Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Washington - 4/24/2018 11:36:08 AM


Crappie fishing has slowed at Washington, and it seems like the spawn is winding down.  Though some fish are still being caught in shallow water, many have moved back off shore and fishing pressure has dropped off considerably.   Some anglers are fishing shallow (1 - 4 feet of water) and are catching them with jigs or minnows around the cypress knees.  Other anglers are back to trolling in 6 - 12 feet of water and catching post spawn fish. 



Bass should be up shallow on the beds.  A recent bass tournament produced several fish in the 4 - 6 pound range.  Look for fish in water less than 4 feet deep, especially around structure.  Try around the cypress trees on the west side of the lake, or target the docks on the eastern shoreline.  Use soft plastic worms or lizards, jigs, or other artificial lures fished slowly to coax big fish on the bed into a strike.



The catfish bite remains pretty good.  Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or other catfish baits, or try fishing trotlines along the shallow flats.  Yo-yo's fished in the cypress trees can also produce good fish, but remember that yo-yo's must be tagged and attended at Lake Washington.



Bream fishing hasn't really picked up yet, and most anglers are fishing for other species this time of year. However, there are some reports that crappie anglers are catching a few bream here and there while jigging. Try using crickets around structure in 5 to 8 feet of water if you must, or just wait until later in the spring and summer.



Depth Map

A printable depth map of Lake Washington can be found at the following link:   LAKE WASHINGTON DEPTH MAP



Largemouth Bass

  • 5 bass per angler per day
  • Must be over 15 inches long
  • 2 fish under 15 inches may be kept each day


  • 30 crappie per angler per day
  • Must be over 11 inches long
  • 5 fish under 11 inches may be kept each day

100 bream per angler per day

No limit on catfish


  • Yo-yos must be attended at all times (meaning you must remain in sight of your yo-yos at all times).

  • Yo-yos may be left unattended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. During this time all yo-yos left unattended must be tripped with the hook out of the water.

  • Yo-yos left untripped during this two hour period and yo-yos left unattended at any other times can be confiscated by MDWFP law enforcement officers.

  • All yo-yo's must have a waterproof or metal tag attached and visible above the water surface. The tags must contain the angler's full name and address.



Lake Washington is located off of Hwy 1 south of Greenville in Washington County. To get to the public boat ramp, turn off Hwy 1 on Hwy 436 going west towards Glen Allan. When the road ends at the lake, take a left and the ramp is located in the town of Glen Allan by the old Cotton Country Inn. Lake Washington Rd. E runs along the entire eastern shoreline of the lake and has multiple boat ramps, RV parks and cabins, and bait shops.

For up-to-date fishing information lodging options, or to pick up live bait and fishing supplies, contact Pam Hammond at Roy's Store (662) 827 - 2588 or Mike Jones at Bait N Thangs bait shop (662) 827 - 2666. 

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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