Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists predict fishing success in 2014 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada Lakes.
MDWFP sampling showed good spawns of sport and forage fish on all lakes. Largemouth Bass and Bluegill were most numerous at Arkabutla Lake where bass numbers were 22 times higher and Bluegill numbers were eight times higher compared to 2012. Although bass and Bluegill numbers did not rise as much at Enid, Sardis and Grenada Lakes, improved fishing for these species is expected.
The big 2009 White Crappie year class will comprise most of the angler harvest at Enid, Sardis and Grenada Lakes. The weaker spawns in 2010 and 2011 will mean fewer crappie from 10 to 12 inches at these lakes. It is anticipated that good spawns in 2012 and 2013 will increase populations if normal or higher water levels are maintained.
A huge black crappie spawn at Arkabutla Lake occurred last spring. The growth of these fish has been exceptional because of a massive shad spawn and many of the crappie are already legal size.
Blue Catfish from 20 to 35 pounds were common at Sardis Lake. Fishing with whole shad on heavy tackle with a big circle hook is the best method to catch these trophies. Trotlines, jugs, noodles and hand-grabbling are also popular fishing methods for catfish.