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Crappie Hotspot Series: Ross Barnett Reservoir

Providing a list of the 12 hottest crappie locations in the state sounds easy in theory, but becomes difficult in practice. It’s not because they’re hard to find, but just the opposite: The Magnolia state is chock full of great crappie fishing waters. Putting them in a list is bound to hurt somebody’s feelings. Mississippi crappie anglers are extremely loyal to their local waters. Arguing which ones are “the best” would depend on the time of year and who you talk to. […]

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Ross Barnett crappie

As I write this column, I’m listening to Elvis’ Christmas album. My favorite Elvis classic (and I sing along) is “Blue Christmas.” My “Blue Christmas” rendition varies in entertainment value based on the audience (my family has long endured my caroling, and they actually request “Blue Christmas”) and the amount of scotch missing from the Oban bottle.

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Chotard better than ever

The fall 2011 fishing season has provided some surprises and some wonderful crappie fishing for lots of us Mississippians. First of all, the weather changes have been more abrupt, with cold weather fronts coming more often and with greater intensity than recent years.

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DIY crappie jigs

Making your own crappie-fishing jigs can be a rewarding hobby. By making your own tackle, you can create lures found nowhere else. It’s easy and inexpensive to make your own tackle; just follow these simple steps: […]

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Dam sweet spots

Embankment dams are the most commonly built dams in the United States. Massive structures made of earth and rock, embankment dams rely on their heavy weight to resist the force of the water. Several key ingredients, both natural and man-made, will dictate how crappie relate to them as water levels drop during winter drawdowns. […]

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Dam Good Fishing

Kent Driscoll kept his head down as he slowly motored across the face of the Sardis dam. It wasn’t because the weather was all that cold. It also wasn’t because wind was whipping in his face.

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Essential ecosystems

Ecosystems provide ecological services. Although the concept of ecological services has been recognized for a long time, lately I am hearing the term a lot. While ecological services may ring of something academic, one of the many services ecosystems perform is providing the fish and wildlife we enjoy as sportsmen. […]

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Slabs head shallow for fall

The fall fishing season is officially here. This is my favorite time of the year to crappie fish, and I continue to discover that I don’t know it all when it comes to figuring out crappie’s fall patterns. It seems to me that they change from year to year and from lake to lake. […]

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Cold Crankin’

Have you ever stayed up late and watched one of those high-pressure infomercials on cable TV? The guy with the big teeth and the slick hair and the fast talk tries to convince you that this contraption right … HEEERRE … can do everything from grow hair on your bald head to save you money on your car insurance. […]