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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 28-Nov-16
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 211.85 ft, falling about 0.1 ft/day, about 0.2 ft above rule curve Monday. The Corps normally starts fall drawdown September 1 (fall drawdown starts a month later than at the other flood control reservoirs) with a target of 210 ft by December 1

The lake is near rule curve and on fall drawdown; fish are relating to creek and river channels following deeper water to the main lake. The lake is almost to winter pool with limited access; be warned there are several mid-lake humps and shallow spots at this low level.

Folks have been catching a few good-sized crappie lately. With the water falling, fish are moving and hard to find and keep up with day-to-day. Best reports have been drifting or pushing jigs and/or minnows 3 to 6 ft deep; the main lake is about all that is available to fish as most creek arms have very little water. Some fish can be taken jigging around any remaining stake beds and brush tops (or make your own!). Use bigger baits and/or 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. Catfishing has been good with 1 - 5 lb Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) hitting natural baits (whole or cut shad have been good) on trotlines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel. If you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits. Otherwise, the best spots are in shallow, murky water where catfish are feeding on shad. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and try soft plastics or spinnerbaits off main lake points or any remaining cover (rocks, stumps, stake beds, brush tops). For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits over sand or clay main lake points. There are no size or number limits for White Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 4.0 ft (650 cfs) Monday. Best reports down here have been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) fishing minnows or shad. White Bass should be hitting jigs or small crankbaits fished in the faster water early and late in the day.

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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