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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 01-Jul-15
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Best luck for crappie lately has been pushing or pulling crankbaits 8 – 12 ft deep in 14 - 20 ft of water. Expect a lot of short fish; use large baits and/or fish deeper to hook more keepers. Some folks have been picking up crappie jigging just off the bottom. Quite a few blue catfish have been hitting crankbaits meant for crappie. Few reports on grabbling because the lake is so high; most folks set out boxes expecting the water to fall and it rose. Catfish can be taken on lines or jugs (noodles). White bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. There is no size or number limit on white bass. There have been some good reports of chunky largemouth bass lately from 1.5 – 5 lb; most are 1.5 – 2 lbs. Bass are 4 – 10 ft deep in flooded cover where spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or other search lures fished over channel edges or main lake points should draw strikes. Slow down and fish soft plastics if you find a concentration of deeper fish. Fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday. Look for clearer water for bass. Expect extra boats on the lake for the July 4th holiday weekend.

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 5.0 ft (1500 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for blue and flathead catfish on live bait 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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