Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 3/19/2018 12:40:28 PM

Even though the lake is still dirty for the most part due to rains over the past few weeks, the action is picking up as anglers are catching more and more fish (both bass and crappie) as they make their way to the spawning areas. For bass, dark colored jigs and Texas-rigged lizards, rattletraps, chatterbaits, square-billed crankbaits, spinnerbaits and paddle tail swimbaits are good lure choices. Areas that are popular right now are the Hwy. 50 sloughs and the gravel pits at East Bank ramp. The crappie bite continues to be fair but steadily improving with the warming water. The old grass beds in the gravel pits are starting to hold some crappie that are moving shallow to spawn. The stumps along the east bank in that same area are popular. Most anglers are fishing jigs with some chartreuse color in them due to dirty water conditions. The river runs at the upper end of the lake are also getting some attention along the laydowns in 2 to 6 ft of water providing the best action. For catfish, target primary drop-offs along the channel with cut or whole shad.





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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