Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 5/15/2024 8:58:54 AM
Species Detail
Bass Temperatures are still on the cooler side, which mean fish are less active. However, with warmer weather on the way, look for the activity start to pick up. Suspended crank baits, spinner baits, and worms are a good choice. Just fish them slow this time of year. Target deeper areas with underwater cover.
Crappie With water temperatures starting to warm, also expect crappie activity start to pick up. Around this time anglers are still trolling deeper areas of the lake. Look for any structure in the lake and try various depths. Using jigs or minnows is a good choice.
Bream Bream fishing is still slow at this time. However, look for activity to pick up with warmer weather on the way. Try using redworms at different depths.
Catfish Catfishing is also slow at this time. Look for catfish to become more active with water temps starting to heat up. Try fishing near the bottom with liver, nightcrawlers, or cut bait.

Special Fishing Regulations


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Additional Information

For Mississippi River oxbow lakes, the fluctuations of the Mississippi River is an important factor for determining how the fishing is. Slow rises and slow falls produce the best fishing. The best crappie fishing on Desoto Lake is normally at water levels between 12 - 18 feet (Helena gauge).

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.

Please be aware that Silver carp are very abundant in Desoto Lake and may jump out of the water and collide with boater, skiers, and anglers.


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