Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 8/17/2022 8:42:23 AM
Species Detail
Bass Target bass near points and submerged structure in 5 to 10 feet of water. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics are all good bait choices.
Crappie Try to target crappie in the deeper areas of the lake near any submerged structure. Use jigs or minnows for bait.
Bream Fish for bream using red worms or crickets. Along the shoreline and shaded areas are good spots. Fish for bream in 4 to 6 feet of water.
Catfish For catfish target the deeper areas of the lake using liver, cut bait, or worms.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information

Water Level


Mississippi River Stages

 Additional Information

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.

 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.

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