• Freshwater Fishing

    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 at 9:05am
    Tethering your boat to stumps makes for stress-free crappie fishing.

    A better anchor

    April 17 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 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 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 at 6:00am
    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 at 7:00am
    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 at 7:00am