• April 2009 - Volume 11, Number 9

    Features

    Lake Pushmataha is so productive, even kids have a great time bass fishing there.

    Keith Lee launched his boat on the beautiful waters of Lake Pushmataha, and quickly headed to a favorite cove chock full of pads and bass. As Lee worked the pads with a golden shiner-colored Senko, he promptly caught his first bass. As he retrieved the Senko back to the boat through the pads and vegetation in a fast retrieve, the bass just couldn’t stand it.

    These flood-control lakes offer everything a growing crappie — and those who target them — could want.

    Mike Heard handed his dad a jig and cork rig attached to a crappie pole, and quickly began fishing for the succulent white perch. No sooner had the pair gotten their rigs into the water than the action began. Both father and son were soon hoisting some nice slab-sized “pan fries” into the boat and in the “supper well.”

    Their day had begun with a bang, and the action never subsided for very long during the fishing trip.

    Think you need to be out at the crack of dawn to drop a wily gobbler? Think again.

    In the movie “Groundhog Day,” weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is doomed to repeat Groundhog Day again and again until he learns that his actions can affect the outcome.

    Anyone addicted to turkey hunting can easily understand the frustration experienced by Connors of having to live out the same frustrating scenario day after day. And such was the case for me during the 1992 spring turkey season.

    Becoming a victim of trespassing and poaching is as painful as any other theft. Here’s how to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

    You wait all year to deer hunt on your private property or lease. You spend endless hours planning. You fork out hundreds of dollars on food plots, other habitat improvements, maintenance and hunting gear. Excitement and anticipation build at a rapid rate. You are ready to hunt.

    Then opening day finally rolls around, and you arrive at camp to find the gate lock is busted. The fence is run over or cut down. Hunting stands are vandalized, knocked over or, worse yet, gone altogether. Big-wheeled ruts are cut all over your planted plots. A deer carcass litters the camp road ditch, missing just the head.

    Obviously, it’s a buck you didn’t get to harvest. Somebody else beat you to it. Trespassers and poachers have wrecked your hunting area and deflated your enthusiasm for a successful hunting season.

    The D.C. on this oxbow lake stands for the District of Crappie.

    Just before the time that Columbus was setting sail from Spain to settle his curiosities about lands to the west, the Mississippi River was doing the same thing it had been doing since the beginning of time. It was ripping through the middle of the “New World” and making its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Traditional crappie fishing will produce this month on Grenada and Arkabutla, but these unusual techniques allow you to fish virgin waters, where the big schools reside.

    If you are a fisherman, any kind of fisherman, you know what this month means. April ushers in the spring spawn for just about every freshwater fish that swims in Mississippi waters.

    Put the info in this issue to work, and you'll be feasting on the sweet meat of crappie.