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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 01-Jul-15
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Pelahatchie Bay Bass can be located in and around lily pads or mats of of other aquatic weeds. Fishing with soft plastics with a Carolina rig may produce some nice fish. Top water is also a good bet in the late afternoon or early morning. Fish tend to hold close to deep water this time of year but move into the shallows early and late in the day.

Deep standing timber seems to be the best chance to catch crappie right now. Green and orange or pink and white jigs work well tipped with a nibble.

Bream can be caught drowning a cricket in and around lily pads in 3-4ft of water. Bream should be moving in to spawn with the approaching full moon .

Catfish can be caught in the shallow areas of the lake using liver or other types of stink bait fishing on the bottom. Jugs and trot lines work well this time of year also

Main Lake Bass can be targeted in and around the lily pads using soft plastics and swim baits. Shad will be holding close to vegetation and will attract bass from out of the deeper water especially late in the evening and early morning. Top water baits tend to work well during these times. Fish may also be located in somewhat deeper water like creek ledges or deep points in 8-10ft of water in the heat of the day.

Deep standing timber may be holding crappie especially around some of the old lakes.Bright colored jigs tipped with a nibble or minnows can be very productive in certain areas.

Bream can be found in and around lily pads in 3-4ft of water using crickets or worms. Smaller spinner type baits such as rooster tails and beetle spins can be productive as well. Bream should be starting to move onto beds with the approaching full moon.

Lower Lake Crappie can be found in the deeper parts of the lake. Some nice fish were caught recently fishing 9-11ft deep in 18ft of water around standing timber. Chartreuse or orange and chartreuse jigs seem to be doing the best.

Bass should be targeted in and around the grass or shallow vegetation using top water lures or plastic baits such as worms or craw fish early in the morning and late afternoon. Bass may also be found in deeper water in the heat of the day. Creek channels or deep points that contain structure are a good bet.

Bream: Try for bream in shallow parts of the lake around structure or vegetation using crickets or worms with a cork or tight lining off the bottom. Bream may be located on beds with the full moon approaching.

Upper Lake Bream can be targeted in the shallow areas of the lake using crickets or worms in 2-4ft of water.

Crappie can be found in deeper water. Fish will be holding around deep timber or tops and creek ledges. A jig tipped with a nibble or minnow usually produce some nice fish. White and chartreuse or green and yellow jigs should be a good choice.

Bass should be targeted in and around grass or shallow vegetation. Soft plastic baits should produce good numbers of fish. Deeper parts of the lake such as creek channels and deep points that contain structure can be productive as well.

Above Highway 43 Crappie: Try for crappie where the river drops off sharply. Jigs tipped with a minnow or nibble should be productive. Fish could also be holding in and around trees that have fallen in from the edges of the river

Bass can be found in and around lily pads in 3-4ft of water. Top water lures should produce good numbers of fish in these areas. Shad will be holding tight to vegetation and bass will move up from the depths of the river channel to feed especially in the early morning and late evening. Buzz baits or frogs should be a good choice.

Catfish can be caught on trot lines in the shallower water off the main river channel. Bigger fish may be found as the water begins to get deeper nearing the main river channel. Deep running trot lines can produce some really nice fish during the heat of the summer. Catalpa worms,blood baits or minnows seem to work good.

Bream: Bream can be located in areas off the main river channel in and around lily pads using crickets 2-4ft of water. Look for bream to be bedding as the full moon approaches.

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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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