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Fishing At Barnett Reservoir

AKA: The Rez, Ross R Barnett Reservoir

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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, striped bass and hybrid striped bass at Barnett Reservoir in Mississippi.

Fertile water makes Barnett Reservoir, aka Ross R Barnett Reservoir or The Rez, a natural fish hatchery. Healthy populations of bass, catfish, crappie, bream, sunfish, white bass, striped bass and hybrid stripers all thrive here. Fishing enthusiasts have so many options on this 33,000-acre lake in the central part of the state. While there are plenty of places with access for fishing from the bank, the ideal way to fish these 105 miles of shoreline is from a boat. Popular here for anglers are bass boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and other fishing boats. Ski boats, sailboats, pleasure boats and speed boats are also popular for enjoying sightseeing and water sports. There are plenty of boat launch ramps for personal watercraft as well as numerous places offering rental boats. Several marinas, campgrounds, restaurants, stores and bait stores are scattered around the lake. Bass are the most popular target of anglers here, followed closely by crappie and stripers. Area fishing guides can help you locate and catch most anything that swims in these waters.

Primary fish species residing in Barnett Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish Longear Sunfish Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Ross Barnett Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Timberlake Campground - 601 992-9100

Goshen Springs Campground - 601 829-2751

Ratliff Ferry Trading Post Campground - 601 859-9586

Coal Bluff Campground - 601 654-7726

Shady Pines RV Park - 601 992-5526

Barnett Reservoir MS Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information
Ross Barnett Reservoir
115 Madison Landing Circle
Ridgeland, MS
601 856-6574

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