Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 2/21/2018 9:53:57 AM

River Stage

As of 2/21 the Mississippi River Stage at Helena, AR, is at 30.7 and rising about a half foot a day.  For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:



Bass fishing at Desoto is always dependent on river levels.  Usually slow falls are best for fishing, while fast rises make for tough fishing. With the water coming up, look for bass to be moving into newly flooded areas and staging near submerged brush and vegetation.  Water temps are still pretty cool right now, and fish should remain relatively deep.  Try slowly fishing soft plastics, jigs, or spinnerbaits around structure 4 - 8 feet deep.



Look for crappie suspended off shore in Desoto right now.  Trolling open water areas in water deeper than 6 feet with either jigs or minnows is probably your best bet.   



Try tightlining on the bottom in deep areas of the lake at the mouth of the lake near where it connects to the river.  For blues and channels try chicken liver or nightcrawlers....for flatheads try live sunfish or goldfish.  Trotlines and limblines fished in shallow water over newly flooded areas may also pick up some fishing moving up with the rising water to feed. 



Bream fishing is slow right now.  Trying fishing with red worms or crickets around structure in water 4 - 8 feet deep.


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).

For a general map of the lake, click on the following link:


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