Area fishing still has some good bite

Published 6:39 pm Monday, July 24, 2017

Below are the most current reports on fishing conditions of lakes in the area. Information is courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Percy Quin State Park

Bass are schooling and biting well. Try topwater lures, soft plastics and spinnerbaits in shallow water in the grass and also around the willow trees.

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Bream fishing has slowed a bit, but some are still being caught. One angler caught 70 in two days during the full moon. Try fishing in about 4 feet of water around the banks. Redworms and crickets are working the best.

Some good size black crappie are being caught in the willows. One angler caught 18 fishing in the willows about seven feet deep.

The catfish bite has picked up and anglers are having success on cutbait and worms.

Lake Mary Crawford

Lake Mary Crawford is being drained for renovation. The boat ramps are closed, but kayaks and small boats may be launched from the bank. All creel limits have been lifted, but all other laws still apply. Anglers must have a valid fishing license, pay the state lake fee and only rod and reel may be used to harvest fish.

Bass fishing is good. The bass are schooled up and biting well. Several anglers have been having success lately. Two bass over 4 pounds were caught at a recent fruit jar tournament. Black or junebug colored worms are the best lures right now. Target shallow and medium depths.

Bream fishing is good. One angler caught 26 in two hours. Red worms and crickets are working very well. The new lake record Bluegill (0.9 lbs.) was caught by William Bennett of Monticello.

Crappie fishing is slow. Try minnows and jigs in 8-10 feet of water.

Catfishing is good. Mary Crawford has some nice catfish in it. Two big fish were caught recently on ham. Also try cutbait, worms or commercial catfish bait on the bottom.

The new lake record of for catfish (14.4 lbs.) was caught recently. Also, a 13.5 and 11 pound catfish were also caught recently.

Lake Lincoln State Park

No current reports on bass fishing. Try top water lures early in the morning or late in the evening, and soft plastics in shallow and medium depths.

No current reports on bream fishing. It’s usually best around a full moon. Crickets and worms are the best baits.

Crappie fishing is reportedly very slow. Anglers are having a tough time catching fish. Try trolling or spider rigging in 8-12 feet of water. Minnows and jigs are both working well.

No current reports on catfish. Fishing around the island the island should produce some fish. Worms or cutbait fished on the bottom are the baits of choice.