• Fishing

    Anglers can catch spotted bass, along with largemouths and smallmouths, on different areas in Bay Springs.

    Bay Springs: five rods, two areas

    When I think of Mississippi lakes I like to fish in October, Bay Springs Lake comes to mind. A 9-mile-long reservoir on the Tenn-Tom Waterway northeast of Tupelo, Bay Springs has populations of all three species of black bass: largemouth, smallmouth and spotted. 

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    October is a time of transition for most salt water species, like the sheepshead. It opens the door to some productive action very close to the shoreline.

    The Sound of better close-in fishing

    Mississippi’s coastal fishermen, especially guides, look forward to October, because as the temperature cools, the cost of reaching a jackpot catch goes down.

    October 16 at 7:00am
    Football jigs are one of the favorites for probing creek ditches.

    Carolina concepts

    It’s rarely the first choice for modern anglers boasting tackle bags full of the latest-and-greatest, but it’s always a good idea to keep a Carolina rig handy. Now, the slow drag may seem askew compared to more active presentations common to the fall season. But for those times between the craziness — for the dreaded bluebird days following a fall cold front or for those times when you just can’t seem to get ‘em going ­— the old ball and chain can be a straight-up day saver.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Sweetening your trolling baits with added scents can help sell the deal.

    Helpful hints for fall crappie

    For fall crappie work, consider these finer points, as needed:

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Pete Ponds uses his own designed Pete Ponds Finesse Swim Jig from Talon to catch bass at Barnett Reservoir when the shad begin to stack in the pad fields.

    Bass chasing shad — that’s a good thing

    Bass fishermen who prowl Mississippi’s biggest waters — from Pickwick Lake to the coastal rivers, from the Tenn-Tom to the Big Muddy — love October.

    October 13 at 7:00am
    Will Major Brister, 9, caught his largest bass to date, this 8 1/2-pounder, while visiting his grandparents, Buddy and Gwendy Clairain, in Ebenezer. He was fishing with his grandfather in a private pond, using his new baitcasting outfit to present a watermelon/red Fluke.

    Five fishing hot spots for October

    1. Bull reds, Mississippi Sound: The bigger redfish don’t usually get to the bridges, taking up residence instead along the barrier islands and the edge of the Biloxi Marsh. Huge schools can change the color of the water when they are moving in search of food. It’s a blast, whether you use big gear and go for numbers or go light and enjoy the line-stretching battles.

    October 12 at 7:00am
    Big crappie don’t have trouble finding shad to eat in the fall, because they can eat larger baitfish.

    Fall: A time of fishing changes

    Most of Mississippi has enjoyed a relatively cool summer, but its waters still got “summer hot.” With August and September gone, nights are cooler, days are shorter and the sun is far less intense. The water cools; that is predictable. What fish do is not so predictable, but if you can follow the changes they face and how they might respond, better days on the water could be the result.

    October 11 at 9:00am
    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff

    How to catch more fish with Rat-L-Traps

    Rat-L-Traps flat-out catch fish, but they're not what one would call weedless. So fishing them around hard structure normally means risking loss of the lure.

    October 05 at 11:00am
    Todd Macko, founder of the Barnett Reservoir Spillway Fishing Group on Facebook, looks at a load of trash he hauled from kayakers to be off-loaded at the spillway collection sight during Operation Clean Sweep.

    Clean Sweep removes 18 tons from the Pearl

    Operation Clean Sweep, a trash removal effort on the length of the Pearl River from its headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 23, has been deemed a huge success by organizers.

    October 02 at 10:05am
    Small ditches off a larger creek can be highly productive.

    ‘Digging’ the ditches

    It’s possibly the most oversimplified stage of a bass’ annual schedule, but get to know the fall feeding migrations and you’ll see there’s actually a considerable amount of strategy required to achieve consistency. For, while we tend to describe this season as a mass movement of bass to their pre-winter gorging, it’s not just a random rush to the buffet line.

    October 01 at 7:00am
    A well-placed spread pushed at a slow pace is the recipe for crappie bites.

    Trolling the transition - Can’t miss September crappie tips

    Summer’s swelter is on the way out and fall’s advancing coolness will soon tickle the backs of our necks and push crappie toward their fourth-quarter patterns. Main lake targets will continue to produce for a few more weeks, but Wally “Mr. Crappie” Marshall says the sooner you head to inside waters the better.

    October 01 at 7:00am
    This slab crappie also inhaled a Cajun Lures’ Slim Jimmy.

    Slim Jimmys

    Before there was a Cooyon Croaker, Kaplan-based Cajun Lures probably was best known for the little soft plastic that slayed sac-a-lait here, there and everywhere.

    September 27 at 9:00am
    Sherman Roberts of Biloxi set a new state record for the Oyster Toadfish.

    Record oyster toadfish certified

    Sherman Roberts may not own the biggest entry in the Mississippi Salt Water Fishing record book, but the Biloxi fisherman can certainly claim one of the most curious.

    September 20 at 10:10am
    Florida’s Capt. Joshua Lim shows off a 25 ½-inch, 6-pound speckled trout caught this summer in Pensacola Bay with a Matrix Shad rigged as a shrimp imitation twitchbait.

    Turn a Matrix Shad into a shrimp-imitation twitchbait

    Many coastal anglers are probably familiar with Matrix Shad soft-plastic paddletail lures and how deadly they are when jigging for speckled trout.

    September 19 at 6:00am
    Public access to the popular spillway fishing below the Barnett Reservoir Dam near Jackson will be closed this weekend during Operation Clean Sweep.

    Barnett Reservoir spillway to close during cleanup

    The popular spillway fishing area below the Barnett Reservoir dam will be closed to recreation on Sept. 23-24 to accommodate a river-long clean up, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

    September 18 at 3:00pm
    Crappie can’t avoid Terry Blankenship just because it’s summer and they’re deep.

    Top 7 tips for catching slabs in brush

    Terry Blankenship’s passion is finding and catching crappie year-round. And the fish don’t stand a chance when the summer heat pushes fish out to deep, flooded brush and standing timber.

    September 18 at 6:00am