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Arkabutla - 2/24/2015

Water level 219.2, rising 1.3 ft/day; 9.2 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/arkaplot.png for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be maintained at winter pool (210 ft) until May 1.

 

The lake is rising fast, cold, and muddy.  More cold weather is predicted this week with warmer temperatures this weekend.  Fishing success this week would be slow at best.  Best luck would likely be late in the week.  There have been few reports lately on anything but blue catfish (white river cats) that have been biting natural baits on lines. Best luck would likely be for crappie fishing deep in the main lake.

 

The spillway was releasing 700 cfs Tuesday.  Expect the gates to open up some more if there is no more rain.  Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits.  Action lately has been very slow.

 

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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