Editor’s Note: Outdoor writer Phillip Gentry’s year-long discovery of the best state lakes makes its second stop at the 81-acre Prentiss Walker Lake near Mize, where the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks state lake offers fishermen a nice February treat.
Fishing and February aren’t typically words used in the same sentence unless the words “no”, “don’t” or “too cold” are used between them. That’s unfortunate for the majority of anglers and fortunate for a smaller number because the month of February can offer some of the best sizes of fish to be had, especially on Mississippi’s state lakes.
Larry Pugh, director of the Fisheries Bureau for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and his staff of technicians and biologists are charged with protecting, maintaining and — in some cases — improving fishing in the state’s freshwater ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.
Trophy deer like this one taken by Louisiana's Matt Moss really began stacking up in December and early January. And they're all detailed in the Deer of the Year feature.