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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 09-Nov-17
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: BASS Last week the bass bite started picking up with the cooler weather finally arriving. On the main lake, try to target ledges and humps with crank baits and swim baits fishing as slow as possible. You may also want to try the rip rap along the causeway and Hwy 43 with spinner baits, soft plastics. North of Hwy 43, work some of the backwater areas with vegetation using frogs, flukes, worms and tubes. Further upriver, buzz baits early in the morning may produce some nice catches. Most of the fishermen spoken with are still fishing up river off ledges and points casting along the banks and fishing back to about 12 to 20 ft. using deep diving baits. The spot bite has also picked up. Early morning and late afternoon continue to be the most productive times to fish.

Crappie have moved back to deep water. White, chartreuse, and pink are good colors. Recently fish have started congregating around Hwy 43 bridge as well as Pelahatchie Causeway bridge. Try around the pillars 7 to 14 ft in 20+ ft of water. There has also been a lot of activity along the channel both north and south of the 43 bridge.

The catfish bite continues to be good over the last week. Catfish have been biting around the 43 bridge also. 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.

Bream fishing continues to be fair. Try fishing a little outside the edges of the grass lines with crickets and worms. Use your nose to find those beds. Several nice catches continue to be taken each week. Several boats were fishing the grass along the road of the PRWMA over the weekend as well as the pads along Hwy 43.

Spillway Striped Bass can be caught early morning and late evening schooling on baitfish in the tailwater. Try using popping corks with a fly or white grub.

Crappie fishing is hot or cold. Anglers are catching some fishing jigs along current breaks or swimming the edges of the breaks.

All sizes of catfish can be caught this time of year. While the majority are small, large catfish can be caught using cutbait near the gates.

Bream can also be caught along the rocks using crickets or worms. Anglers often target bream downstream near woody debris.

Black bass (Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass) can also be caught near the gates, along the rocks, or downstream near woody debris using swimbaits, crankbaits, and topwater near the gates and along the rocks. Soft plastics and spinnerbaits should work well downstream.

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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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