Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will return in February. Below are some hints for fishing during the winter and early spring.

Fishing Report

Chotard & Albermarle - 12/14/2022 11:53:10 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Bass can be caught near springs along the eastern shore of Albemarle. Try crawfish, finesse worms, soft stick baits, and jigs around the edges of trees, bushes, and docks. Lipless crankbaits and shad raps are good choices around rocks. The canal between Chotard and Albemarle is another good area to try.
Crappie These lakes are known to have big crappie and a lot of them. Try using minnows or jigs around the willow trees. If you cannot find them there, try some of the deeper treetops along the lake. Also, slow-trolling open waters can be an effective method.
Bream Bream can be caught using crickets or redworms around treetops or cypress stumps in 3 – 8 feet of water.
Catfish Try and find deep areas of the lake. Catfish are also around deep structure. Some of the best lures to use are commercial stinkbaits. Commercial stinkbaits give off strong oders that attract fish. Other good baits to use are liver and cut bait. As an oxbow of the MS River, catfishing will always be a good option.

Special Fishing Regulations


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Creel Limits (per person, per day)

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Water Level

Fishing on Chotard and Albemarle is always dependent upon the MS River level and movement.  For best results on these lakes, always check the MS River report to know if the river is moving in or out of the lake and target areas of moving water for improved fishing.  Fishing is typically best when the river is on a slow fall.  For most boats, access to the river is almost impossible when the river is below 15 feet (Vicksburg Gauge).



Additional Information:


Call Chotard Landing for more information at (601) 279-4282.


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.

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