• Freshwater Fishing

    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
    Ken Covington swings a nice blue cat into Capt. Bob Crosby’s Blue Cat Guide Service charter boat on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg.

    Singing the blues — Keys to the Mississippi River’s monster catfish

    Big cats can be caught all year on the Big Muddy, if you know the techniques. And this professional guide doesn’t mind sharing his secrets.
    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am

    These giant catfish have become pigeon hunters

    February 24, 2017 at 12:00pm
    Bigger baits, bigger jigheads and bigger minnows will often lead to bigger crappie.

    Bigger baits mean bigger crappie

    Upsize your offerings to catch more slabs
    February 16, 2017 at 6:00am
    A spinnerbait case modified with a block of foam makes a fine holder for craft tubes stuffed with rigs and spare tackle.

    Homemade crappie rig box

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Light action spinning outfits with lots of tip flexibility are the way to go with slip float rigs.

    Tackle tips for crappie fishing

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    After tricking a crappie to think it is spawning season, hormone injections stimulate the release of eggs.

    Crappie culture breakthroughs

    Indoor rearing is becoming a reality
    February 06, 2017 at 9:00am
    A nifty method for presenting baits at a particular depth, the slip float rig allows anglers to hang a bait in the strike zone.

    Sip-float slabs — Top fishing tips for wintertime crappie

    Bobbers keep lures dangling in front of wintertime crappie, but casting a rig from which feet of line is dangling can be a major pain. Here’s the solution.
    February 01, 2017 at 7:00am