• Freshwater Fishing

    Many post-spawn fish will remain near the shallows but seek out boat docks to hold under while recuperating from the spawn. Shooting docks is a great way to target these fish.

    Got docks? Hit ’em if you do

    Boat docks and piers are also great post-spawn locations as crappie gravitate to docks adjacent to deep water. Docks provide food, shade and security for spawn-weary fish.

    May 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Finding bream beds can be the key to catching numbers of huge panfish.

    Bluegill: Bounty on the beds this month

    To find success on bedding bream, one needs a nose for the sport.

    “One of the first lessons my daddy gave me about fishing was smelling out bream beds,” said Joe Watts of Canton. “We were paddling across a lake one day and he stopped, turned up his head to take a big breath and said, ‘smell that son. That’s bream on a bed.’

    May 11, 2017 at 6:00am
    Keeping your bait fresh and lively is one key to catching crappie, especially in hot weather.

    Top tip for catching crappie in hot weather

    When ACC Crappie Stix pro-staffers Jonathan and Alicia Phillips were fishing last weekend’s Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship, they lost a vital part of equipment, but that didn’t stop them from winning the Championship, and Jonathan Phillips said they owe a lot of their win to their ability to keep their bait fresh.

    May 10, 2017 at 9:50am
    Mississippi is filled with great opportunities to bring home an ice-chest full of bream this month.

    Bream fishing options nearly ceaseless

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ State Lakes and State Parks systems makes sure people in all areas of the Magnolia State have access to hot bream action.

    May 10, 2017 at 6:00am
    Summer is prime time for slab crappie if you look in the right places.

    Crappie know how to stay cool

    As I write this, the crappie are spawning. When you read this, the spawn will be over and the adults moving to their summer homes. For many anglers, crappie season is over. But the number of year-round dedicated crappie anglers appears to be increasing, as is their knowledge of how to catch summer crappie. The results of a crappie movement study by University of Missouri fishery scientists may offer some thoughts to add to your treasure chest of crappie-catching knowledge.

    May 04, 2017 at 9:00am
    Often left bloody from battling a giant flathead catfish, Hannah Barron says the adrenaline rush she gets from noodling is worth the pain.

    The adrenaline rush that is hand-grabbing

    Hannah Barron dove underwater hoping to feel a big catfish in a wooden box, and she got just what she wanted.

    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Crappie guide John Harrison doesn’t see May as just a post-spawn time. Not all crappie spawn at the same time in the same place. Spreading out your spawn fishing, or seeking alternate tactics to catch crappie can make the month productive.

    Crappie’s post-spawn no reason to sing blues

    For many crappie anglers, fishing the post-spawn season is a lot like heading back to the car after the big game. The excitement is over and the place is a shambles.

    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Writer Bobby Cleveland shows the kind of fishing action that made Trace Lake at Trace State Park near Pontotoc one of the top angling destinations in Mississippi with this stringer of huge redear bream. Due to a failing dam, the lake is being drained for repair.

    One of Mississippi's top lakes to be drained

    Old Natchez Trace Lake — a.k.a. Trace Lake — at Trace State Park near Pontotoc will soon be drained and closed to the public during its renovation, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

    April 20, 2017 at 9:05am
    Murphy Royer makes his own jigs because he prefers the way they “tread water.”

    Crappie expert’s jig-making tips

    Crappie killer Murphy Royer makes his own jigs from scratch.

    April 20, 2017 at 6:00am
    Tethering your boat to stumps makes for stress-free crappie fishing.

    A better anchor

    Although bream fanatic Lyle Soileau definitely uses a standard anchor, he also has another tool to help hold his pontoon boat in place when fishing snag-filled flats.

    April 17, 2017 at 6:00am
    Minnows under a cork is the simplest technique for April crappie in Mississippi.

    The best of the rest of Mississippi’s crappie lakes

    Mississippi’s top crappie lakes are well documented, gaining national exposure as some of the best in the country — Grenada, Sardis, Arkabutla, Enid (which has held the world record for white crappie since 1955), Washington and Ross Barnett. 

    April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Another great April option is catching chinquapin (aka redear or shellcracker), a favorite of Joe Watts of Canton.

    Chinquapins go to bed

    The bedding activity South Mississippi anglers enjoyed in March will be available to bream fishermen in the rest of the state in April.

    That means a lot of smiling faces and hands filled with chinquapins.

    April 10, 2017 at 7:00am
    Whether it’s by trolling, jigging or even wading, crappie are most sought after during the spawn.

    King crappie — Rundown of Mississippi’s top crappie options

    Sliding his feet along the lake bottom, Ronny Garrison approached some buck brush just off the bank in a cove on Grenada Lake.

    With an 11-foot pole, he dropped a 1/16-ounce jig in the brush and danced it around.

    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    When fishing crappie in heavy cover, weakening the hook makes it easy to get unsnagged.

    No. 1 tip when fishing brush-pile crappie

    If you target crappie in areas loaded with stumps, treetops and laydowns that are prone to snags, this tip will save you lots of fishing time — and jigheads.

    March 21, 2017 at 6:00am
    By boating into the far back reaches of any impoundment, wading anglers can get out and have plenty of spawning and pre-spawn crappie all to themselves.

    Wade to find crappie’s hiding places

    While he loves to wade in Mississippi’s big reservoirs, particularly his home lake of Grenada, guide John Harrison of Calhoun City advises anglers not to overlook any body of water as a potential wading spot. 

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    By preparing for the wind, such as using logging chains for drags, crappie anglers can reduce the effects of high winds and fish areas others can’t.

    Drag chains to tame March weather

    As a multiple national crappie tournament champion, Mike Parrott is no stranger to fishing when he has to. Competition anglers do not have the luxury of choosing when tournaments will be held.

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am