Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Lamar Bruce - 1/17/2019 2:22:22 PM

Late Fall/Winter fishing report:



Lake Lamar Bruce is a good second choice (behind Bay Springs) for some decent winter fishing for bass. Typically, bass will be relating to the creek channel once the water temps get into the low to mid 40’s. A good depth finder is important, but once found, they will hit jigging spoons, hair jigs, and small plastics. Best depths will range from 15 to 30 feet. Warmer days will push some fish shallow around the points and flooded timber. If this occurs, Alabama-rigs, suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits will be good bait choices to find active fish.




For bream, target the points and the earthen piers as fish will move up and down them depending of the water temps. Any deeper cover around those points should hold fish. The deep flats along the northwest side of the lake are also popular for bream anglers during the winter. Tight lining worms is typically the best technique during the cold months.




The catfish bite will be very slow during the cold season. Anglers typically tight line liver and/or worms off the wooden and earthen piers in both the pond and the big lake.




Target cover along drop-offs in the 10 – 20 ft. depth range and along the creek channel. Both hair jigs and minnows will get you some bites.


A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


Weekly fishing reports will pick back up in February.


Fishing Regulations

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Rainbow trout (in the bank fishing pond)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 18 to 24 inches
Catfish:  no length limit
Walleye:  all lengths
Rainbow trout:  no length limit

Creel Limit (per person, per day)
Black bass: 10, with 1 bass over 24 inches
Catfish: 10
Walleye:  0
Rainbow trout:  3

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:
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.


A depth map for Lake Lamar Bruce can be found at the following link:


For more information on the lake, give the lake manager Jim Lusby a call: (662) 869-2009


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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