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Arkabutla - 12/1/2014

Winter fishing report.  Weekly updates will resume in February.


Winter fishing usually means limited ramp access.  Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain winter pool (210 ft) from December 1 until May 1.  Winter water releases should mean good fishing in the spillway.   For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at for a table or for a graph. 


Winter fishing can be good since the fish often school tightly.  Fish bite better after a few warm, sunny days.  Unlike summer, best bet is to fish midday on sunny banks.


Crappie fishing is usually the best winter action.  Troll or drift in the main lake with jigs and/or minnows or jig remaining cover in the main lake or tributaries.  For largemouth bass, look for clearer water and fish soft plastics or a jig-n-pig around any cover.  Catfishing is normally best using cut bait on trotlines over mudflats or on worms or stink baits in tributaries after rainfall.  For white bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits off sandy main lake points.


Best luck in the spillway is when some water is being released.  For crappie, fish out of the current in Elbow Creek or right against the rocks.  Catfishing is best in eddies on cut bait.  White bass will be in the current.  Drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom (watch the rocks!) or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures.


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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