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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.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Clay County
Wednesday July 23, 2014
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 Clay County. The workshop will be held at the Clay County USDA-NRCS Service Office at 122 North Jackson Street off of Hwy 50 East in West Point on Thursday, July 31 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 extension office at (662) 494-5371.

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.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jackson County
Tuesday July 08, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Jackson County. The workshop will be held at the Lower Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area headquarters on Wade-Vancleave Road on Thursday, July 17 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 Stephen Brown at (601) 582-7721.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County
Monday July 07, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Forrest County. The workshop will be held at the group camp at Paul B. Johnson State Park on Tuesday, July 15 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 Stephen Brown at (601) 582-7721.

MDWFP & Cleveland Park Commission to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bear Pen Park
Thursday July 03, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Cleveland Park Commission are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park on Saturday, July 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Bear Pen Park is located on Court Street in Cleveland.

George P. Cossar State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday June 26, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at George P. Cossar State Park on Saturday, July 5. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. George P. Cossar State Park is located at 165 County Road 170 near Oakland.

Paddlefish Stocked in the Bouie River
Friday June 20, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently stocked 2,020 paddlefish fingerlings into the Bouie River near Hattiesburg. MDWFP and USFWS have been working together to assess and restore paddlefish stocks in the Pascagoula River drainage. Partially funded by a State Wildlife Grant through the USFWS, adult paddlefish were collected from the Bouie River in March, transported to the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, and successfully spawned.

Family Fish Camp to be Held at Tombigbee State Park
Tuesday June 17, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park near Tupelo on August 1-2. Times for the camp are 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The camp is open to youth ages 10-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s families to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. To make this a family outing, at least one parent (or legal guardian 21 years age or older) is required to attend the camp with the youth.

MDWFP to Host a Youth Fishing Rodeo at Lake Perry
Monday June 16, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Perry on Saturday, June 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Lake Perry is located 3 miles south of Beaumont off Hwy 98 on Lake Perry Road.

MDWFP & 100 Black Men of Jackson to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday June 16, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and 100 Black Men of Jackson are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education ponds on Saturday, June 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located at 506 Hwy 43 south of Canton.

History of Enid Lake Program to be Presented at VEC
Thursday June 12, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host the History of Enid Lake program on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP and Southwest MS Community College to Host Pond Management Workshop in Pike County
Tuesday June 10, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) are hosting a pond management workshop in Pike County. The workshop will be held on the SMCC campus in the Workforce Training Center, room 151 on Tuesday, June 17 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 Jill Gunnell at (601) 276-4811.

MDWFP & 4-H Sport Fishing Program to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday June 05, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and 4-H Sports Fishing are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake on Saturday, June 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. Neshoba County Lake is located off Highway 486 on road 1711 near Philadelphia.

Application Deadline Extended for Camp Fish at NMFH Visitor Education Center
Thursday June 05, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2014 at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake June 17-20. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. There is no charge to attend the camp.

MDWFP & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Grenada Lake
Thursday June 05, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Grenada Lake catfish ponds on Saturday, June 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The ponds are located on the north end of the Grenada Lake dam.

MDWFP & Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo (1)
Thursday June 05, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will host a youth fishing rodeo at Puskus Lake on Saturday, June 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Puskus Lake is located in Holly Springs National Forest northeast of Oxford.

MDWFP Celebrates 2014 National Fishing and Boating Week
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON - Mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 1 - 8, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 7 and 8 are designated as “Free Fishing Days” in Mississippi, and any person may sport fish without a license. In addition, daily permits to fish at state fishing lakes and parks are not required.

Gulf Coast Strain Walleye stocked into the Buttahatchie River in Monroe County
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 54,000 Gulf Coast strain (GCS) walleye into the Buttahatchie River near Gattman. GCS walleye are native to rivers and streams in the Mobile River Basin, including the Buttahatchie and Tombigbee Rivers and their tributaries in Mississippi. Habitat enhancement projects have been completed on these rivers to help improve critical walleye habitat.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Simpson County
Wednesday May 28, 2014
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 Simpson County. The workshop will be held at the Simpson County Barn located at 2785 Simpson Hwy 49 in Mendenhall on Thursday, June 5 at 6 p.m.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Tate County
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting a lake and pond management workshop in Tate County. The workshop will be held at the Tate County Extension Office at #1 French’s Alley in Senatobia on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Katfishin’ Kids Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON – In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS), Brown Bottling Group, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Allied Waste Services, and local Wal-Mart stores are hosting the Katfishin’ Kids youth fishing rodeo at Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, June 7. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located at 506 Hwy 43 South approximately 7 miles south of Canton.

Youth Fishing Rodeo to be Held at Sardis Lake
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and First Security Bank of Batesville are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Cypress Point Recreation area on the Lower Lake of Sardis on Saturday, June 7. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The Cypress Point Recreation area is located just off Highway 35.

MDWFP & the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center on Saturday, June 7. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The Coahoma County Expo Center is located at 1150 Wildcat Drive in Clarksdale.

Camp Fish to be Held at Paul B. Johnson State Park
Thursday May 22, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2014 at Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg July 21-24. 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.

Natchez State Park receives Florida-strain Largemouth Bass
Thursday May 22, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked approximately 3,750 Florida-strain largemouth bass into Natchez State Park Lake. This 230-acre lake, located in Adams County, has historically been known as one of the state’s top bass lakes and produced the state’s largemouth bass record of 18.2 pounds in 1992.

MDWFP and Olive Branch Parks & Rec to Host a Youth Fishing Rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park
Thursday May 22, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation Department will host a youth fishing rodeo at the George M. Harrison Municipal Park on Saturday, May 31. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The George M. Harrison Municipal Park is located at 8700 Church Rd at the intersection of Hwy 305.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Itawamba County
Monday May 19, 2014
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 Itawamba County. The workshop will be held at the Itawamba County Extension Office located at 304 Wiygul Street in Fulton on Tuesday, May 27 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 extension office at (662) 862-3201.

Camp Fish to be Held at NMFH Visitor Education Center
Friday May 16, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2014 at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake June 17-20. 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.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett
Friday May 16, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett on Saturday, May 24. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Claude Bennett is located 20 miles east of Bay Springs on CR 503.

Local Anglers Assist with Largemouth Bass Stocking at Ross Barnett Reservoir
Thursday May 15, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass into the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In cooperation with Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers, the fish were transported and released into backwater areas to improve survival rates. Volunteers using the Hwy 43 ramps near Tommy’s Trading Post stocked approximately 130,000 bass; an additional 40,000 were dispersed from the Pelahatchie Bay Park ramp.

MDWFP & Trace State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Friday May 09, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Trace State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, May 17. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Trace State Park is located on Highway 6 approximately 6 miles west of Tupelo.

MDWFP & City of Carthage to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Friday May 09, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service, and the City of Carthage are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park pond on Saturday, May 17. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. McMillan Park is located on Highway 16 in Carthage.

