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Ross Barnett Reservoir - 4/22/2014

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. Female crappie with flowing eggs are being picked up as well as dark males.    

Main Lake

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.

Area water levels can be checked here:  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/current/?type=flow

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