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


Fishing Report

Natchez State Park - 12/2/2019 4:24:28 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Try Texas or Carolina rigs, drop shot, or shaky head rigged finesse worms in 15 - 20 ft. of water along channel edges with a slow presentation. Also try jigging spoons over creek channels wherever shad schools are staging. Suspending jerkbaits along deep banks and the dam can also be effective. The slot limit for largemouth bass is 18" - 22" with a creel limit of 7 bass per angler. Only one bass over 22" can be harvested.
Crappie Try trolling the outside edge of timber targeting standing tree tops in 15 - 30 ft of water with minnows or jigs. Fish attractors located in deeper water should be good during the winter.
Bream Try tight lining worms along the flat in front of cabins fishing in 6 - 12 ft. of water.
Catfish Try tight lining with liver on points or treetops in 10 - 15 ft. of water. Commercial blood baits can also be good lures to fish with.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species

Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) Slot length limit 18 to 22 inches
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) 7 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 22 inches
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes
  • No trotlines, set lines, jug fishing, or commercial gears are permitted on state park lakes.
  • Night fishing (from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise) will be permitted from the shore or from boats which are in compliance with State and Coast Guard regulations. Only idle speed and trolling motors may be used at night.
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Park Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of a bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.



Additional Information:

 

For information about Natchez State Park, please call (601) 442-2658.

Natchez State Park lake 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.

 
 

Fish attractors were added in several locations in February 2015.  Be sure your GPS is set to read decimal degrees (shown below) and not degrees-minutes-seconds when attempting to locate the attractors.  Coordinates and a map are shown below:

Natchez fish attractors

 31.595850 N   91.203029 W         31.597647 N   91.203667 W

31.594941 N   91.203450 W          31.592900 N   91.205240 W

31.590913 N   91.204257 W          31.590750 N   91.205380 W

31.589594 N   91.208455 W          31.589594 N   91.208955 W

31.589594 N   91.208455 W          31.589842 N   91.208350 W

31.590028 N   91.208074 W          31.593749 N   91.208157 W

31.594715 N   91.209512 W          31.598284 N   91.211600 W

31.599235 N   91.211145 W          31.598431 N   91.207810 W

31.598215 N   91.206750 W          31.591195 N   91.204700 W

31.591075 N   91.204900 W          31.591390 N   91.204935 W

31.596840 N   91.203330 W


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