Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 7/29/2014

Water level 227.32, falling 0.2 ft/day; 7.3 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 summer pool (220 ft) from May 15 – September 1.


For unexplained reasons, no one has been catching many fish of any kind (crappie, bass, catfish, whatever) on the lake the past week even though they were doing well a week ago.  Folks are marking fish on their graphs but they can’t make them bite.  Best luck for crappie had been spider rigging jigs and/or minnows 8 – 10 ft deep in 10 – 18 ft of water, mostly on the south side of the main lake.  Expect to land a few bass, catfish, and white bass, too.  Some folks have been catching crappie pole fishing the green bushes in similar depths and areas.  Catfishing has been about the slowest thing going lately; fish natural baits on noodles (jugs) or lines in the main lake.  Largemouths had been biting spinnerbaits or soft plastics on main lake points with bushes or on the channel dropoffs in the backs of creeks; most are less than a couple of pounds, but there’s a lot of them.  White bass have been schooling off sandy main lake points where they’ll bite small, shad-imitating lures (jigs, tailspinners, small crankbaits).


The spillway had one gate open 5.0 ft (1500 cfs) Tuesday.  Few reports down here either.  Best luck should be for catfish (natural baits) or white bass (jigs, small crankbaits) in the faster water.  The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake.  As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.


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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