Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2021. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Trace Lake.

ATTENTION: Trace State Park Lake is open to fishing and boating.  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). 

Fishing Report

Trace State Park - 12/4/2020 8:47:17 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Largemouth bass can be found suspended around willow trees on the flats bordering creek channels. Try soft stick baits, drop shots, and jigs fished slowly. They can also be caught in the rip-rap along the dam with suspending jerkbaits and shadraps. Trace Lake has abundant bass under a pound, and anglers are encouraged to keep bass under 13".
Crappie Crappie anglers should target willow trees and other deep structure with minnows and jigs.
Bream For bream, anglers should try fishing red worms and nightcrawlers on the bottom.
Catfish Try fishing lake points and flats with cut bait, livers, or worms tightlined on the bottom.

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) re-opened Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park to fishing and boating on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  

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.



While Trace Lake was drained for repairs to the dam, MDWFP fisheries personnel built and placed 19 fish attractors throughout the lake. The GPS coordinates for these attractors are listed below:




N 34.250176

W -88.892688

N 34.250552

W -88.890833

N 34.249174

W -88.892625

N 34.251191

W -88.889463

N 34.249510

W -88.893674

N 34.252348

W -88.887880

N 34.248284

W -88.893239

N 34.252516

W -88.887813

N 34.247894

W -88.893541

N 34.253179

W -88.886563

N 34.247681

W -88.893344

N 34.253262

W -88.886470

N 34.246820

W -88.893612

N 34.255404

W -88.890669

N 34.247843

W -88.893170

N 34.253982

W -88.905252

N 34.250452

W -88.891138

N 34.254598

W -88.905299

N 34.256715

W -88.905611




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