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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about the upcoming fishing season in northeast Mississippi. Results from our fall 2013 population sampling on state lakes and state park lakes revealed high catch rates of small bass in Elvis Presley Lake, Lake Lowndes State Park, Tippah County Lake, and Tombigbee State Park.  "To help promote a healthier bass population, creel limits on bass remain at 30 fish per day to encourage anglers to harvest these smaller bass to help improve the population," said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. "Quality crappie and bream populations were also observed while sampling at these lakes, especially in Tippah County Lake," said Stubbs.  Additionally, according to sampling and tournament results, Trace State Park is fast becoming a top bass lake in northeast Mississippi, with many quality fish being caught.  Anglers targeting catfish in our state lakes should look at Tippah County Lake or Elvis Presley Lake, as both lakes boast healthy populations of quality sized catfish.


Lake Lamar Bruce, near Saltillo, is still under renovation and closed to the public.  The lake has been refilled and stocked with Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Florida Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Golden Shiners, Grass Carp, and Magnolia Crappie. The lake is not expected to open until 2015.  Lake Monroe, near Aberdeen, is also under renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.  


The 2014 fishing season is also underway along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.  Pickwick Lake in Tishomingo County has become one of the hottest bass lakes in the country and remains a prime destination for bass anglers, especially during the early spring.  Crappie and Spotted Bass populations remain in good shape at Bay Springs Lake. 


The "river lakes," Aberdeen, Columbus, and Aliceville, as well as the canal lakes A-E currently support healthy populations of catfish and crappie, with common reports of crappie from Aberdeen and Columbus rivaling those of the flood control reservoirs.


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

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