Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Washington - 11/15/2017 5:00:33 PM

Lake Washington Fishing Report

Cooler temperatures are definitely helping crappie fishermen. Anglers are catching more crappie trolling in deeper waters of the lake. Anglers should expect to see crappie moving into more shallow waters as temperatures continue to stay cool. Bass fishermen are still catching a few fish here and there. Bream fishing is starting to slow a bit. However, contrary to many belief, fall is still a great time to get out and fill a cooler with some slab bream.


Anglers are catching majority of crappie in deeper waters. Some are trolling in 12-15 feet of water and are fishing about 8 feet deep. These fish are being caught with jigs, minnows, and crankbaits. Most of these fish are being caught along the western shoreline. See lake depth map below for depths in different area of the lake, and talk with bait shop owners for up to date info.


There are reports of anglers having much success catching catfish at this time. For catfish, yo-yos fished in the cypress swamps baited with stink bait or nightcrawlers are always a great bet.  Or try tightlining with worms or liver in 2 - 4 feet of water near the shoreline.  There are lots of 1 - 3 pound channel catfish in the lake, and every so often you'll pick up a bigger one.


Bass fishing is a hit and miss right about now. You may want to try to look for fish in 4-6 feet of water around logs, cypress knees, or under the fishing piers. Jigs or soft plastics may work well, or try throwing a spinnerbait along the edge of the cypress trees on the eastern shoreline.


Bream fishing is starting to slow a bit. However, you still may get out and catch a cooler full on a nice sunny day.For best results, try fishing in 4-6 ft of water using crickets or red worms near the cypress trees on the western bank. Or try targeting brush piles near the fishing piers along the eastern shoreline. 

Depth Map

A printable depth map of Lake Washington can be found at the following link:   LAKE WASHINGTON DEPTH MAP


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.


Largemouth Bass

  • 5 bass per angler per day
  • Must be over 15 inches long
  • 2 fish under 15 inches may be kept each day


  • 30 crappie per angler per day
  • Must be over 11 inches long
  • 5 fish under 11 inches may be kept each day

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.


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. 


Yo-Yo Requirements:

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. Yo-yo's must be attended on Lake Washington. Attended means devices must remain within sight of the angler during daylight hours.



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