Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Beulah Lake - 6/12/2019 3:48:20 PM

Recreational boating activity has been temporarily suspended on the Mississippi River, its tributaries and oxbow lakes or other lakes and waterways that are influenced and/or affected by high water of the river. The suspension impacts only recreational boating and not boating that is related to transportation to and from homes. All boating activity that is allowed on the suspended waterways shall be conducted in accordance with a “dead slow; leave no wake” standard.


The public ramp at Lake Beulah is currently under water and is inaccessible. Please check back later when water levels begin to fall. 


River Stage

For up to date river stages, check the following link:

Mississippi River Stages



Bass should be in water between 4 and 8 feet deep near structure.  Good bait choices include soft plastics andspinnerbaits.  Try fishing around the fishing piers on the Mississippi side of the lake.  Or try around the old Fireman's Club ramp lately as well. Normally the best bite occurs on a slow fall of the river. 



Try fishing for crappie along the deepest edges of the fishing piers, especially those with lots of structure sunk around them.  Another good place to try if you are trolling is the two deep blue holes on the Arkansas side.  Most anglers are using jigs or minnows.



For bream, look for fish to be in water 4-6 feet deep, especially around logs, brush tops, or other structure near the shoreline.  Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice.  Bream fishing is usually slow this time of year.



For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Beulah.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish. The catfish bite is often slow in the winter.


Silver Carp

Please be aware that Silver carp are very abundant in Lake Beulah and may jump out of the water and collide with boater, skiers, and anglers.  



Lake Beulah can be located by turning West on Main Street from Highway 1 in the town of Beulah. Take the left ramp to go up the levee then the next right. This will take you to the public boat ramp on the North end of Beulah.

Lake Beulah is at a relatively high elevation compared to other Mississippi River oxbow lakes. When the river is below 18 feet (Ark. City) the water level of the lake is stable. Between 18 - 20 feet lake level is controlled by drainage through culvert in dam. Above 24 feet lake rises/falls close to same rate as changes in river.


Depth Map

A depth map of Lake Beulah can be found at the following link: Lake Beulah Depth Map

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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