The current river stage at Helena is near 10.4 and slowly rising. With the recent heat wave many anglers are staying home. Hopefully cooler weather is in the forcast and will allow for better fishing opportunities.
Many anglers are running trotlines and floating jugs for catfish. Catfish fishing should remain good at the low water levels, and tightlining near the outlet to the river may be another good option to try. For blues try using
nightcrawler or chicken gizzards, and for flatheads try live green
sunfish or shad.
Bass should be up near structure or suspended near a dropoff. Look for inflowing water from recent rains and runoff. Try tossing a spinnerbait or a deep diving crankbait.
Crappie should be holding in deep water to escape the heat. Try trolling in the deeper portions of the lake or target drop offs on the contour of the lake bottom.
For Mississippi River oxbow lakes, the fluctuations of the Mississippi River is an important factor for determining how the fishing is. Slow rises and slow falls produce the best fishing. The best crappie fishing on Desoto Lake is normally at water levels between 12-18 feet (Helena gauge).
For a general map go to Http://outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".