Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Tippah County Lake - 7/15/2019 8:03:32 AM

Water temperature: 87

Visibility: 28"




The bass bite was poor.  Look for shallow cover in the coves, and try the deeper bank along the campground for some better size fish.  Texas rigs and shaky heads have been working the best, but most of the bass being caught are small.  We encourage anglers to keep all the small bass they catch, as Tippah County Lake is bass-crowded. 





Above: the new record Bluegill (8 oz.) caught by Aaron Barton of Oxford


Bream fishing is fair, but the fish seem to be out deeper than where you would typically find them bedding, and most of the fish have been on the small side. Crickets typically work best for bedding bream, but meal worms or red worms also work well.




Crappie fishing is very slow; no crappie anglers have been interviewed lately. Try targeting off shore brush tops and cover in 10 – 15 ft. of water with both jigs and minnows. 




The catfish bite was poor.  Tightlining with live, hand-sized bream works best for these fish.  A few catfish are being caught in the northeast section of the lake.  Try fishing the main point out from the campground where it meets the creek channel.



Fishing Regulations


Lengths to Release:
Catfish: no length limit

Creel Limit (per person, per day):
Catfish: 10

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

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.


MDWFP personnel sank donated Christmas trees in Tippah Lake this past winter. The brush piles are a good way to upcycle leftover Christmas trees and create fishing hot spots. Here are the coordinates for those brush piles.

N 34°47.429' W 088°57.263'

N 34°47.615' W 088°57.273'

N 34°47.597' W 088°57.371'

N 34°47.311' W 088°57.172'

N 34°47.302' W 088°57.293'

N 34°47.150' W 088°57.386'

For more information, give the lake manager Jim Cutberth a call at (662) 837-9850.

A depth map of Tippah Lake can be found at the following link:

Tippah 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.

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