• Fishing Tournaments

    The Bassmaster Elite Series event will be held April 27-30.

    Outdoor Expo by MDWFP to accompany Elite event

    Fans attending the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Barnett Reservoir will be treated to a lot more than just a weigh-in, according to event sponsors at the Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. 

    April 24, 2017 at 6:00am
    Randall Tharp has already been introduced to Barnett Reservoir bass, having won an Bassmaster Central Open there in 2013. He is excited to be returning to the lake next week for the Bassmaster Elite Series event April 27-30.

    Bassmaster Elite pros catching Barnett at its best

    When 110 of the top bass anglers in the world hit the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series event in Ridgeland, they’ll be catching the 52-year-old lake in near peak condition.

    April 20, 2017 at 11:00am
    Greg Hackney of Louisiana will be one of the pros fishing April 27-30 in the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Barnett Reservoir at Ridgeland. It will be the 12th Bassmaster event on The Rez, but the first Elite ever in Mississippi.

    Bassmaster Elite next week at Barnett Reservoir

    The best 110 bass fishermen in the world will hit Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland April 27-30, casting for big fish and a $100,000 top prize in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.

    April 17, 2017 at 11:45am
    After a 6th-place finish in a 2015 Open, Fred Roumbanis said it would be fun to have a spring Elite tournament on Barnett Reservoir. Mississippi’s first Elite event will be April 27-30 on Barnett.

    Top at the Rez — Patterns for the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series at Barnett Reservoir

    One of Barnett Reservoir’s best bass anglers — and winner of the last big Bassmaster event held on the lake — is jealous of the fishermen who will compete in Mississippi’s first-ever Elite Series tournament at the lake on April 27-30.

    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    David Rogers of Theodore, Ala., secures the 390-pound tiger shark that earned him a $20,000 prize offered to anyone setting and holding a new Mississippi state record for tiger shark at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

    Record tiger shark worth $20K

    Offer a $20,000 prize for a new state record tiger shark, and you can expect fishermen to target the toothy critters.

    July 08, 2016 at 11:30am
    Caleb Gatwood and Cayden Soberoski of Oak Grove High School in Mississippi catch 14 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Costa Bassmaster High School Central Open on Toledo Bend Reservoir out of Many, La., Monday.

    Oak Grove pair wins Costa Bassmaster Central Open

    Mississippi teams took two of the top three spots in Monday’s Costa Bassmaster High School Series Central Open at Toledo Bend, including a win by Oak Grove’s Caleb Gatwood and Cayden Soberoski.

    June 21, 2016 at 10:30am
    Teb Jones was on big bass this weekend during the Bassmaster Open on the Arkansas River, but a dead-fish penalty and a regurgitated shad cost him victory and a return ticket to the Bassmaster Classic

    Jones misses 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth by 1 ounce0

    Teb Jones missed out on his first Bassmaster Open victory and his second trip to the Bassmaster Classic by 1 ounce Saturday on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma.

    Got to hurt, right? Well, let’s pile on the pain for the Hattiesburg angler.

    Jones caught all the fish he needed to win the event but was penalized in the final round for having a dead smallmouth in his five-fish limit, which brought him a 4-ounce penalty.


    But, sadly, we’re not through listing his “what ifs.”

    June 07, 2016 at 2:57pm
    Capt. Jared Adams poses with the 9.64-pound speck he caught in a marsh pond near Big Lake that ultimately won first place for heaviest trout in the Yellow Mouth Fever tournament earlier this month in Mississippi.

    World Trout Championships excludes Louisiana waters west of the Mississippi River

    Capt. Jared Adams has been putting the hurt on 7-, 8- and even 9-pound specks fishing Big Lake in Louisiana, and in doing so the guide recently collected more than $20,000 in cash and prizes from two Mississippi-based trout tournaments.

    May 18, 2016 at 10:00am
    Andrew Shepherd allegedly cheated to win this check, as well as other checks and prizes during local and national kayak fishing tournaments.

    Kayak bass angler allegedly caught cheating In multiple tournaments

    The world of kayak bass fishing tournaments was rocked this week when tournament directors and organizers for two major tournament trails – Kayak Bass Fishing and Kayak Bass Series — revealed one of its competitors had been identified as submitting falsified photograph entries during a tournament.

    April 21, 2016 at 9:00am
    Oklahoma Bassmaster Classic Elite Series pro Edwin Evers came from behind to earn the 2016 Bassmaster Classic championship and the $300,000 check that goes along with the title.

    Evers wins 2016 Bassmaster Classic

    Basssmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers was 6 pounds out of the lead going into the final day of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, but when the final fish were weighed the Oklahoma angler had made up the difference and more.

    Evers earned the Bassmaster Classic championship by catching 29 pounds, 3 ounces of bass today to pull more than 10 pounds ahead of fellow Okie Jason Christie, who led the first two days of the competition held at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.

    March 06, 2016 at 8:33pm
    Oklahoma's Jason Christie took the early lead in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic with a 20-pound, 14-ounce stringer.

    Christie takes early lead in 2016 Bassmaster Classic

    Oklahoma's Jason Christie took the first-day lead in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic held on the pro's home lake with an impressive 20-pound, 14-ounce stringer.

    But the Top 10 in the championship event being held on Grand lake O' the Cherokees is tight, with just more than 6 pounds separating Christie from South Carolina's Marty Robinson.

    March 04, 2016 at 9:27pm
    Gene Bishop of Ridgeland found big bass on his home waters last March to win the Bassmaster Central Open tournament. That earned him a shot at the sport's biggest event, the Bassmaster Classic, in Tulsa, Okla., next month.

    Bishop focusing on Classic opportunity

    You’d think Gene Bishop of Ridgeland was an avid turkey hunter, as much as he’s been looking forward to March of 2016.

    February 11, 2016 at 9:00am
    Kingston Armory

    Kingston Armory

    Kingston Armory has created an exact replica of the M1 Garand in a .22 caliber file. This isn’t standard .22 that attempts to resemble military rifles; the sights are National Match Garand, which really takes this gun to a whole new level. The Kingston M1 also feature many new-production Garand parts, including stock fittings, gas blocks, sling swivels, etc. It’s the perfect gun for history buffs and shooting enthusiasts. 

    August 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    Two of the remaining offshore species accepted at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo are cobia (in hand) and gray snapper (in box).

    67th Deep Sea Rodeo opens Thursday

    It may still refer to offshore fishing in its name, but Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo mostly focuses on near-shore, inshore and even fresh water fishing.

    The 67th event, long a staple of the Gulf Coast’s Independence Day celebration, will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Gulfport Harbor’s Jones Park.

    July 01, 2015 at 8:45am
    Runner-up Nicky Savoie of Lockport, La., presents the Yellowfin Redfish Elite Series Mississippi Open championship trophy to winner Lance Reynolds (left) of Cut Off, La.

    Reynolds wins Elite redfish event

    As if overcoming a field full of pro redfish anglers wasn’t enough, Lance Reynolds also beat back Mother Nature to win the Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series’ Mississippi Major last weekend in Gulfport.

    June 17, 2015 at 9:15am
    Jamie Laiche of Gonzales, La., caught 38 pounds, 1 ounce to take the title at Ross Barnett Reservoir during the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional held out of Ridgeland, Miss., Friday.

    Laiche-led Louisiana wins regional

    RIDGELAND, Miss. — Entering the event as a non-boater proved no problem for Louisiana’s Jamie Laiche, who used some ingenuity to win the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional at Barnett Reservoir.

    June 15, 2015 at 9:00am