Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Washington - 9/17/2019 3:45:20 PM



Crappie action is pretty slow now at Lake Washington. Minnows and jigs are the bait of choice for most anglers at Lake Washington. Try trolling in deeper areas of the lake in waters of 16-20 feet deep. Stop by and talk with someone at the local bait shops for the most up to date information.



Bream fishing on Lake Washington is picking up every week. 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. Anglers are having the most success early mornings and late evenings when water temperatures are a little cooler. 



With water temperatures warmer, look for bass activity to pick up also. Look for bass in water less than 6 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. 



Catfish fishing is always pretty good at Lake Washington and usually picks up this time of year.  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.



Depth Map

Lake Washington Depth Map



Largemouth Bass

  • 5 bass per angler per day
  • Must be over 15 inches long


  • 30 crappie per angler per day
  • Must be over 11 inches long

If you are fishing in Paul Love Park or on the weir in the outlet channel, Largemouth bass equal to 15 inches or larger may be kept. Anything under 15 inches is prohibited. For crappie, anything equal to 11 inches or larger may be kept, while anything under 11 inches is prohibited.

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.




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