Ross Barnett Reservoir: Largemouth Bass - Bass fishing will be tough especially during this super cold week. Bass will be holding along the river channel around ledges and structure. Fish can also be targeted in shallow areas with aquatic vegetation. Worms fished slowly in these areas can be productive. Spinner baits, spoons or crank baits fished along deeper points are also a good choice this time of year.
Crappie can be caught if you decide to brave the elements this week. Crappie should be targeted along the main river channel and deep standing timber. Flow provided by the Pearl River at Hwy 43 Bridge will allow fish to congregate in the slack water just outside the main channel. Double minnow rigs and jigs tipped with a nibble should be most productive.
Bream can be targeted around deep structure at depths of 8 - 10 ft. Tightlining along the bottom in these areas with crickets and worms are best bet for bream this time of year.
Catfish - 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 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