John Harrison, from Calhoun City, Mississippi is one of the best crappie fisherman in the country. People from all over the world come to Mississippi to fish with this well-known crappie fishing guide, who has been featured on many nationally televised fishing shows, magazines, and public speaking engagements.
The Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation recently included Harrison in a group of distinguished outdoorsmen selected for this year’s honor including guide and game manager Ronnie Foy, Mossy Oak Founder Toxey Haas, , Primos Hunting Calls Founder Will Primos, Wildlife Conservation Officer Wayne Self, and Outdoor Media icon Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland.
“We’re honored to have this outstanding group of Mississippi outdoorsmen in the Hall of Fame,” Billy Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation, said in a statement. “They have all contributed a lot to the heritage of the great outdoors in our state and have been willing mentors to younger generations coming up trying to learn how to hunt and fish.”
Harrison said it was an honor to be inducted with this year’s class of distinguished Mississippi outdoorsmen. He said he is proud to represent the crappie fishing industry in the state of Mississippi as well as abroad and reflected on the way the crappie fishing community has changed in his time.
“I grew up fishing on Lake Grenada when about all anyone ever did was fish minnows under a bobber,” said Harrison. “Now to look how this sport has grown and the economic impact it has not only on this state but the whole country. We have a lot of technology that has gone into boats, tackle, electronics and ways of catching crappie and the sport continues to grow.”
Harrison has been an ambassador for crappie fishing as a tournament angler, fishing guide, and pro-staff member, traveling the country for speaking engagements, tackle demonstrations and media events for print and television. He said some of his most rewarding times have come from introducing children to the sport of fishing and seeing their reaction to having a big crappie on the line.
“In the outdoor world you come across guys that run on a different road and accomplish things that need to be recognized,” said fellow pro staffer Brad Whitehead. “There are plenty of crappie fisherman that hate to see John Harrison show up at any crappie tournament because they know his chances of winning are very good. With his ability of catching fish this is no surprise that John was inducted to the Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame. I wanted to say, it's an honor to be on two pro staffs with John, B'n'M Pole Company and War Eagle Boats.”
A celebration is planned at the Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame exhibit, part of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum, which hosted it’s grand opening June 2 in Leland. The Museum is located at 304 North Broad Street in Leland, Mississippi.
The mission statement of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that is organizing the museum is: To preserve the history, heritage, and traditions of hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors in Mississippi. To honor the people that have been a part of it, and to educate the public on the vast natural resources of the great state of Mississippi. The museum will chronicle the evolution of hunting and fishing in our state as well as the outdoor photographers and artists that have portrayed it. The museum will contain over 3000 vintage photos, firearms, fishing rods, and pieces of outdoor equipment.
For more information contact Billy Johnson, President of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation at 662-347-4223.
The folks at B’n’M Fishing are proud to be associated with John Harrison and join in the outdoor community in congratulating him on the honor of being recognized for his commitment to the sport we all love.