Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This Week at the Rez

This week's News from the PRVWSD, posted verbatim:

Draw hunt process begins Friday
The application period for the second year of draw archery deer hunts opens on Friday (Aug. 1) and will run through Aug. 15. The hunts will be held below the Barnett Reservoir dam — two zones, Madison and Rankin — and on Sections M&N — three zones, east, central and west — on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay. It costs nothing to apply but selected hunters will be required to purchase a $300 permit for the spillway and $200 in the Bay. For details, visit 

Visit The Rez at the Wildlife Extravaganza
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation will share a booth at this weekend’s 28th annual Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at the Trade Mart in Jackson. PRVWSD representatives will be available to answer questions and share the latest information on The Rez and take applications for the draw deer hunts (see above). In addition to selling Reservoir license plates — we need about 70 more — the Foundation will offer several raffle items including:
* Two draw hunts, one in the spillway area and the other in the Bay, with the winners getting first choice of areas and dates.
* A guided bass fishing trip on The Rez with local tournament angler Jeff Roberts, who is also a Foundation member and reservoir resident.
* A guided crappie fishing trip on the Rez with 2013 Magnolia Crappie Club points champion Charles Lindsay of Pelahatchie.
* A “Bubba Cooler” handcrafted by PRVWSD General Manager John Sigman.
The drawing for those items will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. You do not have to be present to win.
In addition, in a separate raffle, tickets will be sold for an Eli Manning autographed Super Bowl XLVI game jersey (see below for details).

Eli Manning Super Bowl jersey raffle
The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is conducting a raffle for an Eli Manning autographed New York Giants game jersey from Super Bowl XLVI, courtesy of Bank Plus. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
Tickets will go sale this week at the PRVWSD/Barnett Reservoir Foundation booth at the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza, and will remain available through Foundation members and at the websites of PRVWSD ( and the Foundation (, and at Kathryn’s Steakhouse in Ridgeland.
The drawing for the jersey will be conducted at Kathryn’s Steakhouse in Ridgeland on Aug. 28th at halftime of Ole Miss’ first game of the 2014 football season. You do not have to be present to win.

Smokin’ on The Rez music
The Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s 2nd annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 24-25 at Old Trace Park. The BBQ event is sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network, and the music will be headlined by a pair of rising Nashville groups — LoCash Cowboys and HanaLena. The music lineup will include two groups on Friday night and five on Sunday. The final playbill will be announced later.

Summer fishing news

While the summer of 2014 has been milder than most, the fishing activity has been hot. Crappie fishermen are reporting excellent catches deep, either by jigging around any horizontal cover (limbs of old trees) fishing 10-11 feet deep in at least 15 feet of water and deeper. Bass fishing surprisingly has not shifted to the deep drops as is normal for the summer, but instead is best in shallower water on various structure or cover, including rocks, stumps and vegetation. Striped bass have moved up on the drops normally dominated by largemouth bass. The best reports are for catfish, however, with outstanding results. The best fishing appears to be on deep flats (10-12 feet) in the lake near drop-offs. Jug fishermen — those who use free-floating devices — are reminded that many areas of Barnett Reservoir are closed to both jug lines and trotlines, and that includes the main lake south of a line from where the Twin Harbor channel crosses the Natchez Trace to Fannin Landing, and areas of Pelahatchie Bay south of the main boat channel to Spillway Road.

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