Fishing & Boating


Lake Columbia is open to fishing and boating.  The number of persons in each watercraft is limited to the greater of two (2) occupants or 50% of the occupancy limit of all multi-person watercraft.  Bank and pier fishing is allowed but social distancing requirements must be adhered to (maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals). 

Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2020. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Lake Columbia.

Fishing Report

Lake Columbia - 12/4/2020 9:23:13 AM
Species Detail
Bass Bass bite well through the winter on plastics in watermelon seed, junebug black and junebug red colors fished near vegetation edges.
Crappie Crappie bite is good through the winter, they bite best at sunrise on jigs with chartreuse skirts in 10'-12' depths near structure.
Bream Bream bite is fair, they can be caught on wax worms or red worms from bank fishing areas.
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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