Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 8/2/2022 3:12:19 PM
Species Detail
Bass Try to target bass near areas with submerged woody structure. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics are all good bait choices. Look for fish in depths of 5 to 10 feet.
Crappie Fish near structure in deeper areas of the lake using jigs and minnows. Crappie activity is slow on Desoto Lake this time of year.
Bream Bream should be fished in 4 to 6 feet of water using red worms or crickets. Areas near the shore with rip rap are a good place to fish.
Catfish Fish for catfish in deeper areas of the lake using liver, cut bait, or worms.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

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Additional Information

For Mississippi River oxbow lakes, the fluctuations of the Mississippi River is an important factor for determining how the fishing is. Slow rises and slow falls produce the best fishing. The best crappie fishing on Desoto Lake is normally at water levels between 12 - 18 feet (Helena gauge).

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.

Please be aware that Silver carp are very abundant in Desoto Lake and may jump out of the water and collide with boater, skiers, and anglers.


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