fishing report

ABERDEEN LAKE (TENN-TOM): The channel is muddy; most action is off the channel in the sloughs. An early morning bite is being reported on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. After that, a few anglers are getting bites by fishing t-rigged plastics very slow. The channel above the old river towards the Amory lock is holding a few fish; shallow cranks and t-rigged plastics are best baits along the riprap. The muddy water is helping the catfish bite. The catfish anglers are reporting success with rod-n-reels and also jugs. Cuts and creeks off the channel are best areas for rod-n-reel action; the upper end of the channel near the old river has been popular with the jug fishermen. The crappie anglers are also fishing the sloughs looking for clearer water. Standing timber in 4 to 8 ft of water has been giving up a few crappie; jigs are out-producing minnows this week.

Columbus Lake – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

COLUMBUS LAKE (TENN-TOM): The channel is muddy, so finding clear to stained water will be the key. The few bass reports this week were from the gravel pits and the deeper grass beds near the boat ramp and the marina. T-rigged plastics are best baits, with spinnerbaits and buzzbaits catching some early and late bites. The catfish reports are good; catfish are biting along the channel and also below the dam. Both jugs and rod-n-reels are catching some nice catfish. The mouths of the old river runs are popular areas as is cuts and ditches off Tibbee Creek. Nightcrawlers, liver and cutbait are popular bait choices. The few crappie reports are coming from the gravel pits. Crappie have been holding in 8 to 12 ft of water over 10 to 20 ft of water; minnows or crappie jigs are working equally well.

Bay Springs – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

BAY SPRINGS: The bass reports have been good this past week. A nice 19 lb sack was caught off Bay this past Saturday and it has been taking over 18 lbs to win the Tuesday night fruitjar tourney. The quality bite is deep right now; target deep points with brushpiles for best success. The old roadbed near the dam and the Josh Pond levee should be worth investigating. Texas-rigged plastic worms (11-inch) will be your best bait, along with jig-n-pig combos. The catfish reports are fair; most folks are using rod-n-reels and jug fishing in the canal between Bay Springs and Pickwick. Nightcrawlers and minnows have been best baits. The crappie reports are coming from deep water near the McDougal and Ashcraft areas of the lake. The few crappie anglers are hitting the deep ledges and brushpiles in 18 to 30 ft of water. Both minnows and jigs are catching fish.

Lake Lamar Bruce – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

LAKE LAMAR BRUCE: Water temps are now staying in the low to mid 80s. The bream reports have been fair this past week; most anglers are tight-lining crickets and red worms in 6-10 ft of water off points and flats. No reports of bedding bream have been coming in. The bass anglers are reporting a fair bite. The numbers are pretty good, but the quality bite has been tough. Bass are in their summer patterns; deep cranks and t-rigged plastics are best baits. Target points and creek channel ledges for best results. A few crappie reports are coming in, but the bite has been pretty tough. The crappie anglers are hitting the end of mainlake points and also the creek channel. Most anglers are having success trolling crappie jigs in 12 to 20 ft of water.

Lake Monroe – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

LAKE MONROE: Surface temps are in the low to mid 80s. The bass reports are fair around the banks; best luck has been around shoreline brushtops with topwater baits and t-rigged plastics. A few other anglers are reporting a good crankbait bite off mainlake points; target 10 to 15 feet of water for best results. The bream reports were also fair this past week; deeper water around the banks and off the points has been popular; tight-lining nightcrawlers has been the best technique. Crappie reports are slow, but a few are being caught trolling jigs out in the main lake. The late-evening catfish bite is still good; the area around the boat ramp has been the most productive.

Oktibbeha County Lake – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY LAKE: The bream reports have been good. Most anglers are fishing from the piers on the big lake and targeting bedding bream on the small lake; tight-lining crickets in 3 to 8 ft of water has been the best pattern. The bass anglers are coming out early in the morning or late in the evening. The reports are fair to good, with most bass being caught on Texas-rigged plastic worms or deep crankbaits. Target the creek channel ledges or small ditches for best results. The crappie anglers are reporting a fair bite; the crappie are suspended on the main lake along the creek channel. Crappie jigs or minnows have been best baits. The catfish reports have slowed, but there are a few good fish still being brought in. Most anglers are fishing along the levee or off the fishing piers and using liver or nightcrawlers for bait.

Alicevile Lake – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

ALICEVILLE LAKE (TENN-TOM): The bass bite has been pretty good. Most anglers are fishing in the Pratt’s Camp area and Big Coalfire creek. Target deeper banks with wood or grass in Pratt’s; best baits are t-rigged plastics. Carolina-rigged plastics are best in Big Coalfire; target the creek channel ledge for best results. Don’t overlook some early and late topwater action this time year. The catfish bite is fair to good along the navigation channel and the mouths of the old river runs; cutbait and liver have been best baits. The crappie anglers have been picking up a few fish by targeting standing timber in 6 to 10 ft of water and deeper ledges off the old river run in the Pratt’s area; minnows have been best baits.

