Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Bay Springs - 8/14/2018 3:48:20 PM

Not much change to report this week as fishing pressure continues to drop. The crappie report is still slow. The popular areas are still the deeper waters in the middle to upper portions of the lake. Most anglers are targeting the creek channels and drop-offs in 15 to 25 ft. of water. Any brush tops or cover in that depth range should be a magnet for crappie. Both minnows and jigs are good bait choices. The bass bite during the day continues to be very tough as the fish seem to be scattered right now. A few bass are being caught the first couple hours after daylight particularly in the hydrilla, but the midday bite is almost nonexistent. Seems like the best bite occurs during the evening hours as it took 13 pounds to win the Sunday evening 3-fish tournament there this past weekend. Frogs, swimbaits and Texas-rigged worms are working in the grass while light tackle has proven effective for keeper spotted bass along deep humps, points and ledges. The catfish reports are fair with most anglers still fishing in the canal between Bay Springs and Pickwick. Try multiple baits to see what the fish prefer. Generally, some sort of shad bait (either cut or whole) works well.



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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