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Rainbow Trout Stocked at Lake Lamar Bruce

JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 600 rainbow trout into the bank-fishing pond at Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs, “This stocking will provide anglers with a unique fishing opportunity during the winter months. In addition, the trout create a great opportunity to introduce youth or new anglers to fishing because they will be easy to catch.”

Crappie Stocked into Northeast Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked black crappie into two Northeast area lakes. Approximately 2,700 fish were stocked into newly renovated Lake Monroe near Aberdeen. Lake Lowndes State Park Lake, located near Columbus, received 7,200 crappie. Anglers are reminded that Lake Monroe is still closed to the public.

Crappie Stocked into Southwest Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked crappie into two Southwest state lakes. Approximately 3,100 Magnolia crappie were stocked into Lake Walthall near Tylertown. Lake Tangipahoa, in Percy Quin State Park near McComb, received 25,800 white crappie.

Calling Panther Lake Boat Ramp Reopens

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that the boat ramp at Calling Panther Lake has reopened. The lake level was lowered during August to allow staff to cut boat lanes, deepen shoreline areas, and make repairs to the courtesy pier.

Bream and Catfish Stocked into Northeast State Park Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish into two Northeast state park lakes. Approximately 31,850 bluegill and 13,650 redear sunfish were stocked into Tombigbee State Park Lake near Tupelo. Trace State Park Lake, a 565 acre lake located in Pontotoc County, received 38,750 bluegill; 21,125 redear sunfish; and 10,000 channel catfish.

Channel Catfish Stocked into Northeast Area Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked channel catfish into four Northeast area lakes. Approximately 7,500 fish were stocked into Tippah County Lake near Ripley, and Tombigbee State Park Lake near Plantersville received 5,000 fish. Additionally, Ballard Park and Veteran’s Park Lakes in Tupelo received around 400 catfish each. “Channel catfish are highly prized by anglers because they fight hard and make excellent table fare,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs.

Bream and Catfish Stocked Lamar Bruce and Monroe Co. State Lakes

JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 150,000 bluegill, 75,000 redear sunfish, and 15,000 channel catfish into Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs, “Our goal is to provide a long-term quality fishery, and the large stocking of bluegill and redear sunfish is a proactive management approach to reduce the chances of bass over-crowding.“

2015 Fall Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi State Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists encourage anglers to take advantage of the overlooked fall fishing opportunities in Southwest Mississippi. Great fishing reports have started coming in as temperature and fishing pressure decrease.

Paul B. Johnson State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 31. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

2015 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing has started to improve with gradually decreasing water temperatures. “In the fall, fish 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. Bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations such as Pickwick, Bay Springs, the canal section lakes A through E, and Lake Lamar Bruce. “Anglers have been very successful all summer at Lake Lamar Bruce, and we expect this lake will continue to provide prime fishing for area bass anglers this fall,” said Stubbs.

Boy Scouts of America Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, October 17. The free event is hosted by the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

City of Biloxi Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 17. The free event is hosted by the City of Biloxi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

White Bass Die-Off in Sardis Lake

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists investigated a fish kill reported on September 17, at Sardis Lake. After evaluating the fish kill in several areas of the lake, biologists determined that white bass comprised over 99 percent of the dead fish.

Fishing Regulations Waived During Grenada Lake Dam Dewatering

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Law Enforcement Bureau announced that fish creel limits and legal fishing method regulations will be waived in the spillway area below Grenada Lake dam during the dewatering of the dam outlet channel by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. During this process, participants will be allowed to harvest an unlimited number of fish of any size and capture fish with dip nets, cast nets, or by hand. Those engaging in these activities must have a valid sport fishing license or be exempt from the license requirement.

Moon Lake Commercial Fishing Season Opens October 1

JACKSON - Moon Lake, in Coahoma County, will be open to commercial fishing for non-game gross fish from October 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016. Non-game gross fish include buffalo, gar, carp, and several other fish species. Fishermen who want to fish gill or trammel nets at Moon Lake must have a valid commercial fishing license and a special permit issued by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau. Paddlefish harvest is not allowed with these special permits.

