Fishing ReportLake Washington - 5/16/2018 3:35:07 PM
Fishing Regulation Changes at Lake Washington
Recently, regulation changes were proposed for Lake Washington. The changes prohibit anglers from possessing crappie under the 11-inch minimum length limit and black bass under the 15-inch minimum length limit. The daily creel limit will remain 30 crappie per angler and 5 black bass per angler. The regulation change also prohibits anglers from possessing crappie under 11 inches and bass under 15 inches if they are in Paul Love Park or on the weir in the outlet channel.
All rule changes become effective on May 28, 2018.
Crappie fishing continues to slow some at Washington, as most fish have moved back off shore. Most anglers are back to trolling in 10 - 18 feet of water, especially towards the middle portions of the lake, and catching post spawn fish. Minnows, jigs, and up to date advice are available at the bait shops on the lake.
Look for bass in water less than 4 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 in Washington are fat and healthy and put up a great fight!
The catfish bite remains pretty good like it always is at Washington. Try tightlining on the bottom with nightcrawlers, cut bait, or other catfish baits, or try fishing trotlines along the shallow flats. Early morning is usually best, especially during hot weather. Yo-yo's fished in the cypress trees can also produce good fish, but remember that yo-yo's must be tagged and attended at Lake Washington.
Bream are just now beginning to get on the bed at Lake Washington. Try using crickets or red worms around the grass beds near the shoreline or around the cypress knees in water between 2 and 4 feet deep. Bream fishing should continue to pick up for the next few weeks. Lake Washington has some huge bluegills in it!
A printable depth map of Lake Washington can be found at the following link: LAKE WASHINGTON DEPTH MAP
- 5 bass per angler per day
- Must be over 15 inches long
- 30 crappie per angler per day
- Must be over 11 inches long
Regulations also apply if you are fishing in Paul Love Park or on the weir in the outlet channel.
100 bream per angler per day
No limit on catfish
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.
Lake Washington is located off of Hwy 1 south of Greenville in Washington County. To get to the public boat ramp, turn off Hwy 1 on Hwy 436 going west towards Glen Allan. When the road ends at the lake, take a left and the ramp is located in the town of Glen Allan by the old Cotton Country Inn. Lake Washington Rd. E runs along the entire eastern shoreline of the lake and has multiple boat ramps, RV parks and cabins, and bait shops.
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.
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.