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Arkabutla Sponsored by
Date 25-Sep-15
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Conditions : ?Arkabutla: Best luck for crappie has been pole fishing jigs and/or minnows 3 - 5 ft deep in the dead coffeeweed that's just showing as the lake is coming down. Fish are in there, but it is thick and tough to fish. Expect a lot of short fish; use large baits and/or fish deeper to hook more keepers. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Some blue catfish and white bass have been hitting baits meant for crappie. Best luck on catfish has been fishing 5 - 7 ft deep with jugs (noodles) or rod-and-reel with various natural baits (chicken livers, cut shad, etc.). White bass are either in the creek and river channels or in the main lake over a sand bottom feeding on small shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. There have been good reports of chunky largemouth bass averaging about 2 lbs fishing either deep on main lake points (Carolina rigs) or shallow on the edges of creek and river channels with spinnerbaits.

As the water falls, folks report balls of "fish eggs" or "jellyfish" clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony. Web search "freshwater bryozoans" for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway had one gate open 1.5 ft (450 cfs) Monday. Best luck in the spillway has been on various natural baits (cut shad, nightcrawlers, etc.) fished near the bottom for catfish.

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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