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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 09-Nov-17
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Fall drawdown is underway; the water level is almost on rule curve. Flooded vegetation is out of the water. Fall drawdown concentrates fish in creek and river channels as they move out of the shallows into the main lake; predators feed on bait fish pulled out of the shallows and into deeper water.

Rain and wind have made fishing tough recently. For crappie, fish any remaining cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.) with jigs and/or minnows; fish are holding 4 - 6+ ft deep. Spider rigging in open water may do better, but fish still appear scattered by depth and area. Most catfish are feeding in shallow water in the main lake; most are blue cats ("white humpbacks") from 5 - 15 lb. Fish shad, flavored chicken, or other natural baits on noodles, trotlines, or rod-and-reel. Fish for White Bass over sandy points (ex. Hernando Point) in the main lake with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Largemouth Bass are on any cover (rocks, stumps, stake beds, etc.); look for the clearest water available and fish spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics 2 - 6 ft deep.

The spillway had one gate open 6 ft (1600 cfs) Tuesday. Few reports from down here; best luck has been on catfish fishing natural baits. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water.

Reported by: MDWFP

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About: - Arkabutla Lake is an impoundment of the Coldwater River and lies just east of I-55 near Hernando. It is the shallowest of the big lakes (Sardis, Enid and Grenada)and the least affected by spring rises and fall drawdowns. Its many creek channels and coves and the backwaters off the Coldwater offer excellent bass cover. The bass fishing is excellent, and it rarely gets pressured.

Crappie spawning in Arkabutla is normally from the first of April through mid-May, but it may vary a week or more depending on weather, moon phase, etc. Crappie spawned nearly a month later than normal the last couple of springs because a cold winter made main lake temperatures where crappie overwinter very cold. Main lake temperatures are warmer this winter and a more normal spawning time is expected unless we get an unusually cool spring. Not all crappie spawn at the same time; larger females usually spawn first and get the best spots. Black Crappie usually spawn earlier than White Crappie (males of both species get dark during the spawn; do not use color to tell the species apart).

Location: Tate & Desoto Counties, 7.5 miles West of Coldwater, off Coldwater-Arkabutla Road.

Misc Info: - The daily creel limit for crappie on Arkabutla Lake is 20 per person. The minimum length limit for crappie is 12 inches. Anglers fishing Arkabutla Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.

Arkabutla Lake Level



- Near Flood Stage
238' - Minor Flooding

240' - Moderate Flooding

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