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Tunica Cutoff


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:25 PM

Mississippi River level was 17.8 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. It is supposed rise quickly to 23.2 ft by Sunday. With the weir, the Mississippi River will not enter the Cutoff until it rises above 6 ft. Flood stage is 34 ft. Best fishing is usually on a slow fall from 15 to 10 ft. For the river level and 5 day forecast, call (901) 544-0408 (press 2) or check http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/?n=lmrfc-mississippiandohioriverforecast

Charlie's Camp and Bordeaux (Tait) ramps are the only ones open to the public. Use the honor boxes. Bait is now available across the levee.

With the lake on a fast rise, fish will move into the flooded areas. However, the water will be above the "good fishing" range all week, making it harder to find fish. If the rise crests and starts to fall next week, fishing should improve. Best luck this time of year is on minnows fished 3 - 5 ft deep from yo-yos for crappie and catfish. Jigging with jigs and/or minnows 3 - 5 ft deep for crappie should also produce, but fish will be scattered in heavy cover. Be sure to check on and move stationary gear (yo-yos, trotlines, etc.) frequently with rising water levels this week. No reports on anything else. Because of the influence of cooler river water, fish normally spawn about a month later (April - June) than on other area lakes.

If the water is rising, fish shallower on the inside edges of cover. If the water is falling, fish deeper on the outside edges. Move stationary gear (lines, yo-yos, etc.) frequently if the water is rising or falling quickly.

With the lake connected to the river, you might land a Striped Bass or Striped Bass X White Bass hybrid, both of which have to be over 15 inches long with a daily limit of 6 fish per person. The best way to tell these fish apart is by their stripes. White Bass have 1 stripe running to the tail; stripers and hybrids have 2 or more stripes running to the tail.

An Asian carp kill was documented here last summer.

Memphis District Corps personnel allow placement of artificial fish habitat. This is a good time to sweeten your favorite spots; remember to save GPS waypoints if you have the capability.



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