• February 2011 - Volume 13, Number 7

    Features

    Jeff Collum’s winter techniques are quite effective at putting legitimate lunkers in the boat.

    Trolling over a submerged stump field, Jeff Collum pitched his jig-and-pig combo to a likely looking spot, and hesitated for just a second when a bass struck. Collum reared back, and drove the steel home, deep into the lip of a cold-weather lunker.

    These anglers love when temperatures are cold and the river is high. That’s when the lunker cats come out to play.

    Fishing for catfish in the winter on the Mississippi River? OK, nobody in their right minds would go after trophy-class record-book blue catfish on the Mississippi River, especially in the winter.

    Want to reduce your predator population before your does start dropping their fawns? Set up some snares this month. It’s easy to do, and is actually a lot of fun.

    “I’ve got a fox killing my chickens, and I need your help,” the voice said on the other end of the line. “They are killing my chickens faster than I can replace them.”

    Whether you consider them a nuisance or a bonus big-game animal, hogs are likely going to be permanent residents on your deer club. Here’s how to deal with them.

    Ben Boteler was spending his Saturday afternoon in January the way he does most Saturdays. He was in a deer stand on his hunt club at Willow Break located near the town of Redmon in Southwest Mississippi. The 3,800-acre club borders the Yazoo River and offers prime habitat for big deer.

    Don't wait for spring if you want to catch some monster slabs. Lake Washington’s fish are eager to get the party started.

    Anglers are notorious for jumping the gun. Just as soon as Jack Frost quits nipping at their noses, they hook up their boats and hit the lakes. For too many, though, they find that the fishing doesn’t match the forecast.

    Your waterfowl trigger finger still itching? Don’t pack your shotgun away just yet.

    About 10 years ago, if you looked on the calendars of Mississippi waterfowlers , chances are you’d see a circle around one of the last days of January. The circle marked the last day of waterfowl season when the decoys, blinds and steel-shot shells, if you had any left, went back into storage.

    Lake Okhissa bass want to be treated like babies this month.

    In the deep freeze of winter, many outdoorsmen are camouflaging their clothing and pursuing deer and other game. Anglers who have a passion for bass face the elements for the chance of landing a trophy without horns.

    Yankee outdoorsmen hate February, but here in the South, there's no end to this month's opportunities.