Lake Lowndes – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

LAKE LOWNDES STATE PARK: Water temps are running in the low to mid 80s. The bass, catfish and bream reports are fair. An early morning and late-evening topwater bite is being reported by the bass anglers. In between those periods, t-rigged worms are catching a few bass on the points or creek channels. Some folks have been throwing topwater baits along the dam; others are hitting the points and the flats on the main lake. The few bream reports are from anglers fishing from the pier and along the bank; most are tight-lining wigglers in 5 to 10 feet of water. The catfish reports are also coming from the day-use area and off the fishing pier; most anglers are tight-lining wigglers and liver. Crappie reports are few, but crappie can be found holding on submerged brush piles in 8 to 15 ft of water; the brush out in front of the fishing pier has been a popular area.

JP Coleman/Pickwick Lake – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

PICKWICK LAKE/J. P. COLEMAN: Pickwick Lake elevation: 413.4 ft; water temps are in the low to mid 80s. The catfish reports continue to be fair to good. Most catfish anglers are now hitting the gravel bars and the river ledges. Best depths will be 15 to 25 feet deep, with deeper water in the river channel nearby. Nightcrawlers, wigglers, liver, and cutbait are all catching catfish. The bass reports remain fair to good. It took over 22 lbs to win a local tourney this past Saturday. The grass from Panther Creek to State Line Island is holding good numbers of largemouth right now. Most anglers are hitting the grass early and late with topwater baits and spinnerbaits. Other popular areas for bass right now are the river ledges and underwater humps. Carolina-rigged plastics and deep crankbaits are best choices for the deeper bite, with 3-4 oz. jig-n-pig combos picking up fewer, but bigger fish.

Trace State Park – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

TRACE STATE PARK: Water temps are running in the low to mid 80s; water levels are down around 3 ft. The bass anglers are reporting a fair to good topwater bait early and late; target main lake and secondary points for best results. Texas-rigged plastics are good bait choices for the deeper bite. Creek channel ledges and main lake points are best areas. The bream reports are good. The road bed near the old swimming area is holding good numbers of bream right now; tight-line crickets in 5 ft of water for best results. Other bream anglers are targeting sandy flats in 10 ft of water; tight-lining meal worms or red wigglers is the best technique. The crappie reports are fair as most anglers are hitting the concrete drain structure with some success; best depths have been 10 to 15 ft; both minnows and jigs are catching fish. The few catfish reports are coming from the day-use area; tight-lining nightcrawlers or minnows have been the best pattern.

Tippah County Lake – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

TIPPAH COUNTY LAKE: Lake levels are still down around 3 to 4 ft; smaller boats are having no trouble launching but bigger boats over 17 ft may have some difficulty. Water temps are running in the low to mid 80s. The bream reports we’ve been getting in are pretty good. Most of the good reports are coming out of 5 to 10 ft of water; red worms and small jigs good bait choices. Both bank and boat anglers are reporting good catches; bluegill have been more abundant than redear. The bass reports were fair this past week. Most anglers are reporting success targeting deeper brush; best baits have been t-rigged plastic worms and deep crankbaits. Bass have been averaging 1 to 3 lbs. The crappie reports are fair for the few anglers fishing; target suspended crappie by trolling jigs or minnows along the creek channel. For current information on water levels, contact the Tippah Lake office at 662-837-9850 or the District 1 Office at 662-840-5172.

Tombigbee State Park – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

TOMBIGBEE STATE PARK: Water temps are in the low to mid 80s. An early and late topwater bite is being reported for bass; after that, most bass are coming on t-rigged plastics. Target laydowns and brush on main lake points for best results. The bream are still being caught in the coves; target deeper water in the middle of the coves near bedding areas for best success. Best depths have been 4 to 7 feet; crickets, wigglers and flies have been best baits. The few crappie being caught have been found suspended off the points in 9 to 12 feet of water; both jigs and minnows are working. The few catfish anglers are reporting a fair bite; most folks are tight-lining liver and worms off the ends of the fishing piers.

Elvis Presley Lake – Last Updated: 7/16/2007

ELVIS PRESLEY LAKE: Water temps are in the low to mid 80s; water levels are still about 3 to 4 ft low. The bream anglers reported a fair bite; no reports of bedding bream, with most anglers tight-lining crickets and wigglers around structure. The crappie anglers are still having luck fishing just out from the dam and near the spillway structure. Best depths are around 15 ft or deeper; best baits have been minnows. The bass reports have been fair. Texas-rigged plastic worms, deep crankbaits and topwater baits have all been mentioned as good bait choices. Target any laydowns along the banks or deep points for best results. The catfish reports are few; the catfish anglers are coming out late in the evening and catching a few cats off the ends of the fishing piers.