The Mississippi River level was at 16.1 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. It is predicted to rise slowly to 17.3 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 or 28 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.
The lake level is rising just above the "good fishing" range this week. Fish should be positioned fairly stable this week unless the water starts to fall. Any bream spawning will be 5 ft deep or less with the water rising; fish crickets or redworms. For crappie, troll out from the trees with jigs and/or minnows. Bass should be on cover on steep banks; fish spinnerbaits or soft plastics. Catfish should be biting in the runout or in the trees on various natural baits. Look for White Bass feeding on shad over the ramps of off any sandy points. Fish shad-imitating lures like jigs, tailspinners, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on White Bass. 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.
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.
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.