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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 05-May-16
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: A total of 525 Black Bass from two recent bass tournaments were tagged and released by MDWFP Biologist. Each fish should have two tags. If you recapture one of these tagged fish please call (601) 432-2212 and provide the ID numbers located on the tags, location of recapture, preferably GPS coordinates if possible, date of catch and weather it was harvested or released.

Bass should be targeted around vegetation and grass along the shoreline and at depths of three to five feet with top water lures such as buzz baits, frogs and top water plugs early in the morning or late afternoon. Deeper points and small ditch runs may be holding fish as well, target these areas with spinner baits or diving plugs. Bass have been reported being caught above 43 Hwy in the lily pads along the rivers edge and oxbow lakes with frogs and punch shot rigs.

Reports of crappie being caught in lily pads in 3 - 5 ft of water this week with minnows and jigs tipped with a nibble. Areas around Gilligans Island and Keyhole Island are always popular places to catch spawning fish. Fish also reported being caught out in deeper parts of the main lake in 8 - 12 ft of water with jigs.

Bream can be targeted with crickets and worms at depths of 3 - 5 ft. Reports of fish caught recently at depths of 3 ft around grass beds using jigs. Tightlining on the bottom and fishing baits under a cork are popular methods for catching bream. Bream should be moving up and prepairing to spawn as water temperatures continue to warm. Fly fishing is a very effective way to locate bedding fish.

Catfishing has been good this week with reports of good numbers of fish being caught on jugs out in the open water and floating them through stump fields. Catalpa worms and Blood baits are very productive. Fish should be moving into shallow water over the next couple of weeks to begin spawning. Trot lines, and poles along flats adjacent to the river channel, old lakes with standing timber and above 43 highway 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, limblines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in advance before using these devices.

Reported by: MDWFP


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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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