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Desoto - 7/28/2015

The river stage at Helena, AR, is at 40.4 ft and falling.  The river is  predicted to around 4 ft by the end of the week.  The high water will make fishing tough this week at Desoto, and there are no new reports for this week.

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

For 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  or around newly flooded areas is another good option.

Schools of white bass may have moved into Desoto with the rising water.  Look for these fish chasing shad.....if you find a school of white bass try a small crank bait or spoon as bait.

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 here, and then click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".

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