Fishing & Boating


Lake Washington 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 Washington - 7/30/2020 2:34:26 PM
Species Detail
Bass Bass fishing has been slower during the summer heat. Anglers are still catching bass if you have the patience. Look for bass in water 6-12 feet deep, especially around structure. Try around the cypress trees on the west side of the lake, or target the docks on the eastern shoreline. Use soft plastic worms or lizards, jigs, or spinnerbaits. Most bass from Washington are fat and healthy due to a large shad population in the lake.
Crappie Crappie fishing has slowed down some on the lake but anglers are still having success. Some anglers have been catching fish in between 4 to 6 feet of water. I expect this to get a little shallower as the weather continues to warm up. Minnows and jigs are the bait of choice for most anglers at Lake Washington. Stop by and talk with someone at the local bait shops for the most up to date information.
Bream The bream activity in the lake has been pretty good lately. Many anglers have been reporting good success using crickets and targeting the cypress knees. For bream try using crickets or red worms around the grass beds near the shoreline or around the cypress knees in water between 4 and 6 feet deep.
Catfish There have not been any reports of anglers fishing for catfish at this time Catfish fishing is always pretty good at Lake Washington due to the large population of Channel Catfish in the lake. Lots of anglers like to fish yo-yo's in the cypress trees on the southern end of the lake. Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or other catfish baits, or try fishing trotlines along the shallow flats. Channel catfish are the dominant catfish species in the lake, but flathead catfish are also present in the lake. Remember that yo-yo's must be tagged and attended at Lake Washington. See below for additional information on yo-yo regulations.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) Minimum Length Limit 15 inches & under
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 11 inches & under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Black Bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) 5 The possession of black bass under 15 inches while in Paul Love Park or on the weir is prohibited.
Crappie (combined black and white) 30 The possession of crappie under 11 inches while in Paul Love Park or on the weir is prohibited.


  • Yo-yos must be attended at all times (meaning you must remain in sight of your yo-yos at all times).
  • Yo-yos may be left unattended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. During this time all yo-yos left unattended must be tripped with the hook out of the water.
  • Yo-yos left untripped during this two hour period and yo-yos left unattended at any other times can be confiscated by MDWFP law enforcement officers.
  • All yo-yo's must have a waterproof or metal tag attached and visible above the water surface. The tags must contain the angler's full name and address.

Additional Information 

Lake Washington 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.


For up-to-date fishing information lodging options, or to pick up live bait and fishing supplies, contact Pam Hammond at Roy's Store (662) 827 - 2588 or Mike Jones at Bait N Thangs bait shop (662) 827 - 2666. 





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