Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 4/15/2014

Water level 215.71, falling 0.1 ft/day; 5.7 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 winter pool (210 ft) until May 1.


There was less rainfall runoff in this area than further south, so it didn’t cause a big rise or muddy up the water much.  However, the severe cold front Monday will back fish off until warmer weather later this week.  The hot spot for crappie has been in the upper end in the river, Mud Hole, and the Mud Hole runout.  Few reports from the main lake yet; success has been spotty with few concentrations of fish reported.  Fish bright-colored jigs and/or minnows 2 to 5 ft deep around cover in sloughs, creeks and/or river channels where the water has just pulled back into the channel.  For catfish, fish natural baits on the bottom in inflowing water.  White bass are biting in the river and creeks, especially near the Hwy 51 bridge and Hickahala Creek.  Cast jigs or small crankbaits over a sand bottom out of the main current (pockets, back side of sand bars, etc.).  Small white and largemouth bass are biting about everywhere and are driving minnow dunkers nuts.


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.  If the water’s rising, crappie will spawn shallow (1 – 2 ft); if it’s falling, they’ll spawn deeper (3 to 5 ft).  Note water level trends before you set your bobber.


The spillway had one gate open 5.0 ft, two gates open 0.5 ft (1500 cfs) Tuesday.  White bass are being caught on about every cast in the spillway, and some crappie are being caught in Elbow Creek.

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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