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Fishing Report

Aberdeen Lake - 12/3/2018 2:47:16 PM

Late Fall/Winter fishing report:

BASS

Cold and muddy water generally makes for tough fishing. Once the water temps drop into the 40’s, the bass bite really slows down, especially during dirty water events. Not that bass can’t be caught, there just aren’t many people trying to catch them on Aberdeen this time of year. With that said, however, several days in a row of warm weather will cause the bass to get active around the shallow sloughs that are off the channel and somewhat protected. Texas-rigged soft plastics, jig-n-pig combos, chatterbaits, and spinnerbaits are all good bait choices during any warming trend. Darker colors are typically the best option for the slower presentations. Some success can be had by targeting the rip rap on the north end of the lake above the old Tombigbee River. Square billed crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Alabama-rigs are good options there.

CRAPPIE

The crappie bite will be fair until water temps drop below 50 degrees. The best areas to target will be the old river runs and backwaters where some cleaner water is present. The best depth range during the cold season is generally 5 to 10 ft. Once the water temps drop into the 40’s, the crappie bite will be tough, especially during dirty water events. With several days in a row of warm weather, crappie will get more active in the shallow sloughs that are off the channel and somewhat protected.

CATFISH

Target the mouths of the old river runs at the edge of any current. Deep stumps and log jams are ideal spots for catfish to lay up during the cold season. Tight lining cut shad is the best technique. The bites may come slowly, but some quality fish can be had.

Weekly fishing reports will pick back up in February.

 

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.

 

Fishing Regulations

Species:
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)
Paddlefish

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 14 inches and under
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Paddlefish:  All lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10
Crappie: 30
Paddlefish:  0

Paddlefish harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Tombigbee River and it's tributaries.

Walleye harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tombigbee River and it's tributaries north of Hwy 278 (Monroe, Itawamba and Prentiss Counties).

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:
From the Aberdeen Lake dam downstream to the U.S. Highway 45 overpass, including the auxiliary spillway and the associated bank fishing access area in the Tombigbee River cutoff below the dam.

  • Anglers can only use one pole or rod per person.
  • Artificial lures with no more than 3 treble hooks no larger than #2 may be used anytime.
  • The use of baited or bare treble hooks is illegal.
  • No other gear can be used in these waters except that dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps may be used to capture bait. Anglers keeping minnows, shad, nongame gross fish and non-native fish caught with these gear types must immediately place their catch on ice or in a dry container.
  • From Dec 1 until the last day of February - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks no larger than #2.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
  • From March 1 to Nov 30 - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks of any size.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
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