• Bass Fishing

    This pair of female largemouth was captured during an electro-shocking sampling at a U.S. Forest Service lake in Mississippi. The combined weight exceeded 16 pounds, and both were returned alive.

    Top public bass waters

    May is a month of great promise. 

    High school seniors are about to start a great new life of learning. College graduates are embarking on careers and setting courses for their lives. 

    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Crankbaits allow you to cover water and maintain contact with the riprap.

    Tips to finding bass on riprap

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines riprap as “a foundation or sustaining wall of stones or chunks of concrete thrown together without order.”


    It’s a bunch of rocks; how difficult can it be? 

    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Presenting multiple lures into a single bed can increase your chances of making a bass bite.

    Load up a bed with lures and get bit

    Bass likely will still be spawning in many of the waters across the state this month, and that adds the element of sight to bass fishing like no other time of year.

    April 18, 2017 at 6:00am
    Adding an accent color to the very tips of your craw’s pinchers can lend a dose of realism.

    A dash of color

    When FLW Tour pro T-Roy Broussard is buzzing his Strike King Rage Craw over pockets in shallow grass, his go-to color of watermelon red is a good choice for that scenario. But, to make sure his lure maxes out on bass appeal, he’ll dip the tips of his bait’s claws in chartreuse Spike-It dye.

    April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    On warming April days, look for fast action along the riprap at Ross Barnett.

    Ross Barnett’s best bets for April bass

    Several events are happening at Ross Barnett this month that make this lake a super pick.

    April 13, 2017 at 9:00am
    The male bass excavates and guards a nest.

    What triggers the largemouth bass spawn?

    It’s that time of the year. The dogwoods are in bloom, the water is warming, the days are getting longer, and the bass are building nests and spawning. But what triggers the bass spawn? I doubt the blooming dogwoods put the bass in a romantic mood. Is it photoperiod? Temperature? 

    April 06, 2017 at 9:00am
    Bassmaster Elite pro Mark Menendez said the Strike King Rage Craw has become his high percentage bait.

    In awe of the craw — Bass pros’ tips for fishing with craws

    ROI — return on investment. Now, that’s a phrase we don’t often use in fishing, yet, it’s that’s precisely the logic upon which Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mark Menendez bases his top choice for soft plastic diversity.

    Spoiler alert: We’re talking about craw baits.

    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Brandon Hughes of Prentiss now holds the Jeff Davis Lake record for largemouth with this 11.6-pound bass caught March 5.

    Two more state lake record bass certified

    Two more record largemouth bass have been reported this month at state lakes managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

    March 21, 2017 at 2:00pm
    Toledo Bend guide Stephen Johnston knows that fluorocarbon is key for keeping a swing head on the bottom.

    Keep seing-head jigs down, keep them slow

    The action of a swing-head jig might be footloose and fancy free, but tackle considerations are firmly rooted in a disciplined approach to effective presentations. 

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    You’ll often have your best chance of the year to catch a big bass at Bogue Homa in March.

    Bogue Homa is March lunker lair

    Depending on the weather, bass spawn early at Bogue Homa in March. An angler probably may have a 5-fish bag weighing 20 to 25 pounds. With those opportunities in mind, how do you go about putting fish in the boat?

    March 13, 2017 at 9:00am
    This big-bellied Pickwick Lake bass has a large foraging window and appears well fed.

    The foraging window

    Bass aren’t picky eaters. What they eat boils down to a simple two-step rule: small enough to swallow, big enough to be worth eating. In other words, the forage needs to be within a certain size range, which I call the “foraging window.” 

    March 06, 2017 at 9:00am
    Austin Vowell holds his 14-pound, 3-ounce lake record largemouth bass in front of the entrance sign to Neshoba County Lake.

    14-3: Angler breaks Neshoba County Lake record

    Austin Vowell said he’d fought all the wind he wanted after two hours Tuesday morning, fishing at Neshoba County Lake at Philadelphia, so he decided to quit and fish his way out.

    March 03, 2017 at 11:30am
    Swing heads are known for tempting the big ones.

    Max motion — How swim-head jigs increase bass bites

    In a lake, there is no takeout menu, no vending machines, no Amazon. If you’re a bass, what you got is what you got.

    Life is fine, as long as the crawfish and finfish remain in ample supply. But suffice it to say that if something different comes strolling down the lane, the “Oh boy!” factor kicks in big time.

    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    If you’re looking for the best time to be at Toledo Bend, you can’t go wrong from now through March.

    Make a road trip for 10-pound bass

    The nation’s No. 1 bass fishery is just a few hours across the Louisiana state line, but when is the best time to book a trip to catch one of Toledo Bend’s double-digit lunkers?

    February 16, 2017 at 3:00pm
    Even at Pickwick Lake, guide Roger Stegall can find fish shallow along creek channels and actively taking lipless crankbaits. “Work it slow, and they’ll hammer it,” he said. This smallmouth did exactly that.

    Stick to bass-fishing fundamentals on colder waters

    So what about the coldest area of the state up in the northeast corner and the slow-to-warm clear waters of Pickwick Lake and Bay Springs Lake (Tenn-Tom Waterway)?

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Dan Smith of Ridgeland loves to fish small impoundments in February, and this 8-pounder caught on his fifth cast during a trip in 2016 is why. It took a shallow crankbait on the shallow side of a four-foot drop to an old channel.

    Winter keys for small-lake bass

    Dan Smith uses the same basic approach on the smaller lakes — those measuring between 50 and 500 acres — but he is quick to take advantage of what a smaller, shallower pond offers.

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am