Fishing & Boating


The annual summer Asian carp die off continues, which turns some folks of from fishing. It is caused by a bacterial infection that primarily affects only Asian carp; it usually occurs in mid-to-late summer. In previous years, investigations have found no poor water quality factors (ex. low oxygen, toxins), just warm water.

Fishing Report

Tunica Cutoff - 8/9/2022 3:11:23 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish topwaters early and late in the day or soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or bladed jigs midday around the outer edges of shoreline cover on steep, sandy banks. A bass tournament July 9 was won with 16.46 lb (5 fish); big bass was 5.26.
Crappie Tracy at the Levee Commissary (662)363-2408 reports crappie fishing has been slow lately with the heat. Try fishing 8 to 15 ft deep in the outer edges of shoreline cover with jigs and/or minnows or troll or drift in similar depths out from shoreline cover. If you fish minnows, be aware there are lots of gar.
Bream The bream bite fell off with hot weather. Fish shoreline cover with higher water this week. Fish worms or crickets 4 to 8 ft deep in the outer edges of any shoreline cover or over submerged cover. Live willows (shade) with lots of small branches in the water hold fish best. There is a full moon Thursday; some fish may be spawning.
Catfish Fish trotlines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel with various natural baits in the outer edges of any remaining shoreline cover, over shallow flats, or in the runout.
White Bass Fish jigs or small crankbaits near the ramps, the runout, or off sandy points. 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 is falling out of the Cutoff this week, pulling fish out of the shallows and concentrating them on any remaining cover. Fishing has been best for bass lately. Fish early or late in the day or at night (bring bug spray!) when it's cooler.

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


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Creel Limits (per person, per day)

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Water Level

The Mississippi river was at 7.7 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. It is predicted to fall slowly to 4.8 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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