Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 11/13/2018 3:22:20 PM


Bass have a tendency to move to shallow areas during the cold water period. These fish usually are holding tight to structure. Target these fish using spinnerbaits and soft plastic swimbaits. Use crankbaits and in-line spinners in shallow open water.  


Try targeting bream in shallow water. Using small redworms and crickets around structure can produce some bites. 


A few crappie move to shallow water and hold near structure as temperatures drop. Use minnows or jigs to catch crappie foraging in the shallows. Others are in deep water roaming creek channels. Try trolling with small crankbaits or using jigs along the edge of the channels. 


Try fishing on the bottom using liver or cut bait. Try targeting catfish in deep areas. Anglers have been doing well lately using commercial blood baits. Catfish tend to not move as often as temperatures decline, so try and fish many different areas. 


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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