Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Pascagoula River - 8/4/2020 1:13:47 PM
Species Detail
Bass Bass anglers fishing the river & oxbows are catching more Bass using topwater lures, including frogs and buzzbaits, fished near vegetation in the early dawn hours. During the heat of the day, live baits are working best in depths of 10'-12' with little flow near structure.
Bream Bream may be caught using crickets or redworms in the oxbows or in the main channel near woody cover or near structure in 6-8 feet of water. Anglers can continue to catch bream in the lower river oxbows and main channel south of the forks as well as in the marsh using crickets.
Catfish Catfish are biting well on livers and stinkbait fished on bottom in the main channel.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Minimum length limit 12 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 10 The minimum length limit for black bass is in effect in the Pascagoula River from Merrill to the Highway 90 bridge (this includes all connected oxbow lakes, East [Little] River, West River and all water areas between East River and West River). Only bass over 12 inches may be in possession on these waters with a creel limit of 10 black bass per day



Water Level

Up to date water levels can be found at the USGS site, just select the monitoring station nearest your favorite fishing spot.

Graham Ferry:  6.69 feet and falling (NWS* Flood Stage: 16 ft)

Merrill: 5.04 feet and falling (NWS* Flood Stage: 22 ft)

*NWS - National Weather Service

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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