Bass Fishing Spots
Being from Memphis Tennessee, I want to start
off by giving you a list of lakes to visit that are from twenty minutes to 3 hours away from
Memphis. Like I mentioned earlier on another page, the Midsouth area
is blessed to have so many lakes to pursue our hunt for the bass hog.
Mississippi Lakes and
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Aberdean, Columbus, Bay Springs, Lake Lamar Bruce, Lake
Monroe, J.P. Coleman/Pick Wick, Tombigbee Water Way.
District 2 and these are my
Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, Grenda, Tunica Cutoff, Horn Lake, Flower
Pick Wick, Center Hill, Cordell Hull, J.Percy Priest, Lake
Barkley, Dale Hollow, Kentucky Lake(south), Old Hickory, Gibson Country Lake, Herb
Always call or check with the local Wildlife office to see what
the Lake stages are and if they are low (which they have been for the past two years) and to find out what
boat ramp is open to launch your
All the lakes that I have listed can produce some
Bass along with other fish that I will mention later on in articles as they
start to bite.
All of the above are great to go to and if time is a problem I
must stress that the local (Cow ponds) or small lakes around or close to your house can be just
fun trying to out smart mister large mouth.
Creel Limits and Size
Most lakes post what we call creel limits and size. Stick to it
Mississippi this year has dropped crappie from 30 to 20 per
Tennessee last year came up with a law stating the
you keep must be at least 15 inches long. I saw a Game Warden handing out tickets
for fish that were too short and tickets for too many fish that were
I know that for a fact every crappie over 20 will
cost you $150.00 per fish, and no, it was not me.
A couple of thing to remember: If someone is not going with you,
always let someone know where your are going and what time you should return.
Fishing and Water Temperatures
I will tell you now that
the small pond and lakes turn faster than the
big reservoirs do.
What I mean is the water temperature will warm up faster and the fish will start bitting
Water temperatures do affect fishing: Bass are
most active in 65 to 75 degree water, Crappie
like 50 to 65 degree water, Bream 73 to 85 degree water, and Catfish like 68 to 90 degree water.