Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 10/16/2018 12:56:20 PM

Surface water temps are in the mid 70’s.




The bite is starting to pick up as the water temps continue to fall. It took almost 15 pounds to win the 5-fish, Sunday evening tournament this past weekend. An early morning/late evening shallow bite continues around the beds of hydrilla and pondweed scattered around the lake. That bite is lasting longer into the day as we move further into the fall season. The patches of grass with deeper water nearby seem to be the most productive ones. Anglers are using walking type lures like zara spooks to imitate an injured shad. Try spinnerbaits, flukes, small swimbaits, and senkos if the fish aren’t committed to hitting a topwater lure. Look for the shallow bite to continue through the rest of the year as more and more fish move shallow to chase shad. The bite during the day continues to be slow. The deep water bite has really slowed down and very few anglers are targeting the deep structure around the lake. Some anglers are targeting the deeper grass lines during the day with Texas-rigged worms, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Some anglers are opting to fish the canal in the Divide Cut around the culverts and run outs. Anglers are covering a lot of water with this pattern using crankbaits and spinnerbaits. It is a good idea to keep some sort of topwater, shad imitating lure tied on as actively feeding fish may pop up anywhere.




The fall bite continues to pick up as reports of anglers catching a few quality fish are starting to come in. Anglers are targeting brush tops and cover in the 12 – 18 ft. depth range. Both minnows and jigs are getting bites, but jigs have been working better from the reports coming in. Some fish may also be found along the deeper grass lines in the main lake.




The catfish anglers continue to target the canal above Crow’s Neck. Cut/whole shad is most popular bait, but other baits like night crawlers and liver may also get some bites. Look for the bite to be better around the run outs in the channelized divide cut.


A 5lb. 5oz. Meanmouth caught by Nick Churchill during a tournament from a few weeks ago.



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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