Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2023. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for the Pascagoula River.
Fishing ReportPascagoula River - 11/29/2022 3:00:23 PM
|Bass||Through the winter bass tend to bite best with a slow retrieve on a highly attractive crank bait or a spinnerbait. Choose a crankbait in whites/silvers that makes a bit of noise when being reeled in or a spinnerbait in chartreuse with a large spoon and focus fishing effort near woody debris. Soft creature baits in dark colors also work well in the marsh and bayous near vegetation ledges.|
|Crappie||Winter is prime time for fishing for Crappie, they thrive in the chilly waters. Focus fishing effort in connected oxbows near elevation changes in deep channels with small white crank baits or live minnows. Jigging works wonderfully in the bayous and marsh, don’t be shy to use a spray-on fish attractant for 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.|
|Catfish||Catfish usually bite well through the winter. Focus fishing effort on bottom with cutbait or stink bait. Backbounce large weights along with the current to attract big fish.|
Special Fishing Regulations
|Species||Type||Length To Release|
|Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth)||Minimum length limit||12 inches and under|
Creel Limits (per person, per day)
|Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth)||10||The minimum length limit for black bass is in effect in the Pascagoula River from Merrill to the Highway 90 bridge (this includes all connected oxbow lakes, East [Little] River, West River and all water areas between East River and West River). Only bass over 12 inches may be in possession on these waters with a creel limit of 10 black bass per day|
Up to date water levels can be found at the USGS site, just select the monitoring station nearest your favorite fishing spot.
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.