Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 4/17/2019 8:59:15 AM

Water temperature:  67

Visibility: 18"



 A 6.7 bass caught recently at Lake Monroe


Bass fishing is fair.  Anglers are using a variety of techniques along primary drop-offs, but jerkbaits, chatterbaits and crankbaits seem to be catching the most fish.  Lake Monroe has a healthy walleye population, and a few anglers are catching them on their bass presentations.  A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately!




Bream fishing has been slow, but the full moon should have the bite picking up as they bed. A few anglers are tight lining meal worms and red worms along drop-offs in 6 – 10 ft. of water and reporting a slow bite. The wooden piers have been popular as of late.




A few anglers are targeting catfish off the wooden piers without much success.  Chicken livers and nightcrawlers should work as well as anything.




The crappie bite is still slow as not many anglers are targeting crappie. Those that are, are targeting cover along the dam and on the deeper points. Some bass anglers have reported catching a few crappie on their jerkbait and crankbait presentations.



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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