Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 7/22/2014

Water level 228.08, falling 0.1 ft/day; 8.1 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at for a table or for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (220 ft) from May 15 – September 1.


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.


Contact the COE office (662)562-6261 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

The daily creel limit for crappie on Arkabutla Lake is 20 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers fishing Arkabutla Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole.  There is a 50 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers.  The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.

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