Fishing & Boating


Information about Ross Barnett Reservoir facility closures can be found here

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 8/5/2020 11:29:03 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Some of the best times to fish for bass are still in the morning or late evening. Topwater lures like poppers work well during this time. If you are fishing along a shallow flat try different colored lipless crankbaits or in-line spinners.
Crappie Crappie are still along the edge of creek channels and around deep woody structure. Trolling small crankbaits along the edges of the channel can be very effective this time of year. If your not trolling try using live golden shiners or jigs tipped with nibble.
Bream Fish for bream near shallow aquatic vegetation. Some good places to start are around American lotus or white water lilies. Use small worms or crickets to catch these fish.
Catfish Fish for catfish in deep water. Liver works well for catching these fish. When fishing upriver use commercial stinkbaits. These baits give off a strong odor that sends a scent trail down stream.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) Minimum Length Limit 14 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) 7 Ross Barnett Reservoir only



 From the Ross Barnett Reservoir spillway outlet to the end of the riprap.

  • Anglers can only use one pole or rod per person.
  • Artificial lures with no more than 3 treble hooks no larger than #2 may be used anytime.
  • The use of baited or bare treble hooks is illegal.
  • No other gear can be used in these waters except that dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps may be used to capture bait. Anglers keeping minnows, shad, nongame gross fish and non-native fish caught with these gear types must immediately place their catch on ice or in a dry container.
  • From Dec 1 until the last day of February - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks no larger than #2.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart.
  • From March 1 to Nov 30 - Anglers can only fish with 2 single hooks of any size.  Hooks must be secured at least one inch apart. 

From the Ross Barnett Reservoir spillway outlet to the City of Jackson water intake in the Pearl River.

  • The daily bag limit for Striped and/or Hybrid Striped Bass is 6 per person per day.
  • All fish 15 inches and under must be released and only 1 fish longer than 24 inches maybe harvested.

Additional Information:


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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