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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 08-Aug-14
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Above 43 Catfish are being caught on jugs and trotlines using cut bait and live bait. Crappie are being caught in deep channels fishing about 12 feet deep with minnows or jigs tipped with minnows. Try trolling in the channels and jigging next to deep structures. Chartreuse or white colored jigs are always a good color on the lake. As the crappie bite slows down the bream bite has picked up. Bream can be caught spawning in the shallows. Try using crickets in and around the pads. Find some large pad mats and cast into the openings in the mats. Largemouth bass can be caught in the shallow coves with vegetation early in the morning on topwater lures such as buzzbaits. Try pitching jigs or soft plastic baits such as lizards, brushhogs, or tubes as well. Through the day, bass are moving onto ledges in 8-10 foot depths. Try fishing crankbaits, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits along the ledges.

Lower Lake: Catfish can be caught on trotlines or by tight lining on the deep flats. Handgrabbing is in full swing also. Crappie have moved out to the ledges in medium and deep water. Bass can also be caught along the rocks and around boat houses on the Madison side. Try pitching jigs or soft plastic baits such as lizards, brushhogs, or tubes. Hybrid striped bass can be caught schooling on shad this time of year. Target ledges with major depth changes early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Trolling crankbaits and rattletraps around these areas is a good way to locate the schools.

Upper Lake: Crappie can be caught trolling deep channels fishing 12 feet deep with minnows or jig-tipped minnows. Focus on the channel south of the Hwy 43 bridge. Crappie are still being caught on creek channels leading into area 7 on the Rankin county side of the S-curve now. Bass can be caught shallow with soft plastics around the pads and off creek channel ledges in medium and deep depths.

Pelahatchie Bay Crappie can be caught on ledges and along the creek channel. Try trolling the creek channels fishing 8 feet deep with minnows. Bass can still be caught around vegetation throughout the day as the pads shade the water column and harbor a food source for baitfish which attract them. Try fishing weedless topwater lures such as frogs in the pads or unweighted soft plastics. Also, ledges can be targetted with success using spinnerbaits and swimbaits.

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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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