MISSISSIPPI: Chotard & Albermarle – Try Soft Plastics & Spinnerbaits Around Edges of Trees

Fishing on Chotard and Albermarle is always dependent upon the MS River level and movement.  As the water slowly leaks out of the oxbows and back into the River, fishing is great!  For best results on these lakes, always check the MS River report to know if the river is moving in or out of the lake and target areas of moving water for improved fishing. Today, the river is at 12ft and slowly rising.

Bass fishing has been great during the past few weeks.  The cold front could slow down the bite, but it should pick back up later in the week.  The trees along the bank across from Laney’s should be holding fish.  Try soft plastics and spinnerbaits around the edges of the trees.  The points along Chotard are producing good-sized fish.  Try texas-rigging a plastic worm when fishing the points.

Crappie fishing has also been great lately.  However, crappie are often very finicky about pressure changes, so they may slow down for a few days as well.  These lakes are known to have big crappie and a lot of them.  Try using minnows or jigs around the willow trees.  If you cannot find them there, try some of the deeper treetops along the lake.  Also, slow-trolling open waters along the bank can be a very effective method on these lakes.

Bream fishing is great right now as well.  Try using crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.  There have been reports of fishermen filling their coolers with nice size fish.

Catfishing is always good on the lakes.  As an oxbow of the MS River, catfish will always be a good option.  Try tightlining in deep water with chicken liver, cutbait, or nightcrawlers.

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