Visitor Education Center to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Friday May 09, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, May 17. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under; registration begins at 7 a.m.

Elvis Presley Lake Closed Until Further Notice
Tuesday May 06, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced that Elvis Presley Lake is closed until further notice. The damage caused by the April 28, 2014 tornado has made the facility unsafe for all activities.

MDWFP & U.S. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at the Desoto National Forest Airey Lake Recreation Area
Tuesday May 06, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Airey Lake Recreation Area on Saturday, May 10. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Airey Lake Recreation Area is located on City Road near Saucier.

MDWFP to Host “Lure You to the Lake” a Youth Fishing Rodeo and Family Fun Day at Prentiss Walker Lake
Tuesday May 06, 2014
MDWFP to Host “Lure You to the Lake” a Youth Fishing Rodeo and Family Fun Day at Prentiss Walker Lake JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau will host a youth fishing rodeo and family fun day at Prentiss Walker Lake on Saturday, May 10. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake fishing permits will be waived for the day, and families are invited to stay and fish with their young anglers after the youth event. Prentiss Walker Lake is located south of Mize off Highway 35.

MDWFP & U.S. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at the Dove Field Pond in the Chickasawhay Ranger District
Tuesday May 06, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Dove Field Pond on Saturday, May 10. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. The Dove Field Pond is located on Forest Service Road 202 in Jones County.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Adams County
Tuesday April 29, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Adams County. The workshop will be held at Natchez State Park located approximately 10 miles north of Natchez, off Highway 61, on Tuesday, May 6 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 preregister by calling the park office at (601) 442-2658.

Handgrabbing Season Opens May 1st
Tuesday April 29, 2014
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 and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Leflore County
Tuesday April 29, 2014
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 Leflore County. The workshop will be held at the Leflore County Extension Service Center at 309 West Market Street in Greenwood on Tuesday, May 6 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 (662) 453-6803 or the Delta region fisheries office at (662) 759-6444.

MDWFP & Meridian Parks and Recreation To Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday April 21, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Meridian Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Q. B. Sykes pond in Meridian on Saturday, April 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; and registration begins at 7 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Homochitto National Forest Clear Springs Recreation Area
Monday April 21, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Clear Springs Recreation Area on Saturday, April 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The Clear Springs Recreation Area is located on Highway 84, just west of Meadville.

MDWFP Studies Lake Washington Crappie
Thursday April 17, 2014
JACKSON –Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are tagging crappie on Lake Washington to estimate what proportion of the population is caught and harvested by anglers. Biologists recently tagged 400 crappies, 10 inches or longer, with pink tags that look like small pieces of spaghetti. The tags were attached to the fish’s back at the base of the dorsal fin. A telephone number and a unique identification number are printed on each tag.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Marshall County
Tuesday April 15, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Marshall County. The workshop will be held at the Marshall County Extension Office at 810 Highway 178 East in Holly Springs on Thursday, April 17 at 7 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 Marshall County Extension Office at (662) 252-3541.

MDWFP and Delta State University to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
Monday April 14, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Delta State University are hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County. The workshop will be held at Delta State University in Caylor Hall, Room 105 located at the corner of Oak Street and Fifth Avenue in Cleveland on Thursday, April 24 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 preregister by calling the Delta region fisheries office at (662) 759-6444.

MDWFP & Natchez State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday April 14, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Natchez State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Natchez State Park Lake on Saturday, April 19. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday April 07, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. The lake is located 3 miles south of Ackerman on Highway 15.

MDWFP & Brookhaven Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday April 07, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Brookhaven Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The pond is located in the Hansel King Sportsplex.

MDWFP & Tupelo Parks and Recreation Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday April 07, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Tupelo Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Veterans Park pond on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

New State Record Rainbow Trout Caught
Wednesday March 26, 2014
JACKSON - On Saturday, March 22, a Mississippi angler landed a unique fish that does not naturally exist this far south. Tommy Ware of Ocean Springs was fly fishing at a private pond in Scooba when he hooked a 3 pound 10 ounce Rainbow Trout. Mr. Ware caught the trout on a black wooly bugger fished on a 4x tippet and 5 pound test fishing line. After doing some research, Mr. Ware discovered that his lunker Rainbow Trout was larger than the current state record of 2 pounds 15 ounces, which was caught in Lake Whittington in 2001.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Attala County
Monday March 24, 2014
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 Attala County. The workshop will be held at the Attala County Extension Office located at 715 Fairground Road in Kosciusko on Thursday, April 3 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 (662) 289-5431.

MDWFP and Canton Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday March 20, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Canton Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center ponds on Saturday, March 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The ponds are located at the MDWFP Central Region Office on State Highway 43, approximately 5 miles south of Canton.

MDWFP and Wall Doxey State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday March 18, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Wall Doxey State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the park pond on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under, and registration begins at 8 a.m. Wall Doxey State Park is located on

2014 Fishing Forecast for Mississippi Delta Lakes
Tuesday March 18, 2014
As March begins, many Mississippi anglers are anticipating warmer spring weather and the start of a new fishing season. After a slow fishing season in 2013 on many Mississippi River oxbow lakes, anglers are hopeful that fishing will improve in 2014

Fishing 2014: Flood Control Reservoirs
Friday March 07, 2014
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists predict fishing success in 2014 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes.

New Fisheries Rules Effective March 26
Wednesday March 05, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced several regulation changes that will become effective on March 26, 2014. One of the rule changes bans anglers from using limb lines and set hooks at Lake Washington in Washington County; however, sport fishing trotlines, free floating fishing devices (jugs), and Yo-Yos will be allowed.

2014 Fishing Forecast for East Central Mississippi Lakes
Monday March 03, 2014
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season in east central Mississippi. During summer and fall population sampling on Ross Barnett Reservoir, evidence of a tremendous shad spawn was observed. The large numbers of bait fish will provide quality forage for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. “Fall sampling revealed an increase in abundance of largemouth bass from last year,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist Ryan Jones.

2014 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
Thursday February 27, 2014
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about the upcoming fishing season in northeast Mississippi. Results from our fall 2013 population sampling on state lakes and state park lakes revealed high catch rates of small bass in Elvis Presley Lake, Lake Lowndes State Park, Tippah County Lake, and Tombigbee State Park.

Project WILD Aquatic – Teacher Workshop
Wednesday February 26, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a “Project WILD Aquatic” teacher workshop presented by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. This event will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Deadline for registration is March 17.

2014 Spring Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi Lakes
Friday February 21, 2014
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are anticipating a productive 2014 fishing season. Population sampling during fall 2013 revealed good catch rates for both Largemouth Bass and young sunfish in the southeast region state lakes. “The cooler temperatures this winter reduced the vegetation in a few of our state lakes which should make fishing easier. We’ve had successful spawns of Bluegill and Largemouth Bass that will produce large year-classes and provide great fishing in coming years,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist, Stephen Brown.

