Fishing ReportTunica Cutoff - 6/6/2023 4:58:48 PM
|Bass||Fish soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or jerkbaits near any deeper cover or off sandy points dropping into deeper water.|
|Crappie||Tracey at the Levee Commissary (662)363-2408 reports fair success trolling from 5 - 15 ft deep out from shoreline cover. He suggests starting early AM. Jig, troll, or drift with jigs and/or minnows - any remaining cover 4 to 8 ft deep is a plus. If you use minnows, be aware there are lots of gar.|
|Bream||Bream were spawning this past weekend with the full moon. Sides of sandy points are key spawning areas; any cover in low water is a plus. Fish redworms or crickets 4 - 8 ft deep.|
|Catfish||Best luck on catfish has been on various natural baits fished on lines on shallow flats, but rods-and-reels or noodles (jugs) should 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 is falling below zero on the Memphis gauge this week, but the weir will keep the Cutoff at about the 6 ft level (Memphis gauge).
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)
The Mississippi River was at 1.4 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday and is predicted to fall slowly to -0.1 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 https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=ORN&product=RVA&format=txt&version=1&glossary=0
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.
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.