• Freshwater Fishing

    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
    Big crappie don’t have trouble finding shad to eat in the fall, because they can eat larger baitfish.

    Fall: A time of fishing changes

    Try and understand how gamefish are affected
    October 11, 2017 at 9:00am
    A well-placed spread pushed at a slow pace is the recipe for crappie bites.

    Trolling the transition - Can’t miss September crappie tips

    As shad make their way farther into creeks and coves, you can bet crappie will be right behind them. Here’s what you need to know to load up on some slabs this fall.
    October 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    This slab crappie also inhaled a Cajun Lures’ Slim Jimmy.

    Slim Jimmys

    This bait’s tail action entices sac-a-lait to bite
    September 27, 2017 at 9:00am
    Crappie can’t avoid Terry Blankenship just because it’s summer and they’re deep.

    Top 7 tips for catching slabs in brush

    Pro angler lends his expertise for catching late-summer crappie around deep cover
    September 18, 2017 at 6:00am
    The lateral-line system detects water movement. This ability may help this bluegill find prey but also alert it to an approaching predator.

    Fish Sensory Systems: Part 3

    Hearing and the Lateralis system
    September 11, 2017 at 9:00am
    Popular Lake Mary Crawford near Monticello has been closed for renovation.

    Popular MDWFP lake closed for renovation

    August 31, 2017 at 6:00am
    This endangered pallid sturgeon lives on the bottom in the deep, dark waters of the Mississippi River. Taste and smell are important for finding food.

    Fish Sensory Systems - Part 2

    The chemical senses: Taste and smell
    August 10, 2017 at 8:30am
    In the heat of the summer, some anglers find the heat of the day too oppressive and take to the water only after dark.

    Safety is paramount

    July 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Veteran crappie angler Les Smith from Senatobia looks to power trolling in the summer to consistently catch slab fish.

    Trip information

    July 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Portable lights can put more fish in the boat — or on your dock — at night as well as make your trip safer.

    Night fishing musts

    July 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Steve Coleman replaces jigs with crankbaits and pushes them out the front of his boat in power trolling fashion.

    Coleman and Capps love deep cranking

    July 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    A number of set ups are used for power trolling, but most involve tandem jigs and a heavy weight to keep the baits down in the water column at faster trolling speeds.

    One head, different colors

    July 15, 2017 at 7:00am