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Natchez State Park 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).  


Fishing Report

Natchez State Park - 7/7/2020 3:43:32 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Bass have been biting fair. Fish in shallow water around woody structure if possible. Anglers have been having some success using junebug and red colored soft plastic lures.
Crappie Crappie fishing has been fair. Crappie are foraging for food in water depths of 9 -12 feet deep. Live minnows may be your best choice for bait. If your using jigs put a little nibble on the end of the hook to try and entice a strike.
Bream Anglers have been catching a good amount of bream this week.Try tight lining worms or crickets along the flat in front of cabins fishing in 3 - 6 feet of water.
Catfish Fishing for catfish has been good this past week.. Try tight lining with cut bait or stink baits on points or treetops in 10 - 15 ft. of water. Commercial blood baits can also be good lures to fish with.

Water Temperature: 83 F          Water Visibility: 30 " 

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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