Press Release

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

2017 Fishing Forecast - Central Mississippi

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season in Central Mississippi. During summer and fall fish population sampling on Ross Barnett Reservoir, a large number of shad was observed.  These fish will provide quality forage for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.  "We also saw an increase in overall condition and abundance of largemouth bass compared to last year," said MDWFP fisheries biologist Ryan Jones.  According to Jones, "We collected more largemouth bass over fifteen inches than we have in previous years on Ross Barnett Reservoir.  The increase in abundance is due to an excellent spawn in 2013."

Ross Barnett Reservoir is not the only location in Central Mississippi to catch quality fish. Trophy bass can be caught at Neshoba County Lake and Simpson County Lake.  These lakes produce lunkers over ten pounds every year.  Early March is a great time to catch big fish as they move shallow to spawn.  Okatibbee Reservoir, Kemper County Lake, and Eagle Lake are great crappie producers.  According to Jones, "We sunk multiple brush piles in Kemper County Lake which make fish attractors for anglers to target."  Fish attractors were also added to Holmes County State Park Lake and Lake Claude Bennett.  Large bream are available at Lake Prentiss Walker and Eagle Lake, where angler-harvested fish averaged over half a pound during 2016.  Catfish anglers should visit MDWFP State Fishing Lakes Claude Bennett, Neshoba County, or Tom Bailey for relaxed fishing in a beautiful setting.

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