Fishing ReportColumbus Lake - 2/21/2018 8:25:55 AM
Like Aberdeen, both crappie and bass anglers are hitting the water in search of the pre-spawn bite. Water temps have reached into the mid 50’s during the current warming trend and the majority of the lake is dirty due to recent rainfall. For bass, dark colored jigs and Texas-rigged plastics have been the most popular. Also look for a chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits, square-billed crankbaits, and Colorado-bladed spinnerbait to get a few bites during these dirty water conditions. Anglers are targeting the backwater areas leading to spawning pockets as they tend to have the cleaner water. The crappie reports have been slowly coming in but will improve with warmer water temps. Like the bass anglers, crappie anglers are targeting the cleaner backwaters in search of pre-spawn fish holding to woody cover. Jigs typically work better in the dirty water conditions, but if you find an area with cleaner water, minnows may also get you a few bites. Look for the bite to pick up beginning in March. A few big catfish are being caught in the deep holes in the old river runs and below the dams on cut-bait and/or whole shad.
Earlier this month during a catfish tournament, these two local anglers managed to land this monster 36 pound Flathead Catfish.
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.