Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 7/16/2018 12:48:39 PM

Surface water temps are holding in the high 80’s due to spotty showers over the past week. It seems as a thermocline has developed along most of the lake around the 25 ft depth range. The bass bite has been fair to good for most anglers as some quality fish are being caught. It took over 13 pounds to win the Sunday evening three fish tournament this past weekend. Deep points, humps, and drop-offs are still holding the most bass. A few anglers are having success targeting scattered patches of hydrilla close to that deeper structure. Most fish are coming on Texas/Carolina-rigged worms, shaky head worms, dropshots, and heavy jigs. The catfish reports are fair with most folks catching fish on rod-n-reels and jugs fishing between Bay Springs and Pickwick in the canal. That particular bite around the spill offs can be especially good after these afternoon showers pass thru. Nightcrawlers and whole/cut shad have been best baits, but experiment to see what the fish prefer. The few crappie reports coming in are from anglers targeting crappie deep water near the McDougal and Ashcraft areas of the lake. Like bas, the deep ledges, humps, and brushtops in upwards of 25 ft deep seem to be holding fish. Let the fish dictate what they want for any given day, but it wouldn’t hurt to have both jigs and minnows on hand.


The winning fish from this past Sunday's tournament.



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

Crappie (combined black and white)

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

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
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:
Includes the canal connecting Pickwick Lake to Bay Springs Lake in the Divide Section.

Sport fishing trotlines and/or throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, FFFDs, and yo-yos may not be fished in the following areas:

- the Jamie L. Whitten Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 4 overpass.
- the Sonny Montgomery Lock downstream to mile marker 406.
- the John Rankin Lock downstream to mile marker 398.
- the Fulton Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 78 overpass.
- the Glover Wilkens Lock downstream to mile marker 375.
- the Amory Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 6 overpass.


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