Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 10/21/2014

Water level 218.50,falling 0.3 ft/day; 1.4 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.  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.  Fishing has improved, water level have stabilized and started to clear up and fall.  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 animals.


The spillway had one gates open 5.0 ft (1300 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for catfish (natural baits) or white bass (jigs, small crankbaits) in the faster water. 


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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