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Deep cranking kicks in

Mississippi fishermen have spent weeks dealing with temperatures that felt a lot more like late July than late May, which is why they’ve concentrated their efforts on summer fishing patterns.

For bass and crappie fishermen, that means concentrating on deep structure and deep cover. […]


Thousands of white bass die at Sardis Lake

More than 70,000 white bass turned belly up in Sardis Lake recently, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said the cause is believed to be a naturally occurring bacteria.

The total number of white bass — which composed more than 97 percent of the fish kill — was estimated at 73,510, the MDWFP reported on May 24. […]

Events & Announcements

Bring the little ones to Katfishin’ Kids this Saturday

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with some free fun? Make plans to attend Katfishin’ Kids this Saturday, June 2, from 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Turcotte Lab off Highway 43 at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

This event is free to all and no equipment is needed. Bring the kids, 15 and under, for a fun-filled day where they can learn the basics of fishing. They’ll be taught how to tie a knot, select the correct lure, bait hooks and cast. In addition, the pond will be stocked with catfish for them to try their hand at catching some fish. […]

Bass Fishing

Lipstick on a frog

Double nickels, 55 — that’s the water temperature mark that Jackson angler Alfred Williams eagerly awaits each spring. That, he said, is the threshold for his favorite largemouth bass tactic — frogging.

An old-school bass buster with plenty of big fish to his credit, Williams knows that a hollow-belly frog like his favored Snagproof Tournament Frog can entice some of the most aggressive surface strikes imaginable. […]


Catfishing picks up as summer heat sets in

If there is an upside to the onset of Mississippi’s brutal summer heat, it is that catfish seem to enjoy it. They get more active, and that can lead to their demise. As happens every year in mid to late May, the whiskered fish have turned on and are dominating the fishing reports throughout the Magnolia State. […]

Bass Fishing

Kermit commandos

Pete Ponds spotted a flash and swirl that sent a school of small fry skittering across the top of the water. The Bassmaster Elite Series pro instantly sailed a Scumdog Walker Frog past the small fry and started working the lure back in a walk the dog pattern.

Just as it passed over the small fry, a bass crushed the lure and headed down toward deep water. Ponds dropped his rod tip, reeled in the slack and snapped the rod back, driving the Owner hooks deep into the jaws of the lunker bass and turning it toward the boat. […]

Events & Announcements

June issue a real page-turner

At this very moment the final touches are being put on the June issue of Mississippi Sportsman, and later this afternoon (May 15) the magazine will head to the printers. That means that, within the week, the issue will be arriving in mailboxes across the state.

Whether you plan on trolling for crappie at Enid Lake, wrestling catfish at the Rez or hauling in trout at Horn Island, let this issue be your guide. […]