Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 9/17/2018 3:02:40 PM

Surface water temps are around the 83 degree mark at the time of this report.




The bass bite has picked up a little. An 8 pounder was reportedly caught there this past week. Bass anglers continue to target shallow grass early and late in the day with weed less presentations like buzzbaits, frogs, lightly weighted Texas-rigs, senkos, and flukes. During the day, anglers are moving deeper and targeting cover in the 8 – 12 ft. depth range with jigs, Texas-rigged worms, and shakeyheads.




Most of the bream anglers are bank fishing from around the boat ramp area to the cove behind the office. Both tight lining and cork fishing presentations are catching fish. Most anglers are using either crickets or red worms, but one may out produce the other on any given day.




The catfish bite continues to be slow. Try fishing during the twilight hours with tight lined night crawlers. A few bream anglers continue to report catching a catfish or two on their tight lined worm presentations.




No crappie report as of late as no anglers have ventured to the lake to crappie fish. Try trolling and vertically jigging along the dam and other deep water structure where cover is present. Both jigs and minnows should get some bites, but one may out produce the other on any given day.


A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


The lake record 4.25 pound catfish that was caught earlier this summer. 


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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