• Freshwater Fishing

    Spawning earlier than bluegills, this month is the time to begin seeking out shellcracker, a.k.a. redear or chinquapin, on one of Mississippi’s well-managed state lakes.

    Shellcracker fever is heating up

    March marks the beginning of spring fishing for redear sunfish, especially on a handful of lakes managed by the state of Mississippi. Here’s the info on filling up your stringer.
    March 01 at 7:00am
    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
    B’n’M Poles recently released its lineup of George Young Jr. Signature terminal tackle for catfish enthusiasts.

    B’n’M offers catfish gear

    February 15 at 7:00am
    Grapple anchors work best when the claws dig into the bottom structure, but they can also get hung and can be lost.

    Strong design solves anchor problem

    February 15 at 7:00am
    In a typical six-rod set up, place at least two baited lines (1 and 6) on the break line itself. Other lines will target structure such as downed trees (2) , rock piles (3), and holes or depressions (5). The final line (4) should be straight down, to catch fish responding to active chumming.

    Thoroughly work each spot

    February 15 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
    Shooting under docks to get to hard-to-reach crappie is normally best done with a round-head jig that flutters when it falls.

    When to tip a jig with a minnow

    February 15 at 7:00am
    A large pallid sturgeon caught on a trotline in the Mississippi River near Natchez.

    Mississippi’s oldest fish

    Prehistoric sturgeon still call Mississippi home
    February 05 at 9:00am
    Tournament catfish angler Joey Pounders of Steens said it’s a fallacy that flathead catfish won’t feed during the winter. He has caught them when the temperature is in the single digits.

    Catch more cold-water kitties

    Low temperatures can concentrate catfish, help anglers this month on Mississippi’s Tenn-Tom Waterway
    February 01 at 7:00am
    Scott Vance is a master at catching slab crappie at any time of the year, but he excels in February’s pre-spawn at Okatibbee Lake.

    Slay slabs now!

    Don’t wait for the spawn to target Mississippi’s crappie. February marks the beginning of great prespawn fishing.
    February 01 at 7:00am
    Pony head jigs like this Road Runner account for a lot of crappie, especially in stained water where the small spinner provides vibration and flash.

    The jig is up. But which one?

    Crappie fishermen have dozens of styles of jigs from which to choose. Learn when and where to tie one on, and which styles match which fishing situations.
    February 01 at 7:00am
    The senses of smell and taste were important to catching this Mississippi River blue catfish.

    The biology behind the bite

    What makes fish bite? Countless factors
    January 09 at 9:00am
    Shimano Curado 200 K series

    Shimano Curado 200 K series

    January 01 at 7:00am
    When managers at Barnett Reservoir increase discharge at the spillway, crappie are pulled through the gates and congregate in the eddy currents below.

    Sure-thing spillway slabs?

    When water conditions are right, there’s no better place than the spillway below the Rez to catch a mess of winter crappie.
    January 01 at 7:00am