Ross Barnett Reservoir: Bass should be targeted around vegetation and grass along the shoreline and at depths of three to five feet with jerk baits, brush hogs or sinkos. Deeper points and ledges around the main river channel can be productive as well. Try deep diving crank baits or carolina rigs in these areas.
Trolling or jigging along creek channels, ledges and deep standing timber are popular ways to catch crappie during the summer months. Anglers recently reported fish being caught in old lake beds off the main river channel in deep standing timber. Downed trees along the river above 43 hwy are also good places to target crappie this time of year.
Bream can be targeted with crickets and worms at depths of 6 - 8 ft. Tight lining on the bottom and fishing baits under a cork around vegetation and stump fields are popular methods for catching bream. Good numbers of Bluegill were harvested recently by dropping worms and crickets around lily pads.
Try for catfish in deep timber with jigs or minnows fished next to the bottom. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in the open water floating them through stump fields. Worms and Blood baits can be very productive. Trot lines, and poles fished along flats adjacent to the river channel and above 43 highway in old oxbow lakes are also good ways to harvest many quality catfish. Special regulations apply to parts of Ross Barnett for trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in advance before using these devices.