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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 14-Nov-19
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Largemouth Bass The recent cold front have caused bass metabolism to slow down. Fish feed infrequently and become active during the warmest parts of the day. Bass can be in wide range of water depths. Try using spinnerbaits or soft plastic lures. These lures can cover a lot of water at multiple depths.

Crappie With temperatures dropping further this has opened the door to deeper, formerly unusable areas below the thermocline. Crappie have begun schooling in deep (10 - 20 foot) creek channels. Try fishing vertically with red or green colored jigs. Another good option for catching crappie is using live bait like minnows.

Bream are in shallow water. Bream sometimes move near vegetation or cover to escape from predators. Target these fish using small redworms or crickets.

Fish for catfish along the bottom or in deep holes. Target these fish with chicken liver or commercial stink baits.

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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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