• Fishing

    In April, cobia arrive in Mississippi’s coastal waters for their spawn. Fishermen take advantage by chumming for the curious fish.

    Visitors from the east: Here come the cobia

    One of April’s greatest gifts to Mississippi’s coastal anglers is the cobia, aka ling or lemonfish. Called “brownies” by some of its most avid pursuers, this delicious, feisty fish has been a traditional treasure on the Gulf Coast.

    March 27 at 1:00pm
    The new 15-inch size minimum on specks, combined with perfect timing of the Bonnet Carré Spillway openings, has boosted Mississippi’s catch.

    Year 1: New speck regs encouraging

    Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are generally pleased with the first year of the regulations that raised the minimum length for speckled trout from 13 to 15 inches in 2017.

    March 27 at 12:00pm
    Speckled trout will invade Mississippi Sound and Biloxi Marsh when the surface water temperature climbs into the 70s.

    Water temperature affects specks

    Just as much as coastal fishermen will be checking salinity levels in April, they will also be eyeing their water-temperature gauges to get a jump on speckled trout fishing.

    March 27 at 11:45am
    In April, speckled trout in the Biloxi Marsh and around Cat Island’s grass beds are fat on glass minnows.

    Salinity of rivers is big concern for SW anglers

    February and March were brutal for Mississippi’s coastal fishermen, who battled weather on many fronts. They’re hoping April will be better, knowing it can’t be worse.

    March 27 at 11:30am
    Federal fisheries managers will allow Mississippi to set its season for red snapper, within certain guidelines.

    Mississippi gets okay to set snapper season

    Under a plan agreed to by the five states of the northern Gulf of Mexico and federal fisheries agencies, states are being given more power in managing the red snapper fishery. 

    March 27 at 11:00am
    Cliff Pace was very consistent over the three-day 2018 Bassmaster Classic. The Petal angler finished in 16th place.

    Cliff Pace finishes 16th in Bassmaster Classic

    As far as weights go, Cliff Pace of Petal was about as consistent as possible over the three-day Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell this weekend. Unfortunately, his consistency didn’t put him at the top of the standings.

    March 18 at 6:09pm
    Cliff Pace had a good day two at the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, SC, and will begin the final day of the event in 16th place.

    Cliff Pace moves up leaderboard at Bassmaster Classic

    Cliff Pace made a move up the leaderboard on day two of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic. After bringing 13-pounds, 3-ounces to the scales — slightly less than his first day total — the Petal, Mississippi angler moved up from 21st to 16th, making the cut to fish on day three of the event, which is being held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

    March 17 at 8:01pm
    Cliff Pace sits in 21st place after day one of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell.

    Petal's Cliff Pace in 21st place at Bassmaster Classic

    Cliff Pace of Petal, Mississippi is fishing in his seventh Bassmaster Classic this weekend at Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. The winner of the 2013 Super Bowl of bass fishing currently sits in 21st place after the first day of competition.

    March 16 at 9:20pm

    Flood area action taken by MDWFP

    Due to rising waters of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has issued boating restrictions on some affected streams. 

    March 07 at 11:45am
    In a March 2015 Bassmaster Central Open on Ross Barnett, Gene Bishop of Ridgeland found big female bass on a prespawn pattern to post a victory. He’ll try to repeat March 1-3 on Barnett Reservoir.

    Bassmaster Open at Barnett Reservoir

    For the fourth time in six years, and the 13th time in its history, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) is bringing one of its national tournaments to Barnett Reservoir. 

    February 28 at 7:00am
    You can secure the hooks of your double rig by running one jighead through a rod guide, back up towards the other jighead and then just hooking the two together. If the guides are too small, just wrap one pigtail around the reel stem and then secure the hooks together.

    Tying and securing a double rig

    Catching speckled trout two at a time is a hallmark of an excellent fishing trip — and few rigs are better for the job than the double rig. The best way to quickly fill limits means two hooks are absolutely better than one — but how do you go about tying a double rig? 

    February 20 at 7:00am
    Instead of 24-hour predictions from the NOAA Marine forecast, the Windfinder app provides wind estimates for specific locations every three hours.

    Smartphone app provides more reliable wind forecasts

    You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Ya gotta go to know.”

    If you’re not familiar, it just means that you really don’t know the fishing conditions until you actually launch the boat and head out.

    February 15 at 3:30pm
    Robert Allen with a Marshall County hawg.

    February fishing hot spots

    The second month is a transition period for many Mississippians, who trade their bows and firearms for poles and rod and reels. Any little stretch of decent warm weather and, wham!, it’s on.

    February 12 at 7:00am
    Cold-water bass fishing on Barnett Reservoir will be tested by Bassmaster Central Open anglers.

    Lots of B.A.S.S. traffic on Barnett

    The Barnett Reservoir area will be more colorful in February, as will the streets and hotel parking lots in nearby communities.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Mississippi’s coastal rivers in January, especially on a freakishly warm day after the layers of clothing have been shed, can produce speckled trout and redfish in the same spots.

    Five January hot spots

    You better believe that January has some hot fishing opportunities in Mississippi, and these five are our picks for the month.

    January 15 at 8:00am
    December is an unbeatable month to catch bull reds in the marshes and around barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    December treat: Sight-fishing for Gulf Coast reds

    Fishing guides and charter captains along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast won’t cast a disparaging eye toward any species that is biting. Late fall and winter can be fickle, so when something’s biting, whatever it may be, the skippers give their clients a taste of the action.

    December 21, 2017 at 6:00am