Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Aberdeen Lake - 6/19/2018 12:49:58 PM

The summer heat is here which is slowing down some of the fishing pressure. Most anglers are either bass fishing or catfish. For bass, the early and late bite is the best in the deeper sloughs and backwaters with topwater lures like frogs and buzzbaits. Dark colored Texas-rigs and jigs are popular in those same areas in the middle of the day. Target the shady side of cover during the heat of the day. Some anglers are targeting spotted bass north of the mouth of the old river with spinnerbaits, shakeyheads and crankbaits along the rip rap. The catfish anglers are reporting success with rod-n-reels and jugs. Most are targeting cuts and creeks just off the channel with rod-n-reel combos. Those who choose to jug fish are finding more success in the channel. The upper end of the channel near the old river has been popular with the jug fishermen. Some nice flatheads and blues are being taken by the hand grabbers right now. Very few crappie anglers are braving the heat, but those that are hitting the deeper cover like stumps and grass closest to the channel and old river runs.


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

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

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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