The river stage at Helena, AR, near Desoto Lake is at 11 ft and is predicted to stay between 11 and 12 for the next several days. Water levels are finally getting back to normal in Desoto Lake after lots of high water, so now is a good time to get back out there.
For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:
There's been several promising reports of good bass fishing on Delta
oxbows lately! Lots of fish in the one to two pound range are being
caught, and these fish seem fat and healthy, which is encouraging to see
since bass fishing has been below average in the oxbows for the past
couple of years. If you haven't tried them in a while, now is the time
to head back to an oxbow and do some bass fishing!
crappie, try trolling in deep water over flooded structure. Jigs and minnows are the best choice for bait.
Schools of white bass may have moved into Desoto with the high water. Look for these fish chasing shad.....if you find a school of white bass try a small crank bait or spoon as bait.
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 click here, and then click on public waters and then click on Desoto Lake under "more area lake maps".