Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 9/10/2019 10:50:19 AM

Little Man's Landing at Lake Whittington is now open again. Anglers can also access Lake Whittington from the Mississippi River.


Look for fish to be in water less than 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 around this time, on a slow fall of the Mississippi River.


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 deeper areas of the lake with jigs or minnows.


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 starts to pick up this time of the year. Anglers are having the most success early mornings.


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.

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. 


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.


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