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The Best Fishing Lakes In Mississippi

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Guide to top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MS.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Arkabutla Lake, Barnett Reservoir, Grenada Reservoir, Pickwick Lake and Sardis Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Mississippi, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Aberdeen Lake
  • Arkabutla Lake
  • Barnett Reservoir
  • Enid Lake
  • Grenada Reservoir
  • Lake Bogue Homa
  • Okatibbee Lake
  • Pickwick Lake
  • Sardis Lake

Mississippi boasts a wide variety of fishing lakes, each offering unique fishing opportunities and species. The state is home to both warm water lakes and cold water lakes, providing anglers with diverse options for their fishing adventures. The purpose of this page is to share information about the best fishing lakes in the state, listed by species.

Warm water lakes in Mississippi are known for their abundant populations of species such as largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and sunfish. These lakes provide excellent conditions for warm water fish species to thrive, with water temperatures conducive to their growth and reproduction. Anglers can enjoy pursuing trophy-sized largemouth bass, filling their coolers with delicious crappie, or spending a relaxing day catching bluegill and sunfish. Some popular warm water lakes in Mississippi include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Grenada Lake, and Sardis Lake.

On the other hand, cold water lakes in Mississippi offer different fishing opportunities. These lakes are characterized by colder water temperatures and support species such as trout, walleye, and smallmouth bass. Cold water lakes provide a unique angling experience, particularly for those seeking trout fishing. Some of the cold water lakes in Mississippi, like Pickwick Lake and Arkabutla Lake, have designated areas stocked with trout during the cooler months, creating exciting fishing opportunities for anglers.

Whether you prefer the action-packed pursuit of largemouth bass in warm water lakes or the challenge of trout fishing in cold water lakes, Mississippi's fishing lakes offer something for every angler. With a variety of species and diverse fishing environments, anglers can enjoy year-round fishing adventures in the beautiful lakes of Mississippi.

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Bass Lakes

Aberdeen Lake, Arkabutla Lake, Barnett Reservoir, Enid Lake, Grenada Reservoir, Okatibbee Lake, Pickwick Lake and Sardis Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

Aberdeen Lake, Arkabutla Lake, Barnett Reservoir, Grenada Reservoir, Lake Bogue Homa, Pickwick Lake and Sardis Lake are favorite options for channel, blue and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie Lakes

Aberdeen Lake, Arkabutla Lake, Barnett Reservoir, Enid Lake, Grenada Reservoir, Lake Bogue Homa, Lake Washington, Okatibbee Lake, Pickwick Lake and Sardis Lake are the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish Lakes

Arkabutla Lake, Barnett Reservoir, Grenada Reservoir, Lake Claude Bennett, Pickwick Lake, Sardis Lake and Tippah County Lake are popular spots to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Striped Bass Lakes

Barnett Reservoir, Eagle Lake, Lake Washington and Pickwick Lake are the best options for striped bass and/or hybrid striped bass. More...

Visit the Mississippi fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the Mississippi map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations.


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