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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 16-Jun-16
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 226.95 ft, falling 0.3 ft/day, 7.0 ft over rule curve Tueday. The Corps normally keeps the lake at summer pool (220 ft) from May 15 - September 1 (fall drawdown starts a month later than at the other flood control reservoirs). For water level or road closure information, call (662) 562-6261

Fish are being pulled out of thousands of acres of heavy cover with falling water levels. Fish will orient to deeper water (creeks, sloughs, river, etc.) to prevent being stranded as the water falls. Crappie fishing has been improving with best reports jigging structure 10 - 12 ft deep around water elm (buck brush) and flooded cypress trees. Some folks have also been catching crappie pulling crankbaits and pushing minnows in 10 - 15 ft, 8 ft deep. Use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. About the only reports on catfish have been as by catch by crappie anglers. Few reports on grabbling with the water dropping; you have to set boxes deep enough they won't be left dry before the fish get in them. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and try soft plastics or spinnerbaits in the mouth of creeks and flooded cover on the edges of deeper channels or off secondary or main lake points. For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy points. There are no size or number limits for White Bass.

The spillway has been cut back recently with one gate open 8.0 ft (2500 cfs) Tuesday. Best reports down here have been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) from 2 - 5 pounds fishing minnows or shad from the steps.

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

Stages

Normal

- Near Flood Stage
238' - Minor Flooding

240' - Moderate Flooding



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