Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will return in February. Below are some hints for fishing during the winter and early spring.


Boat lanes have been cut to allow for easier access to different parts of the lake, but be aware that IDLE SPEED IS REQUIRED in these areas.  Channels are marked with red/green markers for main channels and gold markers for side channels.



Fishing Report

Calling Panther Lake - 12/3/2021 10:30:55 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Largemouth bass are often caught during the winter by fishing slowly with natural colored soft plastics lures, large jigs, and jigging spoons. Also, try suspending jerkbaits, shad raps, and lipless crankbaits (a.k.a. rattletraps) off the levee during sunny days.
Crappie Bream fishing can be slow, but try using crickets and redworms around brushtops in 5 - 10 ft. of water.
Bream Crappie often suspend in deeper water, around 10 - 15 feet. Fish will often be found in the main creek channel and around cover. Try using minnows or white colored jigs to catch these fish.
Catfish Catfish can be caught on liver or cool-cat worms fished on the bottom. The creek along the nature trail can produce catfish. Fishing along the dam or from the pier at the boat ramp is also popular.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) Maximum length limit 20 inches & over
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) 10 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 20 inches
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes. 


  • Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is allowed from the bank or boats which are in compliance with state and coast guard regulations.

Additional Information:


For information about Calling Panther Lake, please call (601) 892-4776.

Calling Panther Lake depth map


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.



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