Springlike weather has already settled in to much of the state, and that means it's just a matter of time before sow bass begin initiating spawning activity. Oktibbeha, Okhissa, Calling Panther, the Pearl River. The spawn is on the way.

That means chunks are going to be caught around the state, and there's no better way to track your spawn-fishing season than by posting photos of your catches on the 2012 Big Bass Photo Contest.

The contest is open to all registered users of MS-Sportsman.com, and offers opportunities to win monthly Sportsman Gear prize packages. Each monthly winner will receive a $25 gift coupon to the online Sportsman Store and a free one-year Mississippi Sportsman magazine subscription.

Site users will choose monthly winners by voting on their favorite photo from among a selection of images chosen each month by site administrators.

The contest continues through May 31, so be sure to take a photo of those bass and load them up.

And you don't have to wait to get home to post your photos: Just take a photo with your cell phone and log on to post the image to the contest while you're on the water!

MS-Sportsman.com's Big Bass Photo Contest is fully compatible with Androids (no app needed) and iPhones (just download the free cliqclic QuickPic app), so post every time you catch a chunky bass.

Whether it's a state-record bass or your personal best, your photo could win!

So log onto the Big Bass Photo Contest today to get started.

Not a member of the Sportsman team yet? It's free! So register today to get started!