Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 6/19/2018 2:38:29 PM


The lily pads are in many areas around the reservoir. Try fishing for bass foraging for food underneath the lilies. Use soft plastic lures and spinner baits to target these fish. During the summer solstice some bass are suspended in mid-deep water off points. Try fishing with medium-diving crank baits and jerk baits along these areas. Here's a nice bass recently caught on the reservoir.


Bream are being caught in the shallow areas. Try using crickets and worms in and around shallow structure.


A few crappie may still be shallow but most have migrated into depths between 6 - 12 ft deep.  Anglers have been catching fish near the ledges in the s-curve at the upper chain of the lake. Try fishing these areas with various colored jigs or minnows.


Try fishing on the bottom using worms, liver and cut bait. Catfish are also spawning this time of year. Catfish usually spawn in deep pockets. If your adventurous noodling or hand grabbing for catfish has started.  The season got kicked off on May 1 and ends July 15.


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters. Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets 


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