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).
The next fishing report will be in February 2015
Winter fishing tips
Bass can be caught near springs along the eastern shore of Albermarle. Try crawfish imitations, finesse worms, soft stick baits and jigs around the edges of the trees, bushes, and docks. Lipless crankbaits and shadraps are good choices around rocks. The canal between Chotard and Albermarle is another good place to try.
These lakes are known to have big crappie and a lot of them. Try using minnows or jigs around the willow trees. If you cannot find them there, try some of the deeper treetops along the lake. Also, slow-trolling open waters along the bank can be a very effective method on these lakes.
Bream can be caught using crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.
Catfishing is always good on the lakes. As an oxbow of the MS River, catfish will always be a good option. Try tightlining in deep water with chicken liver, cutbait, or nightcrawlers.
See the Mississippi River Report for updates on current river levels. For most boats, access to the river is near impossible when the River is below 13 feet (Vicksburg Gauge).
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".