Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Ferguson - 9/12/2018 4:58:34 PM


River Stage

As of 9/12 the MS River Stage at Greenville is near 22 ft. and will be on a steady rise for the remainder of the week.

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

Mississippi River Stages



Bass should be continuing in their normal summertime patterns.  Look for fish to be in water less than 10 feet deep near structure along the shoreline.  Top water lures like buzz baits are often good this time of year.  Other good bait choices include deep diving crankbaits and soft plastics. Try fishing around the rip rap banks and piers on the north eastern shoreline.  Best times of day should be early morning and late evening.



For bream, look for fish in water less than 6 feet deep, especially around logs brush tops, or other structure. There were reports of anglers catching big bream near and around stump island, which is located on the northern end of the lake.  These anglers used crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice. Majority of the fish are being caught early in the morning, sunrise until around 11am when the temperatures began to rise.



Crappie should be suspended out in deeper areas of the lake.  Most crappie anglers at Ferguson this time of year troll with jigs or minnows.



For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline near the grain elevators.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Beulah.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish.  Running out and fishing in the Mississippi River can also be a very effective way to catch some big catfish.


Silver Carp

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.  They seem to also be most active this time of year, so anglers are warned to keep an eye out for them while on the lake.  Also, we often experience silver carp fish kills this time of year on Delta oxbows such as Ferguson.  The cause of these die-offs is currently unknown.



Lake Ferguson is located in the city of Greenville, MS, inside the MS river levee. A public boat ramp is located next to the casinos. From Hwy 1 take Alexander St. west until you go over the levee and see the casinos. From Hwy 82 take Main St. west, which will also run you into the levee, casinos, and boat ramp.


Depth Map

Use the following link to see a larger and printable version of the map: Ferguson depth map



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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