Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Tunica Cutoff - 5/14/2024 3:06:15 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish soft plastics, spinnerbaits, or jerkbaits 2 to 6 ft deep near any cover or off sandy points dropping into deeper water.
Crappie Jig any cover 3 to 8 ft deep or slow troll at about the same depths out from shoreline cover. If you use minnows, be aware there are lots of gar.
Bream Fish redworms or nightcrawlers 3 to 8 ft deep near cover on steeper banks.
Catfish Cut bait been working catching channel cats averaging a hefty 10 lbs on jugs (noodles), trotlines, or rods-and-reels on shallow flats. With the water fluctuation, check stationary gear (lines, yo-yos, etc.) often. Grabbling season runs May 1 to July 15, but the water's a little cool now.
White Bass There have been some good catches lately casting around the ramps. Cast jigs or small crankbaits near the ramps, off sandy points, or in the runout. There are no size or number limits on white or yellow bass. However, 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.

The Mississippi River will be cresting about 2 ft below the tops of the ramps this week - well above the "good fishing" level. With clear water up in the bushes, some bowfishers have been doing well targeting rough fish. Fish spawn later here than on other area waters because of the cool river water - about a month later for crappie.

Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. If the water is rising, fish shallower on the inside edges of cover. If the water is falling, fish deeper on the outside edges. Move stationary gear (lines, yo-yos, etc.) frequently if the water is rising or falling quickly. Contact Tracey at the Levee Commissary (662)363-2408 for up-to-date information.

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 25.5 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday. It is supposed to crest at 26.1 Wednesday/Thursday, and then fall to 23.5 ft by Sunday. With the weir, the Mississippi River will not enter Tunica Cutoff until it rises over 6 ft (Memphis gauge), but the weir will hold the lake near 6 ft if the river drops below that level. 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

River Summary issued by NWS Lower Mississippi RFC

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.

Memphis District Corps personnel allow placement of artificial fish habitat. 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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