Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 7/16/2018 12:51:42 PM

The summer time heat has slowed the bite and the fishing traffic down. Despite a few afternoon showers this past week, the surface water temps are around the 90 degree mark. The bass reports are fair, as anglers are targeting shallow grass early and late in the day, while moving deeper and targeting the creek channel during the day. Some topwater action on frogs and buzzbaits is occurring, but the most popular pattern has been Texas-rigged worms in the 8 – 14 ft around cover. The bream reports have been fair to good with a few anglers picking up some nice bream off the ends of the fishing piers and along shoreline cover like laydowns and the alligator grass. Tight-lining redworms has been the best technique around the wooden piers while a cork fishing technique works better around the grass. The catfish report is slow with a few cats being caught on bream anglers’ tight lined worm presentation. No crappie reports this week, but if you plan on hitting the water in search of them, target deep cover along the levee and around the deeper brush piles and laydowns. A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


The new lake record catfish at 4.25lbs. 


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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