2014 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi
Friday February 21, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists look forward to the upcoming fishing season. “This year should be a great time to be on the water if you are a bass angler,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist, Jerry Brown. “Our state fishing lakes have abundant bass populations and we want to encourage anglers to harvest some of the small bass they catch.” added Brown. Biologists sampled Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mary Crawford during the fall and found many bass that were 12 inches and less.

2014 Youth Fishing Rodeos
Thursday February 20, 2014
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has finalized the 2014 Youth Fishing Rodeo schedule. Fishing rodeos are open to youth ages 15 and under. The schedule will be published in the March-April edition of Mississippi Outdoors magazine and can be found online at www.mdwfp.com under the Education and Outreach tab of the Fishing and Boating page.

Lake Monroe Closed for Renovations
Tuesday February 11, 2014
JACKSON – Lake Monroe, located north of Aberdeen, is now closed to public access. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has completed the process of draining the lake in preparation for planned renovations. Lake Monroe was built in 1954, making it one of the oldest State Lakes managed by MDWFP.

MDWFP Proposes Fisheries Rule Changes 1-27-14
Monday January 27, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced several proposed regulation changes for the upcoming fishing season. One of the proposed rule changes will ban anglers from using limb lines and set hooks at Lake Washington in Washington County; however, sport fishing trotlines, free floating fishing devices (jugs), and Yo-Yos will be allowed. Another proposed change will place a 15-inch minimum size limit and a daily creel limit of two fish for largemouth bass at Grenada Lake North Abutment Lake. Creel limits for the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area ponds in Panola County will increase to statewide limits for all fish if the rule is adopted. Skiers visiting State Fishing Lakes will be allowed to ski on Memorial Day and the July 4th and Labor Day holidays from noon until sunset.

Additional Bream and Catfish Stocked at Lake Lamar Bruce
Wednesday December 18, 2013
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked an additional 200,000 Bluegill, 10,000 Channel Catfish, and 100,000 Redear Sunfish into Lake Lamar Bruce in Lee County. The fish were reared at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo. “The double stocking of Bluegill and Redear Sunfish is a proactive management approach that we are using to delay the Largemouth Bass population from overcrowding,” stated MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. Stubbs added, “Our goal is to provide a long-term, quality fishery; doubling the Bluegill and Redear Sunfish populations is one strategy to help us achieve that goal.”

Thirteen Public Lakes Receive Crappie Stockings
Friday November 22, 2013
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked over 126,000 Magnolia Crappie and 147,500 White Crappie into 13 public lakes across the state. White crappie were stocked into Eagle Lake in Warren County and Bee Lake in Holmes County. Magnolia Crappie were stocked into 10 of MDWFP’s smaller state fishing and state park lakes.

Bluegill Stocked into Delta Oxbow Lakes
Thursday November 21, 2013
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Coppernose Bluegill into two Delta oxbow lakes. Approximately 179,000 fish were stocked into Bee Lake, an oxbow lake in Holmes County that is still recovering from extensive flooding during 2011. Moon Lake, a 2,300 acre lake located in Coahoma County, received 104,000 Bluegill.

Public Lakes Receive Redear Sunfish
Wednesday November 13, 2013
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) last week stocked Redear Sunfish into four public water bodies around the state. Approximately 46,000 Redear Sunfish were stocked into Neshoba County Lake, a state fishing lake near Philadelphia. The lake within the Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area, located in Bolivar County, received 2,500 Redear Sunfish, and the lake at Tombigbee State Park, near Tupelo, received 4,500 fish. In addition, 600 Redear Sunfish were stocked into the ponds at Olive Branch City Park in Desoto County.

2013 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
Friday November 08, 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing in this region has already started to improve, as water temperatures decrease. “Fall fishing is often overlooked as most people start concentrating on hunting,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “However, in the fall, fish will feed more in preparation for the winter months producing some of the best fishing of the year,” said Stubbs. Fall bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations such as Pickwick, Bay Springs, Trace State Park, and the Canal Section Lakes A through E that make up the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

Planned Renovation at Lake Monroe Brings Fishing Opportunity
Friday November 01, 2013
JACKSON – Lake Monroe, located north of Aberdeen, will be getting a facelift. Beginning in November, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will begin the process of draining the lake in preparation for planned renovations. Lake Monroe was built in 1954, making it one of the oldest State Lakes managed by MDWFP.

MDWFP & Mississippi Valley State University to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Friday October 25, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) will host a youth fishing rodeo at the MVSU campus pond on Saturday, November 2. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. MVSU is located on Highway 82 in Itta Bena.

Paul B. Johnson State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday October 21, 2013
JACKSON – Paul B. Johnson State Park will be hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, October 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7a.m. Paul B. Johnson State Park is located on Hwy. 49 south of Hattiesburg.

MDWFP and the City of Biloxi to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday October 21, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Biloxi are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area on Saturday, October 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Hiller Park is located on Hiller Drive off of Pass Road in Biloxi.

MDWFP and Kemper Tourism to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday October 08, 2013
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Kemper County Tourism will be hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Kemper County Lake on Saturday, October 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Kemper County Lake is located northeast of DeKalb on CR 397.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday October 07, 2013
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, October 19. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

MDWFP Hosts “Lure U to the Lake” at Lake Bogue Homa
Monday September 23, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and The Cliff White Chapter of the Mississippi Wild Turkey Federation are hosting a free family fishing day at Lake Bogue Homa on Saturday, October 5. Lake Bogue Homa is located off of Hwy 84, east of Laurel.

Tunica County Youth Fishing Rodeo Rescheduled for September 28
Friday September 20, 2013
JACKSON – The Youth Fishing Rodeo, sponsored by The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Tunica County at the Paul Battle, Jr. Arena & Exposition Center, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 28. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The Center is located on Highway 61 in Tunica.

MDWFP & Tunica County to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday September 10, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Tunica County will host a youth fishing rodeo at the Paul Battle, Jr. Arena & Exposition Center on Saturday, September 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Center is located on Highway 61 in Tunica.

MDWFP & Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday September 10, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy on Saturday, September 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Patsy is located in Oxford.

Golden Memorial State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday August 26, 2013
JACKSON - Golden Memorial State Park will be hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Friday, August 30. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Golden Memorial State Park is located on Damascus Road in Walnut Grove.

Water Contact and Fish Consumption Advisory on Three Streams in Wayne County
Thursday July 11, 2013
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a temporary water contact advisory on July 1 for Eucutta and Nicholson Creeks and a nearby portion of the Chickasawhay River. This advisory was issued due to oil spilling from a nearby well in Wayne County. Approximately three miles of Eucutta Creek and Nicholson Creek and 12 miles of the Chickasawhay River near Boice were affected. Clean-up efforts to remove the oil will continue for several days. MDEQ recommends that people avoid swimming, wading, and boating in these waters. In addition to the water contact advisory, people should also avoid eating fish from the affected area until further notice. Waters not included in this advisory will remain open to all fishing and boating activities, and all fish remain safe to consume.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jasper County
Wednesday June 26, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Jasper County. The workshop will be held in the Jasper County Multi-Purpose Building located at 37 West 8th Avenue in Bay Springs on Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

Roosevelt State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday June 20, 2013
JACKSON - Roosevelt State Park will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, June 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Roosevelt State Park is located on Highway 13 in Morton.

