Fishing & Boating


Information about Ross Barnett Reservoir facility closures can be found here

Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 6/30/2020 1:40:20 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass This should be a good week of bass fishing with partly cloudy to full overcast some days. Some of the best times to fish are still in the morning and late in the evening. Topwater lures can get strikes from bass aggressively feeding before the hottest parts of day come. If your fishing mid-day the best lures to use are slow rising jerkbaits or Carolina rigged soft plastics worms.
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 with bright colored trailers.
Bream Bream can be caught in shallow water near American lotus and other emergent vegetation. Try fishing with small worms or crickets in these areas.
Catfish Some species of catfish are spawning at the moment. The best place to catch catfish is in deep holes or structure. Cut bait and liver should be some of your best choices of bait to attract fish. Hand grabbing or noodling season is in full affect right now. The season began on May 1 and ends July 15 of this year.

Below: Here's a picture of a good catfish recently taken from Ross Barnett Reservoir. 

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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