Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 12/6/2018 2:28:56 PM

Late Fall/Winter fishing report:



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.




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.




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.




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.


A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


Weekly fishing reports will pick back up in February.



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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