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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 20-Jun-18
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: BASS The lily pads are in many areas around the reservoir. Try fishing for bass foraging for food underneath the lilies. Use soft plastic lures and spinner baits to target these fish. During the summer solstice some bass are suspended in mid-deep water off points. Try fishing with medium-diving crank baits and jerk baits along these areas. Here's a nice bass recently caught on the reservoir.

Bream are being caught in the shallow areas. Try using crickets and worms in and around shallow structure.

A few crappie may still be shallow but most have migrated into depths between 6 - 12 ft deep. Anglers have been catching fish near the ledges in the s-curve at the upper chain of the lake. Try fishing these areas with various colored jigs or minnows.

Try fishing on the bottom using worms, liver and cut bait. Catfish are also spawning this time of year. Catfish usually spawn in deep pockets. If your adventurous noodling or hand grabbing for catfish has started.

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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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