: Ross Barnett Reservoir: Above 43
Most crappie are caught off the deep stumps that line the river channel. The best bass catches come from the points and cuts up the river.
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.
The best crappie fishing occurs after heavy rains that produce current on the river. That pushes fish up into gain eddy below and east of the Mississippi Highway 43 bridge. Fishing is good until the current subsides. Fish for bass in the dead pad fields until the stems are gone.
Reported by: MDWFP
Lures & Spinners
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
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