FISHING REPORT 9.30

1. ABERDEEN LAKE: The old river runs have been the best areas to fish for crappie; target stumps and brush in 4-8 feet of water. The bass bite has been fair; quality fish are in the bigger sloughs by targeting shallow grass with spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Other bass reports are coming from the channel and the old river runs. Best baits on the channel have been Texas-rigged plastics, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. The catfish reports have been fair to poor; a few catfish are being caught on trotlines off the main channel.

2. BAY SPRINGS: The bass bite is fair, but starting to improve. Spotted bass are shallow and deep. Main lake points with brushtops are prime areas as are secondary points in the major creeks. Best depths are 10-15 feet of water, although some spotted bass are coming out of 20-25 feet. Carolina-rigged and Texas-rigged plastics are best baits by far. A topwater bite is in the backs of the coves that have standing timber. Another option for bass is the canal above Crow’s Neck. Target riprap banks and runouts with crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastics. Crappie anglers are still in Riddle Creek and McDougal Branch, pulling or trolling hair jigs and minnows along the creek channel. Any sunken brushtops along the creeks or the points are good spots. Catfish are pretty good fishing the canal above Crow’s Neck boat ramp. Just about any traditional catfish bait has been working, from cutbait to wigglers to liver.

3. ELVIS PRESLEY LAKE: A fairly good shallow bass bite is being reported along the banks and the points; best baits have been Texas-rigged plastics and buzzbaits. The crappie bite has been fair to good targeting suspended fish along the channel on crappie jigs and minnows. Bream are coming off the fishing piers in slightly deeper water.

4. LAKE LAMAR BRUCE: Target flats near bream spawning areas in about 4-8 feet of water with nightcrawlers. A few anglers are tight-lining worms off the bank behind the office by the old swimming area. The quality bass bite is tough to come by. Shallow crankbaits are popular on shallow flats that have deeper water nearby. Texas-rigged plastics and trick worms have been good on the deeper banks that have laydowns. With wind or overcast conditions, hit the flats with a spinnerbait or Rat-L-Trap. Crappie have been caught off sunken brushtops in 6-12 feet of water; crappie jigs have been best baits.

5. LAKE MONROE: Anglers are fishing crappie jigs and minnows around sunken brush in 8-12 feet. The bass anglers are starting to report a good topwater bite. Most bass anglers are targeting the shallow banks in the coves with Chugbugs and Zara Spooks. A Texas-rigged worm is a good followup bait to the topwater action. Bream anglers are still reporting a slow bite, with most tight-lining wigglers off the fishing piers. As water temps continue to cool, look for good bream action in shallow water off mainlake points.

6. PICKWICK LAKE: A few bass reports are starting to come in from Bear Creek; target points with Carolina-rigged plastics for best results. Bass in the 3- to 4-pound range, including some nice smallmouths, have started showing up on the main lake humps. Crappie anglers are starting to show up in Yellow Creek; most are catching a few fish by trolling or pulling hair jigs and minnows in 12-20 feet of water. The catfish bite is also fair right now. Several anglers are reporting fair catches by targeting flats and shell beds in 20-25 feet of water.

7. TIPPAH COUNTY LAKE: Bream anglers are reporting a fair bite. Most anglers are targeting deeper water (4-10 feet) off points and in the middle of the coves; tight-lining red wigglers or crickets have been the best technique, with a few anglers casting beetle spins. Most bass anglers are hitting deeper brush and main lake points with Texas-rigged plastics and deep crankbaits.

8. TISHOMINGO STATGE PARK: No report.

9. TOMBIGBEE STATE PARK: Most bass are being caught on buzzbaits and Texas-rigged plastics, with best times being early and late. Several bass anglers are having luck by using light line and 4-inch finesse worms. The bream bite is fair to slow; the bream have moved to deeper water in the coves. A few anglers reported catching a few on crickets and jigs. The crappie anglers are reporting a fair bite; most are being caught on crappie jigs off main lake points at 9-15 feet. The few catfish anglers are fishing from the piers and tight-lining liver and nightcrawlers with some success.

10. TRACE STATE PARK: Bass anglers are still fishing deep with a few having luck throwing topwater baits. The deeper points and creek channel ledges are popular right now using Texas-rigged 10- to 12-inch plastic worms and spinnerbaits. The bream reports have been fair. The road bed near the old swimming area is still holding bream as are sandy flats in 10-15 feet of water by tight-lining crickets or meal worms. The crappie reports are fair as most anglers are hitting the concrete drain structure with some success 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. The few catfish reports are coming from the day-use area. Most are being caught near the creek channel in 10-20 feet of water; tight-lining nightcrawlers or liver has been the best technique.

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