The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) invites hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen to join in the nationwide celebration of hunting, fishing, shooting, and wildlife conservation on September 28.  National Hunting and Fishing Day was created in 1971 to celebrate hunting and fishing and to recognize America’s sportsman-based system of conservation funding. This system now generates more than $1.7 billion per year and benefits all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.

One of the best ways to celebrate this day is to go fishing.  After the heat of the summer, fishing in Mississippi has begun to improve, as water temperatures continue to decrease.  Pickwick Lake, the Mississippi River oxbows and the Pascagoula River are all popular fishing destinations during the fall.  If you are looking for easy access and a quieter atmosphere, Mississippi’s state lakes also provide great fishing opportunities.  State lakes across the state, from Tippah Lake to Lake Perry, all provide great fall fishing for crappie, bream and catfish, with abundant shoreline access.  Many fish attractors have been installed in these lakes over the past few years.  Location information is available at http://www.mdwfp.com/fishing-boating/lake-depth-maps.

“Every sportsman should feel proud of their contribution to Mississippi’s wildlife, heritage, and economy,” says Dr. Sam Polles, MDWFP Executive Director.  “Hunting and fishing benefit our state tremendously and improve the quality of life of all Mississippians.  We encourage everyone to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by getting outdoors and enjoying these activities with family and friends.”

For more information about hunting and fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonlin.

Logo courtesy Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

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