Fishing & Boating


There was an Asian carp kill on Tunica Cutoff, other Mississippi River oxbows, and in the river last 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 - 6/30/2020 3:56:30 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish spinnerbaits, soft plastics, or a jig-n-pig around cover on steep, sandy banks, especially points. Look for shade and skipjacks.
Crappie For crappie, troll or drift jigs and/or minnows 10 - 15 ft deep or pull crankbaits along the edges of cover in the main lake. Houseboat and OK Pockets are usually good, as well as Katy's Bar down near the runout.
Bream Best luck for bream is with crickets or redworms fished 3 - 7 ft deep under a bobber around big, live willows with lots of small limbs in the water. Bigger bream are holding deeper than small ones. Contact JT Baitshop 662-363-2408 for recent updates.
Catfish For catfish, fish trotlines or yo-yo's on mudflats with the water rising. Check and reposition stationary gear often with fluctuating water levels. Grabbling season started May 1.
White Bass For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits on or near the ramps, the runout, or off sandy points. There is no size or number limit on White 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 water level will be rising above the good fishing range (15 to 10 ft) this week. Expect fish to scatter and fishing to be more challenging as the water rises.

MDWFP spring electrofishing in high water found fish scattered. Quite a few of this spring's bass and shad were seen. Crappie were out deeper than electrofishing could reach. There were good numbers of last year's bass, bream, and shad.

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.

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 12.2 ft (Memphis gauge) Tuesday and is predicted to rise to 17.0 ft on 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.

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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