Lake on Charlie Capps WMA to Open for Fishing on July 1
Tuesday June 18, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is excited to announce the opening of a forty-acre lake on Charlie Capps WMA. The majority of the original lake is now managed as a wildlife management area for waterfowl, but the smaller lake constructed inside the original lake bed will provide the public with excellent fishing opportunities.

MDWFP Fisheries Director Retiring
Friday June 07, 2013
MDWFP Fisheries Director Retiring JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced that Fisheries Bureau Director Ron Garavelli is retiring June 30, after more than 39 years of experience in natural resource conservation. Garavelli started his career with MDWFP in 1977 as a fisheries biologist and became Fisheries Bureau Director in 1985. He is credited with the beginning of the Agency’s Youth fishing rodeo program and was very involved with design and development of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center at Enid Lake.

MDWFP & The 4-H Sport Fishing Program Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday June 03, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the 4-H Sport Fishing Program are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake on Saturday, June 8. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Neshoba County Lake is located just off Highway 486 on Road 1711 in Philadelphia.

MDWFP & the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Friday May 24, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center on Saturday, June 8. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 12 years and under. On-site registration will begin at 10:00 a.m., although pre-registration at the Chamber of Commerce office is preferred. Fishing will begin at 10:30 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Tuesday May 21, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake, and the First Security Bank of Batesville are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Cypress Point Recreation Area at Sardis Lower Lake on Saturday, June 1st. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. To reach the Cypress Point Recreation Area take the North Batesville exit at I-55 and proceed East on Highway 35.

History of Ford’s Well
Tuesday May 21, 2013
JACKSON - The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a program on the history of Enid Lake on June 1 at 2 p.m. The “History of Ford’s Well” will focus on an area located on the south side of Enid Lake. Ford's Well was dug in 1898 and became popular in the early 1900s because of the high mineral content of its water which was touted as a cure for many ailments. Visitors enjoy the area today as they dig into the past and enjoy recreational opportunities like the Spyglass Hill horseback trail.

June 1-2 Designated as Free Fishing Weekend in Mississippi
Monday May 20, 2013
JACKSON—Each year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) designates the first weekend in June as “Free Fishing Weekend” in Mississippi. On June 1-2, 2013, any person may sport fish without a fishing license or a state lake fishing or boating permit.

Public Access Improvements at O’Keefe WMA
Monday May 20, 2013
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is continuing improvements to access roads at O’Keefe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located near Webb in Quitman and Tallahatchie counties. Road improvements began last summer, but were not completed due to weather conditions. MDWFP strives to provide adequate public access on state owned WMAs.

Mississippians Urged to Wear Life Jacket as Part of Safe, Responsible Boating
Monday May 20, 2013
JACKSON— As the weather warms up, families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors on the water – boating, fishing, jet skiing, and more. It is important to remember the safety precautions to take during all of these recreational water activities.

MDWFP & The Seth Harris Cancer Foundation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Friday May 17, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and The Seth Harris Cancer Foundation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett on Saturday, May 25. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Lake Claude Bennett is located south of Highway 18 on Highway 503 near Rose Hill.

Eagle Lake receives Florida-strain Largemouth Bass
Friday May 17, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked 120,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Eagle Lake on May 15. The bass were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. Eagle Lake is a 4,700-acre oxbow lake in Warren County that is widely known for excellent bass, crappie, and bream fishing.

Northeast Mississippi Florida Largemouth Bass Stockings
Friday May 10, 2013
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked over 100,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Bay Springs Lake and Lock C on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and Lake Lamar Bruce. The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. Bay Springs and Lock C are popular bass fishing destinations among tournament and recreational anglers. Lake Lamar Bruce is still under renovation and closed to the public. It is scheduled to open in 2015 which will allow the bass to establish a strong population. “Florida-strain largemouth bass are typically more aggressive and grow larger than northern-strain largemouth bass” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “The goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help improve fishing quality.”

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at the Lyman Community Center on Highway 49 in Gulfport. The workshop will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. This workshop will allow biologists and private pond owners the opportunity to discuss management options to improve fish populations and habitat,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jeremy McCain. “We talk to people each year that want to manage their ponds effectively and this is a great way for us to provide how-to information that can help pond owners achieve their goals.”

Visitor Education Center (VEC) at Enid Lake to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the VEC adjacent to Enid Lake on Saturday, May 18. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lauderdale County
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Lauderdale County. The workshop will be held at the East Mississippi Electric Power Association Office located at 2128 Highway 39 North in Meridian on Thursday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond construction, fish stocking, vegetation control, fertilization, fish harvest, and more. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Oktibbeha County
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Oktibbeha County. The workshop will be held in the Oktibbeha County Extension Office located at 106 Felix Long Drive in Starkville on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. Topics that will be covered include pond construction, fish stocking, vegetation control, fertilization, fish harvest, and more. A question-and-answer period will also allow pond owners to receive advice on specific problems they are experiencing with their ponds. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Oktibbeha County Extension Office at (662) 323-5916.

MDWFP and the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the George M. Harrison Municipal Park (Soccer Complex) on Saturday, May 18. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The George M. Harrison Municipal Park is located at the intersection of 8700 Church Road and Highway 305.

Monster Fish Caught in the Upper Pearl River
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON – Two local commercial fishermen caught one of the biggest fish of their fishing careers this weekend on the upper Pearl River in Leake County. Fishermen Michael Pigg and Tony Foster were checking their hoopnets on Sunday, May 5, when an extraordinarily large Smallmouth Buffalo was caught. The fish was 48 inches long and weighed 81.5 pounds. This may not be the only big buffalo that is caught this spring. According to Mr. Pigg, “The Smallmouth Buffalo are spawning, and big fish are in the same area. We may catch an even bigger one.”

MDWFP and the City of Carthage to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the City of Carthage are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park pond on Saturday, May 18. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. McMillan Park is located on Highway 16 in Carthage.

Bream Fishing Heating Up in Northeast Mississippi (1)
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON –The bream bite has started to turn on. “Bream begin to move into their shallow spawning locations when the water temperature approaches 70 degrees. That’s where most lakes in this region are now.” said Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs. Bream nest in colonies of circular depressions in shallow water when they spawn. These areas resemble a honeycomb, making bream beds easy to find. “Most anglers are catching bream with crickets or redworms on the bottom or under a cork in 2 to 6 feet of water.” continued Stubbs.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jones County
Wednesday May 01, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Sandersville at the Sandersville Community Center on Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. “This workshop will allow biologists and private pond owners the opportunity to discuss management options to improve fish populations and habitat,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jeremy McCain. “We talk to people each year that want to manage their ponds effectively and this is a great way for us to provide how-to information that can help pond owners achieve their goals.”

