• Freshwater Fishing

    Mississippi offers a plethora of public fishing opportunities for families during the summer months.

    Fishing, family style

    Mississippi is full of small, public lakes that provide tremendous fishing for families when summer vacation arrives.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    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
    For anglers looking for a mess of eating-sized catfish, Mississippi has a lot of choices from state lakes, to rivers, to reservoirs and the mighty Mississippi.

    Summer-size your catfish tactics

    The hottest months may not be the best time to target trophy cats, but numbers of smaller fish are available for the taking across Mississippi
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Greyson Borries, 3, of Vancleave set a new state youth salt water record with this hardhead catfish. It was certified by state marine officials on Tuesday.

    Youth sets hardhead record

    3-year-old Borries turns trash fish into a trophy
    June 20 at 8:50am
    This catfish fell for a bait being pulled under a planer board.

    Fishing on a higher plane

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Catfish guide David Magness urges Magnolia state anglers not to overlook the great catfishing available in Mississippi’s big reservoir lakes.

    Put the move on Mississippi’s corridor cats

    Without river current to keep things moving, anglers targeting catfish on Mississippi’s four I-55 corridor lakes can learn some tricks about putting baits in front of big fish.
    June 01 at 7:00am
    A nesting box can be made from scraps that are found around the house or in dumpsters at construction sites. This box is made from treated wood and is 30 inches long, 22 inches wide and 11¼ inches tall inside. The hole is 8 inches wide and 6 inches high.

    Fish attractor rules

    May 15 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
    Hand-grabbing is a social activity for friends and family, enticing fishermen of all ages and types to join this fun. This group made this haul in a single morning on Barnett Reservoir.

    Grab a Mississippi catfish and hold on

    Put your hand in the mouth of a huge catfish? Plenty of people around Mississippi believe that grabbing, noodling or hand-grabbing is the way to go when it comes to battling a big blue or flathead
    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