Fishing ReportLake Monroe - 5/22/2018 3:06:41 PM
Surface water temps are in the mid 80’s. The bream reports are still good but have slowed down a little. Some very nice fish are being caught, especially early and late. Worms and crickets are both producing some bites. Most of the fish are holding offshore just out from the bedding areas in 4 – 8 ft of water. The bass reports are fair to good. Anglers are catching decent numbers of 2 – 3 pound fish, but the bigger bites are few and far between right now. During the twilight hours, anglers are throwing frogs, buzzbaits and weightless senkos around the grass. During the day, anglers are slowing down and moving a little deeper with Texas-rigged plastics, jigs and crankbaits. The catfish bite is fair, with a few being caught around the piers and in the tree tops on the north end of the lake. Most bites are coming from anglers targeting bream with worms. The crappie bite is fair. Most of the crappie action is occurring around the piers. Anglers are using jigs in 6 – 10 ft of water. Look for the deeper laydowns in that depth range to be holding fish as well. Both bass and crappie anglers continue to report catching Walleye on their presentations. Just a reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.
May 15, 2018
Fishing Rule Changes Announced
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced fishing regulation changes on several MDWFP managed lakes. At Tippah County Lake, and the lakes at Tombigbee State Park and Lake Lowndes State Park, the daily creel limit for black bass has been reduced from 30 per angler to 10 per angler. At Lake Lamar Bruce, the black bass slot limit will change from 16 - 22 inches to 18 - 24 inches, and the slot limit will move from 14 - 22 inches to 16 - 24 inches at Lake Monroe. The daily creel limit of 10 bass per angler including one bass over the slot limit will be the same.
Several rule changes were adopted at White’s Creek Lake near Eupora. The slot limit on black bass will be replaced with a 15-inch minimum length limit, and the daily creel limit will be five bass per angler. A 10-inch minimum length limit will apply to crappie, and the daily creel limit will be reduced to 15 crappie per angler. In addition, the daily creel limit on bream will be 25 per angler.
Rule changes were also made at Lake Washington and Moon Lake. The changes for Lake Washington prohibit anglers from possessing crappie under the 11-inch minimum length limit and black bass under the 15-inch minimum length limit. The daily creel limit will remain 30 crappie per angler and 5 black bass per angler. The regulation change also prohibits anglers from possessing crappie under 11 inches and bass under 15 inches if they are in Paul Love Park or on the weir in the outlet channel. At Moon Lake, the change prohibits anglers from possessing crappie under the 10-inch minimum length limit. The daily creel limit will remain 30 crappie per angler.
All rule changes become effective on May 28, 2018.
Anglers need to keep in mind the size and creel limits of the lake:
Bass: Limit of 10 per day, bass between 14 - 22 inches must be released immediately, 1 bass over 22 inches may be kept
Crappie: Limit of 20 per day with no length limit
Bream: Limit of 100 per day with no length limit
Catfish: Limit of 10 per day with no length limit
Walleye: ANY/ALL WALLEYE CAUGHT MUST BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY
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.