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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 21-Nov-15
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: FThe lake has risen some from local rains. With heavy rains expected Tuesday night into Wednesday, expect the gates to be closed and the lake to rise. With rising, windy conditions, expect the best fishing for catfish on the windy side of the lake where fish move into the disturbed area to feed. Use standard catfish baits, especially cut shad or flavored chicken for more common blue cats (white river cats). Expect fishing to slowly improve for other species by the weekend as the lake level stabilizes, starts to clear, and drawdown resumes. Most crappie fishing has been slow trolling minnows in the mouths of creek coves 4 - 6 ft deep. Expect a lot of short fish. Use large baits and/or fish deeper to hook more keepers. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Some catfish and white bass will bite baits meant for crappie. White bass are in the main lake over a sand bottom feeding on small shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. Best reports on largemouth bass have been on soft plastics or spinnerbaits fishing shallow cover on the edges of creek and river channels.

As the water falls, folks report balls of "fish eggs" or "jellyfish" clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony. Web search "freshwater bryozoans" for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (600 cfs) Tuesday. Spillway gates may be closed due to heavy rains. Best luck in the spillway has been for catfish on various natural baits (cut shad, nightcrawlers, etc.) fished near the bottom.

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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