The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ State Lakes and State Parks systems makes sure people in all areas of the Magnolia State have access to hot bream action.
“Most all of our lakes were designed or re-redesigned to be user friendly for bream fishermen,” said former MDWFP state lakes coordinator David Berry. “We have been proactive in putting out fish attractors, like gravel beds, within easy reach of bank fishermen. We have built earthen piers when we take our lakes down to create more bank opportunities.”
But, still, fishermen with boats are the anglers with the most choices.
“That’s true, obviously, because they can also fish the attractors we put in for bank fishermen, and also have the rest of the lake to find other bedding areas,” Berry said.
Fisheries director Larry Pugh, who came up through the agency as the regional biologist for Northeast Mississippi, said it would be a lot easier and a lot quicker to list which of the state lakes were not good bream producers.
“There aren’t any,” he said, laughing. “All of them offer good bream fishing.”
But to list a few hot spots:
North — Tippah County Lake near Ripley, Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo and Tupelo, and, eventually, Trace State Park Lake. Boat ramps at Trace are closed due to a drawdown for some structure repair.
East — Kemper County Lake near DeKalb, Neshoba County Lake near Philadelphia and Lake Tom Bailey at Toomsuba.
West Central, Southwest — Calling Panther Lake near Crystal Springs, Lake Lincoln State Park near Wesson, Simpson Legion Lake near Magee and Mendenhall and Prentiss Walker Lake near Mize.
Southeast — Lake Perry near Beaumont, Lake Mike Connor near Collins and Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg.