Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 5/19/2015

Water level 229.10, rising 1.2 ft/day; 9.1 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 rise starting May 1 from winter pool (210 ft) to summer pool (220 ft) by May 15.  Emergency spillway pool is 238.3 ft.


The lake is coming up quickly from recent heavy rains, with the river and creeks muddy.  Best luck in this situation should be for catfish in inflowing water with various natural baits.  Expect better fishing for crappie, bass, and other fish as the lake stabilizes and starts to clear up.  For crappie, jig cover 6 – 8 ft deep or slow troll the mouths of creeks.  Expect crappie fishing to pick up in a month or two when the lake has pulled out of the thousands of acres of trees and bushes.  White bass are mostly back in the main lake; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points.  There is no size or number limit on white bass.  Largemouth bass should be 2 – 6 ft deep in flooded cover where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flats or secondary points in coves (look for clearer water) should draw strikes.


The spillway was closed Tuesday, but the gates should be slowly reopened later on this week.  Expect fishing to improve when the gates reopen.  Best luck down here has been for catfish on natural baits.


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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