Up to date water levels can be found at the USGS site here, just select the monitoring station nearest your favorite fishing spot.
Bass fishermen fishing the river & oxbows can catch bass around woody cover in the main channel as well as the oxbows using soft plastics and spinnerbaits fished slowly. Anglers fishing the lower river & marsh continue to report catching a few bass using soft plastics fished with a slow retrieve, especially on a falling tide.
Several reports came in of anglers catching flathead catfish in the 20 to 30 lb. range in the mid-river areas using live bait near deep log cover or chicken liver on trot lines left overnight.
The bream are being caught using crickets in the oxbows & main channel near woody cover. Anglers can continue to catch bream in the lower river oxbows and main channel south of the forks as well as in the marsh using redworms. Bream are now beginning their spawning season and can be caught in shallower waters near shore using crickets.
Crappie can be found in the oxbows where some anglers are trolling mid-lake using small crankbaits or jigs to catch fish in the 1 to 1.5 lb. range.
Gage Height at Merrill: 25.45 ft and cresting (NWS Flood Stage - 22 ft)
Gage Height at Graham Ferry: 17.64 ft and cresting (NWS Flood Stage - 16 ft)
Please note: A minimum length limit is in effect for black bass (this includes largemouth bass & spotted bass) in the Pascagoula River from Merrill to the Highway 90 bridge (this includes all connected oxbow lakes, East [Little] River, West River and all water areas between East River and West River). Only bass over 12 inches may be in possession on these waters with a creel limit of 10 black bass per day.
*NWS - National Weather Service*