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).
River level at Vicksburg: 20.8' and is expected to fall to 19.8 ' by August 28.
Chotard Landing may be reached via Low Water Bridge Rd. off of Hwy. 61, but not via the levee from Eagle Lake.
Good numbers of bass in the 10 - 12" range are being caught on Chotard. Twenty pounds was the winning weight at a tournament last week.
Crappie fishing was good on Albemarle over the weekend. The falling water levels have the fish biting! Try minnows or jigs on spider rigs.
According to Jerry Johnson at Chotard Landing, bream fishing was good over the weekend. A lot of smaller fish as well as some bigger ones were caught. Try crickets or tightlining with worms for Redear.
Try tightlining with your choice of catfish bait: livers, worms, or commercially available stink baits, or live bait for flathead catfish.
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".