Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 11/14/2018 1:26:50 PM


River Stage

As of 11/14 the MS River Stage at Arkansas City is at 29.1 and steady. Water levels at Whittington are well above normal for this time of year, as they have been for several weeks.

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

Mississippi River Stages


 With the cold weather moving in there hasn't been much fishing going on this past week, and there are no new fishing reports from Lake Whittington.




Look for bass to be in water between 3 and 8 feet deep near structure along the shoreline or around submerged logs or brush tops.  Good bait choices include soft plastic worms or lizards, big spinnerbaits, or crankbaits.  Try fishing around the pilings and fishing houses near the Outing Club. 



For bream, look for fish in water 3-6 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. 



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.



For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish.


Silver Carp

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



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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