Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume mid-February.  See below for winter fishing tips.

Fishing Report

Trace State Park - 12/6/2021 10:05:59 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass The bass will be in similar areas as the crappie, with Texas-rigged finesse worms, jigging spoons, and 1 oz. spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs being good bait choices. Other than points, target the creek channels on each side of the lake for bass, crappie and bream.
Crappie Crappie anglers will be plentiful, targeting mainlake points and flats in 20 to 30 feet of water. Small hair jigs seem to out produce minnows.
Bream Tightlining with redworms is going to be the best option for the colder months.
Catfish The catfish bite will be tough to come by, but tightlining with nightcrawlers or liver will be the best bets.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Slot length limit 14 to 22 inches
Crappie (combined black and white) No length limit
Bream (combined bluegill and redear) No length limit
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 10 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 22 inches.
Crappie (combined black and white) 20
Bream (combined bluegill and redear) 20
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes.
  • No trotlines, set lines, jug fishing, or commercial gears are permitted on State Park Lakes .
  • Night fishing (from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise) will be permitted from the shore or from boats which are in compliance with State and Coast Guard regulations. Only idle speed and trolling motors may be used at night.
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Park Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of a bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.


Additional Information:  


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) re-opened Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park to fishing and boating on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  

Old Natchez Trace Lake is a 565-acre lake located on Trace State Park near Tupelo. For more information call the park office at (662) 489-2958. 

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.



While Trace Lake was drained for repairs to the dam, MDWFP fisheries personnel built and placed 19 fish attractors throughout the lake. The GPS coordinates for these attractors are listed below:




N 34.250176

W -88.892688

N 34.250552

W -88.890833

N 34.249174

W -88.892625

N 34.251191

W -88.889463

N 34.249510

W -88.893674

N 34.252348

W -88.887880

N 34.248284

W -88.893239

N 34.252516

W -88.887813

N 34.247894

W -88.893541

N 34.253179

W -88.886563

N 34.247681

W -88.893344

N 34.253262

W -88.886470

N 34.246820

W -88.893612

N 34.255404

W -88.890669

N 34.247843

W -88.893170

N 34.253982

W -88.905252

N 34.250452

W -88.891138

N 34.254598

W -88.905299

N 34.256715

W -88.905611




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