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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 21-Feb-17
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 210.45 ft, stable, 0.5 ft above rule curve (winter pool) Tuesday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain winter pool (210 ft) until May 1. Winter water releases should mean good fishing in the spillway. For water level information, call (662)562-6261

The water is low and muddy with limited access. Best reports lately have been for catfish on noodles (jugs) fishing shad; trotlines should work, too. Few reports on keeper crappie, but some short fish have been landed up the river on jigs and/or minnows. No reports of White Bass moving up the creeks and rivers yet. No reports on Largemouth Bass, either.

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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