What soft-plastic creature bait has an oversized, curved, a wide tail, an hour glass-shaped body lined with air pockets and distinctive wings that remind so many veteran bass anglers of a popular Mister Twister soft plastic first introduced in 1976?
Strangely enough, the reservoirs on our nation’s river systems were not originally constructed to give us places to fish; they were built to control traditional spring floods that destroyed crops and homes.
“One of the most frequently asked questions about joining the DMAP program is ‘what do we get out of it?” said Lann Wilf, the North Region Biologist. “It certainly is a fair question since we are asking these guys to spend an entire hunting season collecting data and sending it in for analysis.”
As DMAP Cooperators will quickly learn, recording, delivering and assessing deer harvest data is crucial to program maintenance. Quality deer management cannot happen without essential data being collected and analyzed. Paramount among the deer harvest data fields is determining the ages of the deer taken on the DMAP property each season.
Pitching the idea of harvesting antlerless deer is still a hard sell. In all the years of teaching hunter safety education even though as I counseled the participants that the course was not a “deer hunting” course, inevitably the discussions often turned to those subjects.
Even for the tournament types, crappie fishing doesn’t always need to be a high-strung tension fest. You’d be amazed at the therapeutic benefits of dropping the anchor and deploying a few float rigs baited with something smelly.
A combination of regulations set by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, which manages Barnett Reservoir, creates many zones on Barnett Reservoir that are closed to fishing with jugs.
Steve Grace of Collinsville is an accomplished local, regional and national tournament angler, who excels in fishing a variety of lakes from large reservoirs to smaller public waters, like Kemper County Lake near DeKalb.