Fishing & Boating


For daily temperature, water level, and release you can call the automated report at (601) 626-8431.

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

Fishing Report

Okatibbee Reservoir - 12/1/2023 12:19:30 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Bass should be targeted around deep structure and creek channels. Crank baits or spinner baits work well this time of year. Carolina rigs fished slowly can be productive also. On warmer days fish may move shallow into stump fields or along the rocks at the island.
Crappie Crappie will be in deeper water along creek channels and ledges. The creek that runs adjacent to Twittly Branch Campground and the Sunken Island are popular areas to harvest crappie this time of year. The rocks along the dam should be productive on warmer days. Fishing vertically or trolling in these areas with jigs or minnows should produce some nice fish. Chartreuse/white or orange/white is always good colors at Okatibbee anytime of the year.
Bream Bream should be holding in 8 - 10 ft. of water around brush piles or other types of natural structure. Tightlining on the bottom with crickets or worms will be the best method for catching winter time bream.
Catfish Catfish can be targeted with trot lines and jugs out in open water. Tightlining on the bottom with liver, worms or blood baits can also be very good methods for harvesting catfish this time of year.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information

Additional Information:  

For daily temperature, water level, and release you can call the automated report at (601) 626-8431 option 3.


Okatibbee Reservoir 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 locations of structure that was added Feb. of 2016.


N 32.50402 W 88.79859 N 32.50669 W 88.79920
N 32.50374 W 88.79904 N 32.50731 W 88.79954
N 32.50388 W 88.79893 N 32.50788 W 88.79963
N 32.50162 W 88.79910 N 32.50779 W 88.79923
N 32.50196 W 88.79867 N 32.50769 W 88.79933
N 32.50220 W 88.79879 N 32.49845  W 88.80088
N 32.50301 W 88.79099 N 32.49870 W 88.80081
N 32.50308 W 88.79082 N 32.49809 W 88.80085
N 32.50379 W 88.79163 N 32.49726 W 88.80051
N 32.49809 W 88.80085 N 32.49684 W 88.80071
N 32.49736 W 88.80036 N 32.49703 W 88.80061


GPS Locations of structure that was added Feb 2017

N 32.50385   W 88.79848                     N 32.50542    W 88.79883

N 32.50688   W 88.79911                     N 32.50491    W 88.79847

N 32.50631   W 88.79948                     N 32.50362    W 88.79835

N 32.50583   W 88.79966                     N 32.50378    W 88.79896

N 32.50583   W 88.79906                     N 32.50326    W 88.79865

N 32.50564   W 88.79934                     N 32.50301    W 88.79849

N 32.50534   W 88.79861

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