Weekly fishing reports will resume mid-February. See below for winter fishing tips.
The slot limit at Lake Monroe for black bass has recently changed from 16-24" to 18-24". Bass 18 to 24 inches long must be released immediately. Only one bass over 24 inches may be retained each day.
Fishing ReportLake Monroe - 1/18/2022 2:04:42 PM
|Largemouth Bass||The bass bite will be tough once the water temps drop below 50. Target brush piles and other off shore cover in 8 to 15 feet of water. Alabama-rigs, suspending jerkbaits, shakeyhead finesse worms, or jig-n-pig combos are good bait choices.|
|Crappie||For crappie, trolling small tube jigs or crankbaits is a proven technique; or for those who don’t like to troll, vertical fishing with small hair jigs around deep cover and the water control structure will produce bites during the cold months.|
|Bream||The bream bite will be slow during the cold months. Tight lining red worms around cover and along primary drop-offs will be the best technique to use.|
|Catfish||The catfish bite will be much like the bream bite during the cold season. Try tight lining worms around the piers. The deeper shoreline cover should hold a fish or two as well.|
Special Fishing Regulations
|Species||Type||Length To Release|
|Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth)||Slot length limit||18 to 24 inches|
|Crappie (combined black and white)||No length limit|
|Catfish||No length limit|
Creel Limits (per person, per day)
|Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth)||10||Anglers can harvest only one bass over 24 inches.|
|Crappie (combined black and white)||20|
|Catfish||10||Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes.|
- 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.
For information about Lake Monroe, please call (662) 256-9637.
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.
In January of 2022, MDWFP personnel sank donated Christmas trees in Lake Monroe. The brush piles are a good way to upcycle leftover Christmas trees and create fishing hot spots. Coordinates have been verified; be sure you enter the number in the proper format. Coordinates marked with * denote an addition to existing structures.
The coordinates are listed below: