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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 09-Apr-15
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Pelahatchie Bay Bass fishing should get better and better as the water clears in the Bay. The water temps are perfect for bass to spawn. Target shallow vegetation for spawning fish with soft plastics. Target creek channels leading into shallow areas with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or swim baits. Vegetation edges can be fished with topwater baits such as buzzbaits and spooks. Fish weedless baits in the vegetation such as frogs or soft plastics.

Crappie have moved into shallow water around the grass and rip rap. Try fishing with jigs in these areas as fish begin to spawn. Minnows are also good in these areas. White and chartruese or frog colored jigs are doing well at this time tipped with a crappie nibble.

Catfish can be caught on trotlines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Lower Lake: Catfish can be caught on trotlines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Crappie have moved into the shallow water around the rip rap and vegetation. Try using jigs or minnows in these areas as crappie begin to spawn. With the water temps beginning to rise fish should be very active. Some fish may also be caught in deeper parts around ledges waiting to move up shallow.

Bass anglers should fish along the rip rap near Main Harbor after a few sunny days. Some fish may be found around the deeper ends of piers.

Upper Lake: Crappie are starting to move into the shallows in and around rip rap and grass beds. Try using jigs or minnows in these areas as crappie begin to spawn. Gilligans Island area is always hot this time of year. The water temps are warming and the fish should be active shallow.

Fish have begun to move shallow. Target shallow bass with early/late topwater fishing and soft plastics throughout the day. Crankbaits can be fished along the riprap at Hwy 43. The posts from an old pier along south side of Hwy 43 out from Safe Harbor usually hold a few fish. Target creek channel ledges with crankbaits and spinnerbaits for fish moving towards shallow water.

Above Highway 43

Most crappie are caught trolling minnows or jigs off the river channel fishing 12 feet deep in 20 feet of water. Some fish can be found around the deep stumps that line the river channel. Treetops that extend into deeper water on the river edge can hold crappie this time of year as well. Crappie should be moving shallow soon.

Bass can be found shallow and on ledges in medium depths as some begin to spawn. Target shallow vegetated areas with frogs and soft plastics. Staging bass can be targeted on creek channel ledges with swimbaits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Treetops along the river edge in a bend where current flow is moderate can produce good sized spotted bass. Fish plastics or spinnerbaits in these areas.

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About: - Lake Ross Barnett is one of our best known big bream lakes. Large bluegill and redear sunfish make this lake a popular attraction to anglers. In spring 2005, the average weight of bream kept by anglers was 0.5 pounds. The average weight in other agency-owned fishing lakes is 0.4 pounds. A high percentage (67%) of anglers came to fish strictly for bream, and anglers kept 77% of the bream caught.

Small largemouth bass are numerous and anglers are encouraged to harvest bass that are 10-14 inches long. During spring 2005, bass anglers kept only 18% of the bass that were caught and the average weight was 0.7 pounds. This is well below the average weight for harvested bass in other agency-owned lakes (1.7 pounds).

The majority of anglers (49%) during the spring of 2005 were from Smith and Covington Counties. Jones County anglers made up 16% and 10% were from Simpson County. The remaining 35% came from five other Mississippi counties and 4% came from out-of-state.

There are 4 fish attractor buoys at this lake. Christmas trees have been placed around each buoy. These attractors are great places to fish for crappie in the cooler months of the year.
  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Hybrid striped bass
  • Bream

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