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MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Claiborne 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 Claiborne County. The workshop will be held at the Claiborne County Extension Office located at 510 Main Street in Port Gibson on Tuesday, May 17 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 Claiborne County Extension office at (601) 437-5011.

Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMAs Continue to be Impacted by Flooding

JACKSON – Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) encompass over 50,000 acres along the Pascagoula River in George and Jackson counties. The Pascagoula River basin is the largest drainage in the southeast region of the state. Over the past five months, the WMAs have experienced constant cycles of flooding which have lead to numerous road and hunting season closures. Roads and hunting seasons are closed during high water conditions to minimize road damage and keep visitors safe. Roads are highly susceptible to damage during periods of high water and often require costly repairs. Once flood waters recede, WMA personnel inspect roads and re-open when conditions are suitable. Visitors are encouraged to review Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMA regulations for more specific information regarding road and hunting season closures. These regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/wma.

Illegal Commercial Fishermen Arrested in George County

Conservation Officers with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently concluded a multi-day operation in George County with numerous commercial fishing violations and arrests on Black Creek. Black Creek, a popular and scenic stream in Jackson and George County, is open to recreational sport fishing but commercial fishing gear is prohibited. Commercial fishing gear such as the "slat box" seized this weekend, are commonly used to catch larger quantities of fish than recreational gear and may negatively affect other aquatic species.

Clarkco State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Clarkco State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Trace State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Trace Lake in Trace State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Olive Branch Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the City of Olive Branch and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Chickasawhay National Wildlife Refuge Gator Pond Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Gator Pond on Chickasawhay National Wildlife Refuge beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Treating Cogongrass on Wildlife Management Areas

JACKSON – With spring in full swing, trees are leafing out and flowers are blooming. This is a great time to identify different plant communities and locate any invasive plant species. Cogongrass is an aggressive, invasive species that will out-compete all native plant species and take over a landscape.

2016 -2017 Hunting Season Proposals

JACKSON – At a public meeting on April 20, 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2016 – 2017 white-tailed deer and turkey seasons, as well as Wildlife Management Area rules changes.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Forrest County. The workshop will be held at the Paul B. Johnson State Park office located at 319 Geiger Lake Road on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 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 park office at (601) 582-7721.

Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 14

JACKSON – Mississippi’s spring squirrel hunting season opens statewide May 14 – June 1. The bag limit is four squirrels per day during the spring season.

Fishing Regulation Changes Proposed for Lake Washington

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposed rule to increase the minimum length limit for crappie on Lake Washington from 10 inches to 11 inches. Anglers will be allowed to harvest five fish under the length limit each day, and the daily creel limit will remain 30 fish per angler. The proposed crappie regulations and the current black bass regulations will include the outlet channel from Lake Washington to the weir at Paul Love Park.

2016 Legion State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Legion State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2016 Announced

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, on April 20, approved the final rule changes for the 2016 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within seven hunting zones across the state for the ten-day season, August 26 – September 5, 2016.

Defendants Indicted in Illegal Deer Importation

JACKSON - Earlier this week, two of three defendants named in an indictment, filed in February of this year, were arraigned in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The three men named in the indictment are Coleman Virgil Slade and Dewayne Slade of Lamar County, Mississippi, and Don Durett of Stonewall County, Texas. Dewayne Slade and Don Durett were arraigned this week. Coleman Slade will be arraigned at a later date. The indictment alleges that the men violated the Lacey Act.

Lake Lowndes State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lowndes State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Regulation Change Proposed for Ross Barnett Reservoir Black Bass

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to increase the black bass minimum length limit on Ross Barnett Reservoir from 12 to 14 inches. Anglers will be required to throw back all bass 14 inches and under. The daily creel limit will remain seven fish per angler.

Family Fish Camp to be Held at Lake Lamar Bruce

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Lake Lamar Bruce near Satillo on June 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp will be a great way for Mississippi families to learn about fish and fishing.

Fishing Regulations for MDWFP Lakes Proposed

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced proposed fishing regulations for Lake Tangipahoa in Percy Quin State Park. The regulations include a slot limit of 16-22 inches for largemouth bass, with a daily creel limit of seven bass per angler including one bass over 22 inches. A daily creel limit of 20 crappie and 50 bream has also been proposed. “These regulations will help sustain high angler catch rates and protect the initial stock of largemouth bass,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Jerry Brown. Lake Tangipahoa will host a youth fishing day on Tuesday, September 17 and will open to the general public on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Mississippi’s 2016-17 Early Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2016 – 2017 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its monthly meeting on April 20, 2016. These early seasons include doves, resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, and rails.

Mississippi’s 2016-17 Waterfowl Seasons Announced

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2016-2017 waterfowl hunting seasons during the April 20, 2016 meeting. Under a new season selection process, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases all migratory game bird frameworks in early spring each year providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “This new selection process uses the previous year’s breeding population and breeding habitat data to provide frameworks for hunting seasons. This allows states to select migratory bird seasons when other hunting seasons are set, and to publish those seasons earlier in the year. Waterfowl breeding populations in 2015 were high, which will again result in a liberal season framework of 60 days with a six-duck daily bag limit,” said Houston Havens, Waterfowl Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Youth Fish Camp to be Held at Turcotte Education Center

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Youth Fish Camp at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton on July 20 and 21. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and is designed to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County. The workshop will be held at Lake Lowndes State Park main office located at 3319 Lake Lowndes Road near Columbus on Thursday, May 5 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 Lowndes County Extension office at (662) 328-2111.

Desoto National Forest Airey Lake Recreation Area Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Airey Lake Recreation Area beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Science Museum to Host “Birdsong and Bluegrass” Event on May 7

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to a new event: “Birdsong and Bluegrass” on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators and The Vernon Brothers will entertain museum visitors, and food will be available for purchase. “Good food, good music, and birdsong: what a great way to enjoy spring!” says Charles Knight, Museum Director.

Homochitto National Forest Clear Springs Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Clear Springs Lake in the Clear Springs Recreation Area beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 30. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

2016 Youth Art Contest Deadline

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2016 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2016.

Tippah County Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Tippah County Lake in Ripley beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Natchez State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Natchez State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Family Fish Camp to be Held at NMFH Visitor Center

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at the North MS Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center near Enid on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp will be a great way for Mississippi families to learn about fish and fishing.

South Delta Wildlife Management Areas Closed Due to Flooding

JACKSON – Heavy rainfall during the month of March and April has resulted in extraordinary high water levels and backwater flooding in the Mississippi south Delta. On April 12, 2016, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) signed an Executive Order closing turkey season, including any permit-only turkey hunts, on Lake George, Sunflower, and Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the remainder of the season.

Family Fish Camp to be Held at Paul B. Johnson State Park

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg on May 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp will be a great way for Mississippi families to learn about fish and fishing.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 4 to 15 years old are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Fishing Derby Ponds beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and The Friends of Noxubee Refuge.

Meridian Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Q. B. Sykes Park in Meridian beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Meridian Parks and Recreation.

2016-17 Youth Participation Initiative Applications Announced

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) is now accepting applications. 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 2015-2016, YPI provided a total of $147,672 to help fund 25 projects across Mississippi. In order to improve the program's services to grant recipients, the due date for YPI applications is moved to May 1.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Newton 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 Newton County. The workshop will be held at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station located at 51 Coastal Plains Road on Thursday, April 21 at 6 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 Newton County Extension office at (601) 635-7011.

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