Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Aberdeen Lake - 10/16/2018 12:54:51 PM



Anglers are targeting the backwater areas and sloughs with the best lures being spinnerbaits, square billed crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastics. If you find schools of shad, the bass aren’t far away. Topwater walkers and poppers are good choices for fish actively feeding on shad. Some anglers are choosing fairly weed less lures like frogs, rats, and buzzbaits to throw around the thicker grassy cover. A white swim jig may also be an option if the fish seem to be chasing shad around grass. Some anglers are targeting the channel above the old Tombigbee River. Texas-rigged plastics, shakeyheads, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are good options along the rip rap. Covering a lot of water is key there. Overall, look for that “shad bite” to continue to pick up as we move further into fall.




The crappie anglers are hitting the old river runs with some success, but the action is picking up with the cooling water temps. Pockets and sloughs on the west side of the lake are also good. The best water depths are 4 to 8 feet. Crappie jigs or minnows are both working. Look for the fall bite to continue through the rest of this month and into November.




Catfish are being caught on trotlines and jugs fished just off the navigational channel. The mouth of the old Tombigbee River continues to be a popular area. Anglers are using cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavored chicken as bait.


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.


Fishing Regulations

Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 14 inches and under
Crappie: 9 inches and under
Paddlefish:  All lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10
Crappie: 30
Paddlefish:  0

Paddlefish harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Tombigbee River and it's tributaries.

Walleye harvest and possession is prohibited in the Tombigbee River and it's tributaries north of Hwy 278 (Monroe, Itawamba and Prentiss Counties).

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:
From the Aberdeen Lake dam downstream to the U.S. Highway 45 overpass, including the auxiliary spillway and the associated bank fishing access area in the Tombigbee River cutoff below the dam.

  • Anglers can only use one pole or rod per person.
  • Artificial lures with no more than 3 treble hooks no larger than #2 may be used anytime.
  • The use of baited or bare treble hooks is illegal.
  • No other gear can be used in these waters except that dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps may be used to capture bait. Anglers keeping minnows, shad, nongame gross fish and non-native fish caught with these gear types must immediately place their catch on ice or in a dry container.
  • From Dec 1 until the last day of February - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks no larger than #2.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
  • From March 1 to Nov 30 - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks of any size.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
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