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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 20-Apr-17
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 212.76 ft, rising 0.2 ft/day, 2.8 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. For water level information, call (662)562-6261

Monday's rain wasn't enough to raise the water level significantly but may prompt some shallow fish movement. However, unless we get more rain, expect the water to be brought back down to rule curve (210 ft) until May 1.

Crappie are "trapped in a puddle" with the water low (even though it is above rule curve) and are spawning on whatever cover is available. Most fish are being caught from off the dam and in the gravel pit. Expect crappie to spawn 3 - 5 ft deep or more if the water is falling, shallower if it is rising. Fish bright-colored (black/chartreuse, pink/white, etc.) jigs and/or minnows. Some folks have been picking up a few crappie slow-trolling 3 - 5 ft deep in creek mouths in the main lake. Most White Bass and catfish have been caught incidentally by crappie anglers. Some White Bass are still up in the creeks and river spawning where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfishing should be best fishing lines or noodles (jugs) over main lake flats with various natural baits. No reports on Largemouth Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 3.0 ft (700 cfs) Tuesday. There have been some small crappie caught recently fishing jigs and/or minnows. White Bass have started to show up; fish jigs, spoons, small crankbaits, etc. About the best luck has been for catfish on natural baits fished on 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.

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



- Near Flood Stage
238' - Minor Flooding

240' - Moderate Flooding

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