• May 2010 - Volume 12, Number 10

    Features

    Small-pond bass devour flies this time of year.

    Just mentioning the words “fly fishing” conjures up magical images of casting for brookies in the Rockies, rainbows in Arkansas, specks in the Gulf of Mexico, silver salmon in Alaska and even bedding bluegills here in Mississippi.

    It’s not toms but bass that keep outdoorsmen coming back to this outstanding fishery.

    Veteran angler Keith Ramage pulled out his go-to bait, and began combing the shallow-water ledge with an old trusty crankbait when a feisty bass smashed the lure and almost tore the rod from his hands. Ramage quickly regained his composure and began to work the bass toward the boat.

    It’s becoming apparent that many cobia never leave Mississippi’s salty waters.

    When the dogwoods bloom, not only do the crappie begin biting, but cobia move from Florida and start inhabiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches, wrecks, reefs and rigs.

    With the spawn all but over, the Mississippi Delta provides the best music in the country and the best crappie action in the South.

    “It’s like the fourth quarter of a football game,” said Mike Jones, owner of Southern Star RV Park on Lake Washington. “We’ve had a great time since Valentines Day and we’ve caught some slabs, but the clock is winding down. Summer’s on its way, but there’s still time to get on some good fish.”

    Having survived prowling predators, the whitetail fawn now matures.

    Spring gives way to warm days as the summer season nears. Pesky insects start to dominate the woodlots and open fields. For the young whitetails that survived the pursuit of predators, now their lives of growing into mature deer begin to unfold.

    Kerry French has crappie fishing on Ross Barnett down to a science.

    Some anglers seem to have a natural talent for catching certain kinds of fish. A lot of ink, prestige and cash are given to the casters who can wrangle in the biggest largemouth bass. At the professional level those guys even garner national sponsors providing boats, tackle, travel expenses, clothes and plenty of public relations. You’d think bass was the No. 1 freshwater fish in these parts.

    Summer is a challenging time for whitetail deer. Put in some warm-weather food plots this month, and you’ll be shocked at the health of your herd this fall.

    According to research, if at least one percent of an area is planted in year-round forages, the plots can have a positive effect on nutrition and quality of white-tailed deer.

    Crappie action hasn't slowed an iota, and this issue tells you where the action has been the best.