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Carroll County
Wednesday May 01, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Carroll County. The workshop will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office at 105B Washington Street in Carrollton on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00 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 MDWFP North Region Office at (662) 840-5172.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Coahoma County
Wednesday May 01, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at the Coahoma County Extension office in Clarksdale at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013. “This free workshop is designed to better equip pond owners and future pond owners to maximize the potential of their ponds,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “Whether it’s how to control algae, how to improve the fishing, or anything in between, we want to help you enjoy your pond as much as possible.”

MDWFP and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday May 01, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Gator Pond on the Chickasawhay Wildlife Management Area southeast of Laurel on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under, and registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Pike County
Wednesday May 01, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Pike County at the MDWFP South Region office in Magnolia on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, fish harvest, vegetation control, and more. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the MDWFP South Region office at (601) 783-2911.

Trace State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Wednesday May 01, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Trace State Park in Belden on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Handgrabbing Season Opens May 1
Tuesday April 30, 2013
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.

Camp Fish to be held at Turcotte Education Center
Thursday April 25, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting Camp Fish 2013 at the Turcotte Education Center in Madison County. The camp will be held June 17-20 and is open to kids ages 11 to 15. The camp’s purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

Legion State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Thursday April 25, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Legion State Park, Lake Toppasha in Louisville, MS on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under, and registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

MDWFP and City of Byram host Youth Fishing Day at Lake Dockery
Wednesday April 24, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Byram will host a youth fishing day at Lake Dockery on Saturday, May 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth ages 15 and under that are accompanied by an adult with a valid Mississippi fishing license.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Desoto County
Monday April 22, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Desoto County. The workshop will be held at the Hernando Public Library at 370 W Commerce Street (see http://www.firstregional.org/page7.html for a map) on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 a.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 MDWFP North Region Office at (662) 840-5172.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lincoln County
Monday April 22, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Lincoln County. The workshop will be held at the Lincoln County Civic Center multi-purpose building located at 1096 Belt Line Dr. NE in Brookhaven on Thursday, April 25 at 6:00 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.

MDWFP & US Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Clear Springs Recreation Area
Monday April 22, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the US Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Clear Springs Recreation Area on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The Clear Springs Recreation Area is part of the Homochitto National Forest and is located on Highway 84, just west of Meadville, MS.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Washington County
Monday April 22, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at the Washington County Extension office in Greenville. The workshop will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013. “This free workshop is designed to better equip pond owners and future pond owners to maximize the potential of their ponds,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “Whether it’s how to control algae, how to improve the fishing, or anything in between, we want to help you enjoy your pond as much as possible.”

MDWFP & Meridian Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Monday April 22, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Meridian Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Q.B. Sykes pond on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Q.B. Sykes pond is located at the Q.B. Sykes Park in Meridian.

Project WET Teacher Workshop
Thursday April 18, 2013
The Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host the “WET! Water Education for Teachers”workshop provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. This all-day event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Deadline for registration is April 26, 2013.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Monroe County
Wednesday April 10, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Monroe County. The workshop will be held in the Monroe County Extension Office located at 517 Highway 145 N., Suite 1, Aberdeen, MS 39730 on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question and answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Monroe County Extension Office at (662) 369-4951.

MDWFP To Host “Lure You to the Lake” at Elvis Presley Lake
Friday April 05, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Tupelo Parks and Recreation are hosting a free family fishing day at Elvis Presley Lake on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

MDWFP & Pearl Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bright Park Pond
Tuesday April 02, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and City of Pearl Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Bright Park pond on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under, and registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Bright Park is located at 3705 Flynn Drive, Pearl, MS.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Yazoo County
Thursday March 28, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Yazoo County on April 4 at 6 p.m. The workshop will be held at the MSU Extension Service office on the third floor of the old Chamber of Commerce building located downtown between Bank Plus and the Health Department. The physical address for the office is 212 East Broadway St.

Fascinated with Fossils
Thursday March 28, 2013
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Fascinated with Fossils program on Saturday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop at Delta State University
Tuesday March 26, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. The workshop will be held in room 105 of Caylor Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. “This free workshop is designed to better equip pond owners and future pond owners to maximize the potential of their ponds,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock.

MDWFP & Pearl Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bright Park Pond
Monday March 25, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Pearl Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Bright Park pond on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under, and registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Bright Park is located at 3705 Flynn Drive, Pearl, MS.

MDWFP Pond Management Workshop
Tuesday March 19, 2013
JACKSON - The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Pond Management Workshop on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Tippah County
Monday March 18, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Tippah County. The workshop will be held at the Tippah County Extension Office located at 10791B Hwy 15 South in Ripley, MS on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Tippah County Extension Office at (662) 837-8184.

MDWFP & Canton Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Turcotte Ponds
Monday March 18, 2013
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Canton Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center Fishing Rodeo ponds on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under, and registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The Education Center is located on Highway 43 just east of the Natchez Trace on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Fish Predators Program
Friday March 08, 2013
JACKSON - The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host the Fish Predators program on Saturday, March 16th at 2:00 PM.

2013 Fishing Forecast for Mississippi Delta Lakes
Friday March 01, 2013
Jackson – As the days become longer and temperatures climb, springtime months are some of the best times of the year to catch fish. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing in the Mississippi Delta this upcoming year. Many oxbows of the Mississippi River suffered from low water during the majority of 2012 which severely limited access, but recent rains and a rising Mississippi River have re-filled most lakes, including hot spots such as Lake Ferguson and Lake Beulah, which should improve the fishing and also lead to a good spawn this spring.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Madison County
Friday March 01, 2013
Jackson - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Madison County. The workshop will be held in the Hunter Education Building at the MDWFP Regional Office located at 506 Hwy 43 South near Canton, MS on Tuesday, March 12 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 MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

Fishing 2013: Flood Control Reservoirs
Friday March 01, 2013
Jackson - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists predict mixed fishing success in 2013 on the Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoirs (Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada lakes). These are some of the best crappie waters in the nation, supporting about 1.5 million hours of fishing yearly.

Sardis Lake Anglers’ Comments Spawn Revised Crappie Regulations
Tuesday February 26, 2013
Jackson – On February 11, 2013, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed Public Notice F18-3424 which regulates sport fishing methods, creel, and length limits. New black bass regulations were set for: Pickwick Lake – 15-inch minimum size limit; Davis Lake – 18 to 22-inch slot limit, one fish may be over 22 inches; Jeff Davis Lake – 16 to 20-inch slot limit, one fish may be over 20 inches, 15 fish daily creel limit; and Moon Lake – 5 fish daily creel limit.

2013 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
Friday February 22, 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fall 2012 population sampling on our state lakes revealed high catch rates of small bass in Elvis Presley Lake, Tippah County Lake, Lake Monroe, and Tombigbee State Park. “To help promote a healthier bass population, creel limits on bass remain at 30 fish per day to encourage folks to harvest these smaller bass” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Quality crappie and bream populations were also seen at these lakes, especially in Lake Monroe,” said Stubbs. Anglers targeting catfish in our state lakes should look at Tippah County Lake or Elvis Presley Lake, as both lakes boast healthy populations of quality sized catfish.

