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