Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume on February 15, 2023. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Bay Springs Lake.

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 11/29/2022 2:03:15 PM
Species Detail
Bass Bay Springs Lake is probably one of the best destinations in Mississippi for cold water bass fishing due to the clear water nature of the lake. Even with water temps falling to the high 30's or low 40's, bass, particularly spotted bass can be caught. Once the water temps drop below 50, target main lake points and off shore structure. Productive water depths can range from 15 to 50 feet, depending somewhat on the depth that the bait fish are in. A variety of lures can be productive during the cold season. Alabama-rigs, 1 oz. spinnerbaits, blade baits, shakeyheads, and jigging spoons are all good options. Good electronics are a must to find fish along deep points, ditches, and other deep water structure. Several days of warmer weather will pull the bass up shallower and a slowly worked suspending jerkbait will be the go-to technique.
Crappie The crappie bite can be tough, but crappie can be located near the mouths of the big creeks (McDougal, Riddle, Piney Grove and Five Fingers) and on the deeper brush piles scattered throughout the lake. Use your electronics to locate offshore brush tops. Vertically jigging small hair jigs tipped with minnows is a good technique to use during the cold season.
Catfish Target the old Mackey’s Creek area at the north end of the lake and the canal above Crow’s Neck. Tight lining cut/whole shad is the best technique to use. Look for the bite to be a little better around the culverts and run outs.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 9 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Crappie (combined white and black) 30

Additional Information

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.

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