Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 9/17/2019 9:47:04 AM



The bass bite has been fair.  Bass are still being caught deeper on old dams, brush piles, and roadbeds.  Big worms, football jigs, shaky heads, drop shots, and Carolina rigs have been the best choices out deep.  Shades of watermelon or plum have been working well.  It took 16.64 lbs to win a tournament on Labor Day and some fish in the 5 to 7 pound range have been showing up.




The crappie bite remains poor. Very few anglers are fishing for crappie with the heat.  Jigs with minnows have been the most popular technique.  A few anglers have been catching crappie around the lock.  Others have been fishing the deeper brush piles in the mid lake area.




The catfish bite was fair to good in the Divide Cut. Cut/whole shad or kool-aid flavored chicken are good bait choices to try.  



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

Crappie (combined black and white)

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

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
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:
Includes the canal connecting Pickwick Lake to Bay Springs Lake in the Divide Section.

Sport fishing trotlines and/or throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, FFFDs, and yo-yos may not be fished in the following areas:

- the Jamie L. Whitten Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 4 overpass.
- the Sonny Montgomery Lock downstream to mile marker 406.
- the John Rankin Lock downstream to mile marker 398.
- the Fulton Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 78 overpass.
- the Glover Wilkens Lock downstream to mile marker 375.
- the Amory Lock downstream to the MS Hwy 6 overpass.


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