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

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Fishing Forecast for Mississippi Delta Lakes

As March begins, many Mississippi anglers are anticipating warmer spring weather and the start of a new fishing season. After a slow fishing season in 2013 on many Mississippi River oxbow lakes, anglers are hopeful that fishing will improve in 2014. During fish community sampling in fall 2013, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks fisheries biologists confirmed that severe low water levels in these oxbows during 2012 resulted in a reduced 2012 spawn. With higher water levels and a successful spawn in 2013, biologists are expecting a better fishing season during 2014.

Fall electrofishing surveys conducted in 2013 showed an increase in the size of largemouth bass and crappie at Moon Lake, and numbers of largemouth bass and crappie were high at Little Eagle Lake.  Bee Lake and Moon Lake were stocked with crappie and bluegill in 2013 to increase the numbers of these fish.  Crappie fishing on Lake Washington was very good in 2013.  The large crappie spawn in 2012 will continue to produce good fishing for anglers at this lake.

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

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