Monday, March 27, 2017 9:33 AM
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
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
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
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