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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2013 Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi Lakes

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.  Population sampling during fall 2012 revealed good catch rates for both largemouth bass and young sunfish in the Pascagoula River oxbows.  Caswell Lake, Dead River, and Parker Lake were some of the oxbow lakes that look to benefit from the high water conditions.  Fall 2012 fish sampling in the Pascagoula Marsh produced large numbers of quality largemouth bass and sunfish.  This area looks to be a hot spot for the upcoming fishing season as well.  "The high water should provide adult fish with more spawning habitat and additional cover allowing young fish to survive predation.  The successful spawn and subsequent productive year-class of fish should provide great fishing for our anglers in the years to come," according to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Stephen Brown.    

Fall sampling also revealed an abundance of bass in Geiger Lake at Paul B. Johnson State Park.  "We're encouraging anglers to continue to harvest small bass at this lake to help promote a balanced fish population," said Brown.  Samples taken at Bogue Homa Lake and Lake Perry revealed a quality bass fishery and both lakes support a healthy population of crappie and sunfish.  Lake Bill Waller just outside of Columbia is still producing trophy size largemouth bass and remains one of the top destinations for anglers looking to land a double digit bass.

For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at http://www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. 

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