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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 17-Sep-14
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 223.17, falling 0.2 ft/day; 4.5 ft above rule curve Tuesday.

Flooding rains in the area last week popped the lake up about 3 ft, but it’s falling again now. Best action recently has been for catfish in inflowing waters. Success has been spotty for crappie; some folks have none, a few are getting close to a limit, and most folks are in between. Best luck has been slow trolling jigs and/or minnows 8 – 10 ft deep in 11 – 12 ft of water in the mouths of major creek arms or on the south side of the main lake; minnows have been the key to bites. Expect to land a few bass, catfish, and white bass, too. Some folks have been catching crappie pole fishing the green bushes in similar depths and areas. For catfish, fish trotlines, rods-and-reels, or noodles (jugs) baited with worms, shad, or shrimp in river and creek channels and the main lake. For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or soft plastics on main lake points with bushes, or on the channel dropoffs in the backs of creeks. White bass have been schooling off sandy main lake points where they’ll bite small, shad-imitating lures (jigs, tailspinners, small crankbaits).

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These blobs are actually colonial animals called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish causes the colony to minimize its surface area to a round shape. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway had one gate open 6.0 ft (1600 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for catfish (natural baits) or white bass (jigs, small crankbaits) in the faster water. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.

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

Stages

Normal

- Near Flood Stage
238' - Minor Flooding

240' - Moderate Flooding



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