• July 2018 - Volume 20, Number 7


    Don’t go for the latest fad in bass lures. The old reliables will do just fine on these five smaller Mississippi state-lake bass factories.

    Opportunities abound in the Magnolia State for busting bass. Mississippi is full of time-proven lakes of the highest rank. Whether it’s lily pads in a cove, stands of cypress trees, flooded, dying timber, deep creek channels, grass beds, submerged trees or fields of stumps — we have it all.

    Mississippi is full of small, public lakes that provide tremendous fishing for families when summer vacation arrives.

    Doreen Conner sat in the shade of a big pine, about 30 feet from the bank of Simpson Legion Lake, with her two sons, ages 7 and 9, sitting on overturned 5-gallon buckets, fishing poles in hand.

    Power trolling can put baits in places where summer crappie live; learn how to rig your baits for this productive technique.

    It’s true that subtle, patient presentations can prove very valuable to fishermen. We’re often told that “Slow-and-steady wins the race.” 

    Look for contrast when targeting Biloxi Marsh speckled trout during the hot months. They’re usually somewhere near a change of some kind: current, bottom, color, depth.

    Speckled trout anglers are pretty hard core about chasing yellowmouths, and while they may not think very often about oystermen when on the water, they should. That’s especially true in Biloxi Marsh, where the handicraft of oystermen cultivate shellfish as well as attract untold numbers of trout.

    The hottest months may not be the best time to target trophy cats, but numbers of smaller fish are available for the taking across Mississippi

    Depending on what type of catfish angler you ask, July is either a great month to be on the water or a time to stay home.

    It’s all a matter of size.

    Plenty of speckled trout call the Biloxi Marsh their summer home, Finding them is half the game; catching them is the fun half.