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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 14-Jul-16
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 221.66 ft, stable, 1.7 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).

Water coming in from recent rains was about balanced with releases from the spillway Tuesday. With the water stable, fishing success has dropped off except for catfish. Fishing may improve if the drawdown resumes. Crappie fishing has been fair with best reports trolling crankbaits in the mouths of creeks 12 to 15 ft deep. Some fish can be taken jigging similar depths around live or dead cypress trees and/or sunken brush tops. Use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Replace treble hooks with singles and/or pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Most reports on catfish have been as bycatch by crappie anglers, but eating sized blues (1 - 3 lb) have been hitting natural baits on trotlines. If you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits. The last day of grabbling season is July 15. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and try soft plastics or spinnerbaits off main lake points or fish cover on the edges of deeper channels. Bass will be shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday. For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy points. There are no size or number limits for White Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 5.0 ft (1400 cfs) Tuesday. Best reports down here have been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) fishing minnows or shad.

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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