Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Monroe - 8/20/2018 12:33:11 PM

Surface water temps are in the mid 80’s. Not much change to report this week as the bite is still fairly slow for most species. A few bank anglers are having success bream fishing around the old swimming area cove and around the T-pier. Both cork and tight lined crickets and red worms are working. Others are targeting various flats near spawning areas in about 4 to 6 feet of water. The crappie reports are very slow as very few anglers are venturing to the lake to crappie fish. Try trolling and jigging along the dam and other deep water structure. The bass bite is also slow. Most anglers are hitting the water early and late in the day to take advantage of the cooler air temps and peak feeding times. Texas-rigged plastics (both weightless and weighted) are working right now along with some topwater action occurring during the twilight hours. The catfish bite is slow right now, but try fishing during the twilight hours with tight lined nightcrawlers. A reminder that all Walleye caught must be released immediately.


The recent lake record catfish at 4.25lbs. 


Fishing Regulations


Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 16 to 24 inches
Crappie:  no length limit
Catfish:  no length limit
Walleye:  all lengths

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Black bass: 10, with 1 bass over 24 inches
Crappie:  20
Catfish: 10
Walleye:  0

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:

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.


Call lake manager Charles Mullins at (662) 256-9637 for more info.

A depth map of Lake Monroe can be found at the following link: PDF

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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