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Date 26-Mar-15
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 228.70, falling 0.13 ft/day; 18.7 ft above rule curve Monday. For water level information, call (662)562-6261

The lake is falling very slowly. Expect a big cool-down this weekend with rain and a strong cold front and temperatures near 30o F that will likely put a damper on the spawn awhile. The lake is high, it’s still too early for crappie to spawn, and fish are scattered among a jillion bushes. Best reports lately have been fishing for catfish with jugs (noodles) using natural baits. For crappie, slow trolling the mouths of creeks or fishing the outside edges of cover with the water falling should be your best bets. White bass have started moving up the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass.

The spillway had 2 gates open 3.0 ft each (1900 cfs) Tuesday. It is unknown if they will open them up anymore with the Mississippi River high. Best luck down here has been on drum, white bass, and crappie. 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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