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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 14-May-20
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Largemouth Bass Try fishing for bass near shallow cover. Some bass have finished spawning and trying to recover their energy. These bass may be aggressively feeding. If your fishing in the morning topwater lures like buzzbaits work well. If you want to cover a lot of water fast try using lipless crankbaits or willow bladed spinnerbaits.

Crappie If you can find some shallow vegetation there may still be some crappie spawning. Use live minnows or small in-line spinners to catch these fish. For the crappie that have moved back deep try bright colored jigs to catch these fish.

Bream Some bream species have started creating beds in shallow water for spawning. Use crickets, small worms or small jigs to catch these fish.

Catfish Try fishing for catfish in deep timber with nightcrawlers or commercial stinkbaits. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in the open water floating them through stump fields. Cut bait and blood baits can be very productive also.

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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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