2019 6:17:45 AM
The bass bite has been fair. The bass are still spawning and some are now post spawn. With all the muddy water, it has been more difficult to get a bite. Try swimbaits and chatterbaits while blind casting in the bedding areas. Once you find a bed, Texas rigged craws and senkos have been the best options.
The crappie bite is poor to fair. Contrasting colored jigs in orange or red, mixed with some chartreuse have been the ticket. The crappie are starting to move up to spawn just like the bass. This is the best time of year to catch some big ones on Columbus.
The catfish bite has been poor. Cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavored chicken is a good bait choice for blue and channel cats. Live shad is generally the bait of choice for those anglers targeting flatheads. The east bank pier is still closed to fishing, but the bank area is still useable.
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.
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
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.
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.