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Handgrabbing Season Opens May 1
Friday May 01, 2015
JACKSON – A tradition unlike any other begins May 1. Grabbling, handgrabbing, handfishing, or noodling—whatever you call it—catching catfish with your hands is a popular way of fishing for a lot of Mississippians. The season opens May 1 and runs through July 15.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County
Wednesday April 29, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at Paul B. Johnson State Park located south of Hattiesburg off Hwy 49. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the conference room at the park office. 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.

MDWFP Lake Lamar Bruce Opening Day Announced
Tuesday April 28, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing day at Lake Lamar Bruce on Saturday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth 15 years and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid Mississippi fishing license. Lake Lamar Bruce will open to the general public on Wednesday, May 6 at 6 a.m.

Desoto National Forest Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday April 22, 2015
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Airey Lake Recreation Area in the Desoto National Forest beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Lake Lamar Bruce Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday April 22, 2015
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lamar Bruce beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Lamar Bruce Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 21, 2015
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lamar Bruce beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Neshoba County
Tuesday April 21, 2015
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 Neshoba County. The workshop will be held at the Neshoba County Coliseum located at 12000 Hwy 15 N in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28 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 (601) 656-4011.

Meridian Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 21, 2015
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Q. V. Sykes Park in Meridian beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Meridian Parks and Recreation.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 21, 2015
JACKSON – Children 4 to 15 years old are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Fishing Derby Ponds beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Friends of Noxubee Refuge, and the Louisville Wal-Mart.

Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 14, 2015
JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Bright Park in Pearl beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Pearl.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Choctaw County
Wednesday April 08, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop inChoctawCounty. The workshop will be held at the Choctaw County of Commerce at 55 East Quinn Street in Ackerman on Thursday, April 16 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 register by calling the Choctaw County Extension Office at (662) 285-6337.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lincoln County
Wednesday April 08, 2015
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 Lincoln County. The workshop will be held at the Lincoln Civic Center multi-purpose building located at 1096 Belt Line Drive NE in Brookhaven on Thursday, April 16 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 register by calling the Lincoln County Extension Office at (601) 835-3460.

Amory Railroad Festival Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 07, 2015
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at McAlpine Lake in Amory beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Amory as part of the 2015 Amory Railroad Festival.

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 07, 2015
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Veterans Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Tupelo.

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 07, 2015
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Hansel King Sportsplex beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.

Choctaw Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday April 07, 2015
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U. S. Forest Service.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
Thursday April 02, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau will be hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County on Saturday, April 11. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area (CCWMA) located off Hwy 8 between Cleveland and Rosedale. A question-and-answer period will be held to discuss common management strategies and problems encountered in small pond management, and a site visit to the MDWFP managed pond at CCWMA will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by emailing Nathan Aycock at nathana@mdwfp.state.ms.us or by calling the lake office at (662) 759-6444.

Mississippi Lakes Named Top Trophy Crappie Lakes in America
Monday March 30, 2015
JACKSON –Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States.

Camp Fish to be Held at Turcotte Education Center
Monday March 30, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton June 24 and 25. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

Camp Fish to be Held at Percy Quin State Park
Thursday March 26, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at Percy Quin State Park near McComb June 8 and 9. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

"Let’s Wet a Hook" Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday March 25, 2015
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Wilkinson County Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Scenic River Development Alliance.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Scott County
Wednesday March 25, 2015
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 Scott County. The workshop will be held at the Scott County MSU Extension Service office located at 230 South Davis St. in Forest on Tuesday, April 7 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 (601) 469-4241.

Camp Fish to be Held at Coahoma County Expo Center
Tuesday March 24, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), and the Coahoma County Youth Outreach Program will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Coahoma County Expo Center in Clarksdale June 2 and 3. The camp is open to youth, ages 11-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

Leroy Percy State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday March 23, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Leroy Percy State Park on Saturday, March 28. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. Leroy Percy State Park is located approximately 5 miles west of Hollandale on Hwy 12.

MDWFP & the City of Canton to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday March 12, 2015
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Canton are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, March 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth, 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located on Hwy 43 South adjacent to Ross Barnett Reservoir.

McAlpine Lake in Amory Joins MDWFP Community Assistance Program
Friday August 22, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau has accepted the City of Amory’s McAlpine Lake for participation in the MDWFP Community Assistance Program. McAlpine Lake is a 2.5 acre pond located on 10th Avenue North.

MDWFP & the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roebuck Lake
Tuesday August 19, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roebuck Lake on Saturday, August 30. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The event will be located on Roebuck Lake at the east end of Lakeside Drive in Itta Bena.

Tornado Damage Cleanup Continues at Elvis Presley Lake
Wednesday July 16, 2014
JACKSON – Elvis Presley Lake, located in Tupelo, remains closed following the April 28 tornado that damaged lake grounds and facilities. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been coordinating with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess damages on lake property

Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Stocked into Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park
Thursday July 10, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau stocked 175,000 bluegill and 75,000 redear sunfish into Lake Tangipahoa on Wednesday, July 9. Lake Tangipahoa is located in Percy Quin State Park near McComb. The lake was closed and drained in 2012 after the levee was damaged following Hurricane Isaac.

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