Monday, March 06, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
2017 Spring Fishing Forecast for the Mississippi Delta
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are expecting a great 2017
fishing season in the Mississippi Delta! Recent fish
population sampling revealed improved populations of largemouth
bass, crappie, and bream in most Delta oxbows. "In general,
the sport fish numbers in the oxbows are up dramatically," said
Nathan Aycock, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. "Higher water
levels since the 2012 drought have resulted in better spawns and
higher numbers of fish."
Bass fishing on the connected oxbow lakes of the Mississippi
River should be excellent. During fall 2016 sampling at Lake
Ferguson, near Greenville, biologists captured the highest number
of bass in the last 30 years. Angler creel surveys at
Ferguson in 2016 showed that bass catch rates were twice as high as
a few years ago, and the fish were plump and healthy.
Good crappie catches are already being reported from some Delta
oxbows, including Lake Washington in Washington County.
"Results from a multi-year study indicated the crappie population
is stable and extremely productive at Lake Washington," said
Aycock. "We implemented an 11-inch minimum length limit on
crappie to better protect the population. Fishing
pressure is increasing as people throughout the nation discover
this hidden hotspot."
With the unseasonably warm weather, water temperatures are above
normal for this time of year. As temperatures continue to
rise the fishing action will heat up. Plan a trip soon to the
Mississippi Delta for some of the best fishing Mississippi has to
For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our
website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601)
432-2212. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.