Fishing & Boating


Late fall/winter fishing report. Weekly updates will resume in February.

Fishing Report

Tunica Cutoff - 12/4/2023 10:49:10 AM
Species Detail
Bass Fish soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or jerkbaits near any deeper cover or off sandy points dropping into deeper water.
Crappie Jig any remaining cover 6 to 12+ ft deep or slow troll at about the same depths out from shoreline cover. If you use minnows, be aware there are lots of gar.
Bream Fish redworms or nightcrawlers 6 - 10 ft deep near any remaining cover.
Catfish Fish various natural baits on lines or jugs (noodles) on shallow flats, but rods-and-reels should also work. Try the runout if there is some flow (in or out) that concentrates bait.
White Bass Cast 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 Mississippi River was low as of December 4, 2023. If the river is below 6 ft (Memphis gauge), the weir in the runout will maintain Tunica Cutoff at about the 6 ft level and the ramps accessible. Hopefully, rainfall in the upper Mississippi River basin will raise the river (and the Cutoff) over the next few weeks.

Winter fishing can be good since the fish often school tightly, but relatively deep. Fish bite better after a few warm, sunny days. Unlike summer, best bet is to fish midday on steep, sunny banks near deeper water. 

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. Contact Tracey at the Levee Commissary (662)363-2408 for up-to-date information.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information

Water Level

With the weir, the Mississippi River will not enter Tunica 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

River Summary issued by NWS Lower Mississippi RFC

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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