Mississippi river stage at Helena is near 10 ft and is on a slow fall. Not much fishing pressure lately at Desoto, and there are no new reports.
Try using jigs or minnows around the edges of piers and submerged structure in 10 feet of water or less for crappie. Or try trolling slowly through the open water areas with minnows or crankbaits
For bass, try jigs or soft plastics around any structure that's still submerged in water less than 8 feet deep. Another options is using crankbaits or spinnerbaits around points, drop offs, or inflowing creeks.
Bream can be tough to find this time of year....try using crickets or wax worms for bait, and look for fish in water 3-5 feet deep, especially in areas with structure.
For catfish try tightlining using worms or chicken livers, or try trotlines fished in shallow water.
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".