• September 2011 - Volume 14, Number 2


    Fishing is great right now on this North Mississippi lake and it’s only going to get better.

    Jeff Collum worked a shallow bank picking apart the isolated cover like a skilled surgeon. Without hesitation he flipped, pitched and worked every piece of cover on and off the bank. Suddenly a bass struck his jig. Collum reared back and slammed the hook into the old sow’s jaw.

    State biologists tell you which areas will be hot — and which will be not — this hunting season.

    The Mississippi River decided to flex its muscles this spring by pushing against the levees that for almost a century have kept it in check, and pushing its muddy fingers into tributaries like the Yazoo River. Hunters who spend most of their off time prowling the woods of the Delta watched anxiously as deer and all manner of wildlife flowed out of the way of the rising waters.

    If you want to kill trophy bucks with your bow, you absolutely have to be mobile and set up intelligently.

    Bruce Roberts quietly settled into his bow stand just after 1 p.m. last fall. Roberts had located an area chock full of big buck sign deep in the East Mississippi woods, and his anticipation was heightened by the knowledge of the trophy deer that had been seen recently in the area.

    The Delta’s lakes are legendary, but these three overlooked lakes more than hold their own during autumn and winter.

    When most Mississippi anglers hear the word “crappie,” they immediately think of Grenada, Sardis and Arkabutla, all located in the Delta region in the state’s northwestern section. Although these lakes have reputations for producing extraordinary crappie in both numbers and size, other lakes in Mississippi also hold great crappie populations that don’t receive as much fishing pressure as the Delta’s glamor lakes.

    Pickwick’s offshore ranges abound with bass this time of year.

    It may feel like the proverbial needle-in-a-haystack, but ledge fishing is one of the most productive tactics for summer bass on Pickwick Lake.

    During the late summer, thermoclines will dictate where you’ll find crappie on Mississippi’s big reservoirs. These tactics will show you how to catch them.

    Staring directly into the sun on the last day of August is enough to drive you insane. However, flip the calendar, and you begin to notice some tiny cracks in the heat wave that beams down on the water beginning the first day of September. Though it may seem far away, the approach of fall is imminent.

    The state's biologists have been out and about, and they have some definite opinions about which areas will produce in 2011-12.