Fishing Reports


Arkabutla - 4/22/2014

Water level 214.33, falling 0.3 ft/day; 4.3 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 winter pool (210 ft) until May 1.


The problem getting the fish going here is the water is falling fast.  Few crappie reports this week with the water dropping.  Fish bright-colored jigs and/or minnows 3 to 6 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.  Small 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.  Best luck for largemouth should be in clearer water like Hurricane Creek.


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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