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Ross Barnett Reservoir Sponsored by

Date 18-Apr-14
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Conditions : Ross Barnett Reservoir: More rain and another cold front will slow down the bite once again. Fishing should improve as we move closer to the weekend. Crappie bit over the weekend up river (pictured below).

Above 43 Crappie are being caught in deep channels fishing about 12 feet deep with minnows or jigs tipped with minnows. The crappie are moving shallow for the spawn now and it may be good to continue to fish shallow areas along grass lines and vegetation. Fish around the new vegetation with jigs or minnows. Chartreuse colored jigs always good colors this time of year. Largemouth bass can be caught in the shallow coves on soft plastics. Try pitching jigs or soft plastic baits such as lizards, brushhogs, or tubes.

Lower Lake: Catfish can be caught on trotlines or by tight lining on the deep flats. Crappie anglers are stacking up on the spillway/causeway and are catching fish. The rain and cold front will slow the bite, but they will move back on the rocks more and more each day. Bass can also be caught along the rocks and around boat houses on the Madison side. Try pitching jigs or soft plastic baits such as lizards, brushhogs, or tubes.

Upper Lake: Crappie can be caught trolling deep channels fishing 12 feet deep with minnows or jig-tipped minnows. Focus on the channel south of the Hwy 43 bridge. Crappie are moving into area 7 on the Rankin county side of the S-curve now. Some fish are already spawning while others are on their way. Bass can be caught shallow with soft plastics around vegetation and creek channel ledges in medium depths of water.

Pelahatchie Bay Crappie should be moving back shallow in Pelahatchie Bay around the vegetation and on the causeway. If they are not on the banks, troll the creek channels fishing 8 feet deep with minnows. The bass spawn is winding down in Pelahatchie Bay but they can still be caught shallow. Try pitching jigs or soft plastic baits such as lizards, brushhogs, or tubes. Target shallow vegetation.

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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.

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