2013 Fishing Forecast for East Central Mississippi Lakes
Friday February 22, 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are predicting a banner year for fishing during the upcoming fishing season in East Central Mississippi. Bass anglers who like to catch a lot of 1 to 2 pound fish should travel to Prentiss Walker Lake, Simpson County Lake or Lake Claude Bennett. During fall 2012 population sampling, small bass were abundant in these lakes. If larger bass are your target then fish at Neshoba County Lake or Ross Barnett Reservoir. Neshoba County Lake has produced many bass over 10 pounds the last few years and biologists expect this to continue. At Ross Barnett Reservoir, the bass are in great shape. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Larry Bull, “The bass we saw this fall on the Reservoir are the fattest and healthiest I’ve seen in the last 10 years. We picked up quite a few bass over 5 pounds, and the Twin Sisters area produced three bass over 6 pounds and two over 5 pounds in one sample”.

2013 Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi Lakes
Wednesday February 13, 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are anticipating a productive 2013 fishing season. Winter flooding of the Pascagoula River and associated oxbow lakes should bode well for anglers.

2013 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi
Wednesday February 13, 2013
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are looking forward to the upcoming fishing season. “Fishing has been awesome on many of our lakes this past fall and we expect that to continue throughout the spring,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. One example is Eagle Lake where crappie, bream, and bass anglers have done really well. “We’ve seen an improved fishery at Eagle Lake following the high water in 2011, plus MDWFP has been stocking this lake to help maintain an abundant sport fish population,” Brown added.

Neshoba County Lake Expected to Produce More Lunker Bass in 2013
Thursday February 07, 2013
JACKSON - During the past several years, Neshoba County Lake has been one of the most productive big bass lakes in the State, producing numerous bass over 10 pounds and two bass over 14 pounds. Fisheries biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) are predicting another great year during 2013. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Larry Bull, “The bass were stocked in 2005, and we usually see the catch of big bass peak 8 to 10 years after a lake is drained and restocked.” In addition to the length of time since restocking, the bass population is managed with a slot limit (all bass must be released between 16 and 20 inches, with only 1 bass allowed over 20 inches) that has kept the lake from becoming overpopulated with small, stunted bass.

MDWFP continues fish stocking efforts on Deer Creek
Wednesday February 06, 2013
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks hatchery personnel stocked 30,000 bluegill sunfish fingerlings in Deer Creek at Leland, MS, on January 30, 2013. This fish stocking addresses the fish kill that occurred during the summer of 2011. “Low oxygen and water levels contributed to a major fish kill in July of 2011, Deer Creek lost thousands of fish,” says Delta fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “Once water levels returned to normal, we found very low numbers of sport fish in the areas where the fish kill occurred.”

Farmer Donates Blue Catfish to Assist in Recovery Effort in Lower Pearl River
Wednesday February 06, 2013
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff accompanied Mr. Charlie Hogue of Warmwater Pond Management, Inc. to the Pearl River near The Stennis Space Center where he released about 1,100 harvestable-sized blue catfish on January 29. These fish were donated by Mr. Chat Phillips of Phillips Brothers Farms in Yazoo City.

Crappie Tracking at Enid Lake
Wednesday January 30, 2013
JACKSON - The fourth year of the cooperative crappie tracking project conducted by the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is starting up again on Enid Lake. The goal is to learn more about spawning areas of crappie in our local reservoirs.

Fishing regulation changes proposed for 2013
Thursday January 17, 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced several proposed regulation changes for the upcoming fishing season.

Regulation change proposed for Sardis Lake
Thursday January 17, 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to change crappie length and bag limits on Sardis Lake. The proposal consists of lowering the minimum size crappie anglers can keepfrom 12 inches to 10 inches, as well as reducing the bag limit from 20 to 15 fish per angler. In addition, boats with 3 or more anglers will be able to keep 40 crappie per boat versus the current boat limit of 50.

Lake Lamar Bruce Fish Stocked
Wednesday December 26, 2012
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP), in cooperation with the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery, stocked approximately 150,000 bluegill and redear sunfish and 4,000 channel catfish into Lake Lamar Bruce on December 18, 2012.

Magnolia crappie stocked in Mississippi State Lakes
Friday November 02, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau stocked approximately 18,000 Magnolia crappie in five State Fishing Lakes this week. The Magnolia crappie were reared at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and are a hybrid species best known for having fast growth rates. “Stocking hybrid crappie, which do not reproduce, will maintain a balanced fish population in smaller lakes and provide anglers a quality fishing experience,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roosevelt State Park
Monday October 29, 2012
JACKSON -The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years old and younger, and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Roosevelt State Park is located 2 miles SW of Morton at 2149 Hwy 13 South.

NMFH Bird Program
Friday October 19, 2012
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (NMFH VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Bird Program on Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to make houses and feeders from recycled items found around the home and from natural items found in their own backyard. Participants will also learn some interesting facts about common backyard birds.

2012 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
Wednesday October 17, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in NortheastMississippi. Fall fishing in Northeast Mississippi has already started to improve, as water temperatures continue to gradually decrease. “In the fall, fish will start feeding more in preparation for the winter months” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Some of the best fishing in this part of the state occurs during the fall, and is often overlooked, as most folks are concentrating on hunting season” said Stubbs. Fall bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations such as Pickwick, Bay Springs, TraceState Park, and the Canal Section lakes A through E.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at RecCon Lake in Bolivar County
Tuesday October 16, 2012
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP)Fisheries Bureau will host a youth fishing rodeo at RecCon Lake on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years old and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. RecCon Lake is located two miles west of Mound Bayou, off of West Mound Bayou Road in Bolivar County.

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Halloween Program
Monday October 15, 2012
JACKSON - This year the Visitor EducationCenter (VEC) at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery will host the annual Halloween program on October 20th at 2:00 p.m. Supplies are provided, so young artists can create decoupage pumpkins using trophy fish, monster bucks, fishing lures, beautiful flowers, colorful birds, creepy bugs, and much more! (Note to parents: This can be a little messy. Make sure the artists bring older clothes for the crafts.) After the crafts, participants will participate in a scavenger hunt uncovering the "fishing bait" hidden inside and outside the Center.

MDWFP & City of Biloxi Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Hiller Park
Monday October 15, 2012
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the City of Biloxi are hosting a youth fishingrodeo at Hiller Park in Biloxi on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Hiller Park is located on Atkinson Road approximately 2 miles from Popps Ferry Rd.

MDWFP & Simpson County Pastors to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Simpson County Lake
Monday September 24, 2012
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP)Fisheries Bureau and the Simpson County Pastoral Alliance are hosting ayouth fishing rodeo at Simpson County Lake on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth under 16 years old, and registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Simpson County Lake is located on U. S. Highway 49 approximately 5 miles north of Magee, MS.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Leflore County
Monday August 27, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Leflore County. "This workshop will allow biologists and private pond owners the opportunity to discuss management options to improve fish populations and habitat," according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. "We’ve been hosting these workshops around the state all summer and have had a very positive response, and are looking forward to this upcoming meeting in Greenwood."

