5 Locations for Fishing in the Mississippi Delta Area

The Mississippi Delta is a checkerboard of rivers, streams, and lakes. Starting with the mighty Mississippi (the longest river in North America) and continuing with the Tallahatchie and the Yazoo, the area is friendly for a wide range of water activities, including boating and fishing.

The waters (lakes and rivers) host bustling communities of fish and birds, who live in harmony and create beautiful and bountiful ecosystems. Here, you can find crappies, bream, bass, or catfish, depending on the river or lake you’re on. 

So, if you want to get a few hours of relaxation and bliss while you’re in the Mississippi Delta area, here are some of the best locations to keep in mind:

1. Grenada Lake

Grenada Lake is manmade and was designed as a flood control lake on the Yalobusha River. The lake is one of four flood control lakes in the North Mississippi area, and all of them were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Nowadays, the lake also attracts lots of tourists and locals who enjoy various water sports, but it also hosts several fishing tournaments each year. So, if you want to fish here, you shouldn’t leave the lake empty-handed. 

The area is well-known for its crappie population, but you can also find catfish, largemouth bass, and bream (if you know where to look). Specialists recommend fishing in shallow waters with colored lures for maximum efficiency. 

Other Activities to Enjoy in Grenada

If you’re in the area, why not take a dive into the history of Mississippi Delta Blues music as well? Many famous blues musicians were born and raised in Grenada, and nowadays, the city is part of the Blues Trail. 

So, if you like musicians like Big George Brock, Magic Sam, Magic Slim, and Eddie Willis, now you have the chance to visit their hometown and learn about their lives. 

#2: Enid Lake

Lake Enid lets you choose the type of fish you want to chase each day as its waters create a favorable environment for catfish, crappie, bass, bream, and white bass. However, each type of fish behaves differently, so you need to know when it’s best to go out on the lake to increase your chances of catching something. 

For instance, white bass is often easy to find around the sandy areas of the lake early in the morning or after sunset. 

The good news is that there aren’t any size limits for white bass. The not-so-good news is that beginners may have a tough time getting that first catch. But don’t despair – as long as you have the right equipment and know a few fishing tips to get you started, everything will turn out just fine. 

#3: Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake was built as a flood control facility on the Little Tallahatchie river and nowadays has an impressive surface of 98,000+ acres. Initially, Sardis lake had no recreational purposes, but people started coming as soon as the dam was completed, so the authorities had to adjust its purpose. 

Today, the area attracts thousands of visitors from all over the state and the country (plus international tourists), and Sardis lake is one of the top recreation facilities in the country. Visitors can camp, hike, swim, fish, and enjoy various water-related activities. 

The waters abound in crappie, bass, and catfish, so anglers can have a blast on the lake. In fact, the lake is famous among crappie fishers since these are said to be the best!

#4: Blue Lake

Located near Rolling Fork, off Highway 16, you’ll find the Blue Lake Recreational Area. Here, people come to take a break from the city and enjoy reconnecting with Mother Nature. The area is well-equipped for picnics (there are grills, tables, and other facilities), but you can also enjoy a short hike by taking the 1-mile educational nature trail.

You can also fish (in the designated areas) or take a boat ride (you can rent a small boat) and enjoy the only National Bottomland Hardwood Forest in the United States.

#5: Chotard Lake

Chotard Lake is known among sports fishermen for its largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, rainbow trout, and northern pike population. Located 20 miles north of Vicksburg, the lake and surrounding areas are perfect for people who want to experience the outdoors. 

There’s even a well-equipped resort (Chotard Landing Resort) where you can camp, park your RV, rent a boat, buy fishing supplies, and get lots of information about fishing. In fact, before you pack everything up and start your fishing trip, it’s best to call the resort and ask about the MS river level (or check it online).

Fishing on Chotard lake is highly dependent on the level of the river because the way it moves in and out of the lake affects the fish’s movements.

Key Takeaways

The Mississippi Delta has a lot to offer to outdoor adventurers, water sports enthusiasts, and anglers. The area is rich in several species of fish, waterfowl, and vegetation, which is why so many people love to visit when the city gets too hot or too cramped.

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