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Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 6/20/2018 12:56:09 PM

 

River Stage

As of 6/20 the MS River Stage at Arkansas City is at 17.5 ft. and will fluctuate for the remainder of the week.

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

Mississippi River Stages

 

Access

Little Man's is OPEN.  Little Man's Landing is a private ramp open to the public with a $5 launch fee.  

 

Bass

Bass should be in shallow water between 3 and 8 feet deep near structure.  Good bait choices include soft plastic worms or lizards, big spinnerbaits, or Rattle Traps.  Try fishing around the pilings and fishing houses near the Outing Club.

 

Bream

Bream should be shallow and beginning to form spawning beds.  Look for fish in water less than 4 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. 

 

Crappie

For crappie, try trolling in deeper areas of the lake, especially around flooded willow trees or brush tops in water 8-15 feet deep.  Most anglers are using jigs or minnows.

 

Catfish

For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep. Making a run out to the river and fishing around the dike fields or near eddies can produce good catfish too.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Whittington.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish.

 

 

Anglers can navigate the chute to/from the river when the river is at or above 6 feet on the Arkansas City Gauge. As the river drops below 6 feet access through the chute gets extremely difficult.  When the lake is at a level equivalent to 6 feet (Ark. City gauge) you can get from one end of the lake to the other, but beware of very shallow water around the flats at Burnt Island (up lake from Goat Island). At a lake level equivalent to 3 feet (Ark. City gauge), a narrow channel runs through the flats at Burnt Island and very shallow water is present above the ironwood forest (beginning near the old sunken barge), and further down the lake in the flat below the old pump pier (where the poles are). 

 

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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