Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 5/16/2018 3:03:24 PM


River Stage

As of 5/16 the MS River Stage at Helena is at 25.6 ft. and is on a slow fall.


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

Mississippi River Stages


 Fishing effort has been below normal this spring at Desoto Lake due to high water, but fish should now be more concentrated and the bite will likely be good.



For crappie, try trolling in deeper areas of the lake, especially around flooded willow trees or brush tops in water 8-15 feet deep.  Most anglers are using jigs or minnows.



Bass should be in shallow water between 3 and 6 feet deep near structure.  Good bait choices include soft plastic worms or lizards, big spinnerbaits, or Rattle Traps.  Try fishing around the steep rocky banks, points, or around logs or stumps.



Bream should be shallow and beginning to form spawning beds.  Look for fish in water less than 4 feet deep, especially around logs brush tops, or other structure near the shoreline.  Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice. 


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).


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.


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