The cold snap earlier this week has turned on the crappie and bass bite in a big way, Clay Coleman, of Clay’s Bait and Tackle, says.
“In the (Tennessee-Tombigbee) Waterway south of (Tupelo), the crappie are biting in nine feet of water, just out of the channel,” Coleman said. “For bass, the Alabama rig and jerk baits are the go-to thing right now, both at Pickwick and on Bay Springs.”
Coleman said the big bass are hitting the Alabama rig hard now.
“The Alabama rig is catching fewer but bigger bass, and the jerk baits are catching bigger numbers of smaller bass.”
Either way you go, though, it’s largemouth time. Coleman noted a recent tournament in the area that required a 27-pound five-fish limit to win.
“That’s a really big sack of fish,” he said. “Any five fish sack over 20 pounds is big, but 27 pounds is really big.”
For those looking for something other than bass or crappie, Coleman noted a big surge in the catch of redear bream at Davis Lake.
“They’re catching them on red worms or crickets, fished on the bottom,” Coleman said. “I don’t know how deep, but they’re catching them within casting distance of the bank.”
Overall, he said, the recent change in weather will help both the bass and crappie bite.
Cold front has big ducks on the move
The third segment of Mississippi’s regular duck season began Dec. 5 and hunters on both private lands and WMAs provided mixed reports.
Harvest has declined, but WMAs across the Delta are still reporting holding birds. Mallard numbers have decreased on some areas, but other reports indicate increased bird use since last week.
Green-winged teal and northern shoveler continue to be the most harvested species on WMAs.
Technical difficulties have continued to delay the first aerial waterfowl survey. MDWFP biologists will plan to conduct the mid-December survey beginning Monday, depending on weather conditions.
In recent days, habitat conditions in the Delta have improved slightly. Recent rainfall events have helped.