1. ABERDEEN LAKE: Several good bass were caught in the sloughs with best baits being spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastics. Other anglers reported catching bass along the channel by targeting shallow brushtops and laydowns near deeper water; best baits were Texas-rigged plastics. Another pattern that developed for keeper bass was the riprap above Highway 278; junebug plastics were best baits. Catfish are coming from the Becker Bottom area and also along the channel near Blue Bluff on liver and cutbait. Not many crappie anglers are fishing the fall bite. The old river runs have been the best areas to fish; target stumps and brush in 4-8 feet of water with crappie jigs or minnows for best results.
2. BAY SPRINGS: Bass are being caught on the main lake and also in the bigger creeks with Carolina-rigged plastics and jig-n-pig combos. Spotted bass are on secondary points in the big creeks biting spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged finesse. In the past month, best crappie areas have been the upper end of the lake near McDougal branch from 15-25 feet. Catfish anglers are jug fishing and using rod-n-reels in the canal between Bay Springs and Pickwick.
3. ELVIS PRESLEY LAKE: A fairly good shallow bass bite is along the banks and the points on Texas-rigged plastics and topwater baits. Other bass reports are coming from the main lake points on Texas- or Carolina-rigged plastics. Crappie anglers are targeting suspended fish along the channel and deeper water near the dam. Both crappie jigs and minnows have been catching fish. Bream are coming off the fishing piers in slightly deeper water by tight-lining crickets or wigglers in 4-12 feet of water.
4. LAKE LAMAR BRUCE: Bream are coming off flats adjacent to deeper water. Tight-line nightcrawlers in 6-8 feet. Crappie have moved to shallower water. Target laydowns and stumpbeds in 6 feet of water and throw dark-colored crappie jigs. Shallow crankbaits are popular bass §bait choices on shallow flats that have deeper water nearby. Texas-rigged plastics and trick worms have been good choices on the deeper banks that have laydowns.
5. LAKE MONROE: Bass anglers are having luck early and late throwing topwater baits around shoreline structure. Other good patterns are throwing Texas-rigged plastics and shallow crankbaits in same areas. Try trolling small tube jigs and crankbaits off mainlake points for best crappie results. 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. Anglers are picking up a few catfish around shoreline brush on minnows.
6. PICKWICK LAKE: The shallow bass bite in the grass is still good, as are the points, humps and river ledges on the main lake. Deep crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics will out-produce most other baits for the deeper bite. Frogs, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are good choices for the shallow grass bite. Crappie anglers are in Yellow Creek, Indian Creek and Dry Creek, trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 20-25 feet of water. Catfish anglers are targeting flats and shell beds in 20-25 feet of water.
7. TIPPAH COUNTY LAKE: Anglers found bass feeding along shoreline structure and also on flats near the boat ramp, taking Texas-rigged plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Redear are being reported by both boat and bank anglers using crickets and wigglers. Tight-lining wigglers seems to be catching bigger fish. Best locations are areas near spawning beds in about 4-8 feet of water.
8. TISHOMINGO STATE PARK: No report.
9. TOMBIGBEE STATE PARK: Best bream areas were laydowns in the middle to backs of the coves, using small spinners, jigs, crickets and wigglers. Crappie are coming off brushtops anywhere from 4-14 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Best bass areas have been points and structure in the coves, using spinnerbaits and plastic worms.
10. TRACE STATE PARK: Bass anglers are reporting a good bite targeting points and flats with shallow grass. Best baits this past week have been trick worms, Flukes, Senkos or Texas-rigged plastic worms. A few bigger fish are coming on spinnerbaits under low light or windy conditions. 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 has 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; along the creek channel, 15 feet plus. Both minnows and jigs are catching fish. Catfish are coming from the day-use area near the creek channel in 10-20 feet of water by tight-lining nightcrawlers or liver.