Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 17, 2020.  Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Lake Columbia.

Fishing Report

Lake Columbia - 12/2/2019 1:49:00 PM
Species Detail
Bass Winter can be the best time of year to catch trophy Largemouth Bass. They will bite best on live minnows, such as fathead minnows, fished near structure in 6'-8' of water or near elevation changes on the bottom.
Crappie Crappie bite picks up early and late in the winter. They bite best near vegetation edges and structure on niblet tipped jigs or live minnows.
Bream Bream bite is slow but can still be caught near vegetation on crickets and near structure in 6 to 8 feet of water on redworms.
Catfish Catfish bite is best near the dam and in the channel with livers fished on bottom.

Special Fishing Regulations


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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