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Oktibbeha County
Monday August 20, 2012
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 Oktibbeha County. The workshop will be held at the Oktibbeha County Extension Office located at 106 Felix Long Drive in Starkville, MS on Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 pm. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Oktibbeha County Extension Office at (662) 323-5916.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Rankin County
Friday July 13, 2012
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service arehosting a pond management workshop in Rankin County. The workshop will be held at the Rankin County Extension Office located at 601 Marquette Road in Brandon, MS on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 pm. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Extension Office at (601) 825-1462 or the MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

Waterfowl Habitat Improvement Project Planned for Sardis Waterfowl WMA
Tuesday July 03, 2012
JACKSON - Sardis Waterfowl WMA, located near Oxford, Mississippi, is cooperatively managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Sardis Lake US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Two of its 7 waterfowl impoundments are slated to be improved this summer with primary assistance from USACE. Infrastructure improvements in the 15 year-old impoundments include refurbishment of the levee system, replacement of water-control structures, and repair of the existing pump that is used to flood the impoundments. This 35-acre enhancement project will increase the amount of shallow-water habitat for wintering waterfowl and improve the reliability of waterfowl habitat. Last week, MDWFP biologists and USACE personnel utilized prescribed fire to remove vegetation within each impoundment and USACE personnel surveyed impoundment elevations. These planned improvements are scheduled to begin in July as weather conditions allow.

MDWFP Recognizes Free Fishing Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Monday July 02, 2012
JACKSON - Mark your calendar now for Free Fishing Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on July 4, 2012. This free fishing day is a coastal celebration of fishing. On July 4th, any person may sport fish without a license on Mississippi Gulf Coast waters. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will recognize this free fishing day on the Mississippi coastal waters of Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties. Mississippi Gulf Coast free fishing day will also mark the final day of the 2012 Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo with various events planned in association with this great fishing experience. During the free fishing day, Mississippi Gulf Coast anglers should get on the water and enjoy the diverse fishing opportunities available in our coastal bays, bayous, and estuaries.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County
Wednesday June 20, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Forrest County. “We receive numerous requests for help managing ponds to achieve pond owner goals - whether it is catching bigger bass, creating a quality bream fishery or simply stocking catfish,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Stephen Brown. “Anyone interested in learning more about pond management or those considering building a pond are encouraged to attend.”

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County
Wednesday June 20, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Harrison County. “We receive numerous requests for help managing ponds to achieve pond owner goals - whether it is catching bigger bass, creating a quality bream fishery or simply stocking catfish,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Stephen Brown. “Anyone interested in learning more about pond management or those considering building a pond are encouraged to attend.”

MDWFP Partners with MDEQ to Stock Pearl River
Wednesday June 13, 2012
JACKSON – Approximately 14,000 lbs. of harvestable-sized blue catfish will be released into the Pearl River near Picayune (Walkiah Bluff) on Friday at 10 a.m., part of a continued recovery effort by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
Monday June 11, 2012
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Warren County
Wednesday June 06, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Warren County. “We will discuss management options that can help pond owners achieve their goals - whether that’s growing bigger bass or creating a trophy bream fishery,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. “Anyone interested in learning more about pond management or those considering building a pond are encouraged to attend.”

New Regulation Passes for Boat Creel Limit on Crappie forNorth Mississippi
Monday June 04, 2012
JACKSON - In May, the Commission on Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed Public Notice of Intent F-3818, which adopted a boat creel limit on crappie for Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada Flood Control Reservoirs in North Mississippi.

MDWFP Investigates Fish Kill at Sardis Reservoir
Thursday May 24, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) biologists recently responded to fish kill reports at Sardis Lake. Several shoreline areas were examined around the lake. The kill was over 97% white bass. An estimated 73,510 white bass died. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was alerted by MDWFP.

Largemouth Bass Stocked at Lake George & Dump Lake
Monday May 21, 2012
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 46,000 largemouth bass fingerlings into Lake George and 16,000 into Dump Lake on May 16, 2012. Both of these oxbow lakes were formed by the Yazoo River and are located in Yazoo County, near Satartia. Recent population assessments have indicated low numbers of young bass; the additional fish were added to help improve the fishery. “Stocking largemouth bass will provide anglers with more fishing opportunities and help boost the overall fishery at these lakes,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. The bass were reared at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lauderdale County
Friday May 11, 2012
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. The workshop will be held at the East Mississippi Electric Power Association Office located at 2128 Highway 39 North in Meridian, MS on Tuesday May 15 at 6:00 pm. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Extension Office at (601) 482-9764 or the MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lee County
Tuesday April 24, 2012
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 Lee County. The workshop will be held at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center in Tupelo on Thursday May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Extension office at (662) 841-9000.

2012 Camp Fish Events Scheduled
Thursday April 19, 2012
JACKSON- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi Bass Federation have announced the 2012 Camp Fish schedule. Camps will be held June 4-7 at Leroy Percy State Park near Hollandale, July 18-21 at the Turcotte Education Center in Madison County, and July 16-19 at Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg.

Wolf Lake Receives Florida-strain Largemouth Bass
Monday April 16, 2012
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked 25,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass into Wolf Lake on Thursday, April 12th. The fingerlings were reared at the MDWFP Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. Wolf Lake and adjoining Broad Lake comprise a 1,000-acre oxbow located near Yazoo City that was significantly impacted by the 2011 Mississippi River flood. “The bass population at Wolf Lake has improved over the last few years and we want to see that continue,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. There is a 12-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass at Wolf and Broad Lakes and a daily creel limit of five fish per angler.

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Eagle Lake
Monday April 16, 2012
JACKSON – On Wednesday, April 11th, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 161,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Eagle Lake. The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. “We’ve been stocking largemouth bass into Eagle Lake for several years and it has been very successful,” stated MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Jerry Brown.

Bream Fishing Heating up in Northeast Mississippi
Monday April 16, 2012
JACKSON – With consistent weather, and warmer than usual temperatures, the bream bite has started to turn on. “Bream start to move into their shallow spawning locations when the water hits about 70 degrees, and that’s where most lakes in this region are now,” said Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Bream nest in colonies of circular depressions in shallow water when they spawn, looking similar to a honeycomb, making bream beds easy to find while fishing,” continued Stubbs.

Native American Artifacts Program at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center
Monday April 16, 2012
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) will host a NativeAmerican Artifacts Program on April 21, 2012. Conner Vick, a local expert on the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes and life-long resident of Enid Lake, will share his knowledge of Enid Lake’s history and the tribes that once lived in the area. Program participants will inspect tools and artwork held by the Choctaw and Chickasaw thousands of years ago.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lafayette County
Wednesday April 11, 2012
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting apond management workshop in Lafayette County. The workshop will be held at the Lafayette County Extension Office in Oxford on Saturday April 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked toregister by calling the Extension office at (662) 234-8701.

