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Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2023.  Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Lake Columbia.


Fishing Report

Lake Columbia - 11/29/2022 2:59:17 PM
Species Detail
Bass Through the winter bass tend to bite best with a slow retrieve on a highly attractive crank bait. Choose a lure in whites/silvers that makes a bit of noise when being reeled in and focus fishing effort near deep structure in the back of the lake. Some fish will hang on to elevation changes along channel ledges, draw these fish with deep diving crank baits in dark colors. Watermelon seed and junebug red soft plastics are a classic choice for this lake, try these options on warmer days midway through the water column near structure.
Crappie Winter is prime time for fishing for Crappie, they thrive in the chilly waters. Focus fishing effort in coves around the lake with small white crank baits or live minnows. Jigging works wonderfully from the pier near the office, don’t be shy to use a spray-on fish attractant for artificial lures, a large part of the crappie’s predation instinct is scent driven.
Bream Bream fishing in the winter can be challenging. Focus fishing effort near vegetation or shallow structure with small white beetle spins or fish on bottom with redworms or night crawlers. A slow retrieve is best.
Catfish Catfish usually bite well through the winter. Focus fishing effort on bottom in the coves or off the dam with stink baits or livers soaked in koolaid.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species

Species Type Length To Release
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes. 
  • Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is allowed from the bank or boats which are in compliance with state and coast guard regulations.



Additional Information

For more information about Lake Columbia, please call (601) 736-1861

Lake Columbia Depth Map

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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