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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 20-Oct-16
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: Bass should be targeted around vegetation and grass along the shoreline and at depths of three to five feet with jerk baits, brush hogs or other plastic type baits. Shallow points where concentrations of shad are located can be good spots to try spinner baits and crank baits. Reports of good numbers of fish being harvested with flukes fished in the pads above the bridge. Other anglers reporting fish being caught recently around woody structure with jigs above the bridge.

Trolling or jigging along creek channels, ledges and deep standing timber are popular ways to catch crappie during the fall months. Crappie should begin to feed heavily in preparation for winter. A few anglers are targeting creek ledges at 8 - 10 ft around Hwy 43 on each side of the bridge. The bite is happening early and good size fish are being harvested. Downed trees along the river above highway 43 are also good places to target crappie this time of year.

With the weather continuing to be on the warm side, bream can be targeted with crickets and worms at depths of 3 - 5 ft deep. Tight lining on the bottom and fishing baits under a cork around vegetation and stump fields are popular methods for catching bream.

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 quality catfish. Special regulations apply to parts of Ross Barnett for trotlines, throw lines, set hooks, limb lines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in advance before using these devices.

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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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