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2012 Spring Bass Fishing Forecast for North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs

Mississippi Fishing News

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing in 2012 on north Mississippi's Corps of Engineers' flood control reservoirs (FCRs). Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes are some of the best bass waters in the state. Angling in these lakes helps boost local economies as they support about 1.5 million hours of fishing yearly.

Fish sampling by MDWFP last fall showed that the largemouth bass populations in all the FCRs were healthy, though larger bass were found in greater numbers in Sardis and Enid Lakes than Grenada and Arkabutla Lakes. Sampling on Enid Lake found good numbers of bass up to seven pounds. "High water on Arkabutla last spring resulted in a massive spawn that should benefit bass fishing for at least 5 years," reported MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Keith Meals.

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