Fishing ReportColumbus Lake - 6/24/2019 9:32:38 AM
The bass bite has been poor to fair. Most anglers are throwing Texas rigs to catch bass around laydowns and vegetation in the gravel pits. A few bass are being caught on buzzbaits and frogs early and late in the day. Weedless swimbaits are also producing a few bites.
The crappie bite has been poor. Most anglers are fishing with live minnows on a jig or under a cork. The gravel pits have been some of the better areas. It has been difficult to find quality fish lately.
The catfish bite has been fair. 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.
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.