Ross Barnett Reservoir: BASS
On the main lake, try to target ledges and humps with crank baits and swim baits fishing as slow as possible. You may also want to try the rip rap along the causeway and Hwy 43 with spinner baits, soft plastics. North of Hwy 43, work some of the backwater areas with vegetation using frogs, flukes, worms and tubes. Further upriver, buzz baits early in the morning may produce some nice catches. Most of the fishermen spoken with are still fishing up river off ledges and points casting along the banks and fishing back to about 7 or 8 ft. Most fish being caught are in the 2 to 3 lb range using plastic worms and jigs. Early morning and late afternoon continue to be the most productive times to fish. Most catches reported over last week were from the cooler river water. Below is a nice 6 plus taken off a point using a deep diving bait.
Crappie have moved back to deep water. Best results are from trolling about 12 to 20 feet deep on the river ledges and in old lakes. White ,chartreuse, and pink are all good colors. A few boats have been seen fishing the channels in and around the Hwy 43 bridge as well as out from Rose's Bluff. Some recent catches were made fishing deep next to structure in stump fields.
The catfish bite continues to be good over the last week. 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 by 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. Hand grabbing season is over, back to hooks and lines.
Bream fishing continues to be good. Try fishing a little outside the edges of the grass lines with crickets and worms. Use your nose to find those beds. Several nice catches continue to be taken each week. Several boats were fishing the grass along the road of the PRWMA over the weekend as well as the pads along Hwy 43.
Striped Bass can be caught early morning and late evening schooling on baitfish in the tailwater. Try using popping corks with a fly or white grub.