Fishing

Bet on the big ones at Natchez SP

In 1992, the Mississippi state-record largemouth bass caught out of Natchez State Park Lake weighed a little more than 18 pounds. Known for homing big bass, and with March the prime time when the big bass go to the beds, Natchez State Park Lake is the best place to catch a trophy bass. Two patterns will pay off in trophy bass there this month. […]

Bass Fishing

Fish Barnett’s rocks, stems for bass

This month, I’ll be fishing Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson. As the weather warms, and the bass are in their pre-spawn mode, the bass usually will be holding on riprap rock and lily-pad stems there. During February, if you get 10 bass to the boat, you’ve had a good day. On the best day I’ve ever had on Ross Barnett in February, I caught five bass that weighed a total of 20 pounds. Right now, most tournaments on the lake will be won with a 20-pound stringer or bigger. […]

Fishing

January’s best action at Turkey Fork

The best spot for catching bass in January is federally owned Turkey Fork Lake, east of Richton in Perry County. Restocked in 1994, this lake holds a number of man-made structures, 24- to 25-foot-deep water and a lot of lily pads in its back end. The lake’s small size (240 acres) is one of the reasons I like to fish it in January. […]

Fishing

Bass, bluegill thick at Ferguson

In October, I’ll head to Lake Ferguson, an oxbow off the Mississippi River near Greenville. I know I chose Ferguson for some of the best September fishing. But the bass fishing is very good there in October also. […]

Bass Fishing

Largemouths rule Pickwick now

Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River, located in the corner of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, is making a comeback this year. The grass is growing in the lake, and the largemouth are responding to the additional habitat. The fishing has been really good there this year. […]

Fishing

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. […]