Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2023.  Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Lake Bill Waller.

Fishing Report

Lake Bill Waller - 11/29/2022 2:58:58 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Through the winter bass tend to bite best with a slow retrieve on a highly attractive crank bait. Choose a lure with bright colors that makes a bit of noise when being reeled in and focus fishing effort near deep ledges or woody debris where the fish congregate in cold temperatures. On warmer days fish a little higher in water column with watermelon seed or junebug red soft plastics near structure.
Crappie Winter is prime time for fishing for Crappie, they thrive in the chilly waters. Focus fishing effort near woody structure with chartreuse jigs or live minnows. Don’t be shy to use a spray on fish attractant on artificial lures, a large part of the crappie’s predation instinct is scent driven.
Bream Bream fishing in the winter can be challenging. Focus fishing effort near vegetation or shallow structure with small white beetle spins or fish on bottom with redworms or night crawlers. A slow retrieve is best. Fly fishermen have a good response to topwater popping flies in dull colors.
Catfish Catfish usually bite well through the winter. Focus fishing effort on bottom around piers or the dam with stink baits or livers soaked in koolaid.



Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Slot length limit 18 to 22 inches
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 15 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 22 inches.
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes. 
  • Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is not allowed from the bank or boats at Lake Bill Waller.

Additional Information

For more information about Lake Bill Waller, please call (601) 736-1861

Lake Bill Waller Depth Map

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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