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Monday, March 20, 2017 3:28 PM

Water level 203.34 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 2.6 ft above rule curve Monday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to maintain rule curve; it is supposed to rise from 198 ft on March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) by May 1. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at  for a table or for a graph.

Last week's cold temperatures and wind made fishing difficult and set the fish back awhile, but did not produce enough rain to raise water levels. Warmer temperatures this week should have fish moving shallower, but don't expect much rain or rise until late in the week.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports most crappie recently have come from the Choctaw Landing to South Graysport Landing to Redgrass Creek area slow trolling out from the timber or jigging in the timber fishing 3 - 6 ft deep in 4 - 8 ft of water. Big fish may be holding deeper. Few reports from the Skuna side where water levels are making getting around difficult. The Magnolia Crappie Club tournament this past Saturday fished under rainy, windy conditions, but still managed to bring in a winning weight of 15.78 lb (7 fish); big fish was 3.09. This Friday and Saturday will be the Crappie Masters tournament. A strong front, possibly severe, is predicted for Friday night. Watch the weather and boat safely. No reports on Largemouth Bass. White Bass are starting to run up the creeks and rivers where they can be taken with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfish can be taken using noodles (jugs) or trotlines with shad or other baits over mudflats.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (500 cfs) Monday. About the best reports here have been catfishing natural baits near the bottom. If there are any White Bass running yet, they will be in the current where you can drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures. For crappie, fish a jig and/or minnow under a bobber off the rocks or in the old river run.

MDWFP fall electrofishing found most Gizzard Shad were about 4 inches long (spawned last spring). Blue Catfish ("white river cats or "white humpbacks") were abundant in creek and river channels and shallow flats; most fish were 13 - 36 inches long with a big group near 22 inches. White Bass were not as common as in prior years, but most were larger (12 - 15 inches) and were mainly found on sandy points. Largemouth Bass, crappie, and bream were around any remaining cover (brush, stakes, stumps, etc.). Most bass were from the big 2013 year class (12 - 15 inches), with both smaller and larger fish seen. Crappie were mostly this spring's fish (3 - 4 inches) or fish over 12 inches long; there was a big group at 13 inches.

The daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 15 crappie creel limit.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Contact the COE office (662)226-5911 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

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