Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 10/17/2018 2:35:13 PM


River Stage

As of 10/17 the MS River Stage at Arkansas City is at 24.5 feet and rising. Water levels are well above normal for this time of year.

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

Mississippi River Stages



Little Man's is OPEN.  Little Man's Landing is a private ramp open to the public with a $5 launch fee.  



Look for bass to be in water between 3 and 8 feet deep near structure and following normal summertime patterns.  Good bait choices include soft plastic worms or lizards, big spinnerbaits, top water lures, or Rattle Traps.  Try fishing around the pilings and fishing houses near the Outing Club. 



For bream, look for fish in water less than 4 feet deep, especially around logs brush tops, or other structure near the shoreline.  Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice. 



For crappie, try trolling in deeper areas of the lake, especially around flooded willow trees or brush tops in water 8-15 feet deep.  Most anglers are using jigs or minnows.



For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep. Making a run out to the river and fishing around the dike fields or near eddies can produce good catfish too.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Whittington.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish.


Silver Carp

Please be aware that Silver carp are very abundant in Lake Whittington 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 Whittington.  The cause of these die-offs is currently unknown.



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.


Share this share this share this

Sign up, Keep Up

Sign up to receive monthly newsletters featuring all the latest news and happenings from MDWFP.