• May 2015 - Volume 17, Number 5


    Sometimes you can hardly keep bream out of your boat, but when the bite gets tough you have to know how to adjust. Here are some tips from a man who has perfected the art of catching these tasty panfish.

    “Ain’t nuttin’ to it,” drawled the lanky 68-year-old. “Ya just find a bed of ’em and ketch ’em.”

    If only it was that easy.

    You don’t have to own a bunch of artificials to catch fish — instead, return to the past, when natural bait put plenty of food on the table.

    As a child growing up in Southeast Missouri, 15 miles from the original “Throwed Rolls” at Lambert’s Cafe in Sikeston, I’d ride my bike five miles to the Maple Slough Creek to fish.

    Since restocking in the late ’90s, the diminutive Neshoba County Lake has become famous for its giant largemouths. Here’s how to score on your own trophy.

    Editor’s Note: The fourth stop on writer Phillip Gentry’s year-long, statewide tour of Mississippi’s top public fishing lakes takes us near Philadelphia, where locals will tell you it is wise to bring heavy tackle — ‘Here, there be monsters’ — and it’s not just limited to bass.

    In any serious discussion about big bass locations in Mississippi, there’s one body of water that’s always in the Top 10 but rarely at the top of the list. 

    MDWFP state lakes can provide the main dish for catfish dinners, and here’s everything you need to know to make your next trip one you’ll always remember.

    In Mississippi, fishermen are blessed with a system of state lakes and state park lakes managed by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks that, while popular with some locals, remain some of our most underutilized recreational resources.

    The bass spawn is pretty much done for the year, but the shad spawn can kick off some crazy fishing. Here’s how to capitalize for hefty sacks of bass.

    It might sound rude, intrusive, bad form, but in lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state it’s apparently just fine to interrupt the intimate moments of others.

    It’s time for bream to bed up, so learn everything needed to catch stringers of the tasty panfish every time you hit the water.