Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 11/12/2019 4:59:14 PM
Species Detail
Bass Bass bite has been fair. Cool temperatures should have bass feeding up on baitfish. The bass have started to transition from their summer patterns to fall/ winter patterns. Most anglers are throwing shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits, jigs are a good choice as well. Try around laydowns, weed lines and channel ledges. Find the baitfish and you will find the bass. Natural colors are your best bet.
Crappie Try to find suspended crappie in 8 to 12 foot of water. If you find an isolated brush piles near a deep hole, you might find a few quality crappie.
Catfish The catfish bite remains fair to good. Cut/whole shad and kool-aid flavored chicken would be good bait choices for blue and channel cats. Live shad are generally the bait of choice for those anglers targeting flatheads. Trotlines have been the most popular technique lately.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Minimum Length Limit 14 inches and under
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 9 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 10
Crappie (combined black and white) 30


From Columbus Lake dam spillway downstream to Mile Marker 334, including the auxiliary spillway and associated bank fishing access areas in the Tombigbee River cutoff below the dam.

  • Anglers can only use one pole or rod per person.
  • Artificial lures with no more than 3 treble hooks no larger than #2 may be used anytime.
  • The use of baited or bare treble hooks is illegal.
  • No other gear can be used in these waters except that dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps may be used to capture bait. Anglers keeping minnows, shad, nongame gross fish and non-native fish caught with these gear types must immediately place their catch on ice or in a dry container.
  • From Dec 1 until the last day of February - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks no larger than #2.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
  • From March 1 to Nov 30 - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks of any size.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.

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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