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Ross Barnett Reservoir - 5/26/2015

Ross Barnett Reservoir


Pelahatchie Bay   

Bass fishing is really good at this time. Bass are very active early in the morning and late afternoon in the shallow water around structure. Newly hatched bait fish will be holding tight in these areas and the larger fish will be there to feed on them. Top water lures seem to work best this time of year.

Crappie: Try using jigs and minnows in and around deep structure and creek channels.

Bream can be caught around shallow structure or weeds. Try using a cricket or worm either with a cork or on the bottom. Bream may be bedded up so look for the surface of the water to be working especially early in the morning or late evening when the water is calm. Fly fishing is a good way to locate bedding fish.

Catfish can be caught in the shallow areas of the lake using liver or other types of stink bait fishing on the bottom. Jugs and trot lines work well this time of year also. Fishing a trot line at night can be a lot of fun and very productive so give it a try.

Main Lake 

Lower Lake:

Catfish can be caught shallow especially in the late afternoon as fish move up to feed. Chicken liver or other types of blood baits or worms seem to work best.Try using a trot line at night in the shallow parts of the lake,especially shallow water that runs close to a creek channel.

Crappie have moved out to the deeper parts of the lake. Deep timber or submersed tops will be holding fish this time of year. Ledges around the creek channels seem to hold fish also. Jigs tipped with a crappie nibble produce good numbers of fish this time of year.

Bass should be targeted in and around the grass or shallow vegetation using top water lures early in the morning and late afternoon. Bass should be moved up chasing newly hatched bait fish that will be holding tight to structure.

Bream: Try for bream in shallow parts of the lake around structure or vegetation using crickets or worms with a cork or tight lining off the bottom.

Upper Lake

These nice bream were caught on May 24th on Ross Barnett.


Bream are on the beds in the upper part of Ross Barnett. Try fishing with crickets or worms with a cork or tight lining on the bottom.

Crappie seem to have moved back out to deeper water.  Fish will be holding around deep timber or tops and creek ledges. They will be chasing bait fish so crappie could be at any depth. Try multiple depth ranges until fish are located. If you catch one at a certain depth its a good chance other fish will be at that depth also.

Bass should be chasing newly hatched bait fish in and around grass or shallow vegetation. Try a top water plug such as a floating Rapala or buzz bait in these areas especially early in the morning or late evening.


Above Highway 43

Crappie can be targeted around deep drop offs around the main river channel. As the weather warms fish may be holding in and around trees that have fallen in from the river banks.

Bass can be found shallow. Target trees that have fallen in from the river banks. These areas will be holding bait fish and bass will be holding in and around these areas waiting on an opportunity to feed. Top water lures and jerk bait type lures seem to produce fish especially early in the morning and late evening.

Catfish can be caught on trot lines in the shallower "flat water" off the main river channel or floating jugs on the main channel. Catalpa worms,blood baits or minnows seem to work good. Fishing for catfish at night can be fun and productive. Give it a try.

No reports on bream.



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