• Crappie/Bream

    Professional angler Whitey Outlaw loves fishing heavy vegetation for crappie.

    VIDEO - How to catch crappie in thick grass beds

    If you bypass vegetation mats, you're missing a lot of fish
    October 10 at 3:40pm
    Garmin’s new Panoptix technology allows anglers to see where they’ve never seen before — in front of the boat.

    Panoptix: Ahead of the game

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Crappie guide John Harrison uses crankbaits to catch keeper slabs in the summer on Grenada Lake.

    Summer’s slab trio

    Long-line, crankbait and power trolling are hot-weather techniques that put crappie in your cooler.
    August 01 at 7:00am
    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