Winter fishing tips
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 near impossible when the River is below 13 feet (Vicksburg
Water level at Vicksburg is at 28.5' and is expected to rise over the next few days.
Currently, there are no reports on bass. 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 deep diving crank bait when fishing the points.
According to Ronnie at Yore Country Store, crappie fishing is slow on Chotard and Albemarle. These lakes are known to
have big crappie. 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.
Currently, there are no reports on bream, but they can be caught using
crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.
No reports on catfish right now, but catfishing is generally good
on the lakes. 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.
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".