Ross Barnett Reservoir: A total of 525 Black Bass from two recent bass tournaments were tagged and released by MDWFP Biologist. Each fish should have two tags. If you recapture one of these tagged fish please call (601) 432-2212 and provide the ID numbers located on the tags, location of recapture, preferably GPS coordinates if possible, date of catch and weather it was harvested or released.
Bass should be targeted around vegitation and grass along the shoreline and at depths of three to five feet with top water lures such as buzz baits, frogs and top water plugs early in the morning or late afternoon. Deeper points and small ditch runs may be holding fish as well, target these areas with spinner baits or diving plugs. Bass have been reluctant to move in to spawn. Water temperatures are still around the 65 degree mark which makes it difficult for big females to commit. Air temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid eighties for the next several days and the moon will be full on the 22nd. These conditions should help fish to move in shallow.
Crappie are being caught in shallow water around grass and lily pads in 2 and 3 ft of water with minnows and chartreuse/white and black/chartreuse jigs tipped with a nibble. Most fish being harvested are males and seem to be holding more to grass patches than aquatic vegitation with good numbers reported over the last couple of weeks. Some anglers are still catching fish out in the deeper parts of the lake as well, along the river channel and deep drops or ledges.
Bream can be targeted with crickets and worms at depths of 4 - 6 ft. Reports of fish this week were being caught at depths of 3 ft around grass beds using jigs. Tightlining on the bottom and fishing baits under a cork are popular methods for catching bream. Redear should be moving up and prepairing to spawn over the next coiuple of weeks.
No reports on catfish but fish can be targeted with trot lines, jugs and poles along flats adjacent to river, old lakes with standing timber and above 43 highway in old oxbow lakes off the main river channel. Any popular catfish bait should be effective. Special regulations apply to parts of Ross Barnett for trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limblines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in advance before using these devices.