Fishing & Boating


ATTENTION:  Trace State Park Lake will reopen to fishing and boating on August 5, 2020 at 6 a.m. 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).  We are expecting a large number of anglers for the opening.  To help ensure that we are able to get boats in the water as efficiently as possible, please make sure that you and anyone in your party have a current fishing license.  Also, if launching a boat, make sure that you have a fire extinguisher, life jackets for each member of your party, and a throwable cushion.  Cash payment of boat launch/fishing fees is preferred.  

Fishing Report

Trace State Park - 8/4/2020 3:42:20 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass No report. For bass, anglers should target shallow cover with small spinnerbaits, roostertails, buzzbaits, and poppers during the twilight hours. During the day, anglers should try moving deeper and targeting offshore structure and cover with Texas/Carolina-rigged soft plastics, jigs, and shakeyheads.
Crappie No report. For crappie, try trolling around deep water brush tops
Bream No report. . For bream, anglers should try fishing 4 – 8 ft. of water around traditional bedding areas and shoreline cover. Red worms and crickets are good bait choices.
Catfish No report. Tight lining nightcrawlers or live bait in the creek channel is typically the best technique for catfish.

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Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Slot length limit 14 to 22 inches
Crappie (combined black and white) No length limit
Bream (combined bluegill and redear) No length limit
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 10 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 22 inches.
Crappie (combined black and white) 20
Bream (combined bluegill and redear) 20
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes.
  • No trotlines, set lines, jug fishing, or commercial gears are permitted on State Park Lakes .
  • Night fishing (from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise) will be permitted from the shore or from boats which are in compliance with State and Coast Guard regulations. Only idle speed and trolling motors may be used at night.
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Park Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of a bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.


Additional Information:  


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will re-open Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park to fishing and boating on Wednesday, August 5, at 6 a.m.  

Old Natchez Trace Lake is a 565-acre lake located on Trace State Park near Tupelo. For more information call the park office at (662) 489-2958. 

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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