Water level 217.00, rising 0.3 ft/day; 7.0 ft above rule curve Monday. For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://126.96.36.199/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 winter pool (210 ft) until May 1.
The lake is high, muddy, and starting to stabilize. Don’t expect much action this week until the water level stabilizes and starts to clear and warm a little. When the water starts to fall later this week, fish the creeks and/or the river where the water has just pulled back into the channel or fish the outside edges of flooded dead vegetation. Best luck would likely be for crappie fishing with jigs and/or minnows or catfish fishing natural baits on the bottom. White bass in the 2 lb range are biting in the river above Lake. Cast jigs or small crankbaits over sand bottom out of the main current (pockets, back side of sand bars, etc.). Historically, crappie spawning runs from about the first week of April until the second week of May, peaking the second or third week in April. It varies year to year with temperatures, rainfall, water levels, etc.
The spillway had three gate open 1.5, 8, 1.5 ft (2250 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits. White bass are being caught in the spillway and some crappies are being caught in the elbow creek.