April in the Magnolia State has to be my favorite time of the year. The dogwoods are in full bloom; the fragrant smell of wisteria hangs heavy in the cool spring air; the thunderous gobble of boss toms echoes in the distance; and there is plenty of great fishing for everyone to partake.
Nearly 150 years ago, the United States Navy steamed its fleet down the Coldwater and Tallahatchie rivers in Northwest Mississippi. They were attempting to flank Southern troops at Vicksburg by using the Yazoo River as a back door.
With just a few days to go before the turkey season opener, veteran turkey hunter Jerry McKinley, a native of Petal, was riding high. The mild winter and warm spring temperatures had the southern Mississippi landscape greening up nicely, and the word on the grapevine around his hunting camp on the edge of the DeSoto National Forest was that the turkeys were gobbling.
The crappie populations of Moon and Grenada lakes will have anglers jumping for joy this month.