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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 27-Feb-15
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Pelahatchie Bay Catfish can be caught on trotlines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Crappie anglers should concentrate their efforts near stumps and timber along the edge of Pelahatchie Creek fishing 10-12 feet deep. Anglers often have success under bridges at the causeway and Hwy 471(trading post) where water is moving. Try fishing 10-12 ft deep under the bridges. Jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and minnows are the best baits. Fish 10 to 12 ft deep.

Bass fishing will be a little slow with the cool water temps, but fish will be staging for the spawn shortly. Fishing should heat up up with the temperature. Bass anglers should fish along the rip rap after a few sunny days. Try different plastics and sinking jerk baits.

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

Crappie anglers should concentrate their efforts in the old oxbow lakes near Rose’s Bluff or near the City of Jackson water intake structure along the dam.

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: The best crappie fishing occurs after heavy rains that produce current on the river. Fish will concentrate below and east of the Hwy 43 bridge. Fishing is good until the current subsides. Jigs, jigs tipped with minnows, and minnows are the best baits. Fish 12 to 16 ft deep.

Fish for bass in the pad fields with crankbaits or rattletraps. Plastics can be fished along the riprap along 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 for bass staging for the spawn.

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.

The best bass catches come from the points and cuts up the river. Identify areas where water is moving from backwater areas into the river and fish crankbaits . Find submerged vegetation in medium depths and run crankbaits over the top. 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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