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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 14-May-15
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: The lake is falling slowly this week and likely will be for several weeks until it gets back to rule curve. High water in the lake has the crappie scattered; as the water falls, better reports of crappie catches have been made. Best luck lately has been jigging cover 6 – 8 ft deep or slow trolling the mouths of creeks out from spawning areas. Expect crappie fishing to pick up in a month or two when the lake has pulled out of the thousands of acres of trees and bushes. The best bite lately has been for catfish using cut shad or other natural baits fished with jugs (noodles) or trotlines. White bass are mostly back in the main lake; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. No reports on anything else. Largemouth bass should be 2 – 6 ft deep in flooded cover where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flats or secondary points in coves (look for clearer water) should draw strikes.

The spillway had 1 gate open 5.0 ft (1650 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for catfish on natural baits, but there have been a few crappie caught fishing jigs and/or minnows under a bobber.

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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