I’ve been hunting from the ground most of my adult life. Like most hunters, my father put me in a ladder stand made of 2-by-4s and plywood at a young age, and from this perch I learned how to watch squirrels, birds and the occasional deer without the fear of being seen.
Editor’s Note: Stop No. 10 on our year-long look at the state’s best public fishing holes is a perfect October destination. Okatibbee Lake, northwest of Meridian near Collinsville, fits the bill. Best known for crappie, it’s also got bass and catfish. For added fun, pack your guns and bows to hunt the neighboring Okatibbee WMA.
Our best state lake for October might be a misnomer. Okatibbee Lake near Meridian is so far the largest body of water profiled through 10 months of our yearlong series, and it might not exactly fit the “state” description.