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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 15-Apr-15
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 225.67, rising 0.05 ft/day; 15.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday.

The lake is supposed to be maintained at winter pool (210 ft) until May 1. Emergency spillway pool is 238.3 ft.

The lake is rising very slowly. Recent winds, rain, and a cold front made fishing challenging last week. This week is predicted more of the same. Some crappie were caught jig fishing cover (cypresses, ironwood trees) 2 – 4 ft deep with bright (black/chartreuse, orange/chartreuse, black/pink) jigs and/or minnows, but no limits were reported. If there is a rise this week, expect more fish to move shallow. If it crests and starts falling, expect fish to spawn deeper (3 – 5 ft). Slow trolling the mouths of creeks out from spawning areas may work better. Catfish have been biting cut shad or other natural baits fished with jugs (noodles) or trotlines. No big numbers of cats reported, but those caught have been nice fish 10 – 20 lbs. White bass are up in the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. No reports on anything else. Largemouth bass should be moving shallow where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or backs of coves in clearer water should draw strikes.

The spillway had 1 gate open 5.0 ft (1600 cfs) Tuesday. Luck down here has been spotty due to water fluctuations. For crappie, fish jigs under a bobber 3.5 ft deep. White bass will be in faster water. A few catfish have been caught lately, too. Drum will hit baits/lures fished for other fish.

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.

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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