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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 10-Dec-16
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Late fall/winter fishing report. Weekly updates will resume in February.

Winter fishing usually means limited ramp access. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain winter pool (210 ft) from December 1 until May 1. Winter water releases should mean good fishing in the spillway. For water level information, call (662)562-6261

Winter fishing can be good since the fish often school tightly. Fish bite better after a few warm, sunny days. Unlike summer, best bet is to fish midday on sunny banks. Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Even in cold weather, catfish will feed in rainfall runoff.

Crappie fishing is usually the best winter action. Troll or drift in the main lake with jigs and/or minnows or jig any remaining cover in the main lake or tributaries. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and fish soft plastics or a jig-n-pig around any cover. Catfishing is normally best using various natural baits on trotlines over mudflats or on worms or stink baits in tributaries after rainfall. For White Bass ("stripes"), fish jigs or small crankbaits off sandy main lake points.

Best luck in the spillway is when some water is being released. For crappie, fish out of the current in Elbow Creek or right against the rocks. Catfishing is best in eddies on cut bait. White Bass will be in the current; drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom (watch the rocks!) or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures.

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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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