Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2022. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques.
Fishing ReportTunica Cutoff - 12/7/2021 2:19:43 PM
|Bass||Fish soft plastics or a jig-n-pig around cover on steep, sandy banks.|
|Crappie||Troll or drift in the main lake, or jig in any cover (trees, planted brush tops, etc.) with a jig and/or minnow. Yo-yo's also work.|
|Bream||Best luck for winter bream is with waxworms or redworms fished around cover near bottom.|
|Catfish||Fish trotlines or yo-yo's on mudflats, but rod-and-reel action will be better in the runout using various natural baits.|
|White Bass||Fish jigs or small crankbaits near the ramps, the runout, or off sandy points. There are no size or number limits on White or Yellow Bass. However, with the lake connected to the river, you might land a Striped Bass or 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.|
Best winter fishing here is for crappie or white bass ("stripes"). Winter fishing on the Cutoff can be good since the fish often school tightly. Fish bite better after a few warm, sunny days. Unlike summer, best bet is to fish midday on steep, sunny banks near deeper water. Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Even in cold weather, catfish will feed in rainfall runoff. 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 spring 2021 sampling found this year's bass and crappie were 1 - 2 inches long. Fish were scattered in shoreline vegetation. There were a lot of gar and buffaloes as well as Asian carp. Shad were scarce from competition with Asian carp; predators were feeding on minnows, small bream, and other small fish.
Special Fishing Regulations
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Creel Limits (per person, per day)
With the weir, the Mississippi River will not enter the Cutoff until it rises over 6 ft (Memphis gauge), but the weir will hold the lake near 6 ft if the river drops below that level. 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 https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=ORN&product=RVA&format=txt&version=1&glossary=0
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.
Memphis District Corps personnel allow placement of artificial fish habitat. Remember to save GPS waypoints if you have the capability.
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.