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From freshwater fishing in public lakes to saltwater fishing off the Gulf Coast, Mississippi offers endless excitement for the avid angler. Whether you’re in it for sport or looking for some tasty eats, here are our top fishing spots to hit this summer in Mississippi.

Neshoba County State Lake

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If bass fishing is your thing, look no further than Neshoba County State Lake. At 138-acres, Neshoba County State Lake has a heavy dose of vegetation – which attracts what big bass are looking to snack on. These ideal conditions have led to Neshoba County Lake’s reputation as “trophy bass lake.”

Mississippi Gulf Coast

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers a variety of ways to land that trophy fish. Whether you are a novice or seasoned professional, the Secret Coast has a fishing adventure for you. Inshore, off piers, wade fishing or deep-sea fishing are just of few of the ways you can drop a line on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. deep-sea fishing are just of few of the ways you can drop a line on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Grenada Lake

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If you’re in search of trophy-sized crappie, then Grenada Lake is your destination. While largemouth bass and catfish are not uncommon, crappie is where Grenada Lake has earned its reputation. Anglers should fish in shallow waters using brightly colored lures to maximize their chances of catching the big one.

Ross Barnett Reservoir

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The Ross Barnett Reservoir is a 33,000 acre body of freshwater offering anglers some of the best fishing in the state. Bass, bream, crappie and catfish are typical, but landing them will prove to be a test of true skill and decision making. Known locally as “The Rez” the lake divides into three separate areas offering anglers different looks, each unique with success to be had depending on your method of fishing.

Calling Panther Lake

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In the Southwest corner of Mississippi, anglers can find Calling Panther Lake, a small lake that houses trophy bass and an opportunity to fish away from everyday distractions. The 512-acre lake is only an hour from Jackson, but feels as if it is away from everything. If solitude and relaxation is what you’re looking for, then Calling Panther Lake is your best bet.

Lake Washington

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Located in southern Washington County, Lake Washington is known as one of the best crappie holes in the state. If a laid-back lakefront vacation is what you’re looking for, then Lake Washington is your spot. There are cabins available to rent that are desirable for both avid fisherman and family weekend getaways.

Enid Lake

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Enid Lake, located mostly in Yalobusha County, holds the world record for white crappie at 5.3lbs. So as you guessed it, the crappie fishing is no joke. Whether you’re baitcasting, spinning or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good.