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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 17-May-17
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: BASS The catch last week has picked up from last week with more people having success. Shallow and medium diving crank baits seemed to work the best last week fishing off the ledges in 4 to 7 feet of water. But bass are still being caught in shallow flats, vegetation mats, pad stems, and grass using flukes, lizards, and other swim baits in the vegetation. Early morning buzzbaits or ribbit frogs are always good on Barnett as well.

Crappie seem to have moved back to deep water. A few late fish are still being caught in the grass. It is time to start working the river ledges again. White or chartreuse are always good colors. But anglers were still catching a few fish along the rocks of the bay, the dam.

CATFISH The catfish have really started to bite good over the last week. Try for catfish in deep timber with jigs or minnows fished next to the bottom. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in the open water by floating them through stump fields. Worms and blood baits can be very productive. 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. Special regulations apply to parts of Ross Barnett for trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in advance before using these devices.

Bream fishing has taken off over the last week with the fish bedding. Try fishing a little outside the edges of the grass lines with crickets and worms.

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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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