Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
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
For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our
website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601)
432-2212. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.