Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 11/4/2019 3:50:17 PM
Species Detail
Bass 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 on a slow fall of the Mississippi River.
Crappie 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 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.
Catfish 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 Ferguson and may jump out of the water and collide with boater, skiers, and anglers.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release

There are no special regulations at Lake Whittington. Statewide creel and size limits are enforced.

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information

Water Level

River Stage

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

Mississippi River Stages


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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