Fishing ReportAliceville Lake - 12/3/2018 2:48:27 PM
Late Fall/Winter fishing report:
Aliceville during the winter is just like Aberdeen and Columbus. There just aren’t many anglers fishing. 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. Some success can be had in Luxapalila Creek, which comes into the Aliceville pool on the upper end of the lake. Spotted Bass typically bite better during the colder months than do largemouth, and can provide some action when none can be found on the rest of the lake. Jig-n-pig combos, crankbaits, and dark colored Texas-rigs are good options there. Several days of warmer weather can trigger the bass to feed. The shallow backwaters on the lower end of Aliceville (Camp Pratt river run, Coalfire creek, Rivermont) tend to warm up quicker and can provide some good action during the cold months. Texas-rigged soft plastics, jig-n-pig combos, chatterbaits, and Colorado-bladed spinnerbaits are the best options there.
The crappie bite will be fair until water temps drop below 50 degrees. The best areas to target will be the 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 like Camp Pratt and Big Coalfire. Contrasting colored jigs typically work better during dirty water conditions.
Look for fish to be holding at the edge of any current along the navigation channel. Tight lining cut or whole shad is typically the best presentation this time of year. The deep holes along old river runs are also a good spot to look for catfish.
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.
Crappie (combined black and white)
Lengths to Release:
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Paddlefish: All lengths
Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Paddlefish harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Tombigbee River and it's tributaries.
Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.