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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.”

Rainbow Trout Stocked at Lake Lamar Bruce

JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 600 rainbow trout into the bank-fishing pond at Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs, “This stocking will provide anglers with a unique fishing opportunity during the winter months. In addition, the trout create a great opportunity to introduce youth or new anglers to fishing because they will be easy to catch.”

Crappie Stocked into Northeast Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked black crappie into two Northeast area lakes. Approximately 2,700 fish were stocked into newly renovated Lake Monroe near Aberdeen. Lake Lowndes State Park Lake, located near Columbus, received 7,200 crappie. Anglers are reminded that Lake Monroe is still closed to the public.

Crappie Stocked into Southwest Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked crappie into two Southwest state lakes. Approximately 3,100 Magnolia crappie were stocked into Lake Walthall near Tylertown. Lake Tangipahoa, in Percy Quin State Park near McComb, received 25,800 white crappie.

Calling Panther Lake Boat Ramp Reopens

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that the boat ramp at Calling Panther Lake has reopened. The lake level was lowered during August to allow staff to cut boat lanes, deepen shoreline areas, and make repairs to the courtesy pier.

Bream and Catfish Stocked into Northeast State Park Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish into two Northeast state park lakes. Approximately 31,850 bluegill and 13,650 redear sunfish were stocked into Tombigbee State Park Lake near Tupelo. Trace State Park Lake, a 565 acre lake located in Pontotoc County, received 38,750 bluegill; 21,125 redear sunfish; and 10,000 channel catfish.

Channel Catfish Stocked into Northeast Area Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked channel catfish into four Northeast area lakes. Approximately 7,500 fish were stocked into Tippah County Lake near Ripley, and Tombigbee State Park Lake near Plantersville received 5,000 fish. Additionally, Ballard Park and Veteran’s Park Lakes in Tupelo received around 400 catfish each. “Channel catfish are highly prized by anglers because they fight hard and make excellent table fare,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs.

Bream and Catfish Stocked Lamar Bruce and Monroe Co. State Lakes

JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 150,000 bluegill, 75,000 redear sunfish, and 15,000 channel catfish into Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs, “Our goal is to provide a long-term quality fishery, and the large stocking of bluegill and redear sunfish is a proactive management approach to reduce the chances of bass over-crowding.“

2015 Fall Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi State Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists encourage anglers to take advantage of the overlooked fall fishing opportunities in Southwest Mississippi. Great fishing reports have started coming in as temperature and fishing pressure decrease.

Paul B. Johnson State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 31. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

2015 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing has started to improve with gradually decreasing water temperatures. “In the fall, fish start feeding more in preparation for the winter months,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist, Tyler Stubbs. “Some of the best fishing in this part of the state occurs during the fall, and is often overlooked, as most folks are concentrating on hunting season,” said Stubbs. Bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations such as Pickwick, Bay Springs, the canal section lakes A through E, and Lake Lamar Bruce. “Anglers have been very successful all summer at Lake Lamar Bruce, and we expect this lake will continue to provide prime fishing for area bass anglers this fall,” said Stubbs.

Boy Scouts of America Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, October 17. The free event is hosted by the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

City of Biloxi Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 17. The free event is hosted by the City of Biloxi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

White Bass Die-Off in Sardis Lake

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists investigated a fish kill reported on September 17, at Sardis Lake. After evaluating the fish kill in several areas of the lake, biologists determined that white bass comprised over 99 percent of the dead fish.

Fishing Regulations Waived During Grenada Lake Dam Dewatering

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Law Enforcement Bureau announced that fish creel limits and legal fishing method regulations will be waived in the spillway area below Grenada Lake dam during the dewatering of the dam outlet channel by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. During this process, participants will be allowed to harvest an unlimited number of fish of any size and capture fish with dip nets, cast nets, or by hand. Those engaging in these activities must have a valid sport fishing license or be exempt from the license requirement.

Moon Lake Commercial Fishing Season Opens October 1

JACKSON - Moon Lake, in Coahoma County, will be open to commercial fishing for non-game gross fish from October 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016. Non-game gross fish include buffalo, gar, carp, and several other fish species. Fishermen who want to fish gill or trammel nets at Moon Lake must have a valid commercial fishing license and a special permit issued by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau. Paddlefish harvest is not allowed with these special permits.

