• July 2009 - Volume 11, Number 12


    This lake offers it all for bass anglers -- trophy fish as well as plenty to take home and eat.

    Lake Bill Waller in Marion County near Columbia produced a 15-pound, 14-ounce largemouth in 1995, the second-largest bass ever caught in Mississippi.

    These underrated bream hotspots will load up your stringer during the day and your supper plate at night.

    The first Delta lakes that come to mind when one thinks of great bream fishing are probably the oxbow lakes along the Mississippi River. Who can argue that Horn, Tunica, Flower and Beulah are world-class bream lakes?

    This month, big king mackerel are roaming off the coast, just itching to give you the fight of your life.

    July each year means fishing for king mackerel. If you’re practicing or fishing with members of the Southern Kingfish Association, carry a coffee can with you. After running 50, 60 or 70 mph for two to four hours, you’ll need a place to store all the screws, nuts, bolts and washers that have jarred loose from the boat.

    Ross Barnett has been producing some mammoth crappie. Here’s how to fill your creel this summer.

    Members of the Magnolia Crappie Club have dubbed 2009 “The Year of the Big Crappie” at Ross Barnett Reservoir in Jackson. The “Rez” isn’t historically known for big crappie, but there have been more 3-pounders caught this year than tournament director Hugh Krutz can remember in his 13 years of fishing Barnett.

    Whether you want size or meals, Pickwick’s catfish make your wishes their commands this month.

    Phil King of Corinth, one of the nation’s leading catfishermen, has proved his prowess in national, regional and state catfishing tournaments, winning four National Catfish Derby Championships and the Bass Pro Shop Big Cat Quest on the Mississippi River.

    Have a summertime blast this month reeling in bass after bass at Archusa Creek Water Park.

    Monte Knight studied his LCR intently and quickly pointed out a submerged ledge and shallow flat that held grass, baitfish and bass in the deep water off the dam in Archusa Creek Water Park.

    Does Mississippi have too much of a good thing? The statistics may say yes.

    A time existed in Mississippi when a statement like “Don’t you think we have too many deer?” was met with gut-busting laughs among groups of hunters.

    Fish one of the four lakes featured in this issue, and you'll have your hands full with big ol' bream.