The first report of spawning crappie came Monday afternoon (April 15) on one particular spot on Barnett Reservoir. By Tuesday afternoon, it was over in that honey hole and Wednesday bites were tough to come by. “But we found them again, in a very similar area, about a mile up the lake,” said Joe Alford of Brandon, who fished with his son Jace. “I was in on that tremendous run between the islands Tuesday but it was over on Wednesday.
Stories of turkey success increased in number and in excitement this week, as hunters shared their reports.
Porter Wilson of Starkville killed his first bird of the season but could have limited out if not for the one-bird per day limit. He had three long-beards approach him from three different directions and watched them battle for several minutes before they busted up and he shot the victor.
Proud father/grandfather Ray Riley of Madison shared the story of his son and grandson doubling on a pair of gobblers on a hunt that ended with a surprise twist at their camp near Hermanville. […]
Wednesday (April 10) was the day that crappie fishermen started reporting the first true sign that the spawn is imminent at most of Mississippi’s perch-jerking hot spots.
Males are turning black — their traditional formal spawning attire — and starting to bite in shallow water at Barnett Reservoir and the Aberdeen, Columbus and Aliceville pools of the Tenn-Tom, as well as Okatibbee, Grenada, Enid and Sardis lakes. […]
The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers,” but for Joey and Jerry Pounders of Caledonia, Mississippi, April showers bring monster catfish. Team Pounders eats, sleeps, lives and breathes catfishing, and the lower end of the Tenn-Tom Waterway, particularly Columbus and Pickensville Lakes, are their home waters. Though the Pounders fish major catfish tournaments year round, both on the national trails as well as the local Mississippi Catfish Hunters trail, any excuse to go fishing will find them on the water at Columbus Lake, especially with water pouring into the river system from heavy rains.
Maybe it was the erratic weather, or perhaps, Mississippi’s gobblers just weren’t in a talking mood during the first two weeks of the spring turkey season.
But, whatever the reason for the slow start for hunters, it appears to have ended. […]
Despite the recent rain, up-and-down temperatures and seemingly constant wind, the spring fishing transition continues, and that is good news for bass and crappie fishermen.
Both species are proceeding nicely toward their annual goal of reproduction, with more and more fish being found in shallow water. […]
Though it seems that the late arriving winter is reluctant to release its grip this year, Bay Springs crappie guide Wayne Inman (662-416-1296) indicates that the prime season for catching slab crappie from the upper Tenn-Tom Waterway lake is right around the corner.
“Water temperatures in the back of most of the northerly coves have reached 57 degrees,” said Inman. “The main lake is still 47, which is helping to push the fish shallow. Right now males are being caught in 3-4 feet of water using small crappie jigs.” […]
It might sound funny, and it certainly looks amusing, but a wacky-rigged stick worm is a tough rig to beat when the big females are staging for the spawn and the fishing conditions get tough.
True story: On Saturday (March 9), with a passing front turning into blue bird conditions and a tough wind, my partner Dan Smith and I put a steady whipping on big female bass on a 50-acre lake in Central Mississippi.
But, to be honest, we almost blew it. […]