• Freshwater Fishing

    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
    Don Henson of  Southaven set new state and world records with this garilla — a 46-pound, 1-ounce longnose gar caught at the Sardis Lake spillway in September.

    ‘Garilla’ — Sardis spillway yields world record

    Southaven angler catches 48-pound, 1-ounce longnose gar
    January 24, 2017 at 11:30am
    Sustaining good fishing will require forward thinking fisheries management.

    Global climate change

    What anglers need to know
    January 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    This 6-pound largemouth bass is a product of healthy reservoir habitat.

    Reservoir impairment

    Understanding aging fisheries
    December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Slice a pool noodle the way you would a pineapple, ending up with several thumb-sized bait pieces that will stay on a hook while providing a medium for holding stink bait.

    Preparing for a different form of noodling

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    Don Drane of Madison holds up two fat Lake Washington channel cats, which were destined for a fish fry at a tail-gating party on a college football Saturday.

    Yo-yo regulations

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    A channel catfish olfactory senses are nearly 10 times greater than those of a largemouth bass or rainbow trout, making stinkbaits an effective tool for catching them.

    Channel cats love a stinky sticky bait

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    Anglers can try their hand at homemade stinkbaits by trying this easy to make recipe.

    The No. 1 recipe for catfish stink bait

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    Bighead carp grow to over 60 pounds.

    Asian carp update

    Flying carp coming to a lake or river near you
    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Don Drane stays busy overseeing 25 yo-yos on Lake Washington, and he always leaves with a cooler filled with “eating-sized” channel catfish.

    Tail-gating cats — Fishing tips for Lake Washington catfish

    A morning on Lake Washington provides the entrée for a football fish fry. Here’s how you can fill the ice chest with succulent catfish.
    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am