Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 6/19/2018 12:53:23 PM

The summer heat has arrived and water surface temps are in the high 80’s. Most reports continue to come from bass and bream anglers. The bass anglers are hitting shoreline grass and lay downs early and late in the day with frogs, buzzbaits, and Texas-rigged plastics. During the day, anglers are moving off shore and targeting humps and ditches with crankbaits and Texas/Carolina-rigged plastics. The bream anglers are using both cork and tight lined presentation to catch their fish around shallow cover. Both crickets and red worms are catching fish. Tight lining seems to catch the bigger bream. Some catfish reports are coming from some of the bream anglers. A few cats are being caught on the deeper tight lined bream presentations. The crappie bite continues to be very poor, almost nonexistent. If you plan on targeting crappie, try looking for suspended fish along the levee and around off shore cover in 10 – 18 ft of water. Both bass and crappie anglers continue to report catching a Walleye or two on their presentations. Just a reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


Fishing Regulations


Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 16 to 24 inches
Crappie:  no length limit
Catfish:  no length limit
Walleye:  all lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10, with 1 bass over 24 inches
Crappie:  20
Catfish: 10
Walleye:  0

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.


Call lake manager Charles Mullins at (662) 256-9637 for more info.

A depth map of Lake Monroe can be found at the following link: PDF

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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