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Lefleur’s Bluff State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Mayes Lake in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 3. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Golden Memorial State Park Youth Fishing

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 27. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bear Pen Park

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Tallaha District Cub Scout

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roosevelt State Park

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Columbus Lake

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 62,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW). “Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and larger than native bass,” says Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. According to Stubbs, the goal of these stockings is to increase the number of trophy-sized bass. A 14 inch minimum length limit also remains in effect on Columbus Lake to help increase the number of fish that reach larger sizes. MDWFP has stocked approximately 700,000 Florida strain bass into Columbus Lake since 2004.

Mary Crawford Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years of age and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Mary Crawford Lake beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Perry Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Perry Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

American Legion Lake 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 18. The free event is hosted by the Chickasaw Development Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Madison 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 Madison County. The workshop will be held at the Turcotte Education Building located at 506 Hwy 43 South near Canton on Thursday evening, June 16 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 MDWFP Central Region Office at (601) 859-3421.

Puskus Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Puskus Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Alcorn 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 Alcorn County. The workshop will be held at the Alcorn County Extension Office located at 2200 Levee Road in Corinth on Tuesday, June 14 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 Alcorn County Extension Office at (662) 286-7755.

Grenada Reservoir Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Grenada Reservoir catfish ponds beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The free event is hosted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Neshoba County Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Local Anglers Assist with Largemouth Bass Stocking at Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass into Ross Barnett Reservoir. In cooperation with Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers, the fish were transported and released into backwater areas to improve survival rates. Volunteers using the Hwy 43 ramps near Tommy’s Trading Post stocked approximately 75,000 bass, and additional 26,000 were released in Pelahatchie Bay.

New Fishing Regulations Finalized for MDWFP Lakes

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced changes to fishing regulations at four MDWFP lakes. These changes go into effect on June 23, 2016.

MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week 2016

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants you to mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 4 -12, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 4 and 5 are designated as “Free Fishing Days” in Mississippi, and any person may sport fish without a license. In addition, daily permits to fish at state fishing lakes and parks are not required.

Black Bass Regulation Change Approved for Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a new black bass regulation on Ross Barnett Reservoir. The new regulation increases the minimum length limit on black bass to 14 inches and becomes effective on June 23, 2016. Under the new rule, anglers will be required to throw back all bass 14 inches and under. The daily creel limit will remain seven fish per angler.

Fishing Regulation Changes Approved for Lake Washington

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

Katfishin’ Kids Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by The Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Sport Fish Restoration, Coca-Cola Bottling, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Frito Lay, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Brown Bottling Group, ESI Supply, LLC, BankPlus, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Allied Waste Services, Keesler Federal Credit Union and all local Wal-Mart stores.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Holmes 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 Holmes County. The workshop will be held at the Holmes County Bank annex building on the court square in Lexington on Tuesday, June 7 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 Holmes County Extension office at (662) 458-3847.

Sardis Lower Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Cypress Point Recreation area on the Lower Lake of Sardis Reservoir beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

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 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Claude Bennett Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Registration Deadline Extended for Family Fish Camp at NMFH Visitor Education Center

JACKSON - The deadline to register for the Family Fish Camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) North MS Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center has been extended to May 25. The camp, which is cosponsored by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), will be on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

McMillan Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The free event is hosted by the City of Carthage, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), and the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service.

Lake Lamar Bruce Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lamar Bruce beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

NMFH Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, May 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

MDWFP and MSU Extension Service to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the MSU Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Harrison County. The workshop will be held at the Lyman Community Center located at 13472 Highway 49 in Gulfport on Thursday, May 19 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 Paul B. Johnson State park office at (601) 582-7721.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Diamondhead Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Twin Lakes Park pavilion beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Diamondhead.

Choctaw Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U. S. Forest Service.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop at NMFH Visitor Center

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Yalobusha County at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) below Enid Reservoir dam on Saturday, April 16 at 2 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 VEC at (662) 563-8068.

Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Bright Park in Pearl beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Pearl.

Amory Railroad Festival Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McAlpine Lake in Amory beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Amory as part of the 2016 Amory Railroad Festival.

New State Record Yellow Perch Caught at Pickwick Lake

JACKSON – On Monday, March 21, Wesley Cummings of Booneville was fishing in Mill Creek at Pickwick Lake near Iuka. While crappie fishing using a small pink jig, Mr. Cummings hooked and landed a large yellow perch. The fish was positively identified by Tyler Stubbs, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and was weighed on a certified scale. Mr. Cummings’ fish weighed 1.46 pounds, becoming the new Mississippi state record yellow perch! “Catching a yellow perch is rare, so the potential of seeing a new state record was unexpected and exciting. I was more than happy to certify the fish for Mr. Cummings," said Tyler Stubbs.

