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Ross Barnett Reservoir - 2/23/2015

Ross Barnett Reservoir

Pelahatchie Bay   

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

Crappie anglers should concentrate their efforts near stumps and timber along the edge of Pelahatchie Creek fishing 10-12 feet deep.  Anglers often have success under bridges at the causeway and Hwy 471(trading post) where water is moving.  Try fishing 10-12 ft deep under the bridges.  Jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and minnows are the best baits.  Fish 10 to 12 ft deep.

Bass fishing will be a little slow with the cool water temps, but fish will be staging for the spawn shortly.  Fishing should heat up up with the temperature. Bass anglers should fish along the rip rap after a few sunny days. Try different plastics and sinking jerk baits.

 

Main Lake 

Lower Lake:

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

Crappie anglers should concentrate their efforts in the old oxbow lakes near Rose’s Bluff or near the City of Jackson water intake structure along the dam.

Bass anglers should fish along the rip rap near Main Harbor after a few sunny days.  Some fish may be found around the deeper ends of piers.

Upper Lake:

The best crappie fishing occurs after heavy rains that produce current on the river.  Fish will concentrate below and east of the Hwy 43 bridge.  Fishing is good until the current subsides. Jigs, jigs tipped with minnows, and minnows are the best baits.  Fish 12 to 16 ft deep.

Fish for bass in the pad fields with crankbaits or rattletraps.  Plastics can be fished along the riprap along Hwy 43. The posts from an old pier along south side of Hwy 43 out from Safe Harbor usually hold a few fish.  Target creek channel ledges with crankbaits for bass staging for the spawn.

 

Above Highway 43

Most crappie are caught trolling minnows or jigs off the river channel fishing 12 feet deep in 20 feet of water.  Some fish can be found around the deep stumps that line the river channel.  Treetops that extend into deeper water on the river edge can hold crappie this time of year.

The best bass catches come from the points and cuts up the river.  Identify areas where water is moving from backwater areas into the river and fish crankbaits .  Find submerged vegetation in medium depths and run crankbaits over the top.  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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