Fishing ReportLake Whittington - 4/18/2019 8:54:28 AM
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.
Little Man's Landing the only public boat launch at Lake Whittington, is CLOSED. There is currently no public access to Lake Whittington besides coming in from the Mississippi River. The ramp should open back up in the spring of 2019.
Until then, anglers are encouraged to fish other nearby oxbows with year-round public access such as Lake Ferguson or Lake Beulah.
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.