Fishing on Chotard and Albermarle is always dependent upon the MS River level and movement. For best results on these lakes, always check the MS River report to know if the river is moving in or out of the lake and target areas of moving water for improved fishing. Fishing is typically best when the river is on a slow fall. For most boats, access to the river is almost impossible when the river is below 13 feet (Vicksburg Gauge).
Water level at Vicksburg is currently at 21.6' and is expected to rise to 25.7' by October 23rd.
Cooler temperatures and rising water have got the bass more active. Bass can be caught around trees and stumps across from Laney's ramp. Try soft plastics and spinnerbaits around the edges of the trees. The points along Chotard can also hold good-sized fish. Try texas-rigging a plastic worm or jig around rocks and laydowns near deep water.
Crappie fishing is also getting better with the cooler temperatures. Ronnie at Yore Country Store had one fisherman come by who had caught 16 crappie on Albemarle a few weeks ago. Try using minnows or jigs around the willow trees. If you cannot find them there, try some of the deeper treetops along the lake. Trolling slowly in open water can be an effective method for catching crappie too.
No new reports on bream. Bream can usually be caught using crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.
Rising water and cooler temperatures have improved catfishing. As an oxbow of the MS River, catfish will always be a good option. Try tight lining in deep water with chicken liver, cutbait, or worms around areas where wood and rocks come together near deep water.
A description and a map of these lakes can be seen at - www.outfitters.org Click on public waters and then click on Lake Albermarle or Chotard under "more area lake maps".