Fishing & Boating


Simpson County Lake will be drained to make repairs to its dam.  Fishing will be allowed while the lake drains and the boat ramp will remain open until the water level is deemed unsafe for launching. All daily creel limits have been lifted, and anglers may keep as many fish as they want until the lake closes.  

Fish can be harvested with by rod and reel or pole. No other fishing gear is allowed. A state lake permit and a Mississippi fishing license is required unless exempt under state law. The dam is closed to public access.    

The lake will be filled and restocked with fish once the repairs are complete.

Fishing Report

Simpson County Lake - 11/18/2019 10:09:42 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Bass can be caught in shallow water. Use soft plastic lures around shallow woody debris. Try fishing with Indiana bladed spinnerbaits on the northeast end of the lake around the stump field.
Crappie Target crappie in deep water. Use a variety of different colored jigs or minnows to catch these fish.
Bream Search for bream that are roaming shallow coves. Try fishing with crickets and small worms in these areas.
Catfish Try fishing with cut bait or liver in water between 9 - 12 feet deep. A good place to target catfish is in deep water out from the dam.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount 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.

Additional Information:


For information about Simpson County Lake, please call (601) 849-4886.

Simpson County 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


New fish attractor coordinates added 1/27/16

N 31.91391 W 89.79392 N 31.91466 W 89.78912
N 31.91371 W 89.79394 N 31.91450 W 89.78891
N 31.91344 W 89.79388 N 31.91438 W 89.78863
N 31.91469 W 89.79163 N 31.91476 W 89.78922
N 31.91565 W 89.79165 N 31.91480 W 89.78888
N 31.91502 W 89.78989 N 31.91461 W 89.78897
N 31.91481 W 89.78941 N 31.91646 W 89.78997
N 31.91479 W 89.78960 N 31.91658 W 89.79011
N 31.91468 W 89.78929

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