Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Tombigbee State Park - 10/16/2018 1:06:22 PM

Surface water temps are around the 72 degree mark at the time of this report.




Anglers continue to target the water willow along the banks early and late in the day with various weed less presentations. Buzzbaits, frogs, weightless senkos, and lightly weighted Texas-rigs are popular choices. If overcast or rainy conditions are present, look for the water willow bite to extend into the midday hours. A popper or walking style bait fished along the grass edges may also get a few bites. When the sun gets higher in the sky, anglers are throwing Texas-rigged plastics, shakeyheads, and crankbaits around points and drop-offs in 6 – 12 ft. of water. Look for the bite to pick up as we move further into fall. It’s encouraged that anglers keep a few bass on their next fishing trip to help improve the fish population.




The bream bite is fair. Anglers are tight lining crickets and red worms along the points, piers, and along the banks around any laydowns. Most anglers are targeting the 5 – 15 ft. depth range.




The crappie reports are fair. Anglers are using both jigs and minnows around any cover in 10 – 20 ft. of water. Either bait option may out produce the other on any given day, depending on conditions. Look for the bite to pick up as we move further into fall.




The catfish bite is good. Anglers are targeting drop-offs and deeper shoreline cover like laydowns with tight lined liver and night crawlers. The evening hours seem to be the best time of day to catch a catfish.


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:
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.


For more information, contact the park at (662) 842-7669

A depth map of the lake at Tombigbee State Park can be found at the following link:

Tombigbee Park PDF

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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