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Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Trace State Park - 5/17/2022 11:55:30 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass No recent reports on bass fishing. Try fishing with crankbaits, soft-plastics, or spinnerbaits. Don’t overlook a good topwater bite early and late in the day with the water temps rising. Shallow timber and main lake points seem to be holding fish. Trace Lake has abundant small bass, and anglers are strongly encouraged to keep a limit of bass under 12".
Crappie For crappie, try fishing in coves with structure along the bank. Jigs and minnows, as usual, are the best baits.
Bream The bream bite should be picking up as fish begin to bed with the water temps finally warming. Crickets and nightcrawlers, as well as small rooster tails or beetle spins will work, as will fishing redworms on the bottom.
Catfish No recent reports on anyone catching any catfish. Tightlining with nightcrawlers or liver are probably going to be your best bets.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species

Species Type Length To Release
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Slot length limit 14 to 22 inches
Crappie (combined black and white) No length limit
Bream (combined bluegill and redear) No length limit
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 10 Anglers can harvest only one bass over 22 inches.
Crappie (combined black and white) 20
Bream (combined bluegill and redear) 20
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:  

 

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) re-opened Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park to fishing and boating on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  

Old Natchez Trace Lake is a 565-acre lake located on Trace State Park near Tupelo. For more information call the park office at (662) 489-2958. 

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.

 

 

While Trace Lake was drained for repairs to the dam, MDWFP fisheries personnel built and placed 19 fish attractors throughout the lake. The GPS coordinates for these attractors are listed below:

 

 

       

N 34.250176

W -88.892688

N 34.250552

W -88.890833

N 34.249174

W -88.892625

N 34.251191

W -88.889463

N 34.249510

W -88.893674

N 34.252348

W -88.887880

N 34.248284

W -88.893239

N 34.252516

W -88.887813

N 34.247894

W -88.893541

N 34.253179

W -88.886563

N 34.247681

W -88.893344

N 34.253262

W -88.886470

N 34.246820

W -88.893612

N 34.255404

W -88.890669

N 34.247843

W -88.893170

N 34.253982

W -88.905252

N 34.250452

W -88.891138

N 34.254598

W -88.905299

N 34.256715

W -88.905611

   

 

 


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