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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 14-Jul-16
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Bass should be targeted around vegetation and grass along the shoreline and at depths of three to five feet with top water lures such as buzz baits, frogs and top water plugs early in the morning or late afternoon. Deeper points and small ditch runs may be holding fish especially in the heat of the day as well, target these areas with spinner baits or diving plugs.

Trolling or jigging along creek channels, ledges and deep standing timber are popular ways to catch crappie as they begin to move to their summertime hideouts. Fish may be anywhere in the water column so try fishing at multiple depths until fish are located. Reports recently of fish being caught in old lake beds off the main river channel in deep standing timber. Old lakes with deep timber have also been producing good size fish above Hwy 43 bridge.

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 harvested this past week dropping worms and crickets around liliy pads.

Catfish biting good in the shallow water along the edges of the river. Catalpa worms are producing good numbers just above Hwy 43 bridge. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in the open water and floating them through stump fields. Worms and Blood baits can be very productive. Trot lines, and poles along flats adjacent to the river channel, old lakes with standing timber 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.

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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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