Fishing & Boating


Information about Ross Barnett Reservoir facilities can be found here



Fishing Report

Ross Barnett Reservoir - 8/8/2022 4:21:01 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass The best time to fish for bass is in the morning or late afternoon. During this time try using lures that cause a lot of vibration. Target these fish using Indiana bladed spinnerbait or lipless crankbaits.
Crappie Crappie can be caught along the edge of the creek channels or around deep structure. Try catching these fish using chartreuse colored jigs or live minnows. Some anglers have been having some success trolling small deep diving crankbaits.
Bream Bream can be caught near shallow structure or around emergent vegetation. Target these fish with either redworms or crickets.
Catfish Catfish can caught around deep structure or on deep drop-offs. Anglers have been having some success catching these fish using cut bait or chicken liver.

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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