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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season. Oxbow lakes along the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers in Southwest MS were severely affected by the 2011 flood. Population sampling during Fall 2011 revealed high catch rates for both young largemouth bass and young crappie.  Eagle Lake, Lake Mary, and Wolf Lake were some of the lakes that looked really good. "The high water provided adult fish with more spawning habitat and additional cover allowed young fish to survive predation. This will increase survival rates of last year's hatch and provide great fishing for our anglers in the years to come," according to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Jerry Brown.    

Fall sampling also revealed an abundance of small bass at Lake Mary Crawford, near Monticello.  "We're encouraging anglers to harvest small bass at this lake to help promote a balanced fish population," said Brown. Samples taken at Natchez and Lake Lincoln State Park lakes revealed a quality bass fishery and both lakes support a healthy population of crappie and bream. Calling Panther Lake in Copiah County is still producing trophy size bass and remains one of the top State Lakes in Mississippi.    

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