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Desoto - 9/24/2014

The current river stage at Helena is near 16.5 ft. and quickly falling. With the river on a fast fall, fishing can be tough.

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 points or dropoffs. Look for inflowing water from recent rains and runoff as good areas too. Try tossing a spinnerbait or a deep diving crankbait around these locations.

Crappie should be holding in deep water to escape the heat. Try trolling in the deeper portions of the lake with jigs or minnows for bait.


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 go to Http://outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".

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