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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 06-Mar-19
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Bass have started to move towards shallow water in anticipation of spawning soon. Pre-spawn bass can be caught near structure with spinnerbaits or soft plastic lures. In shallow flats try using slow rising crankbaits and jerkbaits because these lures stay in the strike zone longer.

Some bream can be targeted around deep structure at depths of 6 - 8 ft. Others are around shallow flats. Use small worms and crickets at different depths to catch these fish.

Crappie should be targeted along the edge of the channels and standing timber. Crappie are suspended in water between 8 - 12 feet. Recent colder weather may make getting a bite more difficult. Try fishing with minnows and a variety of different colored jigs. Crappie fishing at the spillway is good this time of year while the waters up. Here's a few good crappie recently caught at the reservoir.

Try for catfish in deep timber with liver or cut bait fished next to the bottom. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in the open water floating them through stump fields. 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.

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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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