Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 3/24/2015

Water level 228.70, falling 0.13 ft/day; 18.7 ft above rule curve Monday.  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 winter pool (210 ft) until May 1.  Emergency spillway pool is 238.3 ft.


The lake is falling very slowly.  Expect a big cool-down this weekend with rain and a strong cold front and temperatures near 30o F that will likely put a damper on the spawn awhile.  The lake is high, it’s still too early for crappie to spawn, and fish are scattered among a jillion bushes.  Best reports lately have been fishing for catfish with jugs (noodles) using natural baits. For crappie, slow trolling the mouths of creeks or fishing the outside edges of cover with the water falling should be your best bets.  White bass have started moving up the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits.  There is no size or number limit on white bass.


The spillway had 2 gates open 3.0 ft each (1900 cfs) Tuesday.  It is unknown if they will open them up anymore with the Mississippi River high.  Best luck down here has been on drum, white bass, and crappie.  For crappie, fish jigs under a bobber 3.5 ft deep.  White bass will be in faster water.  A few catfish have been caught lately, too.  Drum will hit baits/lures fished for other fish.


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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