Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Pascagoula River - 12/22/2017 9:14:37 AM

Winter Fishing Report - Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2018.

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 or buzzbaits fished near vegetation. 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 may be caught using crickets in the oxbows & main channel near woody cover in 5-10 feet of water. 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. 

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.  

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.

Statewide Creel Regulations apply on all other species.

*NWS - National Weather Service*

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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