• Fishing

    Jimmy Mason holds up a 6-pound bass caught on a Bomber Jointed Wake Minnow at Wilson Lake.

    Bomber’s Jointed Wake Minnow

    Russell Garner remembers the days in South Texas and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast when anglers modified jointed Redfins to make a “wake” bait that redfish found hard to resist.

    March 21 at 9:00am
    Cliff Pace was very consistent over the three-day 2018 Bassmaster Classic. The Petal angler finished in 16th place.

    Cliff Pace finishes 16th in Bassmaster Classic

    As far as weights go, Cliff Pace of Petal was about as consistent as possible over the three-day Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell this weekend. Unfortunately, his consistency didn’t put him at the top of the standings.

    March 18 at 6:09pm
    Cliff Pace had a good day two at the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, SC, and will begin the final day of the event in 16th place.

    Cliff Pace moves up leaderboard at Bassmaster Classic

    Cliff Pace made a move up the leaderboard on day two of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic. After bringing 13-pounds, 3-ounces to the scales — slightly less than his first day total — the Petal, Mississippi angler moved up from 21st to 16th, making the cut to fish on day three of the event, which is being held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

    March 17 at 8:01pm
    Cliff Pace sits in 21st place after day one of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell.

    Petal's Cliff Pace in 21st place at Bassmaster Classic

    Cliff Pace of Petal, Mississippi is fishing in his seventh Bassmaster Classic this weekend at Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. The winner of the 2013 Super Bowl of bass fishing currently sits in 21st place after the first day of competition.

    March 16 at 9:20pm
    Bass pros like Pete Ponds always rely on their electronics, but the technology really comes into play during the  prespawn.

    Keep track of what’s under the boat

    Prespawn congregates big numbers of hungry fish in staging areas outside spawning flats, right? So why is it we might score a flurry of bites, only to have the action suddenly end?

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Coloration, teeth in the throat and a light orange or red line around the ear flap are ways to tell a shellcracker (above) from a bluegill.

    Bream ID: Shellcrackers and bluegills

    Although commonly lumped together in many circumstances under the handle bream, bluegill and redear sunfish have distinctly different characteristics, especially when targeting one species or the other.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Because shellcrackers feed closer to the bottom than bluegill, baits like red worms are more effective than crickets.

    Tips for catching shellcrackers

    Use these tips to catch more shellcrackers:

    March 15 at 8:00am
    A wall full of gray snapper, aka mangrove snapper, is possible on the first oil rigs off the Gulf Coast, often found while chumming for king mackerel.

    Kings, gray snapper dominate March offshore

    Few are the days in March that offer calm conditions needed for most recreational boats to travel offshore safely from Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, but when the opportunity to run is there, fishermen have a couple of options that make it worthwhile.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Fishing the pilings of the bridges on U.S. 98 promises a lot of hot action, especially for sheepshead.

    Piling on sheepshead on the bridges

    Sheepshead get little respect outside of the small percentage of coastal fishermen who relish the winter opportunity to easily rack up big catches of the freakishly toothy fish with silvery sides and black vertical bars.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Light planer boards like Water Bugz are more suitable for pulling light lures and baits for crappie.

    Gaining a little weight isn’t always bad

    While most folks stress about putting on a little weight, guide Brad Taylor said that when pulling planer boards for crappie, adding a little weight can go a long way.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Paul Elias likes Bay Springs in March because bass will be moving shallow, and you never know whether you’re catching a largemouth, a smallmouth or a spotted bass when the fish takes the bait.

    Bay Springs’ bass triple play

    I enjoy fishing Bay Springs Lake  in March, because I like catching largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass on the same lake, often in the same places and sometimes on the same lure. 

    March 12 at 9:00am
    This nice Grenada Lake crappie weighed almost 3 pounds.

    Managing crappie is often a water issue

    Reservoir crappie populations are notoriously cyclic. A strong year-class is produced once every few years and is usually followed by one or more weak year-classes. When the fish reach catchable size, the abundant cohort supports good to excellent fishing for a few years until members of the once abundant year-class are caught or die of old age. 

    March 09 at 8:30am

    Flood area action taken by MDWFP

    Due to rising waters of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has issued boating restrictions on some affected streams. 

    March 07 at 11:45am
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    March 01 at 7:00am

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    There’s nothing like March in Mississippi,  when the crappie are overtaken by the urge to spawn, which puts them in range of an awful lot of fishermen with a hankering for sweet fillets. Photo by Dan Kibler.

    March 01 at 7:00am
    A proven prespawn pattern for Mississippi bass is swimming a lizard, which Gary Klein uses anywhere he fishes during this magical period.

    Punch your ticket for the bass buffet

    This winter has been a butt-kicker, but Pete Ponds isn’t worried. For one thing, the bass pro from Madison has plenty of warm clothing, and he’s thinking that recent weather patterns will produce more opportunities to catch fish during the seasonal transition period known as the prespawn.

    March 01 at 7:00am