Fishing & Boating


The slot limit at Lake Monroe for black bass has recently changed from 16-24" to 18-24".  Bass 18 to 24 inches long must be released immediately.  Only one bass over 24 inches may be retained each day.

Lake Monroe is open to fishing and boating.  The number of persons in each watercraft is limited to the greater of two (2) occupants or 50% of the occupancy limit of all multi-person watercraft.  Bank and pier fishing is allowed but social distancing requirements must be adhered to (maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals).  


Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 8/4/2020 12:30:16 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass The bass reports are fair. Anglers are not catching numbers of fish, but a few quality bites are showing up. Most bass anglers are targeting the grass beds early and late in the day with frogs, buzzbaits, and other weed less presentations like weightless Texas-rigged soft plastics. During the day, anglers are moving a bit deeper with Texas/Carolina-rigged soft plastics along drop-offs and cover in 8 – 14 ft. of water.
Crappie Not much crappie action is happening on the lake right now.
Bream The bream reports are fair but some anglers have been having decent success. Most anglers are finding some decent bream around the wooden fishing piers and laydowns on worms and/or crickets. Tight lining is the most popular technique, but fishing under a cork may also get you a few bites.
Catfish The few catfish reports coming in have been from bream anglers who are catching catfish on their tight lined worm presentations.

Water temperature: 96.5

Visibility: 28"

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Slot length limit 18 to 24 inches
Crappie (combined black and white) No length limit
Catfish No length limit
Walleye All lengths

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth) 10 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 24 inches.
Crappie (combined black and white) 20
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes.
Walleye 0
  • 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 Lake Monroe, please call (662) 256-9637.

Lake Monroe 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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