Fishing & Boating


Lake Ferguson is open to fishing and boating.  The number of persons in each watercraft is limited to the greater of two (2) occupants or 50% of the occupancy limit of all multi-person watercraft.  Bank fishing is allowed but social distancing requirements must be adhered to (maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals).

Fishing Report

Lake Ferguson - 7/30/2020 2:31:43 PM
Species Detail
Bass Bass fishing has been relatively slow with the summer heat. Some anglers are still catching some nice bass late in the evening and early mornings. Look for fish to be in water less than 10 feet deep near structure along the shoreline. Good bait choices include slowly fished spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Try fishing around the rip rap banks and piers on the north eastern shoreline. The best fishing is often on a slow fall of the Mississippi River.
Crappie For crappie, target areas with submerged brush tops, lay downs, or other structure in deeper areas of the lake. Try using jigs or minnows.
Bream Bream bite has been excellent on Lake Ferguson lately. Anglers have been catching their share of good sized bluegill using crickets. . For bream, look for fish in water 4-8 feet deep, especially around logs, brush tops, or other structure. Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice. Bream fishing is often slow this time of year.
Catfish There have not been any reports of anglers fishing for catfish at this time. For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline near the grain elevators. Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Ferguson. Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Catfish fishing is often slow in the winter time.

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

Lake 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.

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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