Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Pascagoula River - 3/20/2018 12:38:59 PM

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

Fishing Report 

Fishing for Bass, Bream and Crappie will pick up as the temperatures rise.  Bass and Crappie are beginning to bed in shallow areas in preparation for spawning. 

Bass fishermen fishing the river & oxbows can catch bass around woody cover in the main channel as well as the oxbows using soft plastics and spinnerbaits fished slowly or buzzbaits fished near vegetation. 

Bream may be caught using crickets in the oxbows & main channel near woody cover in 5-10 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 redworms. 

Crappie can be found in the oxbows where some anglers are trolling mid-lake using small crankbaits or jigs to catch fish in the 1 to 1.5 lb. range.  

Please note: A minimum length limit is in effect for black bass (this includes largemouth bass & spotted bass) 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.

Statewide Creel Regulations apply on all other species.

Water Levels

Graham Ferry: 13.71 ft and rising (NWS Flood Stage: 16 ft)

Merrill: 15.63 ft and holding (NWS Flood Stage: 22 ft)

*NWS - National Weather Service*

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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