Fishing Reports

Desoto - 9/16/2015 2:17:00 PM

The river stage at Helena, AR,  near Desoto Lake is near 7 ft and is predicted to remain pretty stable throughout the week, rising about a foot over the next few days.  Water levels are relatively low on the lake, so fish should be congregated, out of the woods, and easier to find.  Please be careful of jumping Silver Carp in the lake, as they are a very bad in Desoto, particularly near the chute going out to the River.

For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:

There's been several promising reports of good bass fishing on Delta oxbows lately!  Lots of fish in the one to two pound range are being caught, and these fish seem fat and healthy, which is encouraging to see since bass fishing has been below average in the oxbows for the past couple of years.  If you haven't tried them in a while, now is the time to head back to an oxbow and do some bass fishing! At Desoto, try using a crankbait or spinner bait near structure along the shoreline or around points or rocky banks.

For crappie, most fish should still be in summertime patterns and suspended in deep water or over flooded structure.  Try trolling through these areas with either jigs or minnows.

For catfish, try fishing trotlines baited with nightcrawlers or cut bait along mudflats, or fish deeper water tightlining with a rod and reel with the same baits or chicken livers, especially around the mouth of the lake.


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).


Online Map

For a general map click on: ", and then click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".

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