Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 3/14/2018 4:59:50 PM

***Due to high water and to minimize the flooding of people's houses and properties, the entirety of Desoto Lake has been declared a no-wake zone. Any boating activities on the lake must not cause any wake at all.  Please be a good neighbor and abide by this order at Desoto Lake.***


River Stage

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


The public boat ramp is underwater and there's no public access to Desoto besides coming in from the river.  Fishing is usually poor during floods like this, and it can be dangerous to be out there too.  Your best bet is to avoid fishing at Desoto until the water goes back down and fish at Moon Lake or another nearby lake outside the levee instead.




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:


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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