Most crappie are caught off the deep stumps that line the river channel. The best bass catches come from the points and cuts up the river.
Catfish can be caught on trotlines or by tight lining on the deep flats. Crappie anglers should concentrate their efforts in the old oxbow lakes near Rose's Bluff or near the City of Jackson water intake structure along the dam. Bass anglers should fish along the rip rap near Main Harbor after a few sunny days.
The best crappie fishing occurs after heavy rains that produce current on the river. That pushes fish up into gain eddy below and east of the Mississippi Highway 43 bridge. Fishing is good until the current subsides. Fish for bass in the dead pad fields until the stems are gone.
Area water levels can be checked here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/current/?type=flow