Looking for a place to fish this month? Try one of these:
1. Trolling for crappie at Sardis Lake: Biologists say this lake should rebound quickly beginning this month when the huge spawning class from 2011 begins reaching legal size (12 inches). September is a peak month for trolling with crankbaits, targeting main lake points and creek channels.
2. Jugging for catfish, Barnett Reservoir: There’s never a bad time on this lake for using free-floating devices (aka jugs) for catfish, but one of the best months is September. The channels and blues move to the edges of the deeper flats but suspend and can be caught between 2 and 10 feet deep.
3. Bream at Tippah County Lake: Think the bluegill and redear fishing is over after they leave the beds? Think again and think deep. Some of the biggest redear caught at this lake are caught late in the summer and into the fall with long casts from the banks to the bottom in 10 to 12 feet of water. Use big worms and fish with tight lines.
4. Bass at Okhissa Lake: The depth and size of this U.S. Forest Service lake near Bude makes it a hotspot for big largemouth in late summer. As soon as the shad begin migrating up the creek, the action picks up along the creek channels leading into the coves on the upper end of the lake. Use big swim baits for big bass, and expect a good topwater bite when the conditions are right.
5. Redfish in the Sound: Whether you are looking for the big bull redfish to stretch your line or the gap reds (18 to 30 inches) for the grill, the dog days of September offer some of the best action in the Mississippi Sound, from the Pascagoula River to the Pearl River. The big schools of bulls will be around the barrier islands while the smaller reds tear it up in inshore waters.