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Monday, March 27, 2017 9:33 AM

River Stage

As of 3/27 the Mississippi River stage at Helena was at 18 ft. The river is on a slow rise for the next several days

For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:


There's no new reports from Desoto for this week


Crappie should still be prepping to move up. Try trolling or jigging in water of moderate depths around structure.  Desoto is slower to turn on compared to disconnected oxbows, so you can probably catch a few right now but it will be better in a few weeks.


Bass fishing is moderate right now but should pick up soon as water temperatures rise.  Your best bet is probably soft plastics around structure such as flooded willows in water between 4 and 8 feet in depth.  As water rises, look for fish to move back over newly flooded areas.


There are lots of catfish in Desoto Lake!  Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers or other catfish baits, especially in deep areas of the lake at the mouth of the lake near where it connects to the river.


Bream fishing is slow this time of year.  Crickets fished around structure is probably your best bet, but bream fishing should be better in a month or two.


Please be careful of jumping Silver Carp in the lake, as they are a very bad in Desoto, particularly near the chute going out to the River. 

For Mississippi River oxbow lakes, the fluctuations of the Mississippi River is an important factor for determining how the fishing is. Slow rises and slow falls produce the best fishing. The best crappie fishing on Desoto Lake is normally at water levels between 12 - 18 feet (Helena gauge).

For a general map of the lake, click on the following link: http://outfitters.org/fishing/lakes/desoto.pdf


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