Editor’s Note: The seventh stop on our year-long Catfish Hotspots tour takes us back to The Delta to Lake Washington, which was famous for its catfish production long before it became known as the snake hand-grabbing capitol of the world. At this old oxbow, the popular method for getting a box-full of eating-sized cats is yo-yoing.
A hungry bass rewarded Ken Murphy quickly, smashing his frog as he worked the pads and grass on an old minnow pond dam in Okatibbee Lake. He had pulled only the one rod from his rod locker, and the custom-made swimming frog tied to it produced the first strike of the day.
When people talk about the Pearl River “between the dams,” the conversation likely involves the water between the main dam of Barnett Reservoir and the low head dam 33 miles upriver at the north end of the lake in Scott County.