Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Ferguson - 6/12/2019 4:06:32 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.

Fishing on Lake Ferguson is tough right now due to high water. Most of the fish are spread out and in hard to reach areas. Check back for the latest fishing report once water levels begin to fall. 

River Stage

For current river stages and forecasts click on the following link:

Mississippi River Stages



Look for fish to be in water less than 10 feet deep near structure along the shoreline. Good bait choices include slowly fished spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Try fishing around the rip rap banks and piers on the north eastern shoreline.  The best fishing is often on a slow fall of the Mississippi River.



For bream, look for fish in water 4-8 feet deep, especially around logs brush tops, or other structure. Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice.  Bream fishing is often slow this time of year.



Crappie should be associated with submerged brush tops, lay downs, or other structure in water 8-16 feet deep.  Most crappie anglers at Ferguson this time of year troll with jigs or minnows.



For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline near the grain elevators.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Beulah.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  Catfish fishing is often slow in the winter time.


Silver Carp

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



Lake Ferguson is located in the city of Greenville, MS, inside the MS river levee. A public boat ramp is located next to the casinos. From Hwy 1 take Alexander St. west until you go over the levee and see the casinos. From Hwy 82 take Main St. west, which will also run you into the levee, casinos, and boat ramp.


Depth Map

Use the following link to see a larger and printable version of the map: Ferguson 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.


Share this share this share this

Sign up, Keep Up

Sign up to receive monthly newsletters featuring all the latest news and happenings from MDWFP.