Fishing stays good despite cold

Published 12:09 am Sunday, November 25, 2007

Despite weekly cold fronts, the fishing has been good this month.

Good reports on the white perch are coming from the Black River/Horseshoe Lake Complex, the Saline/Larto Complex and Turkey Creek.

On Black River Lake most of the better reports are coming from Concodrie and Cross Bayous.

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Fish the brush piles and stumps along the outside bends with tube jigs and shiners. Larto Lake is loaded with manmade brush piles and that’s where the perch are.

Hair jigs and tube jigs are producing some nice slabs but if the jig bite is off try live shiners.

Turkey creek is home to some really big slab crappie. Fish the logs and duck blinds in 7 to 8 feet of water for big Turkey Creek white perch.

Franklin County’s Lake Okhissa is still the hot topic among the area bass fishermen and for good reason.

Some report catching their ten bass limit in an hour or less with 100 bass days not uncommon.

Most Okhissa fishermen are catching bass up one of the many feeder creeks on jigs, soft plastics and spinnerbaits.

As water temperatures continue to drop the fish will move deeper. The main creek channel, Porter Creek, will be the place to find numbers of big fish, as the water gets cooler.

I still have not heard a single report on the crappie on Okhissa but you can bet someone is catching them. Crappie fishermen are much quieter than the bass fishermen so give the big slabs a try on Okhissa and you’ll probably have a good day.

Lake Concordia’s bass are on the move. Try pitching jigs and soft plastics along the outside cypress trees.

Rat-L-Traps in quarter and half ounce sizes fished in the north flats will produce a few fish. Don’t over look the south flats and the open areas between the piers. Just keep an eye out for the shad and you’ll find some bass on Lake Concordia.

Lake St. John is a good fall bass lake. The water temps are in the low 60s and the bass are scattered from shallow to fairly deep water.

Try frogs and topwaters back in the thick stuff and heavy jigs in the deeper cypress tree roots.

Lake Bruin is a good place to catch bass as well. The same lures that work on the other oxbows work well on Bruin but you have the option of fishing much deeper water on this lake.

If the shallow bite is slow try heavy jigs or soft plastics fished behind a big slip sinker in the man made brush piles on Lake Bruin. The Rat-L-Trap bite is good as well on Lake Bruin.

Eddie Roberts writes a weekly fishing column for The Natchez Democrat. He can be reached at