• Crappie/Bream

    Fast-growing crappies need a lot of food. In Southeastern reservoirs, that food often is threadfin shad, but big crappie benefit from larger forage, like slow-growing gizzard shad.

    Why are crappie so big in flood-control lakes

    It’s a forage thing: the right amount of the right size of baitfish
    July 09 at 9:00am
    Power trolling can put plenty of summer crappie in your cooler.

    Power up for deep slabs

    Power trolling can put baits in places where summer crappie live; learn how to rig your baits for this productive technique.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    There's an outstanding list of bream holes scattered throughout the state.

    A primer for Mississippi bream fishermen

    May is prime time for Mississippi anglers to concentrate on tasty panfish. That takes care of the ‘why’ — leaving the where and how up for debate.
    May 01 at 7:00am
    Old school Mississippi crappie fishing means using a jig pole to search for crappie in the grass and is still a top producer for slabs this month. An 11- or 12-footer will allow anglers to reach deeper into the vegetation to get to fish others miss.

    The pros and cons of current

    April 15 at 7:00am
    In mid March, male crappie on Barnett had already turned black and moved shallow for the spawn. There's one lighter colored female in the bunch. Since April 1, both males and females are in deep water.

    Crappie yet to spawn on Barnett Reservoir

    Freak cool nights have kept water temperatures down, delaying process
    April 13 at 2:50pm
    Jigging is an effective way to catch crappie in flood-control reservoirs. Notice, in the background, the absence of cover needed for successful crappie spawning.

    How do young crappie survive the winter

    Getting through the cold months is a test that young crappie have to pass to add to a dynamic fishery
    April 09 at 9:00am
    Crappie fisherman Hugh Krutz of Brandon recommends that Barnett Reservoir anglers pay their taxes early and target April 15 for a time to hit the peak of the crappie spawn on The Rez.

    April 15: Taxes or slabs at the Rez

    Barnett Reservoir’s crappie spawn peaks about the time your taxes are due. So pay Uncle Sam early so you can hit the shallows for slabs.
    April 01 at 7:00am
    This nice Grenada Lake crappie weighed almost 3 pounds.

    Managing crappie is often a water issue

    High water in Mississippi’s flood-control reservoirs usually means a good spawn, but flooding is complex
    March 09 at 8:30am
    Mississippi crappie will march to shallows this month.

    Slab-Slammin’ time

    Spring brings crappie into the shallows in lakes across the Magnolia State. Here’s a list of go-to spots and go-to tactics to fill your cooler with slabs and your freezer with filets.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Planer boards open up shallow water to spring crappie trollers.

    Crappie on a different plane

    Planer boards allow fishermen to slow-troll their baits and lures in extremely shallow water as prespawn slabs move toward the bank. Here’s how to set up for this technique.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Mitch Glenn’s Pico Ringed Pointer tale grub on a Scott Vance custom-painted jighead with red sickle hook and a Berkley Crappie Nibble is a deadly prespawn combination on crappie.

    Top prespawn lure picks

    February 15 at 7:00am
    Writer Mike Giles caught prespawn crappie last February on shallow grass at Okatibbee Lake, a tactic most fishermen overlook that early in the year.

    Prespawn crappie in the grass

    February 15 at 7:00am