Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 4/24/2018 12:04:20 PM


Bass are still spawning in shallow water. Target these fish with soft plastics in shallow water near vegetation.  Post spawn bass can be targeted along creek channel ledges in medium depths.  Fish medium-diving crankbaits, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits along the ledges.


Bream have moved to shallow waters to spawn. Try fishing for these fish using crickets and worms.


Crappie have been scattered at various depths.  Fishermen have reported catches from numerous locations and depths. Try fishing with jigs and minnows around cutgrass and other vegetation mats in shallow water or along channel ledges in medium and deep waters.  The American Crappie Trail tournament concluded over the weekend with a first place weight of 14 fish/28.16 pounds.  The winners averaged two pounds per fish and also claimed "big fish" with a crappie weighing 3 pounds. 

Crappie are also very active below the spillway when discharge rates are high.

Here are some nice crappie recently caught on the reservoir.


Try fishing on the bottom using worms, liver and cut bait. Fishing off the Natchez Trace is very popular this time of year.


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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