Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 11/14/2018 1:27:48 PM


River Stage

As of 11/14 the MS River Stage at Helena is at 32.3 and steady. Water levels remain much higher than normal for this time of year at Desoto.


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

Mississippi River Stages


 With the cold weather moving in there hasn't been much fishing going on this past week, and there are no new fishing reports from Desoto Lake.



Look for fish in shallow water between 3 and 6 feet deep near structure.  Good bait choices include soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or large crankbaits.  Try fishing around the steep rocky banks, points, or around logs or stumps. 



For bream, look for fish to be 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 associated with submerged brush, laydowns, or other structure. 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.


Silver Carp

Please be aware that Silver carp are very abundant in Desoto Lake and may jump out of the water and collide with boater, skiers, and anglers. 


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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