Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Tippah County Lake - 10/16/2018 1:24:26 PM

Surface water temps are in the low to mid 70’s at the time of this report.




The bass bite continues to be slow to fair. Anglers are targeting the flats and points close to deeper water early and late in the day with various topwater presentations, lightly weighted soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and shallow crankbaits. Any cover in those areas should hold fish. As the sun gets higher in the sky, anglers are moving a little deeper on the points and targeting off shore structure with cover on it. Texas/Carolina-rigged soft plastics, shakeyheads, and jigs are popular lure choices for the deeper water bite. If you aren’t getting bites, try downsizing your presentations. Look for the bite to pick up as we move further into fall and water temps start dropping.




The bream bite is slow. Anglers are catching a few bluegill by targeting drop-offs and cover just out from traditional bedding areas. Tight lining red worms or crickets has been the most popular technique, but a cork presentation may also get you a few bites.




No crappie report as of late. If you want to try your hand at catching a few crappie, target off shore brush and cover in 10 – 18 ft. of water with both jigs and minnows. Look for the bite to pick up as we move further into fall and water temps start dropping.




One good catfish report this week. An angler caught a 32 pound flathead behind the campground. He was tight lining a live bream from the bank. If you want to try your hand at catching a few catfish, tight lining liver, worms, or live bream close to the creek channel out from the boat ramp area is a good option.


An angler with his big catch. This flathead weighed 32 pounds.


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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