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State record fish includes one at Calling Panther in Copiah County

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that four state fishing lake record fish were caught over the weekend.  Ray Newsome of Columbia caught a lake record bluegill (11 ounces) and redear sunfish (12 ounces) at Lake Columbia on April 15, 2017.  On the same day, Sue Thornton of Crystal Springs caught a lake record crappie at Calling Panther Lake that weighed 2.2 pounds.  On Sunday, April 16, a new lake record largemouth bass weighing 6.57 pounds. was caught at Lake Lamar Bruce by Phillip Pannell.
“Our state fishing lakes offer excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and catfish,” according to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) State Lake Coordinator Jerry Brown.  “Each lake maintains a list of the record fish and we encourage anglers to let us know if they believe their catch might be a new record.”
Each angler will receive a record fish certificate from MDWFP, and a copy will be on display at the lake offices and on the lake’s information page of MDWFP’s website.  Fish that qualify for a state lake record include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, and catfish.  Potential record fish must be verified by a member of the Fisheries Bureau staff.
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