1. ABERDEEN LAKE: The bass and crappie reports continue to improve as water temps have started dropping. A few anglers reported several good bass that were caught in the sloughs with best baits being spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastics. Other anglers are reporting bass along the channel by targeting shallow brushtops and laydowns near deeper water with Texas-rigged plastics. Another pattern to try for keeper bass is the riprap above Highway 278 with Texas-rigged junebug plastics. The old river runs have been the best areas to fish for crappie; target stumps and brush in 4-8 feet of water with crappie jigs or minnows. Catfish are coming from the Becker Bottom area and also along the channel near Blue Bluff, taking liver and cutbait.
2. BAY SPRINGS: Bass are being caught on the main lake and also in the bigger creeks. Best baits on the main lake have been Carolina-rigged plastics and jig-n-pig combos. Spotted bass are on secondary points in the big creeks; spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged finesse worms were the best baits. Best crappie areas have been the upper end of the lake near McDougal branch from 15 to 25 feet. A few folks are jug fishing and using rod-n-reels for catfish in the canal between Bay Springs and Pickwick.
3. ELVIS PRESLEY LAKE: Crappie anglers are targeting brushtops; one group has been fishing deeper water near the dam. Both crappie jigs and minnows have been catching fish. The bass anglers are reporting a fairly good shallow bite along shoreline brushtops and in backs of the larger coves. Best baits have been shallow crankbaits and Senko-type baits like Tiki-Stiks. The few bream being caught are coming off the fishing piers in slightly deeper water by tight-lining crickets or wigglers.
4. LAKE LAMAR BRUCE: Bream are coming off flats adjacent to deeper water. The best depths have been 6-8 feet; tight-line nightcrawlers for best results. Crappie anglers are fishing jigs or minnows around submerged structure in 8-10 feet. Bass anglers are targeting shallow shoreline structure with Texas-rigged plastics and shallow crankbaits. Other bass reports are coming from shallow vegetation near the dam, using Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits.
5. LAKE MONROE: Bass anglers are targeting shoreline brushtops with topwater baits and shallow-running crankbaits. If those baits don’t work, slow down and fish Texas-rigged plastics in the same areas. Try trolling small tube jigs and crankbaits off mainlake points for crappie. If that doesn’t work, cast small crappie jigs around the drain structure near the dam. Bream are coming out of shallow water on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish anglers are coming from around shoreline brush on minnows.
6. PICKWICK LAKE: Bass are holding in hydrilla beds on the main river and in the backs of the creeks. Popular areas are Broughton’s Branch, Dry Creek and Indian Creek. River ledges and humps are still holding fewer but quality bass. Best baits are deep crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics. The crappie anglers are still hitting the deeper water in Yellow Creek, Dry Creek and Indian Creek at 20-25 feet with crappie minnows. Catfish anglers are catching fish on trotlines and rod-n-reels along the old river channel.
7. TIPPAH COUNTY LAKE: Nice bluegill were on the beds last week. Other bream anglers are catching redear in 8-10 feet of water. Several redear in the 1 to 1.5 lb range were brought in last week. Nightcrawlers have been the best baits. The crappie anglers are coming out and trolling the main creek channel with some success; minnows have been outproducing crappie jigs. Target shoreline structure or flats near the boat ramp for bass with Texas-rigged plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps.
8. TISHOMINGO STATE PARK: No report.
9. TOMBIGBEE STATE PARK: Best bream areas were laydowns in the middle to backs of the coves; best baits were small spinners, jigs, crickets and wigglers. Crappie are coming off brushtops anywhere from 4-14 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Bass are on points and structure in the coves, hitting spinnerbaits and plastic worms.
10. TRACE STATE PARK: Bass anglers are targeting points and flats with shallow grass with trick worms, Flukes, Senkos or Texas-rigged plastic worms. Spinnerbaits or topwater baits are productive baits under low light or windy conditions. The best bream areas continue to be the old roadbed and the sandy flats off the main lake. Best depths have been 5 feet on the roadbed and 10-15 feet on the flats. Tight-lining meal worms or crickets have been the best technique. Crappie anglers are hitting the concrete drain structure and also targeting suspended fish along the creek channels. Best depths near the spillway structure have been 15-20 feet; best depths along the creek channel have been 15 feet-plus. Both minnows and jigs are catching fish. Catfish are being caught near the creek channel in 10 to 20 feet of water; tight-lining nightcrawlers or liver has been the best technique.