Conservation Resources Biologist
The Northwest Region includes the four U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers flood control reservoirs: Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and
Grenada Lakes. They total 95,920 acres at summer pool; over 40% of
the state's public lake acreage. Other important fisheries include
the streams and oxbows of the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers. Tunica
Cutoff is a popular Mississippi River oxbow. Community
Assistance Program ponds are managed as urban fisheries for the
cities of Olive Branch and Oxford.
Crappie are king on the flood control reservoirs, with national
tournaments and outdoor media attention. Enid holds the state and
world record white crappie, while the state record black crappie
was caught in Arkabutla's headwaters. MDWFP has used innovative
regulations and sampling techniques on these lakes to maintain
quality crappie fishing with rising fishing pressure.
Although the oxbows are also good crappie fisheries, big
bluegill bream are sought by anglers on these fertile waters.
Catfishes occur in all waters, but are truly huge and abundant on
the Mississippi River. Largemouth bass fishing is good, with best
fishing in the clearer lakes such as Sardis, Enid, and Tunica.
White, striped, and yellow bass are found in many waters, with
stripers mostly confined to the Mississippi River. Fishing effort
in this region is high, particularly during the spring crappie
spawn, with local anglers supplemented by anglers from Memphis, TN,
and many Midwestern states.