Counties and MDWFP Partner to Improve Boat Launch and Construct New Fishing Pier on Pascagoula River WMA

JACKSON – The Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (PRWMA) is 37,000 acres of predominately bottomland hardwood forest located within George and Jackson counties. Thousands of people utilize PRWMA each year for a variety of recreational activities, with fishing being one of the most popular pursuits. Recently, the George County Road Department and Jackson County Board of Supervisors assisted MDWFP staff in making improvements that will benefit anglers that use the area.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Copiah 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 Copiah County. The workshop will be held at the Copiah County Multi-purpose Building located at 2040 West Gallman Road in Gallman on Tuesday, September 15 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 Copiah County Extension office at (601) 892-1809.

Improved Fishing at Mississippi River Oxbow Lakes

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau received several good reports from anglers fishing at Mississippi River oxbows during the last two weeks. This is welcome news after anglers and biologists saw a decline in bass, bream, and crappie populations over the past few years.

Calling Panther Lake Boat Ramp Closed

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has lowered the lake level and closed the boat ramp at Calling Panther Lake in Copiah County. The lake level was lowered to allow MDWFP staff to make several improvements at the lake. Bank fishing and camping is available during this time.

Fishing Gear Regulation Changes Approved for Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced new regulations regarding the use of sport fishing trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, Free Floating Fishing Devices (FFFDs), and yo-yos on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Roosevelt State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

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

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.

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).

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.

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Lake Monroe

JACKSON – On May 22, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 2,500 Florida-strain largemouth bass into Lake Monroe near Aberdeen. “Florida-strain largemouth bass are typically more aggressive, and grow faster than the northern strain largemouth bass,” says MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Stocking rates were decreased to help promote faster growth, and to delay future bass over-crowding.” The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte fish hatchery located near Canton.

Neshoba County Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Largemouth Bass Regulation Changes Proposed for Flood Control Reservoirs, Lake Jeff Davis, and Trace State Park

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to change largemouth bass regulations on Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis, and Grenada Lakes, also known as the Flood Control Reservoirs (FCRs), Lake Jeff Davis and Trace State Park. The proposal for the FCRs will increase the daily limit to 10 fish per angler per day.

MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

JACKSON - Mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 6 -14, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 6 and 7 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.

MDWFP Lake Lamar Bruce Opening Day Announced

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing day at Lake Lamar Bruce on Saturday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth 15 years and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid Mississippi fishing license. Lake Lamar Bruce will open to the general public on Wednesday, May 6 at 6 a.m.

Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Bright Park in Pearl beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18. 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 fishing rodeo at McAlpine Lake in Amory beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Amory as part of the 2015 Amory Railroad Festival.

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Veterans Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Tupelo.

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Hansel King Sportsplex beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.

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. on Saturday, April 11. 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 Bolivar County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau will be hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County on Saturday, April 11. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area (CCWMA) located off Hwy 8 between Cleveland and Rosedale. A question-and-answer period will be held to discuss common management strategies and problems encountered in small pond management, and a site visit to the MDWFP managed pond at CCWMA will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by emailing Nathan Aycock at nathana@mdwfp.state.ms.us or by calling the lake office at (662) 759-6444.

Mississippi Lakes Named Top Trophy Crappie Lakes in America

JACKSON –Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States.

Camp Fish 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 Camp Fish 2015 at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton June 24 and 25. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

McAlpine Lake in Amory Joins MDWFP Community Assistance Program

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau has accepted the City of Amory’s McAlpine Lake for participation in the MDWFP Community Assistance Program. McAlpine Lake is a 2.5 acre pond located on 10th Avenue North.

MDWFP & the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roebuck Lake

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roebuck Lake on Saturday, August 30. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The event will be located on Roebuck Lake at the east end of Lakeside Drive in Itta Bena.

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

Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Stocked into Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau stocked 175,000 bluegill and 75,000 redear sunfish into Lake Tangipahoa on Wednesday, July 9. Lake Tangipahoa is located in Percy Quin State Park near McComb. The lake was closed and drained in 2012 after the levee was damaged following Hurricane Isaac.
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