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MDWFP To Host WMA Open House Meetings
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a series of six open house meetings across the state to gain public input on proposed Wildlife Management Area (WMA) regulations. These meetings will showcase proposed WMA regulation changes for the 2014-15 hunting season. All WMA users, adjacent landowners, hunting clubs, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. “It is very important for MDWFP to meet with our customers and hear input from the public at every available opportunity,” said Chris McDonald, MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director. “These meetings will give us the opportunity to promote our WMA system, gain input from the public regarding regulations, and provide information about WMAs to the public.”

MDWFP Studies Lake Washington Crappie
JACKSON –Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are tagging crappie on Lake Washington to estimate what proportion of the population is caught and harvested by anglers. Biologists recently tagged 400 crappies, 10 inches or longer, with pink tags that look like small pieces of spaghetti. The tags were attached to the fish’s back at the base of the dorsal fin. A telephone number and a unique identification number are printed on each tag.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Marshall County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Marshall County. The workshop will be held at the Marshall County Extension Office at 810 Highway 178 East in Holly Springs on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at (662) 252-3541.

MDWFP and Delta State University to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Delta State University are hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County. The workshop will be held at Delta State University in Caylor Hall, Room 105 located at the corner of Oak Street and Fifth Avenue in Cleveland on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to preregister by calling the Delta region fisheries office at (662) 759-6444.

MDWFP & Natchez State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Natchez State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Natchez State Park Lake on Saturday, April 19. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. The lake is located 3 miles south of Ackerman on Highway 15.

MDWFP & Brookhaven Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Brookhaven Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The pond is located in the Hansel King Sportsplex.

MDWFP & Tupelo Parks and Recreation Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Tupelo Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Veterans Park pond on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Prescribed Burning Underway in North WMA Region
JACKSON – Smoke has been rising from Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in north Mississippi to benefit wildlife. Since early February, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks WMA managers have implemented prescribed burns across designated areas on Charles Ray Nix, Hell Creek, Divide Section, and Canal Section WMAs. In addition, prescribed burning has been conducted by the U.S. Forest Service on Chickasaw and Upper Sardis WMAs. The seasonal managed use of fire is essential to enhance and maintain habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species. Prescribed burning during late winter and early spring maintains natural vegetation in a state that provides food and cover for wildlife. These “cool season” burns also minimize damage to timber. Prescribed burning will also take place on selected WMAs during late summer and early fall. These hotter “growing season” burns help control undesirable hardwood growth in old fields, reduce thick vegetation that limits habitat quality, and reduce hazardous fuel conditions for wild fires.

New State Record Rainbow Trout Caught
JACKSON - On Saturday, March 22, a Mississippi angler landed a unique fish that does not naturally exist this far south. Tommy Ware of Ocean Springs was fly fishing at a private pond in Scooba when he hooked a 3 pound 10 ounce Rainbow Trout. Mr. Ware caught the trout on a black wooly bugger fished on a 4x tippet and 5 pound test fishing line. After doing some research, Mr. Ware discovered that his lunker Rainbow Trout was larger than the current state record of 2 pounds 15 ounces, which was caught in Lake Whittington in 2001.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Attala County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Attala County. The workshop will be held at the Attala County Extension Office located at 715 Fairground Road in Kosciusko on Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the extension office at (662) 289-5431.

MDWFP and Canton Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Canton Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center ponds on Saturday, March 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The ponds are located at the MDWFP Central Region Office on State Highway 43, approximately 5 miles south of Canton.

Wildlife Habitat Improvements Planned for Pascagoula River WMA
JACKSON – This spring, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will conduct habitat improvements on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a 37,000-acre WMA located within George and Jackson counties in southeast Mississippi. Although predominately composed of bottomland hardwood forest, the WMA contains scattered pine sites along its perimeter where prescribed burning is applicable.


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