The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the city of Biloxi will have a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area on Saturday. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 and under. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Hiller Park. Young anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers. For additional details about the daylong rodeo: contact the Hiller Park office at 435-6296 or the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau at 601-432-2200.
Prep sailing: Saint Stanislaus sophomore Boyd Housey, one of 72 competitors from around the world, will travel to Paracas, Peru to sail in the 2015 Sunfish World Championship from Sunday until Saturday. Housey is a Pass Christian resident.
This will be the 45th Sunfish World Championship. This Sunfish World Championship is an invitation only competition. Each competitor has qualified for this World Championship through a series of competitions at home in order to represent their country. Prior Sunfish World Champions have gone on to become Olympic medalists, America's Cup winners and professional sailors.
Squirrel season underway: Squirrel season opened last week and closes Feb. 28. The bag limit is eight squirrels per day.
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MDWFP officials project a strong crop of squirrels for the upcoming hunting season, although hardwood mast crops were less abundant in some parts of the state last year compared to previous years.
Mast crop abundance will probably vary somewhat again this year, which could affect the squirrel populations throughout the Magnolia state. Areas with mature, hardwood forest cover provide the best squirrel hunting opportunities.
The state has two game species of squirrels: eastern gray squirrel and eastern fox squirrel. Both species are found throughout the state, but gray squirrels are the most widely distributed and most numerous.
Where to find anglers: A new report about recreational fishing in the U.S. found that anglers in the Midwest and Northeast had the lowest drop-out rate compared to anglers in other parts of the country. The report examined fishing license purchases in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and West.
Angler Project Report No. 2 and other findings related to fishing participation are explained in "A Snapshot of the U.S. Angler Population by Region," the second in a series of studies produced for the American Sportfishing Association by Southwick Associates that sheds new light on anglers' fishing habits and loyalty to the sport.