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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 29-Apr-15
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Pelahatchie Bay Bass fishing has picked up with fish being caught in the shallower areas of the lake. Buzz baits, suspended jerk baits, crank baits or plastic worms and craw fish work well this time of year.

Crappie seem to be scattered with a few fish still being caught in shallow water but others being caught in the deeper parts of the lake.

Catfish can be caught on trot lines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Lower Lake: Catfish can be caught on trot lines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Crappie seem to be scattered with some fish still being caught shallow while other fish are are being found in deeper parts of the lake. This is typical this time of year as the spawn is winding down and the fish migrate back to deeper water.

Bass should be targeted in and around the grass or shallow vegetation using top water lures early in the morning and late afternoon. Also try shallow points that provide cover for fish using a spinner bait or plastic craw fish.

Upper Lake Crappie seem to be scattered right now with some fish being caught in shallow water and others in the deeper areas of the lake.

Fish have begun to move shallow and are chasing bait fish or shad. Try fishing a top water plug or chatter bait around the lily pads or shallow structure. Shallow points that have structure also are good places to try

Above Highway 43 - Crappie can be targeted around deep drop offs around the main river channel. As the weather warms fish may be holding in and around trees that have fallen in from the river banks.

Bass can be found shallow. Target shallow vegetated areas with frogs and soft plastics. Staging bass can be targeted on creek channel ledges with swimbaits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Treetops along the river edge in a bend where current flow is moderate can produce good sized spotted bass. Fish plastics or spinnerbaits in these areas.

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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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