Thursday, March 16, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Fishing Forecast for Northwest Reservoirs
Mississippi Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are expecting
high fishing success in 2017 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and
Grenada Reservoirs. Anglers spend approximately 1.5 million hours
fishing on these popular water bodies each year.
Crappie are king here, and these reservoirs are recognized as
some of the best crappie lakes in the nation.
According to MDWFP fisheries biologist Keith Meals, "Crappie
have had good to excellent spawns since 2012. The big year
class from 2013 is over 12 inches, and there are many short fish
too." Anglers should use larger baits to improve their
chances of catching legal-sized fish. Crappie regulations on
these reservoirs remain unchanged from last year.
Blue catfish, also known as white river cats, are the most
numerous catfish on all the reservoirs except for Enid, where
channel catfish dominate. Blues are larger than channels, with many
ranging from 10 to 25 pounds. "Shad or flavored chicken are better
baits for blues than typical catfish baits," according to
Higher water levels the last few years have boosted bream
numbers. Target bream with crickets or worms when they spawn over a
firm bottom of sand or gravel.
MDWFP operates state parks on Sardis, Enid, and Grenada
Reservoirs for anglers who want to stay overnight.
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.