Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Lamar Bruce - 7/16/2018 12:50:52 PM

The summer heat continues and despite the pop up afternoon showers as of late, the surface water temps are in the lower 90’s with 16 inches of visibility. Not much change to be reported as the typical summer time patterns persist. The bass bite is still fair. Anglers are targeting shallow cover in the coves early and late in the day with various topwater lures like poppers, buzzbaits, and frogs. During the day, anglers are moving deeper and targeting deeper points and other off shore structure with crankbaits, Texas/Carolina-rigged plastics, shakeyheads, and jigs. The bream report continues to be good. Anglers are still catching most of their fish just out from spawning areas along the points and the earthen piers. Most anglers are tight lining crickets and worms along the primary drop-offs in 4 – 8 ft of water. The catfish bite has slowed down some and could be considered fair. Most anglers are still tight lining traditional catfish baits like liver, stinkbait, and worms off the wooden and earthen piers. Some anglers are catching a few catfish around the wooden pier in the pond as well. The crappie report continues to be poor. The few fish being caught are coming from brush tops and cover in deeper water and along the levee. Try both jigs and minnows to see which the fish prefer as it changes frequently. A few reports of Walleye being caught by bass and crappie anglers continue to come in. A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


Fishing Regulations

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Rainbow trout (in the bank fishing pond)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 18 to 24 inches
Catfish:  no length limit
Walleye:  all lengths
Rainbow trout:  no length limit

Creel Limit (per person, per day)
Black bass: 10, with 1 bass over 24 inches
Catfish: 10
Walleye:  0
Rainbow trout:  3

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:
Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.

Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is allowed from the bank or boats which are in compliance with state and coast guard regulations.


A depth map for Lake Lamar Bruce can be found at the following link:


For more information on the lake, give the lake manager Jim Lusby a call: (662) 869-2009


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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