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Hansel King Sportsplex beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.

2016 Spring Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are anticipating a productive 2016 fishing season. Winter catches of trophy bass in our state lakes should bode well for anglers in spring 2016. Population sampling during fall 2015 revealed good catch rates for both largemouth bass and sunfish in the southeast region state lakes. "A mild winter in southeast Mississippi allowed our fish to have a longer growing season this past year, which should be beneficial to our anglers this spring," said Stephen Brown, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist.

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Veterans Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Tupelo.

Let’s Wet a Hook Youth Fishing Rodeo at Woodville

JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Wilkinson County Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2. The free event is hosted by the Scenic River Development Alliance and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Leroy Percy State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo Cancelled

JACKSON – The youth fishing rodeo scheduled for March 26 at Leroy Percy State Park has been cancelled due to recent rain events. Please keep an eye on the fishing rodeo schedule located within the "Education and Outreach" tab on the Fisheries’ Bureau webpage at www.mdwfp.com for updates.

MDWFP Studies Black Bass on Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON –Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are tagging black bass on Ross Barnett Reservoir to study movement of tournament released fish. A total of 500 largemouth bass and spotted bass are being tagged and released during tournament weigh-ins. Each fish is tagged in the back near the dorsal fin with two yellow tags that look like small pieces of spaghetti. A telephone number and a unique identification number are printed on each tag.

VEC to Host Gourd Program

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Gourd Program on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Noxubee 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 Noxubee County. The workshop will be held at the Noxubee Civic Center located at 16291 US Hwy 45 in Macon on Thursday, March 31 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 Noxubee County Extension office at (662) 726-5723.

New State Record Striped Bass Caught in Gautier

JACKSON – On Saturday, March 5, Rocky Rawls of Gautier was fishing in the West Pascagoula River near his home. Using a bull minnow for bait, Mr. Rawls hooked and landed a large striped bass. The fish was positively identified by Stan Crider, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and was weighed on certified scales. Mr. Rawls fish weighed 39.6 pounds, becoming the new Mississippi state record striped bass! “Catching a state record fish does not happen very often. I was more than happy to certify the lunker striped bass for Mr. Rawls," said Stan Crider.

2016 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing success in 2016 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Reservoirs based on last fall’s sampling.

2016 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists expect a great year for anglers during the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fall 2016 population sampling on our state lakes and state park lakes revealed excellent populations of bass, bream, and crappie. “We collected more bass in the 4 - 8 pound range from Tippah County Lake as well as Tombigbee and Lake Lowndes State Park Lakes than we have seen in recent years,” said Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. “Large crappie and bream were also collected on these lakes.” Anglers targeting catfish should fish at Tippah County Lake or Elvis Presley Lake. Both lakes boast healthy populations of catfish, including 10 - 20 pound flathead catfish at Tippah County Lake

Fish Tagged in Moon Lake Recaptured near Grand Tower, Illinois

JACKSON - A paddlefish tagged and released in February 2014 at Moon Lake in Coahoma County by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists was recaptured on February 22, 2016, in the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Big Muddy River near Grand Tower, Illinois. The fish, which swam almost 870 miles, was captured and released alive by a rod and reel angler fishing for catfish. "This fish made a remarkable journey through many miles of streams and rivers just to get to the Mississippi River.” said Darrin Hardesty, MDWFP Commercial Fisheries Biologist. “Paddlefish are known for their long distance travels, but very little is known about their movements into and out of Moon Lake.” Moon Lake is connected to the Coldwater River by the Yazoo Pass.

Fish Tagged in Mississippi Recaptured near St. Louis, Missouri

JACKSON - A shovelnose sturgeon tagged and released in the Mississippi River near Tunica by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) biologists was recaptured on February 5, 2016, in the Mississippi River near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The fish, which swam almost 380 miles, was captured and released alive by a commercial fisherman. The sturgeon was originally tagged in 2012 by biologists performing research on pallid sturgeon, an endangered fish species.

2016 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists anticipate a great year for anglers in Southwest Mississippi. “We’ve seen improved fisheries at connecting oxbows along the Mississippi River during fall and winter sampling,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. “We collected high numbers of largemouth bass and bluegill at Chotard and Albemarle Lakes, and anglers reported improved catches at those and other oxbows during fall 2015. Recent flooding will not adversely affect game fish populations. According to Brown, “fish move onto the floodplain during high water, and return to the oxbows as the water level decreases.”

Tornado Damage Cleanup Continues at Elvis Presley Lake

JACKSON – Elvis Presley Lake, located in Tupelo, remains closed following the April 28 tornado that damaged lake grounds and facilities. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been coordinating with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess damages on lake property


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