Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 11/12/2019 1:55:48 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass The recent cold front have caused bass metabolism to slow down. Fish feed infrequently and become active during the warmest parts of the day. Bass can be in wide range of water depths. Try using spinnerbaits or soft plastic lures. These lures can cover a lot of water at multiple depths.
Crappie With temperatures dropping further this has opened the door to deeper, formerly unusable areas below the thermocline. Crappie have begun schooling in deep (10 - 20 foot) creek channels. Try fishing vertically with red or green colored jigs. Another good option for catching crappie is using live bait like minnows.
Bream Bream are in shallow water. Bream sometimes move near vegetation or cover to escape from predators. Target these fish using small redworms or crickets.
Catfish Fish for catfish along the bottom or in deep holes. Target these fish with chicken liver or commercial stink baits.

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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