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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 22-Apr-16
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: A total of 525 Black Bass from two recent bass tournaments were tagged and released by MDWFP Biologist. Each fish should have two tags. If you recapture one of these tagged fish please call (601) 432-2212 and provide the ID numbers located on the tags, location of recapture, preferably GPS coordinates if possible, date of catch and weather it was harvested or released.

Bass should be targeted around vegitation 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 as well, target these areas with spinner baits or diving plugs. Bass have been reluctant to move in to spawn. Water temperatures are still around the 65 degree mark which makes it difficult for big females to commit. Air temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid eighties for the next several days and the moon will be full on the 22nd. These conditions should help fish to move in shallow.

Crappie are being caught in shallow water around grass and lily pads in 2 and 3 ft of water with minnows and chartreuse/white and black/chartreuse jigs tipped with a nibble. Most fish being harvested are males and seem to be holding more to grass patches than aquatic vegitation with good numbers reported over the last couple of weeks. Some anglers are still catching fish out in the deeper parts of the lake as well, along the river channel and deep drops or ledges.

Bream can be targeted with crickets and worms at depths of 4 - 6 ft. Reports of fish this week were being caught at depths of 3 ft around grass beds using jigs. Tightlining on the bottom and fishing baits under a cork are popular methods for catching bream. Redear should be moving up and prepairing to spawn over the next coiuple of weeks.

No reports on catfish but fish can be targeted with trot lines, jugs and poles along flats adjacent to river, old lakes with standing timber and above 43 highway in old oxbow lakes off the main river channel. Any popular catfish bait should be effective. Special regulations apply to parts of Ross Barnett for trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limblines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in advance before using these devices.

Reported by: MDWFP

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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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