Water level 215.50,
falling 0.1 ft/day; 0.6 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call
(662)562-6261 or check at http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or
http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. The lake is supposed to be maintained at
summer pool (220 ft) from May 15 – September 1. Fall drawdown started September 1 with a
target of 210 ft by December 1.
With the lake on a slow fall, expect most
fishing, to pick up a little. A few
catfish have been coming out of the spillway as well as the lake. White bass are being caught around the HWY 51
area. A few measurable crappie have been
coming out the lake also. Water level have stabilized and started to clear up. Best luck for crappie has been slow trolling
jigs and/or minnows 6 – 10 ft deep in 11 – 12 ft of water in the mouths of
major creek arms or on the south side of the main lake; minnows have been the
key to bites. Look for cover like dead
stick-ups, etc. Expect to land a few
bass, catfish, and white bass, too. For largemouth bass, look for clearer water
and fish spinnerbaits or soft plastics on main lake points, or on the channel
dropoffs in the backs of creeks. White
bass have been schooling off sandy main lake points where they’ll bite small,
shad-imitating lures (jigs, tailspinners, small crankbaits).
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish
eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These blobs are actually colonial animals
called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish causes the colony to
minimize its surface area to a round shape.
Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient
The spillway had one
gates open 3.0 ft (800 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for catfish
(natural baits) or white bass (jigs, small crankbaits) in the faster
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.