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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 26-Aug-15
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Pelahatchie Bay Bass can be located in and around lily pads or mats of of other aquatic weeds. Fishing with soft plastics or shallow diving crank baits may produce some nice fish. Top water is also a good bet in the late afternoon or early morning. Fish tend to hold close to deep water this time of year but move into the shallows early and late in the day.

Crappie have been slow but fish should be holding tight on deep structure and creek channels. Creek ledges that drop off quickly may be holding fish this time of year. Try fishing at different depths until fish are located.

Bream can be caught using worms or a cricket in and around lily pads in 3 - 4 ft of water. Bream may also be in deeper water in the heat of the day.

Catfish tend to do well late in the evening or at night with almost any type of popular cat fish bait. Try shallow areas of the lake that are adjacent to creek channels.

Main Lake Bass can be targeted in and around the lily pads using soft plastics and swim baits. Fish may also be located in somewhat deeper water like creek ledges or deep points in 8 - 10 ft of water.

Crappie: The bite has been slow recently but deep standing timber and deep structure along creek channels and around the old lakes will be holding fish this time of year. Try chartreuse and white or orange and chartreuse jigs tipped with a nibble.

Bream can be found in and around lily pads in 3 - 4 ft of water using crickets or worms. Smaller spinner type baits such as rooster tails and beetle spins can be productive as well.

Lower Lake Crappie: Crappie have slowed down but deep standing timber and creek ledges should be holding fish.

Bass should be targeted in and around the grass or shallow vegetation using top water lures or plastic baits such as worms or craw fish early in the morning and late afternoon. Bass may also be found in deeper water in the heat of the day. Creek channels or deep points that contain structure are a good bet. Jerk baits or deep swimming plugs can be effective in these areas.

Bream: Try for bream in shallow parts of the lake around structure or vegetation in 3 - 4 ft of water using crickets or worms with a cork or tight lining off the bottom. Bream may also be found in deeper water in the heat of the day.

Upper Lake Bream can be targeted in the shallow areas of the lake using crickets or worms in 2 - 4 ft of water. Bream may also be located in deeper water out from spawning areas.

Crappie can be found in deeper water. Fish will be holding around deep timber or tops and creek ledges. A jig tipped with a nibble or minnow usually produce some nice fish.

Bass should be targeted in and around grass or shallow vegetation. Soft plastic baits should produce good numbers of fish. Deeper parts of the lake such as creek channels and deep points that contain structure can be productive as well. Bass will tend to move shallow early in the morning and late afternoon as they move up to feed on shad that will be holding tight to cover.

Above Highway 43 Crappie: Try for crappie where the river drops off sharply. Jigs tipped with a minnow or nibble should be productive. Fish were reported being caught around the Ratliff Ferry area recently in and around trees that have fallen in from the edges of the river. Fallen trees provide shade and cover for fish during the summer months. Fish slow and in the thickest parts of the brush

Bass can be found in and around lily pads in 3 - 4 ft of water. Top water lures or plastic worms and lizards should produce good numbers of fish in these areas. Bass may also be located along ledges near the main river channel in and around structure.

Catfish can be caught on trot lines in the shallower water off the main river channel. Bigger fish may be found as the water begins to get deeper nearing the main river channel. Deep running trot lines can produce some really nice fish during the summer months. Catalpa worms,blood baits or minnows seem to work good.

Bream: Bream can be located in areas off the main river channel in and around lily pads using crickets 2 - 4 ft of water.

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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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