Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 7/5/2018 10:52:12 AM


River Stage

As of 7/5 the MS River Stage at Helena is at 28.6 feet and is on a slow fall. 


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

Mississippi River Stages



Bass should be in shallow water between 3 and 6 feet deep near structure.  Good bait choices include top water lures like buzzbaits, soft plastics, or large crankbaits.  Try fishing around the steep rocky banks, points, or around logs or stumps.



Bream fishing is usually good at connected oxbows this time of year.  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. 



Crappie should be suspended off shore in deeper waters this time of year at Desoto. Try trolling in water 8-15 feet deep with jigs or minnows.



For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Desoto Lake.   Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish.


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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