The current river stage at Helena is near 9.3 ft and on a slow fall.
For bass, try fishing a soft plastic worm or lizard around submerged logs or brush piles near the shoreline. 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.
Look for crappie around flooded willow trees. Or try trolling in the deeper portions of the lake with jigs or minnows for bait, or try fishing around submerged brush or tree tops.
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".