• Lunker Lines

    A buzzbait is a very productive bait when bass are in the backs of creeks on visible cover.

    Pickwick Lake’s bass bonanza

    Catching 30 to 50 bass per day is what you can expect in November on Pickwick Lake, which corners Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee and should be one of the hottest lakes in all those states this month. One of the main reasons I’m choosing Pickwick is because the shad will be moving from deep to shallow water and will be schooling on the surface, and there’s a wide variety of ways to catch those bass. 

    November 15 at 9:00am
    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. 

    October 18 at 9:00am
    Although you’ll catch a good number of 1 to 1½-pound bass using these tactics in September, you may get a really good bass, like the one pictured here.

    Bet on your most-dependable lake

    This month, I’ll primarily fish my home lake, Bogue Homa, near Laurel. I understand exactly where September bass should be, and I know the lures to fish for success. Bogue Homa has a good number of largemouths 3 pounds or better, that will be relating to the grass and the grass lines coming off its banks. 

    September 14 at 9:00am
    When the top-water bite is over early in the morning, Elias will start fishing a frog in the lily pads and around the grass.

    Great August fishing awaits you at Ross Barnett

    Because bass don’t have sunscreen, sunglasses or air conditioning, in August, they’re looking for shade and cool water. Ross Barnett Reservoir has numerous lily pads, providing shade and cooler water where the baitfish also can feed on the algae on the lily pads’ bottoms, and big, thick clumps of grass.

    August 13 at 9:00am
    When the sun gets bright in July at Bogue Homa, Paul Elias suggests flipping a Stone Jig on the shady sides of the cypress trees.

    July bass at Bogue Homa

    I choose the lakes I pick each month, since I know where the bass have to be, and what baits they’ve historically taken. That’s why for July I’m selecting Bogue Homa.

    July 13 at 9:00am
    Paul Elias likes to pitch a jig into the thickest hydrilla he can find, let the lure sink to the bottom, hop it off the bottom two or three times, reel the bait in and make another pitch.

    Lake Okhissa for June bass

    I’ll choose 1,075 acre Lake Okhissa near Bude, Mississippi, for June bass fishing. A Bill Dance Signature Lake in the Homochitto National Forest, Okhissa is deep and clear with plenty of hydrilla and dollar pads. The bass will be on their summer pattern, so I’ll be fishing a frog pattern and a flipping and pitching pattern.

    June 08 at 9:00am
    Early in the morning, when the water has come up, Elias likes to fish a spinnerbait in the shallow water closest to bushes, trees, grass, blowdowns and any other structure.

    Fish Pickwick Lake for 30 May bass per day

    Pickwick bass fishing can’t get any better than in May. From only two or three schools of bass, you may catch 30 or more bass per day. If rising water happens, the bass will be in this newly inundated water in the grass, bushes and trees. About the middle of May, the bass will be pulling out of the creeks and staging at their mouths or in the cuts and ditches in the flats leading to the river channel. At the end of May, I’ll look for bass out on the main river channel. 

    May 09 at 9:00am
    On warming April days, look for fast action along the riprap at Ross Barnett.

    Ross Barnett’s best bets for April bass

    Several events are happening at Ross Barnett this month that make this lake a super pick.

    April 13 at 9:00am
    You’ll often have your best chance of the year to catch a big bass at Bogue Homa in March.

    Bogue Homa is March lunker lair

    Depending on the weather, bass spawn early at Bogue Homa in March. An angler probably may have a 5-fish bag weighing 20 to 25 pounds. With those opportunities in mind, how do you go about putting fish in the boat?

    March 13 at 9:00am
    Even if Pickwick Lake is cold this month, bass will suspend off the bluff and pea gravel points and in front of the openings to spawning areas.

    Catch a bunch of bass at Pickwick Lake

    In February at Pickwick Lake, the bass family will be having a reunion and ganging up.

    In warm weather with active bass biting the Alabama Rig, you might have a 50-fish catch.

    But even on cold, rainy days, I expect to catch 20 to 30 schooled-up bass suspended at some strategic places on bluff points.

    February 13 at 9:00am
    A keeper bass on Ross Barnett has to be 14 inches or more.

    Start the year off with some bass

    January is a fickle month at Ross Barnett, with warm weather some years while other times feature temperatures below freezing the entire month. 

    January 11 at 4:20pm
    December is a funny month when it comes to temperatures, but Elias says the bass at Okatibbee usually will bite at some time of the day.

    Fish Okatibbee for December bass

    I’ll plan to fish relatively shallow Okatibbee Reservoir in December because rarely does Mississippi have enough cold water to drive bass into deep water.

    When Okatibbee goes through a winter drawdown, the bass move to the underwater creek and river channel edges. You can locate those edges with your depth finder.

    December 12, 2016 at 9:00am
    When fishing cypress trees next to creek channel drop-offs, Elias expects to catch the biggest bass in the lake.

    Bogue Homa bass are biting

    From August through October, bass fishing at Bogue Homa slows as the water cools down.

    But November’s bass realize winter is approaching, and they need to feed heavily.

    November 14, 2016 at 9:00am
    Although there are plenty of spotted bass in Bay Springs, you’ll also catch some chunky largemouths.

    Three Bay Springs bass patterns for October

    In October, Bay Springs Lake is one of my favorite places to fish because cooler weather makes baitfish much more active.

    October 13, 2016 at 9:00am
    With the right approach, you can catch some really nice bass this month at Pickwick.

    Pickwick bassing

    September is a transition month for bass, with some holding in deep water and others moving up into the grass.

    Pickwick has outstanding fishing on river ledges, underwater mussel bars on the main river and good grass growth.

    September 12, 2016 at 9:00am
    Paul Elias starts off the morning fishing a black buzzbait along the edges of the lily pads.

    Busting lily pad bass at Ross Barnett

    Nothing’s more exciting than watching a big bass blow up on a topwater lure — whether I catch the bass or not.

    And Ross Barnett Reservoir is one of my favorite places to fish for bass in August and watch their aerial displays.

    August 17, 2016 at 9:00am