Counties and MDWFP Partner to Improve Boat Launch and Construct New Fishing Pier on Pascagoula River WMA

JACKSON – The Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (PRWMA) is 37,000 acres of predominately bottomland hardwood forest located within George and Jackson counties. Thousands of people utilize PRWMA each year for a variety of recreational activities, with fishing being one of the most popular pursuits. Recently, the George County Road Department and Jackson County Board of Supervisors assisted MDWFP staff in making improvements that will benefit anglers that use the area.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Copiah County

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 Copiah County. The workshop will be held at the Copiah County Multi-purpose Building located at 2040 West Gallman Road in Gallman on Tuesday, September 15 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 Copiah County Extension office at (601) 892-1809.

Improved Fishing at Mississippi River Oxbow Lakes

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau received several good reports from anglers fishing at Mississippi River oxbows during the last two weeks. This is welcome news after anglers and biologists saw a decline in bass, bream, and crappie populations over the past few years.

Calling Panther Lake Boat Ramp Closed

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has lowered the lake level and closed the boat ramp at Calling Panther Lake in Copiah County. The lake level was lowered to allow MDWFP staff to make several improvements at the lake. Bank fishing and camping is available during this time.

Fishing Gear Regulation Changes Approved for Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced new regulations regarding the use of sport fishing trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, Free Floating Fishing Devices (FFFDs), and yo-yos on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Roosevelt State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Crappie Regulation Changes Approved for Flood Control Reservoirs and Eagle Lake

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced new crappie regulations on Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis, and Grenada Lakes, also known as the Flood Control Reservoirs (FCRs), and Eagle Lake. The new regulations on the FCRs, which become effective July 22, 2015, consist of making the minimum length crappie that anglers can keep 12 inches, setting the daily creel limit to 15 fish per angler, and limiting the number of poles an angler can use to 4. In addition, boats with 3 or more anglers will be able to keep 40 crappie per boat. Daily creel limits in the FCRs’ spillways, including Sardis Lower Lake, will be reduced to15 fish per angler. The new regulations for the FCRs will make the regulations uniform across all 4 of the lakes.

Invasive Cogongrass Reduced at Marion County and Old River WMAs

JACKSON – Each year, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) controls cogongrass on Marion County and Old River Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Cogongrass, an exotic plant species from Asia, has aggressively expanded its range across Mississippi. Today, it is present in over 60 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

Lake Bill Waller Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bill Waller beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 27. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked into Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Lakes

JACKSON – On May 22nd, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into two Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW) lakes. Aberdeen Lake received approximately 48,000, and 25,000 were stocked into Lock C near Fulton. “Florida-strain largemouth bass are typically more aggressive, grow faster, and potentially grow larger than the native bass found in the TTW,” says MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. According to Stubbs, the goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help increase the number of trophy-sized bass in these two lakes.

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Lake Monroe

JACKSON – On May 22, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 2,500 Florida-strain largemouth bass into Lake Monroe near Aberdeen. “Florida-strain largemouth bass are typically more aggressive, and grow faster than the northern strain largemouth bass,” says MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Stocking rates were decreased to help promote faster growth, and to delay future bass over-crowding.” The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte fish hatchery located near Canton.

Neshoba County Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Largemouth Bass Regulation Changes Proposed for Flood Control Reservoirs, Lake Jeff Davis, and Trace State Park

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to change largemouth bass regulations on Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis, and Grenada Lakes, also known as the Flood Control Reservoirs (FCRs), Lake Jeff Davis and Trace State Park. The proposal for the FCRs will increase the daily limit to 10 fish per angler per day.

MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

JACKSON - Mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 6 -14, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 6 and 7 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.

MDWFP Lake Lamar Bruce Opening Day Announced

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

Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo

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

Amory Railroad Festival Youth Fishing Rodeo

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

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo

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

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo

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

Choctaw Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

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

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County

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

Mississippi Lakes Named Top Trophy Crappie Lakes in America

JACKSON –Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States.

Camp Fish to be Held at Turcotte Education Center

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

McAlpine Lake in Amory Joins MDWFP Community Assistance Program

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

MDWFP & the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roebuck Lake

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

Tornado Damage Cleanup Continues at Elvis Presley Lake

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

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