Fishing & Boating


Lake Whittington 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 Whittington - 7/30/2020 2:22:05 PM
Species Detail
Bass With the hot weather bass are a little less active right now. Some anglers have had some luck early in the morning and late evenings right before dark. Look for fish to be in water about 7-10 feet deep near structure along the shoreline. Good bait choices include slowly fished spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Try fishing around piers on the eastern shoreline. The best fishing is often on a slow fall of the Mississippi River.
Crappie There have not been any reports of anglers fishing for crappie at this time. However, look for the action to pick up with warmer weather approaching. Crappie should be associated with submerged brush tops, lay downs, or other structure in water 8-16 feet deep. Most crappie anglers at Whittington this time of year troll with jigs or minnows.
Bream There have not been any reports of anglers bream fishing at this time. 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 usually kind of slow this time of the 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. Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Whittington. Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.

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

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.

 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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