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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 30-Jun-17
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: The water level finally rose over summer pool due to tropical rains; one spillway gate was opened up enough to start bringing it back down again. The rise has flooded hundreds of acres of smartweed and other vegetation that small fish have moved into, and bigger fish have followed. With a holiday weekend coming up, watch out for those folks that only get out on the water once in awhile. Fish early and get off the water before it gets too busy. Everyone be safe.

The recent water rise has made fishing challenging with all the flooded "grass". However, with the water level starting to fall, fish will move to the outside edges of cover. Best luck on crappie has been fishing very slowly in the deeper edges of the grass with minnows under a bobber. Forget about crankbaits. The rain runoff catfish bite has slowed. Catfish are also feeding in the grass; best luck has been fishing various natural baits on trotlines, but noodles (jugs) might work better. Not many reports from hand grabbling; most folks did not move their structures shallower before the water rose, so they are too deep to fish without supplemental air. Fish for White Bass over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. No reports on Largemouth Bass, but they should be in any flooded grass close to channel edges or dropoffs; look for the clearest water available and fish spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics.

The spillway had one gate open 1.0 ft (300 cfs) Tuesday. Best reports down here have been for eating size catfish fishing crickets with no weight 6 to 8 inches below a bobber drifting down the current. Other fish caught recently have been White Bass and small crappie on jigs and/or minnows.

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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