• Freshwater Fishing

    Keeping your bait fresh and lively is one key to catching crappie, especially in hot weather.

    Top tip for catching crappie in hot weather

    Keeping your crappie bait fresh and lively on hot days
    May 10, 2017 at 9:50am
    Summer is prime time for slab crappie if you look in the right places.

    Crappie know how to stay cool

    How temperature affects seasonal crappie movement
    May 04, 2017 at 9:00am
    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

    Big game may have peaked, but there’s plenty of action to find
    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    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

    Young woman joins the legion; Barnett provides hot action
    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

    MDWFP’s Trace State Lake near Pontotoc needs renovation
    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

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

    A better anchor

    April 17, 2017 at 6:00am
    Another great April option is catching chinquapin (aka redear or shellcracker), a favorite of Joe Watts of Canton.

    Chinquapins go to bed

    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

    The Magnolia State is No. 1 when it comes to crappie fishing — and there are so many options it’s hard to decide where to go. Here are some thoughts to help with that decision.
    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

    Pre-bend hooks to escape snags
    March 21, 2017 at 6:00am
    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

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    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

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    Crappie will gravitate to offshore contours that most anglers drive right over on their way to more obvious crappie fishing locations.

    Hiding in plain sight

    While the crowds are ganged up around woody shorelines, use this championship crappie catcher’s advice to get away from the crown and load up on March slabs.
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am