If Mississippi fishermen can brag about something, at the top of the list is some of the best crappie fishing in the world, either in the oxbows along the mighty Mississippi River, in major impoundments or smaller, state-managed or private ponds across the state.

Slab crappie in the Magnolia State will be heading to their shallow spawning areas over the next six weeks or so, and there’s no better time to put new line on your reels and fill in the gaps in your tackle boxes.

Vendors across the sprawling Mississippi Outdoor Expo should be able to provide plenty of crankbaits and tiny jigs to troll for crappie, along with the latest in fishing tackle, marine electronics, and even boats if you’re interested in leaving the bank and being able to chase fish just about anywhere.

Along with plenty of things to interest crappie fishermen, bass fishermen and anglers who target catfish should be able to locate the lures and tackle they need for the upcoming spring fishing blitz. If you’re targeting largemouth bass, you’ll find the plastic worms, jigs and spinnerbaits you’re looking for, and if you have blue catfish on the brain, your fishing tackle needs should easily be met.

If you want to bring your young fisherman along to whet his or her whistle, admission for kids is free on Sunday, February 18, 2024.