Fishing & Boating


There was an Asian carp kill on Tunica Cutoff, other Mississippi River oxbows, and in the river itself in late summer and early fall. These kills have occurred almost every year at the same time. Investigation of previous kills revealed bacteria as the cause.

Fishing Report

Tunica Cutoff - 11/12/2019 3:07:09 PM
Species Detail
Bass Bass should be on wood cover off steep banks; spinnerbaits and soft plastics should work. Fish shad imitating crankbaits off points with little cover.
Crappie Some decent crappie catches have been reported from the Cutoff lately. Best luck for crappie should be jigging 6 - 10 ft deep in the edges of the trees or trolling outside the tree line; Houseboat or OK Pockets are good starting points.
Bream Fish for bream 3 - 8 ft deep with worms or crickets under a bobber. Use a slip float if the fish are deeper.
Catfish Best luck on catfish should be fishing natural bait on noodles (jugs) or lines in any trees (rising) or in the runout (falling). Most catfish caught here are 1 - 5+ lb channels.
White Bass White Bass should be schooling on shad around the ramps or off steep, sandy points; fish jigs or shad-imitating crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. With the lake connected to the river, you might land a Striped Bass or hybrid, both of which have to be over 15 inches long with a daily limit of 6 fish per person. The best way to tell these fish apart is by their stripes. White Bass have 1 stripe running to the tail; stripers and hybrids have 2 or more stripes running to the tail.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information

Water Level

The Mississippi River was at 19.1 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. The river is predicted to crest at 20.3 ft Friday, and then fall to 19.2 ft by Sunday. With the weir, the Mississippi River will not enter the Cutoff until it rises over 6 ft (Memphis gauge). Flood stage is 34 ft. Best fishing is usually on a slow fall from 15 to 10 ft. For the river level and 5 day forecast, call (901)544-0408 (press 2) or check

Charlie's Camp and Bordeaux (Tait) ramps are the only ones open to the public. Use the honor boxes. Bait is now available across the levee.

The river will be over the 15 to 10 ft "good fishing" range this week. Fish the inside edges of cover with the water rising, outside edges with it falling.

Memphis District Corps personnel allow placement of artificial fish habitat. When you can get back in the lake is a good time to sweeten your favorite spots; remember to save GPS waypoints if you have the capability.

Additional Information


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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