Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Monday, February 27, 2012
2012 Spring Lake Level Forecast for North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs
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.
Lake levels are often used to predict fishing success. MDWFP creel surveys have shown better catches in low water because it concentrates fish, but that means fewer big fish next year. High water reduces angler catches, but improves conditions for spawning and survival. So far, 2012 water levels look low to average, but this may be affected by uncertain rainfall amounts.
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