Ross Barnett Reservoir
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:17 PM
Bass are still being caught in shallow flats, vegetation mats,
pad stems, and grass. Try fishing flukes and lizards in
the vegetation. Early morning buzzbaits or ribbit frogs are
always good on Barnett as well. Some bass are still spawning
at this time.
These 4 crappie recently caught were the biggest in a nice days
catch for this young couple.
Crappie are still being taken off the ledges as well as in the
grass. Try fishing minnows or jigs in the shallow vegetation.
White or chartreuse are always good colors. Anglers have also
been catching fish along the rocks of the bay, the dam, and Hwy
Try for catfish in deep timber with jigs or minnows fished next
to the bottom. Fish can also be targeted with jugs out in
the open water by floating them through stump fields. Worms
and blood baits can be very productive. Trot lines and
poles fished along flats adjacent to the river channel and
above Hwy 43 in old oxbow lakes are also good ways
to harvest many quality catfish. Special regulations
apply to parts of Ross Barnett for trotlines, throw lines, set
hooks, limb lines, fffd's, jugs and yo-yos. Please check in
advance before using these devices.
Bream fishing has started to take off with the warmer
temps. Try fishing a little outside the edges of the grass
lines with crickets and worms.
This mixed catch of bluegill, redear, and catfish was taken last
Release rate as of Tuesday was 255 cfs. The water is down
and both sides are open.
Crappie are being caught fishing in
the current breaks and eddies with white jigs or minnows.
Channel catfish are biting worms, minnows, and cutbait off the
rocks as always. Flathead catfish can be caught using large
live shiners. Large blue catfish can be targeted using large
cutbait. Target catfish by either tightlining on the bottom
or dropping bait from the surface using a cork. Tightlining
can be risky when fishing in the spillway due to the amount of line
tangled in the rocks.