Water level 228.0, stable; 18.0 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/plots/arkaplot.png 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 cresting and the Corps should start bringing it back down very slowly if we don’t get any more big rains. Recent weather has made fishing challenging. High water in the lake has the fish scattered; don’t expect to catch more than 3 fish in any location and you may jig 40 – 50 trees to find those. Some crappie have been caught jig fishing cover (cypresses, ironwood trees) 2 – 4 ft deep with bright (black/chartreuse, orange/chartreuse, black/pink) jigs and/or minnows, but no limits were reported. If there is a rise this week, expect more fish to move shallow. If it crests and starts falling, expect fish to spawn deeper (3 – 5 ft). Slow trolling the mouths of creeks out from spawning areas may work better. The best bite lately has been for catfish using cut shad or other natural baits fished with jugs (noodles) or trotlines. No big numbers of cats reported, but those caught have been nice fish 10 – 20 lbs. White bass are up in the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. No reports on anything else. Largemouth bass should be moving shallow where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or backs of coves in clearer water should draw strikes.
The spillway had 1 gate open 5.0 ft (1600 cfs) Tuesday. Luck down here has been spotty due to water fluctuations. Numbers of crappie have dropped off; fish jigs under a bobber 3.5 ft deep. White bass will be in faster water. A few catfish have been caught lately, too.