Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Columbus Lake - 6/2/2020 3:43:02 PM
Species Detail
Bass The bass reports continue to be fair to good. The backs of the sloughs and old river runs are good choices for that early morning and late evening topwater bite. Most anglers are throwing frogs and buzzbaits around shallow cover. If overcast or rainy conditions persist into the day, the topwater bite may last all day. During the day, anglers are switching to Texas-rigged plastics, jigs, and spinnerbaits around some of that same cover. Other anglers are choosing to fish points and drop-offs closer to the main channel. Carolina-rigged plastics, jigs, and crankbaits are being thrown in these areas.
Crappie The crappie reports are fair. The few crappie being caught are coming from deeper banks in the old river runs and in the gravel pits.
Catfish Not much change in the catfish bite. Some nice catches are showing up below the dam. Most anglers are using cutbait or whole shad to catch their fish. Anglers fishing on the lake are hitting the old river runs and along the navigational channel with both rod-n-reels and jugs. A few anglers are having success for blues and flatheads by hand grabbing.

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.

Additional Information

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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