Fishing ReportTunica Cutoff - 8/15/2017 7:14:14 PM
The Mississippi River level was at 3.5 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. It is predicted to fall slowly to 2.1 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 river level is lower than the weir; the lake level will be falling slowly below the "good fishing" range this week. As long as the river level is below the weir, the lake will be falling slowly until it stabilizes at about the equivalent of 6 ft (Memphis gauge).
A few more folks have been fishing here than they have been. Any bream spawning will be over a sand or gravel bottom about 5 ft deep; fish crickets or redworms. Otherwise, fish the edges of the trees 4 - 8 ft deep. For crappie, jig the edges of the trees 4 - 8 ft deep with jigs and/or minnows or troll out from the trees with jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits. 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.
MDWFP fisheries biologists are sampling 4, 1 acre areas in the lake this week to compare current conditions to similar sampling done before Asian carp were present.
It appears there is an ongoing minor Asian carp kill; it may worsen in the next month or so.
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.