Fishing ReportBee Lake - 2/23/2018 3:53:54 PM
Late winter and early spring time offer some great fishing opportunities in Mississippi. This is the time when water temperatures are heating up and crappie are spawning. Warmer water means fish become more active and tend to feed more, which is great news for anglers out on the lake.
For late winter fishing for crappie look for most fish in deeper waters. Try fishing around cypress knees and trees. Fish will likely be suspended in 10 - 12 feet of water around structure. Minnows or Jigs are both good bait choices. Calm, sunny days are probably the best times to try them out.
Bass fishing during chilly weather means fishing slow and trying to get fish to bite. Try fishing spinnerbaits, flipping jig and pig combos near structure, or using swim baits or crankbaits. Water temps usually warm up earlier in the year that nearby river connected oxbows, so if we get several warms days in a row in late winter/early spring then that might get them active and feeding.
Warmer temperatures mean better days fishing for catfish. Fishing improves from fair to good during the late winter time as opposed to those cold winter days. Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or other catfish baits, or try fishing trotlines along the shallow flats.
Bream fishing is still usually slow at during late winter. Try using crickets around structure in 5 to 8 feet of water if you must, or just wait until later in the spring and summer.
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.
There is a $5 launch fee to use the ramp at Bee Lake.