Press Releases

2017 – 2018 Proposed Changes for Wildlife Management Areas

JACKSON – At a public meeting on April 19, 2017, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2017 – 2018 hunting seasons on Wildlife Management Areas.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lauderdale County

MERIDIAN - 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 Lauderdale County.

VEC to Present Fossil Program

Jill Smith, Director of the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany, will present a program about fossils at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Saltillo, Belden, and the Airey Lake Recreation Area

JACKSON -Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at three locations across the state on Saturday, May 6.

2017 - 2018 White-tailed Deer Season and Bag Limits

JACKSON -At a public meeting on April 19, 2017, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2017 - 2018 white-tailed deer hunting season.

Four State Fishing Lake Record Fish Caught In One Weekend

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that four state fishing lake record fish were caught over the weekend.

Trace State Park Lake Closed for Dam Repairs

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), by Commission Order on April 19, has closed Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park. MDWFP has completed the process of draining the lake in preparation for planned repairs to the dam.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Natchez, Meadville, Walnut Grove, Louisville, and Cypress Point Recreation Area

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at five locations across the state on Saturday, April 29. All events are free, and they provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers. Families are invited to come enjoy quality time together in a safe environment.

2017 Youth Art Contest Announced

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2017 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2017.

Youth Fish Camp to be Held at Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will host a Youth Fish Camp at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo June 20 and 21.

MDWFP to Co-sponsor Youth Fishing Rodeo Events in Diamondhead, Meridian, Brooksville, and Ackerman

Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at four locations across the state on Saturday, April 22. All events are free, and they provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch.

Conservation Officers Uncover Illegal Hog Selling Operation

Mississippi Conservation Officers in South Mississippi recently dismantled a group responsible for the illegal selling and transporting of wild hogs. The illegal trafficking operation was discovered when a concerned citizen tipped off local officers of what they believed was a “possible illegal situation that concerned them greatly.”

“Birdsong & Bluegrass” Evening Event at the Museum on April 29, 2017

Enjoy a beautiful evening at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science during “Birdsong and Bluegrass” on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 4 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers, Bill Ellison and Temperance Babcock of MPB’s Grassroots fame, and Bryan Ledford and the Accumulators will entertain visitors with classic folk and traditional bluegrass.

MDWFP Announces New Director of Wildlife Resources

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has chosen its first female Director of Wildlife Resources with the hiring of Amy Blaylock, the agency announced Wednesday.

MDWFP to Co-sponsor Youth Fishing Rodeo Events in Tupelo, Amory, Pearl and Brookhaven

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at four locations across the state on Saturday, April 8. All events are free, and provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers. Families are invited to come enjoy quality time together in a safe environment.

MDWFP Welcomes New Wildlife Executive Staff Officer

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has named Russ Walsh as the next Wildlife Executive Staff Officer, the agency announced Friday.

State Lake Record Fish Caught at Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mary Crawford

JACKSON – Two state lake record fish have been caught! On March 21, 2017, a new Lake Jeff Davis record largemouth bass was caught by Randy Rushing of Osyka, MS.

Bait Fish Regulation Change Proposed for Dam Spillway Areas

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposed rule regarding the handling and storage of bait fish captured in dam spillway areas.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshops in Yazoo and Tunica Counties

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting pond management workshops in Yazoo and Tunica Counties.

Fishing Regulations for MDWFP Lakes Proposed

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced proposed fishing regulations and the proposed opening date for Lake Monroe, which is located near Aberdeen.

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2017 Proposed

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks approved the proposed rule changes for the 2017 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi on March 22.

Catfish Stocked into Coahoma County Lake

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau recently stocked 300 adult channel catfish into Coahoma County Lake in Clarksdale. This lake is part of MDWFP's Community Fishing Assistance Program and is managed jointly by MDWFP and the Coahoma County Board of Supervisors.

2017-18 Youth Participation Initiative Applications Announced

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2017.

2017 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Biologists expect another great year for anglers during the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. “Tippah County Lake and Tombigbee State Park Lake continue to get better,” said Trevor Knight, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist.


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