Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Desoto - 9/17/2019 3:44:41 PM


River Stage

For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:

Mississippi River Stages


Look for fish in water between 4 and 8 feet deep near structure. Good bait choices include soft plastics, spinnerbaits, jigs. Try fishing around the steep rocky banks, points, or around logs or stumps. Normally the best bite occurs around this time, on a slow fall of the river.


Crappie should be associated with submerged brush, laydowns, or other structure. Try trolling in water 8-15 feet deep with jigs or minnows. Crappie fishing at Desoto is usually slow during this time of the year because of the high temperatures.


For bream, look for fish to be in water 3-6 feet deep, especially around logs brush tops, or other structure near the shoreline. Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice. Bream fishing is usually fairly decent this time of the year. The best time to get out on the lake is early mornings or late evenings when the water temperatures are cooler.


For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep. Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Desoto Lake. Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver. For flathead use live bait like goldfish. 

Silver Carp

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. 


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.


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