Ross Barnett Reservoir: Bass have started to move towards shallow water in anticipation of spawning soon. Pre-spawn bass can be caught near structure with spinnerbaits or soft plastic lures. In shallow flats try using slow rising crankbaits and jerkbaits because these lures stay in the strike zone longer.
Some bream can be targeted around deep structure at depths of 6 - 8 ft. Others are around shallow flats. Use small worms and crickets at different depths to catch these fish.
Crappie should be targeted along the edge of the channels and standing timber. Crappie are suspended in water between 8 - 12 feet. Recent colder weather may make getting a bite more difficult. Try fishing with minnows and a variety of different colored jigs. Crappie fishing at the spillway is good this time of year while the waters up. Here's a few good crappie recently caught at the reservoir.
Try for catfish in deep timber with liver or cut bait fished next to the bottom. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in the open water floating them through stump fields. 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.