Young Okkissa has big ol’ bass

As the weather warms up, I look for lakes with deep structure where big bass can hold and feed. My pick this month is 1,000-acre Lake Okhissa in Franklin County near Bude, one of the newest lakes in the state. […]

Bass Fishing

It’s time to put Tenn-Tom to bed

Bass in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway will be spawning during April. I’ll be fishing Aliceville Lake on the Tenn-Tom Waterway because it holds plenty of big bass, and this month, you can catch spawning bass all day on buzz baits in shallow water. […]


Bet on Turkey Creek for March bass

As the weather warms, Mississippi bass will be moving to the spawning flats. I like to fish Turkey Creek in Decatur in March. This 400- to 500-acre lake has several pockets and arms with lily pads, which generally provide excellent spawning flats for bass. The stems represent the vertical structure that bass like to hold around, and the pads on the surface offer cover and shade. Baitfish, bream, crappie and all types of fish besides bass like to live under the lily pads. […]

Bass Fishing

In November, go with the Panther

Although only open for one year, Calling Panther Lake near Crystal Springs already is one of my favorite places for catching bass. Boat traffic will have decreased by this time of year, and I know I can bet on this 500-acre lake to produce bass weighing up to 7 pounds each. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Variety spices up Pickwick action

My pick this month is Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River in Northeast Mississippi. Pickwick is an unusual lake because it borders three states — Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. Although I’ll launch on the Mississippi side of the lake, I’ll run upriver to Alabama waters. You’ll need an Alabama fishing license as well as a Mississippi fishing license if you’re going to catch some of those big smallmouths, largemouths and stripers that will be concentrated below the dam at the headwaters of Pickwick Lake. […]


Work Barnett’s pads at high noon

If I only had four hours to fish during the month of August on a Mississippi lake, I’d fish the lily pads at Ross Barnett. At this time of year, the bass like to get under the pads because they can hide out in the shade, the water is cooler and there’s plenty of oxygen. […]


Aliceville offers great July action

If I could pick only one place to fish in July, I’d fish the Tombigbee River on the Tenn-Tom Waterway and the Aliceville Pool. At this time of year, you really can catch quality bass off the old river ledges there with a Mann’s 15+ and a 20+ crankbait. My favorite colors are blue/chartreuse, black/chartreuse and Tennessee shad. […]