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Fishing Report

Lake Whittington - 8/14/2018 11:32:58 AM

 

River Stage

As of 8/14 the MS River Stage at Arkansas City is at 10 ft. and steady.

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

Mississippi River Stages

 

Access

Little Man's is OPEN.  Little Man's Landing is a private ramp open to the public with a $5 launch fee.  

 

Bass

Look for bass to be in water between 3 and 8 feet deep near structure and following normal summertime patterns.  Good bait choices include soft plastic worms or lizards, big spinnerbaits, top water lures, or Rattle Traps.  Try fishing around the pilings and fishing houses near the Outing Club.  Best times of day should be early in the morning and late in the evening.

 

Bream

For bream, look for fish in water less than 4 feet deep, especially around logs brush tops, or other structure near the shoreline.  Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice. 

 

Crappie

For crappie, try trolling in deeper areas of the lake, especially around flooded willow trees or brush tops in water 8-15 feet deep.  Most anglers are using jigs or minnows.

 

Catfish

For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep. Making a run out to the river and fishing around the dike fields or near eddies can produce good catfish too.  Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Whittington.  Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  For flathead use live bait like goldfish.

 

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.  They seem to also be most active this time of year, so anglers are warned to keep an eye out for them while on the lake.  Also, we often experience silver carp fish kills this time of year on Delta oxbows such as Whittington.  The cause of these die-offs is currently unknown.

 

 

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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