Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Tunica Cutoff - 11/29/2022 1:38:24 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or bladed jigs in any deeper cover (very scarce) or off sandy points dropping into deeper water.
Crappie Troll or drift 8 to 16 ft deep for suspended fish with jigs and/or minnows in open water. If you use minnows, be aware there are lots of gar.
Bream No recent reports.
Catfish Best luck lately has been for 3 - 5 lb channel cats fishing natural baits under jugs (noodles) fished over mud-bottomed flats. Trotlines or rods-and-reels will also work.
White Bass Fish jigs or small crankbaits near the ramps, off sandy points, or in the runout. 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.

The river will be below 0 ft all week, but it will not affect the Cutoff which is stable. Water temperatures were near 50F last week. Most fish marked on a depthfinder were 7 to 20+ ft deep. Fishing has been best for bass lately.

Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. 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.


Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information

Water Level

The Mississippi river was at -4.6 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. It is supposed to bottom out at -6.0 ft on Friday, and then rise to -4.5 ft by Sunday. 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

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.

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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