Bee Lake: Early spring time usually offers some great fishing opportunities in Mississippi. This is the time when water temperatures are heating up and crappie are spawning. Because Bee Lake is not a river connected, the water here tends to warm up faster compared to those river connected oxbows. Warmer water means fish become more active and tend to feed more, which is great news for anglers out on the lake.
For early spring fishing for crappie look for most fish in more shallow waters. Because of the rain and cold front that has come, fish have moved back out into deeper waters. Try trolling in 10 - 12 feet of water looking for fish to be suspended in 6 - 8 feet of water. Minnows or Jigs are both good bait choices. Calm, sunny days are probably the best times to try them out.
Bass fishing during chilly weather means fishing slow and trying to get fish to bite. Try fishing spinnerbaits, flipping jig and pig combos near structure, or using swim baits or crankbaits. Water temps usually warm up earlier in the year that nearby river connected oxbows, so if we get several warms days in a row in late winter/early spring then that might get them active and feeding.
Warmer temperatures mean better days fishing for catfish. Fishing improves from fair to good during the late winter time as opposed to those cold winter days. Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or other catfish baits, or try fishing trotlines along the shallow flats.
Bream fishing is still usually slow at during these months. Try using crickets around structure in 5 to 8 feet of water if you must, or just wait until later in the spring and summer.