The river stage at Helena, AR, is at 20 ft and will be on a slow rise for the next several days.
For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:
crappie, try trolling in deep water over flooded structure. Jigs and minnows are the best choice for bait.Bass should be holding to
cover near shoreline areas with structure or around points and drop offs. Try using soft plastics or spinnerbaits near these locations to catch feeding bass. Fishing a jig around lay downs in deeper water is another good option.
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).
For a general map go to Http://outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".