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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 10-Dec-16
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Weekly fishing reports will return in February. Below are some tips on fishing during the winter and early spring.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District closed several boat ramps because of the low water.

Bass will be holding along the river channel around ledges and structure. Fish can also be targeted in shallow areas with aquatic vegetation. Worms fished slowly in these areas can be productive. Spinner baits, spoons or crank baits fished along deeper points are also a good choice this time of year.

Crappie should be targeted along the main river channel and deep standing timber. Flow provided by the Pearl River at Hwy 43 Bridge will allow fish to congregate in the slack water just outside the main channel. Double minnow rigs and jigs tipped with a nibble should be most productive.

Bream can be targeted around deep structure at depths of 8 - 10 ft. Tightlining along the bottom in these areas with crickets and worms are best bet for bream this time of year.

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 Hwy 43 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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