Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Tippah County Lake - 8/6/2018 12:22:09 PM

As the dog days of summer persist, the fishing pressure continues to be low. Most anglers are hitting the water either early in the morning or late in the evening. Most of the action around the lake has been for bass or bream. The bass bite is fair. Anglers are targeting shallow cover with small spinnerbaits, roostertails, buzzbaits, and poppers during the twilight hours. During the day, anglers are moving deeper and targeting offshore structure and cover with Texas/Carolina-rigged soft plastics, jigs, and shakeyheads. The bream bite is fair to good with some anglers having more success than others. Most of the good reports are coming out of 4 – 8 ft. of water around traditional bedding areas and shoreline cover. Red worms and crickets are good bait choices, but crickets have been working better recently. Both bank and boat anglers are having some success. Both crappie and catfish reports are poor this week as not many anglers are hitting the water in search for these two species. For crappie, try trolling around deep water brush tops. Tight lining nightcrawlers or live bait in the creek channel is typically the best technique for catfish.


A nice largemouth caught by Brandon Grant of Ripley earlier this summer.

Fishing Regulations


Lengths to Release:
Catfish: no length limit

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Catfish: 10

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.


MDWFP personnel sank donated Christmas trees in Tippah Lake this past winter. The brush piles are a good way to upcycle leftover Christmas trees and create fishing hot spots. Here are the coordinates for those brush piles.

N 34°47.429' W 088°57.263'

N 34°47.615' W 088°57.273'

N 34°47.597' W 088°57.371'

N 34°47.311' W 088°57.172'

N 34°47.302' W 088°57.293'

N 34°47.150' W 088°57.386'

For more information, give the lake manager Jim Cutberth a call at (662) 837-9850.

A depth map of Tippah Lake can be found at the following link:

Tippah County Lake

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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