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Date 18-Apr-14
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 215.71, falling 0.1 ft/day; 5.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday.

There was less rainfall runoff in this area than further south, so it didn’t cause a big rise or muddy up the water much. However, the severe cold front Monday will back fish off until warmer weather later this week. The hot spot for crappie has been in the upper end in the river, Mud Hole, and the Mud Hole runout. Few reports from the main lake yet; success has been spotty with few concentrations of fish reported. Fish bright-colored jigs and/or minnows 2 to 5 ft deep around cover in sloughs, creeks and/or river channels where the water has just pulled back into the channel. For catfish, fish natural baits on the bottom in inflowing water. White bass are biting in the river and creeks, especially near the Hwy 51 bridge and Hickahala Creek. Cast jigs or small crankbaits over a sand bottom out of the main current (pockets, back side of sand bars, etc.). Small white and largemouth bass are biting about everywhere and are driving minnow dunkers nuts.

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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