Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 11/29/2017 2:32:21 PM

Winter Fishing Report

Weekly reports will resume in February 2018.


River Stage

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



Bass fishing at Desoto is always dependent on river levels.  Usually slow falls are best for fishing, while fast rises make for tough fishing, so check the river stage before you go.  Often water levels remain low during the winter at Desoto, leading fish to congregate around any structure that is still submerged at low water levels. Try slowly fishing soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits around structure 4 - 8 feet deep.



Look for crappie suspended off shore in deeper water areas in Desoto during the winter.  Trolling open water areas with either jigs or minnows is probably your best bet.   



Try tightlining on the bottom in deep areas of the lake at the mouth of the lake near where it connects to the river.  For blues and channels try chicken liver or nightcrawlers....for flatheads try live sunfish or goldfish.  Trotlines can also produce good fish...try fishing along shallow banks when the water is low.



The winter bream bite is usually slow at Desoto.  Trying fishing with red worms or crickets around structure in water 4 - 8 feet deep.


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:


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