• Freshwater Fishing

    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
    Limits of big crappie have been taken from the edge of the river channel above and below the Mississippi Highway 43 Bridge at Barnett Reservoir. It's usually a winter hot spot but this year, it started earlier and has just gotten better.

    Barnett crappie hot in December

    Early Christmas present is like a gift that keeps on giving
    December 20, 2017 at 6:30am
    Healthy bass populations produce quality bass.

    Too much of a good thing

    Does catch-and-release keep fisheries from regulation benefits?
    December 11, 2017 at 9:00am
    This cross section from a shovelnose sturgeon spine has six annuli.

    Get a grip on fish growth rate

    How fast fish grow says a lot about a fishery
    November 08, 2017 at 9:00am
    Sweetening your trolling baits with added scents can help sell the deal.

    Helpful hints for fall crappie

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am