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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 21-Mar-17
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Water level 211.69 ft, stable, 1.7 ft above rule curve (winter pool) Monday. 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

Last week's cold temperatures and wind made fishing difficult and set the fish back awhile, but did not produce enough rain to raise water levels. Warmer temperatures this week should have fish moving shallower, but don't expect much rain or rise until late in the week.

Arkabutla is low and muddy with limited access. For crappie, fish jigs and minnows or just minnows slow-trolling 4 - 6 ft deep in the main lake, but it has been pretty slow. Catfishing has been about the best luck lately using noodles (jugs) fishing shad over main lake flats; trotlines should work, too. No reports on White Bass or Largemouth Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (500 cfs) Monday. 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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