Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 10/18/2017 9:49:26 AM


Last week was hit and miss nearly everywhere from spillway to upriver, but with cooler weather here, the bite should start to pick up.  On the main lake, try to target ledges and humps with crank baits and swim baits fishing as slow as possible.  You may also want to try the rip rap along the causeway and Hwy 43 with spinner baits, soft plastics.  North of Hwy 43, work some of the backwater areas with vegetation using frogs, flukes, worms and tubes.  Further upriver, buzz baits early in the morning may produce some nice catches.  Most of the fishermen spoken with are still fishing up river off ledges and points casting along the banks and fishing back to about 7 or 8 ft.  Most fish being caught are in the 2 to 3 lb range using plastic worms and jigs.  Early morning and late afternoon continue to be the most productive times to fish.  Fishing was slow with most reported catches being made up river using as many different lures as possible.  Below is a nice 6 plus taken off a point using a deep diving bait last month.

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Crappie have moved back to deep water.  Last week was hit and miss for crappie as well, with only a few reports of limited success upriver fishing tops in deep water.  Several boats were working channel S. of Hwy. 43 bridge this morning and looked to be picking up a few fish. White, chartreuse, and pink are good colors to try.  A few boats continue to be seen fishing the channels in and around the Hwy 43 bridge as well as out from Rose's Bluff.  Below is a nice catch that was made using deep diving crank baits along the old railroad near the dam a couple weeks ago.



The catfish bite continues to be good over the last week.  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 continues to be fair.  Try fishing a little outside the edges of the grass lines with crickets and worms. Use your nose to find those beds.  Several nice catches continue to be taken each week.  Several boats were fishing the grass along the road of the PRWMA over the weekend as well as the pads along Hwy 43.



Striped Bass can be caught early morning and late evening schooling on baitfish in the tailwater.  Try using popping corks with a fly or white grub. 

Crappie fishing is hot or cold.  Anglers are catching some fishing jigs along current breaks or swimming the edges of the breaks.

All sizes of catfish can be caught this time of year.  While the majority are small, large catfish can be caught using cutbait near the gates.

Bream can also be caught along the rocks using crickets or worms.  Anglers often target bream downstream near woody debris.

Black bass (Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass) can also be caught near the gates, along the rocks, or downstream near woody debris using swimbaits, crankbaits, and topwater near the gates and along the rocks.  Soft plastics and spinnerbaits should work well downstream.



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