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Lake Tom Bailey 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 Tom Bailey - 8/4/2020 10:34:57 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Try fishing near shallow structure for bass. Fishing with bright colored crankbaits and soft plastic lures should be your best choices for lures because the clarity at Tom Bailey can be low sometimes.
Crappie Crappie will be in many different depths as waters warm up. Ledges along the creek channel prove to be crappie hot spots this time of year. Live minnows or chartreuse head jigs with black bodies should produce some nice fish.
Bream Tom Bailey has a good population of quality size readear and bluegill. These fish can be located around structure at 4 - 6 feet deep. Fishing on the bottom with worms are best bets for bream this time of year.
Catfish Try for catfish along creek channels and deep structure. Tightlining with stink baits, liver or worms are best ways to harvest catfish.

Below: Here is a picture of two nice crappie recently caught at Tom Bailey.

 

Special Fishing Regulations


Species

Species Type Length To Release
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
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 Lake Tom Bailey, please call (601) 632-4679.

 Lake Tom Bailey 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

 

GPS Coordinates for brush piles that were added 1/12/16 are listed below.

 

N 32.42285 W 88.51477 N 32.42555 W 88.51812
N 32.42404 W 88.51488 N 32.42561 W 88.51801
N 32.42430 W 88.51518 N 32.42553 W 88.51788
N 32.42408 W 88.51507 N 32.42570 W 88.51792
N 32.42408 W 88.51528 N 32.42561 W 88.51780
N 32.42440 W 88.51548 N 32.42528 W 88.51798
N 32.42427 W 88.51527 N 32.42521 W 88.51812
N 32.42352 W 88.51484 N 32.42564 W 88.51766
N 32.42377 W 88.51519 N 32.42551 W 88.51769
N 32.42409 W 88.51606 N 32.42573 W 88.51742
N 32.42399 W 88.51614 N 32.42510 W 88.51762
N 32.42411 W 88.51629 N 32.42495 W 88.51744
N 32.42420 W 88.51608 N 32.42518 W 88.51726
N 32.42412 W 88.51650 N 32.42524 W 88.51730
N 32.42398 W 88.51634 N 32.42522 W 88.51714
N 32.42540 W 88.51815 N 32.42543 W 88.51722
N 32.42547 W 88.51802 N 32.42524 W 88.51759

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