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2017 Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi

Jackson - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are anticipating a productive 2017 fishing season in the southeast part of the State. Crappie fishing should be excellent in the Pascagoula River system this spring. According to our fall surveys, Graham Lake in Jackson County and Upper and Lower Rhines Lakes in George County should be primed for producing large and numerous crappie.

New Lake Record Crappie Caught at Lake Mike Conner

A new Lake Mike Conner record crappie has been caught! Mr. Charles M. Thompson of Seminary, MS caught the 2.2 pound white crappie on February 14, 2017. Lake Mike Conner is a 79-acre state fishing lake located in Covington County.

Museum to Host 14th Annual “Fossil Road Show” on Saturday, March 4th

Pack up your fossils and hit the road! Bring your fossil discoveries to the 14th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

Lake Dockery Tagged Fish Still Available

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) tagged 100 fish at Lake Dockery last October. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish were marked with a yellow tag on their back behind the dorsal fin. Anglers are encouraged to fish Lake Dockery and catch a tagged fish. To date, only two anglers have brought in a tag to claim their reward.

Rainbow Trout Stocked at Lake Lamar Bruce

SALTILLO – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked approximately 500 rainbow trout into the bank-fishing pond at Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Trevor Knight, “the rainbow trout we stocked in December 2015 were a popular attraction for anglers at Lake Lamar Bruce last year.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Wild Turkey and Bobwhite Quail Workshop in Corinth

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer an educational workshop for those interested in managing wild turkey and bobwhite quail on their properties. The workshop will occur on March 3 at the Alcorn County MSU Extension Office in Corinth from 9 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for those who preregister.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Wild Turkey Management Workshops

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer two workshops for those interested in better understanding and managing wild turkeys on their properties. The first workshop will take place on February 17 at Mitchell’s Restaurant in Brookhaven. The second workshop will be held on February 24 at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl. Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 a.m.. A lunch will be provided for those who preregister.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day in Mississippi is February 4

Jackson-The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone of the upcoming final youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on February 4, 2017. Licensed adults are encouraged to participate by taking youth (under the age of 16) out to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private land. Although adults are not allowed to harvest ducks, they can place decoys, call, and otherwise assist youth with hunting.

Museum of Natural Science Lecture on Habitat and Predator Management

JACKSON – As part of MDWFP’s Habitat and Predator Management Month, MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will feature a guest speaker at its monthly Noon Lecture Series in February. John Gruchy, MDWFP Private Lands Program Coordinator, will present “Strategies for Managing Habitat and Predator Populations to Benefit Target Species,” on February 7, at the Museum auditorium.

Southaven Angler Catches New State and World Record Longnose Gar

On Saturday, September 10, Mississippi angler, Don Henson of Southaven, went fishing at the Sardis Lake spillway. Hoping to catch a monster catfish, Mr. Henson drifted a shad through the current. After fishing about 10 minutes, he noticed his float had disappeared and he was fast into a large fish.

MDWFP Announces Habitat and Predator Management Month

Amidst growing concern for populations of wild turkeys and other wildlife species, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) seeks to begin a new initiative aimed at encouraging hunters and landowners to undertake management practices to boost numbers of sought-after game species.

Extreme Weather Results in Record Waterfowl Numbers

JACKSON -The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) completed its early January aerial waterfowl survey this week as part of the nationwide Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey. Estimates for both mallards and total ducks were the highest observed since MDWFP began using its current survey methods in 2005. The survey estimate of the Mississippi Delta is 1,442,406 total ducks, including 678,235 mallards. The early January aerial waterfowl survey report with waterfowl estimates and distribution maps can be found online at The extreme cold weather which swept across the country late last week and remained through early portions of this week likely had a significant impact on the number of birds arriving in Mississippi. “The widespread snowfall and icy conditions that reached into the South over the last several consecutive days forced large numbers of waterfowl to migrate in search of milder weather and available wetland habitat," said Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Coordinator.

Kick Off the New Year with “Family Fun Science Night” at the Museum

JACKSON—Do you want to learn more about science as a family? Join us at MDWFP’s Museum of Natural Science on Thursday, January 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. for “Family Fun Science Night”! “This event is a great opportunity for families with elementary and middle school aged children to kick off the new year and experience science in fun, hands-on ways,” says Charles Knight, Museum Director.

2017 Youth Art Contest Announced

JACKSON - 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 Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp Announced

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is once again partnering with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and others to host the Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting in Mississippi. This camp is much more than a youth waterfowl hunting trip. Youth ages 13 – 16 will increase their knowledge of waterfowl and wetland biology and management. Classroom discussions and hands-on activities, led by biologists and other wildlife professionals, help students gain a better understanding of wetlands, waterfowl, and ethical hunting practices. In addition, local field trips to public lands will expose youth to the diversity of wetland habitats used by waterfowl during winter in Mississippi. Other activities will include shooting instruction and safety training, as well as an optional adult-supervised waterfowl hunt for camp participants under the age of 16.

MDWFP and NWTF Discuss Wild Turkey Population Declines

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Mississippi Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff discussed the continual statewide decline in wild turkey harvests during its open educational session on December 14.

Celebrate the Season at the Science Museum

JACKSON— Make merry memories this holiday season at the award-winning MDWFP Mississippi Museum of Natural Science! “Connect with your friends and family at the museum and experience unique, hands-on events,” invites Charles Knight, Museum Director. Experiment with instant snow. Interact with swamp animals. Meet the Christmas Gator. See Santa dive to feed the fish in the aquariums and get your photo with him! For details, please see the museum’s events calendar at

Paddlefish Egg Harvest Season

JACKSON - The Mississippi River Harvest Zone, which is the first area open during the 2016 – 2017 Mississippi Paddlefish egg harvest season, opens on November 20, 2016 and closes December 31, 2016. This zone includes all of the public waters between the main line levees of the Mississippi River along the Mississippi-Arkansas border.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: November 19

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the first youth waterfowl hunting day on November 19, 2016.

White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 19

Mississippi’s white-tailed deer gun season opens November 19 and closes December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open public lands.

Cases of Illegal Carcass Importation Increase

Over the last week, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers have made nine different cases on illegal importation of cervid carcasses. Some of these cases originated from concerned citizens and through cooperation with other state and federal agencies.

MDWFP Completes New Boat Ramp in Tallahatchie County

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, working in cooperation with the Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors, recently completed a new public boat launching ramp on the Tallahatchie River in Tallahatchie County.

Bear Pen Park Lake

Bear Pen Park Lake in Cleveland Joins the MDWFP Community Fishing Assistance Program CLEVELAND - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is pleased to announce that the City of Cleveland has enrolled Bear Pen Park Lake into the MDWFP Community Fishing Assistance Program. The park is located on College Street.

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Now Open

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is now accepting online applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waterfowl draw hunts. Applications can be submitted at All applicants must have a valid WMA user permit to apply. WMA user permits are available for purchase online at or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

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