Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 11/13/2018 12:34:36 PM



The bass reports have slowed down. Anglers are targeting the bigger sloughs and backwater areas to avoid the main channel due to high current and muddy conditions. The old river runs that are blocked off on the upper ends are good areas to target. Fish are holding tight to cover. Shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, paddle tail swimbaits, and jigs are good lure options.




The crappie anglers are targeting a lot of the same water that the bass anglers are. The McKinley Creek and Buttahatchie Creek runs have been popular. Crappie are holding on woody cover in 4 to 8 ft. of water, but may move a little shallower due to dirty water conditions. Look for jigs to work better in dirty water conditions.




Look for the catfish bite to pick up a bit with the increased current flow due to rainfall in the area. The catfish anglers are targeting the mouths of the old river runs with trot lines and tight line rod-n-reel set ups. Look for fish to be holding at the edge of the current. Night crawlers, cut/whole shad, and liver are all good bait options, but cut/whole shad is typically the better bait choice this time of year.


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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