Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 4/24/2018 11:29:20 AM


River Stage

As of 4/24 the MS River Stage at Helena is at 37 ft. and is predicted to be on a very slow fall for the rest of the week.

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

Mississippi River Stages


Flood waters are back over the road leading to Desoto Lake, so there's currently no access and no new fishing reports.  Once the river goes back down and things stabilize, the fishing should pick up.


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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