Kids Fish Identification Program
Monday April 09, 2012
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Park’s Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Kid’s Fish Identification Program on Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m. Young anglers can learn how to identify the many different species of fish found in Enid Lake and other lakes and ponds across the state. Josh Howell will present this program. A Conservation Associate Fisheries Biologist from the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau, Howell works in the northwest area of Mississippi including the four reservoirs operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

MDWFP & MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Pike County
Wednesday April 04, 2012
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting apond management workshop in Pike County. The workshop will be held at the MDWFP South Region office in Magnolia on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked toregister by calling the MDWFP South Region office at (601)783-2911.

Florida Largemouth Bass Stockings at Ross Barnett Reservoir
Wednesday April 04, 2012
JACKSON – On Tuesday, March 27th, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked 150,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Ross Barnett Reservoir. Thefish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist, Larry Bull, the goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help increase the number of trophy-sized (> 5 pounds) bass in the Reservoir. Bull also stated, “The Department has stocked over 600,000 Florida bass in the Ross Barnett since 2008.”

Florida Largemouth Bass Stockings at Columbus and Aberdeen Lakes
Friday March 30, 2012
JACKSON – On Wednesday, March 28th, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 200,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus and Aberdeen Lakes on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte FishHatchery near Canton. “Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and potentially grow larger than native bass,” stated MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. According to Stubbs, the goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help increase the number oftrophy-sized (> 5 pounds) bass in these two lakes. A 14-inch minimum length limit is in effect on these two lakes to help increase the number of fish that reach larger sizes.

Crappie Fishing Heating up in Delta Oxbows
Tuesday March 27, 2012
JACKSON – Above average temperatures the past few weeks have led to great crappie fishing in many Mississippi Delta lakes. “Crappie move into shallow water to spawn based on water temperatures, and many oxbows are warming up quickly,” said Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “This is triggering fish to move towards their shallow water spawning ground, and lots of big crappie are being caught in water one to three feet deep.”

Outdoor Imagination Art Exhibit
Monday March 26, 2012
JACKSON – The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) at Enid Lake will host the annual “Outdoor Imagination Art Exhibit” on Saturday, March 31st. "Outdoor Imagination" is a unique art show featuring the work of young artists from the Imagination Station of Water Valley as they capture the outdoors in their own creative way. This art exhibit will begin at 12:00 noon on March 31st and remain at the Center until May. Numerous pieces created by the youngsters including drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, and paintings are included in the show.

“Catch and Win” Fishing Rodeo
Monday March 26, 2012
JACKSON - The 4th Annual “Catch and Win” fishing rodeo sponsored by Meridian area McDonald’s Restaurants, television stations CBS24, NBC30, and Fox30, Meridian Community College, Meridian Coca Cola Bottling, and Pure Fishing Inc, begins March 26th and ends May 28th. Anglers fishing Neshoba County Lake, Kemper County Lake, Okatibbee Lake, Upper Bonita Lake, Lake Tom Bailey, and Clarkco State Park should inspect their catch carefully and look for fish with a white tag on their back. Three hundred fish were tagged and released in these lakes by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries personnel.

Proposed Changes for Freshwater Commercial Fishing Regulations
Monday March 26, 2012
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has announced changes in freshwater commercial fishing regulations are being considered and public comments are being accepted on these proposed changes.

2012 Pond Management Workshops
Monday March 26, 2012
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service will host 12 pond management workshops across Mississippi in 2012. Theworkshops are designed to provide pond owners and future pond owners with information regarding the management of their small lakes. “Our fisheries biologists receive hundreds of calls each year from pond owners who have questions ranging from growing bigger fish to controlling aquatic vegetation”, said MDWFP Fisheries Bureau Assistant Director Larry Pugh. “The workshops will allow biologists and pond owners across the State to interact and provide participants with management strategies.”

2012 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
Thursday March 15, 2012
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the prospects of angler success in the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fall 2011 population sampling on Lake Monroe, Elvis Presley Lake, Tippah County Lake, and Lake Lowndes State Park showed high catch rates of small bass. “Due to the large population of smaller bass, creel limits in these lakes have been increased to 30 fish per day. We want to encourage folks to harvest those smaller fish” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “These lakes also have quality crappie and bream populations, especially in Lake Monroe” continued Stubbs. Anglers targeting catfish should head to Oktibbeha County Lake or Elvis Presley Lake as both lakes boast healthy populations of quality-sized catfish.

License Required to Harvest Freshwater Crawfish and Freshwater Shrimp from Public Waters
Wednesday March 07, 2012
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) adopted new regulations regarding the harvest of freshwater crawfish and freshwater shrimp from public waters. A fishing license is required to take crawfish and freshwater shrimp for personal use. A commercial fishing license is required to sell, resell or export crawfish taken from public waters. Crawfish and shrimp traps placed in public water shall be marked with a waterproof tag printed with the fisherman’s full name and the MDWFP customer number found on the license document.

2012 Spring Bass Fishing Forecast for North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs
Monday March 05, 2012
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing in 2012 on north Mississippi’s Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoirs (FCRs). Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes are some of the best bass waters in the state. Angling in these lakes helps boost local economies as they support about 1.5 million hours of fishing yearly.

2012 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi Lakes
Wednesday February 29, 2012
2012 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi Lakes

2012 Spring Crappie Fishing Forecast for North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs
Tuesday February 28, 2012
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing in 2012 on north Mississippi’s Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoirs (FCRs). Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes are some of the best crappie waters in the country, boosting local economies as they support about 1.5 million hours of fishing yearly.

2012 Spring Lake Level Forecast for North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs
Monday February 27, 2012
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing in 2012 on north Mississippi’s Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoirs (FCRs). Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes are some of the best crappie waters in the country. Boosting local economies, these lakes support about 1.5 million hours of fishing yearly.

NMFH Jig Tying Program to be held on March 3, 2012
Thursday February 23, 2012
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (NMFH VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a jig tying program on Saturday, March 3rd at 2:00 pm. Crappie anglers have a chance to join local, jig-tying expert Gwin Jackson and see the jigs’ creation from hook to final product. Participants will have theopportunity to speak with Mr. Jackson at this program before hitting the lakes and the crappie this spring.

Alabama Rig Illegal to Fish in Some Mississippi Lakes
Friday January 06, 2012
JACKSON - The newest, hottest lure in bass fishing, the Alabama Rig, has generated much discussion regarding whether it is legal use in Mississippi waters.

MDWFP and MDEQ Release Fish to Repopulate Lower Pearl River
Monday December 19, 2011
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff from the Meridian Fish Hatchery, accompanied by staff from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), released about 3,000 harvestable-sized channel catfish

Alligator Gar Stocked in Bee Lake
Tuesday December 13, 2011
JACKSON - Recent flooding of the Mississippi River has allowed Asian carp access to many state waters. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has stocked alligator gar into Bee Lake

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