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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 24-Jul-14
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Good crappie fishing the week before shut down awhile when the lake rose, but should pick back up this week with the lake falling again. For crappie, best luck has been spider rigging jigs and/or minnows 8 – 10 ft deep in 10 – 18 ft of water, mostly on the south side of the main lake. Expect to land a few bass, catfish, and white bass, too. Some folks have been catching crappie pole fishing the green bushes in similar depths and areas. Catfishing has been about the slowest thing going lately; either fish stink baits or nightcrawlers in inflowing water in the river and creeks or fish natural baits on noodles (jugs) or lines in the main lake. Largemouths have been biting spinnerbaits or soft plastics on main lake points with bushes or on the channel dropoffs in the backs of creeks; most are less than a couple of pounds, but there’s a lot of them. White bass have been schooling off sandy main lake points where they’ll bite small, shad-imitating lures (jigs, tailspinners, small crankbaits).

The spillway had one gate open 5.0 ft (1500 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here should be for catfish (natural baits) or white bass (jigs, small crankbaits) in the faster water. Some buffalo have been caught lately, too. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.

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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