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

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Neshoba County Lake Expected to Produce More Lunker Bass in 2013

JACKSON - During the past several years, Neshoba County Lake has been one of the most productive big bass lakes in the State, producing numerous bass over 10 pounds and two bass over 14 pounds.  Fisheries biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) are predicting another great year during 2013.  According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Larry Bull, "The bass were stocked in 2005, and we usually see the catch of big bass peak 8 to 10 years after a lake is drained and restocked."  In addition to the length of time since restocking, the bass population is managed with a slot limit (all bass must be released between 16 and 20 inches, with only 1 bass allowed over 20 inches) that has kept the lake from becoming overpopulated with small, stunted bass.

Lake Manager Chuck Hazelwood said, "Anglers should plan on getting on the water soon.  Big bass will start showing up as early as mid-February."  Anglers looking to catch a lunker should fish in 4 to 5 feet of water near channel drop-offs.  Artificial baits like lizards and flukes or live shiners are the baits most likely to produce a trophy early in the season.  And according to Hazelwood, "Anglers must be patient and persistent; a slow presentation is best."  Later in the spring, after the aquatic vegetation starts growing, snagless topwater lures such as frogs are the best baits to use.  

In addition to fishing, Neshoba County Lake offers camping and picnicking.  The lake is located in Neshoba County, 7 miles southeast of Philadelphia off of Hwy 486.  For information about Neshoba County Lake, call 601-656-7376.

For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at http://www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. 

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