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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 Southwest Mississippi

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.   

The construction of a new weir at Lake Mary was recently completed and is designed to maintain desirable lake levels during low river stages.  "Higher water during the summer and fall months will improve water quality and provide more available habitat for fish," said Brown.  Lake Mary is a 2,250 acre oxbow of the Mississippi River located in Wilkinson County that has long been known for good crappie and catfish. 

Anglers in Southwest Mississippi should make plans to visit Lake Jeff Davis during 2013.  Lake Jeff Davis was closed for renovation during 2010 and several improvements have been made, including dam modifications, new fishing piers, a new double-wide boat ramp, a new office building, and upgrades to the campground.  "Largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and catfish have been stocked and the opening of a State Lake is a great time to catch a lot of fish," according to Brown.  Lake Jeff Davis is located near Prentiss and is scheduled to open during May 2013.             

For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/fishing-boatingor call us at 601-432-2212. 

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