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Ross Barnett Reservoir - 4/22/2015

Ross Barnett Reservoir

Pelahatchie Bay   

Bass fishing has picked up with fish being caught in the shallower areas of the lake. Buzz baits, suspended jerk baits, crank baits or plastic worms and craw fish work well this time of year.

Crappie are still being caught shallow. Good catches of fish were reported on 4/21/15. Jigs tipped with crappie nibbles or a minnow with a cork seem to be the thing. If the catch seems slow in the shallow areas try the deeper water off of  a ledge on a creek channel. Crappie will move to these areas after they spawn.

Catfish can be caught on trot lines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Main Lake 

Lower Lake:

Catfish can be caught on trot lines or by tight lining on the deep flats.

Crappie are still being caught in the grass and shallow vegetation. Good catches were reported recently. A black and chartreuse jig or white and chartreuse jigs tipped with a crappie nibble  works really good. Fish can also be found on ledges off of creek channels in about 8-10ft of water. Crappie will move out to deeper areas with the spawn winding down.

Bass should be targeted in and around the grass or shallow vegetation using top water lures early in the morning and late afternoon. Also try shallow points that provide cover for fish using a spinner bait or plastic craw fish.

Upper Lake

Crappie are still being caught shallow in and around the grass and vegetation. A recent creel survey found that good numbers of fish were still being caught in these areas. Fish may also be caught in a little deeper water off of drops in and around creek channels.


A couple of young ladies show off their favorite fishermen's catch recently at a bass tournament.

Fish have begun to move shallow and are chasing bait fish or shad. Try fishing a top water plug or chatter bait around the lily pads or shallow structure. Shallow points that have structure also are good places to try.

Above Highway 43


A couple of 2.5# crappie caught recently trolling channel ledges.

Crappie are still being caught in the shallower parts of the river. Try using jigs and minnows around trees that have fallen in along the rivers edge, also where the water depth may drop suddenly. Fish tend to hold out in a little deeper water as the spawn starts to wind down.

Bass can be found shallow. Target shallow vegetated areas with frogs and soft plastics.  Staging bass can be targeted on creek channel ledges with swimbaits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.  Treetops along the river edge in a bend where current flow is moderate can produce good sized spotted bass.  Fish plastics or spinnerbaits in these areas.

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