The Fishing Report is provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.
All information is gathered by MDWFP employees who monitor local lakes and from marina operators and local businesses near state lakes.
The MDWFP reminds all anglers to always follow state fishing and boating regulations, always wear a life vest and observe safety regulations on all waters in the state.
Bass anglers report catches on spinnerbaits and dark colored t-rigged plastics in the backs of the sloughs, with buzzbaits and frogs producing some early and late topwater action.
The spawn is over and fish are in their post spawn patterns and heading toward deeper water. Good numbers of both spots and largemouth can be caught by running windy banks and targeting timber in the coves.
The gravel pits are holding good numbers around shallow cover as are the old river runs toward the upper end. Some anglers are hitting the Tibbee creek area with success as well.
The bream bite should really pick up this week as the full moon returns. Shallow areas on or near beds in 3 to 8 feet are the best areas.
A few smaller crappie are still spawning in the shallows. The few bigger crappie that have not spawned yet should be spawning about 5 feet deep unless we get another significant water rise.
Crappie have started to move a little deeper with fish suspending 3 to 4 feet deep in 6 to 7 feet of water out from spawning areas where slow trolling bright colored jigs or minnows has been producing.
This time of year, it’s hard to beat a T-rigged lizard and spinnerbait for covering water. A jig or swimbait might get you that bigger quality bite. Some anglers are starting to target the ledges with some success throwing crankbaits, jigs and T-rigged worms.
Lake Lamar Bruce
Bream anglers continue to fish along the bottom with meal and redworms. Most are fishing off and around the wooden, earthen piers, and old beach area. Also keep an eye out for beds as we’ve reached that time of year, particularly with this week’s full moon.
Many anglers are fishing for spawning crappie in the shallows 2 to 5 feet deep, but are sifting through a lot of shorts for a few keepers.
Tombigbee State Park
Bream are showing up in the coves and are spawning. Best baits have been small jigs, crickets and redworms. Both dragging the bottom and cork fishing are suitable techniques.