• Fishing

    Mississippi’s coastal rivers in January, especially on a freakishly warm day after the layers of clothing have been shed, can produce speckled trout and redfish in the same spots.

    Five January hot spots

    You better believe that January has some hot fishing opportunities in Mississippi, and these five are our picks for the month.

    January 15 at 8:00am
    Bass pro John Crews helped design a drop-shot rod with a counter weighted butt section and a conveniently placed weight holder.

    The right outfit

    Bass pro John Crews is so exacting with his drop-shot tackle that he helped Cashion Rods design one to his specifications.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The senses of smell and taste were important to catching this Mississippi River blue catfish.

    The biology behind the bite

    The vulnerability of fish to hook-and-line capture has become a hot topic among fisheries scientists. 

    January 09 at 9:00am
    Shimano Curado 200 K series

    Shimano Curado 200 K series

    Shimano made some waves in the fishing industry last summer when it debuted its new Curado 200 K series baitcasting reels at the annual ICAST show, where they promptly took home the honor as the best new freshwater reel.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Speckled trout can be caught year-round on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but tactics vary from month to month.

    2018 Mississippi Saltwater Calendar

    Six very thick layers of clothing, including two outer ones resistant to water, helped break the chilly air during the 40-minute run across the west end of the Mississippi Sound.

    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?

    A popular idiom for simplicity is to compare something to “shooting fish in a barrel.” It has no better application than some winter fishing opportunities on the Pearl River when the waters in the spillway below Barnett Reservoir begin to rise.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Bassmaster Elite pro Aaron Martens bases his dropshot bait selection on water temperature.

    Drop by design — The ins and outs of dropshotting for bass

    It’s the go-to rig for finessing finicky fish, nudging the cold-weary and lightly probing a variety of hard-cover scenarios from docks to laydowns to bridges.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    In design since 2010, LiveTarget’s BaitBall Spinner Rig is available in three sizes, with two weights for each.

    LiveTarget’s BaitBall Spinner Rig

    LiveTarget has an answer for those who want to fish a compact, manageable “umbrella rig” in gin clear or stained water — in the spring, summer or fall, and at any depth of the water column.

    December 27, 2017 at 9:00am
    December is an unbeatable month to catch bull reds in the marshes and around barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    December treat: Sight-fishing for Gulf Coast reds

    Fishing guides and charter captains along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast won’t cast a disparaging eye toward any species that is biting. Late fall and winter can be fickle, so when something’s biting, whatever it may be, the skippers give their clients a taste of the action.

    December 21, 2017 at 6:00am
    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

    Crappie fishermen on Barnett Reservoir enjoyed an early Christmas present in December, with one of the best late-season runs on the fish in anyone’s memory.

    December 20, 2017 at 6:30am
    Even when the weather cools down at the end of December, you often can catch some very chunky bass at Bogue Homa that weigh 5 to 7 pounds each.

    Bogue Homa’s December bassing

    Bogue Homa’s fishery, with its numerous creek channels, active bass and an abundance of vegetation, is a great December fishery. Early on, you’ll take bass on top; they’ll be along the edges of drop-offs later in the month. Often, bass will concentrate in creek channels all winter, particularly when the air temperature is cold. Generally, December bass and the shad they eat will still be in a late fall pattern. 

    December 18, 2017 at 9:00am
    The Ned rig might not look like much, but bass often smash it when other lures don’t produce a bite.

    You need a Ned rig

    If someone were to give you only one box of lures you could use for the rest of your life, the last thing you might want thrown in would be the relatively boring-looking Ned rig.

    December 18, 2017 at 6:00am
    Pete Ponds said a west-facing riprap bank is a great place to start looking for aggressive bass in December, even on a Bandit 200 crankbait.

    Ponds: 5 Lures to tie on in December

    Bass pro Pete Ponds will always have these five lures tied on when he goes fishing in the late fall and winter in Mississippi.

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Sachh Kirk of Madison caught this 6½-pound bass with his first baitcaster in Hinds County.

    5 hot spots for December fishing

    Last December was a rarity; it had the two coldest weather fronts in an otherwise mild winter. Still, there was plenty of fishing action to talk about.

    December 14, 2017 at 6:00am
    Healthy bass populations produce quality bass.

    Too much of a good thing

    The adoption of catch-and-release benefited black bass fisheries, but now many fisheries managers wish it would go away — or that at least a few anglers would harvest some bass. 

    December 11, 2017 at 9:00am
    Even on a blue-bird day after a cold front, Pete Ponds feels bass can be aggressive enough to fool on shallow flats using a BooYah Hard Knocker lipless crankbait.

    Chill out, catch more winter bass

    Bass pro Pete Ponds has a very interesting take on cold-weather fishing.

    December 01, 2017 at 7:00am