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Largemouth Bass Regulation Changes Approved for Flood Control Reservoirs, Lake Jeff Davis, and Trace State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Bureau announced new largemouth bass regulations on Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis, and Grenada Flood Control Reservoirs (FCRs), Lake Jeff Davis, and Trace State Park. The new regulations take effect July 22, 2015.

Donated Channel Catfish Stocked in Bolivar Lake
JACKSON - Approximately 1,700 channel catfish were stocked into Lake Bolivar, a 630 acre lake located in Bolivar County near the town of Scott on June 22. These fish were donated to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) by Harvest Select Farms in Inverness. The fish, weighing up to 25 pounds and averaging six pounds in weight, will help supplement the existing catfish population and increase fishing opportunities for anglers at Lake Bolivar.

Leave Fawns Alone
JACKSON – With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to remind people to LEAVE FAWNS ALONE. Many Mississippians will come across a newborn fawn this summer. However, well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned or is sick, and want to take the fawn home to care for it. “We tell people the same thing every year – please LEAVE FAWNS ALONE,” said MDWFP Deer Program Leader Lann Wilf.

Crappie Regulation Changes Approved for Flood Control Reservoirs and Eagle Lake
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced new crappie regulations on Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis, and Grenada Lakes, also known as the Flood Control Reservoirs (FCRs), and Eagle Lake. The new regulations on the FCRs, which become effective July 22, 2015, consist of making the minimum length crappie that anglers can keep 12 inches, setting the daily creel limit to 15 fish per angler, and limiting the number of poles an angler can use to 4. In addition, boats with 3 or more anglers will be able to keep 40 crappie per boat. Daily creel limits in the FCRs’ spillways, including Sardis Lower Lake, will be reduced to15 fish per angler. The new regulations for the FCRs will make the regulations uniform across all 4 of the lakes.

Invasive Cogongrass Reduced at Marion County and Old River WMAs
JACKSON – Each year, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) controls cogongrass on Marion County and Old River Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Cogongrass, an exotic plant species from Asia, has aggressively expanded its range across Mississippi. Today, it is present in over 60 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

MDWFP Biologists to Present Asian Carp Program
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists will present a program about Asian carp at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Biologists will discuss how Asian carp became established, and how anglers can identify these invasive fish. Efforts to control the Asian carp populations will also be discussed and biologists will answer audience questions.

2015-16 Youth Participation Initiative Applications Announced
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) will be accepting applications on June 15, 2015. The YPI was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, and natural resource conservation. During 2014-2015, the YPI provided a total of $147,274.00 to help fund 21 projects across Mississippi.

MDWFP to Participate in Operation Dry Water
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will participate in Operation Dry Water June 26-28 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).

Lake Bill Waller Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bill Waller beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 27. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP Conservation Officers Rescue Women
JACKSON----On Sunday morning June 7, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers received information that two women were missing from part of a group that began an early morning tubing trip on the Chunky River in Lauderdale County.

June 20th is “American Eagle Day” in Mississippi
JACKSON—Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed June 20, 2015 as “American Eagle Day” in Mississippi. “American Eagle Day” is a commemorative national day to celebrate the Bald Eagle’s symbolism to Americans and its dramatic recovery from the brink of extinction. For over 230 years, the Bald Eagle has served as the living symbol of all that America stands for: Freedom, Courage, Strength, Spirit, Independence, & Excellence. On June 20, 1782, our nation’s Founding Fathers placed this majestic creature, which is unique to North America, at the center of the Great Seal of the United States.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Tishomingo County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Tishomingo County. The workshop will be held at the Tishomingo State Park Lodge located at 105 CR 90 in Tishomingo on Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the extension office at (662) 423-7016.

Lake Puskus to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Puskus beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 20. This free event is hosted by the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

American Legion Lake to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at American Legion Lake in Houston beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 20. The free event is hosted by the Chickasaw Development Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Perry to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Perry beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 20. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked into Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Lakes
JACKSON – On May 22nd, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into two Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW) lakes. Aberdeen Lake received approximately 48,000, and 25,000 were stocked into Lock C near Fulton. “Florida-strain largemouth bass are typically more aggressive, grow faster, and potentially grow larger than the native bass found in the TTW,” says MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. According to Stubbs, the goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help increase the number of trophy-sized bass in these two lakes.


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