Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will return February 15. Below are a few hints for fishing during the winter and early spring.


Clean your boat trailers!

Giant Salvinia is a highly invasive floating aquatic plant that has been confirmed in Lake Tom Bailey. Please remove all vegetation from your boat trailers before leaving launch areas.


Fishing Report

Lake Tom Bailey - 12/1/2023 12:12:30 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Locate bass by using deep diving crankbaits and other deep water lures around the drain structure and along the creek channel. Bass should be holding in these areas at 8 - 12 ft. On warmer days fish may be in shallower water around willow stubs or along the rocks at the dam. Soft plastics and jigs can be productive in these spots.
Crappie Crappie will be in deep water around submerged structure and creek channels. Ledges along the channel prove to be crappie hot spots during the winter months. Fish may be anywhere in the water column so fish at different depths until crappie are located. Minnows or jigs tipped with a nibble should produce some nice fish.
Bream Tom Bailey has a good population of quality size readear and bluegill. These fish can be located around deep structure during the winter months. Fishing on the bottom with worms are best bets for bream this time of year.
Catfish Try for catfish along creek channels and deep structure. Brush piles in 8 - 10 ft of water that were added in January should be holding catfish this time of year. Tightlining with stink baits, liver or worms are best ways to harvest late season catfish.

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 information about Lake Tom Bailey, please call (601) 632-4679.

 Lake Tom Bailey 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


GPS Coordinates for brush piles that were added 1/12/16 are listed below.


N 32.42285 W 88.51477 N 32.42555 W 88.51812
N 32.42404 W 88.51488 N 32.42561 W 88.51801
N 32.42430 W 88.51518 N 32.42553 W 88.51788
N 32.42408 W 88.51507 N 32.42570 W 88.51792
N 32.42408 W 88.51528 N 32.42561 W 88.51780
N 32.42440 W 88.51548 N 32.42528 W 88.51798
N 32.42427 W 88.51527 N 32.42521 W 88.51812
N 32.42352 W 88.51484 N 32.42564 W 88.51766
N 32.42377 W 88.51519 N 32.42551 W 88.51769
N 32.42409 W 88.51606 N 32.42573 W 88.51742
N 32.42399 W 88.51614 N 32.42510 W 88.51762
N 32.42411 W 88.51629 N 32.42495 W 88.51744
N 32.42420 W 88.51608 N 32.42518 W 88.51726
N 32.42412 W 88.51650 N 32.42524 W 88.51730
N 32.42398 W 88.51634 N 32.42522 W 88.51714
N 32.42540 W 88.51815 N 32.42543 W 88.51722
N 32.42547 W 88.51802 N 32.42524 W 88.51759

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