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

Monday, March 03, 2014

2014 Fishing Forecast for East Central Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season in east central Mississippi. During summer and fall population sampling on Ross Barnett Reservoir, evidence of a tremendous shad spawn was observed.  The large numbers of bait fish will provide quality forage for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.  "Fall sampling revealed an increase in abundance of largemouth bass from last year," said MDWFP fisheries biologist Ryan Jones.  


Trophy bass can still be caught at Neshoba County Lake.  The lake has reached its full potential and is producing multiple lunkers over 10 pounds.  March is a great time to catch these big fish as they prepare to spawn.  Bass anglers who like to catch a lot of 1 to 2 pound fish should travel to Kemper County Lake near DeKalb or to Lake Tom Bailey at Toomsuba.  During fall 2013 population sampling, bass were abundant in both of these lakes.  


High quality panfish lakes are abundant in east central Mississippi.  Ross Barnett Reservoir, Okatibbee Reservoir, Kemper County Lake, and Lake Tom Bailey contain large crappie populations.  "We placed brush piles into Kemper County Lake that provide fish attractors for anglers to fish around," said Jones.  Big bluegill and redear sunfish can be found at Lakes Claude Bennett, Prentiss Walker, and Simpson County.


For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2212. 

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