Not much going on yet at Bee Lake. Water temps are still pretty cold and nobody has really started fishing yet. The recent cold snap should prolong the fishing activity here. Fishing should heat up quickly as the temperatures begin to rise in the coming weeks.
If you get out to do some fishing this week bundle up and be safe.
Winter Fishing Tips:
Crappie may continue to be tough to find like they have been all year. Try trolling along the outside edges of the cypress trees in 6-8 feet of water with minnows or jigs. Also try trolling or jigging around the bridge pilings north of the ramp.
For bass, target structure like treetops extending out into deeper water or the deeper fishing piers. Fish slow and close to cover with a Texas-rigged soft plastic worm or lizard or a jig-n-pig combo. Also try fishing a spinnerbait around the edges of cypress trees. Catfish should continue to bite chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or red worms. Fishing around inflowing pipes after a good rain, using trotlines near the shoreline, or tightlining on the bottom are all good methods.
Bell's store is still open and under new management There is a launch fee to use the new ramp.
Alligator gar have been stocked in Bee Lake for Asian carp control. These fish have been marked with plastic tags near the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged gar, please record the tag number and the length and weight of the fish and then release the fish alive. Call 601-432-2400 to report catch a tagged gar.
It is illegal to harvest any alligator gar from Bee Lake.