Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 12/6/2018 2:23:04 PM

Late Fall/Winter fishing report:



Bay Springs Lake is probably one of the best destinations in Mississippi for cold water bass fishing due to the clear water nature of the lake. Even with water temps falling to the high 30's or low 40's, bass, particularly spotted bass can be caught. Once the water temps drop below 50, target main lake points and off shore structure. Productive water depths can range from 15 to 50 feet, depending somewhat on the depth that the bait fish are in. A variety of lures can be productive during the cold season. Alabama-rigs, 1 oz. spinnerbaits, blade baits, shakeyheads, and jigging spoons are all good options. Good electronics are a must to find fish along deep points, ditches, and other deep water structure. Several days of warmer weather will pull the bass up shallower and a slowly worked suspending jerkbait will be the go-to technique.




The crappie bite can be tough, but crappie can be located near the mouths of the big creeks (McDougal, Riddle, Piney Grove and Five Fingers) and on the deeper brush piles scattered throughout the lake. Use your electronics to locate offshore brush tops. Vertically jigging small hair jigs tipped with minnows is a good technique to use during the cold season.




Target the old Mackey’s Creek area at the north end of the lake and the canal above Crow’s Neck. Tight lining cut/whole shad is the best technique to use. Look for the bite to be a little better around the culverts and run outs.


Weekly fishing reports will pick back up in February.




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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