Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 8/4/2020 9:59:25 AM
Species Detail
Bass The bass reports continue to be slow to fair. . Tibbee Creek has decent water clarity right now since rainfall has been scarce. Target the deep side of channel bends with Texas-rigged plastics and shallow crankbaits. Also, there have been several reports of bass being caught off shoreline structure on the channel and the gravel pits near the east bank ramp. Most anglers are throwing Texas-rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimming jigs catching a few active fish out of the grass in the pits. Some spotted bass action can be had at the mouth and lower end of the Buttahatchie River as well. Jigs, shakeyheads, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are working there.
Crappie The gravel pits and the mouths of the old river runs have been popular areas for the few crappie anglers hitting the lake. Deep cover, whether its laydowns or grass beds are holding the fish. Minnows or crappie jigs are working equally well.
Catfish The catfish reports were fair this week with most biting along the channel and also below the dam. Both jugs and rod-n-reels are catching some catfish.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Minimum Length Limit 14 inches and under
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 9 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 10
Crappie (combined black and white) 30


From Columbus Lake dam spillway downstream to Mile Marker 334, including the auxiliary spillway and associated bank fishing access areas 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.

Additional Information

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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