Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 5/17/2018 2:48:40 PM


Although the bass spawn is about over, they can still be caught near shallow vegetation throughout the year.  Try using weedless plastic baits such as ribbit frogs or flukes.  Other post-spawn bass can be targeted along creek channel ledges and off points in medium depths. Fish medium-diving crankbaits, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits along the ledges.


Bream have moved to shallow waters to spawn. Try fishing around bedding areas using crickets and worms. Here are some nice bream recently caught on the reservoir.


Some crappie can still be found spawning, but most have moved out of the shallows.  Crappie are being caught in 3-5 ft. of water near stumps and along deep ledges of old lakes on the main lake.  Also try fishing with jigs and minnows along channel ledges upriver.


Try fishing on the bottom using worms, liver and cut bait. Fishing off the Natchez Trace from the bank is very popular also.


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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