Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Arkabutla - 11/21/2017 5:31:32 PM

Water level 212.73 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 1.1 ft above rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to be drawn down from summer pool (220 ft) starting September 1 to winter pool (210 ft) December 1. For water level information, call (662) 562-6261 or check at for a table or for a graph. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

Fall drawdown is underway; the water level is near rule curve. Fall drawdown concentrates fish in creek and river channels as they move out of the shallows into the main lake; predators feed on bait fish pulled out of the shallows and into deeper water.

Wind has made fishing tough recently, and most cover is out of the water. For crappie, fish any remaining cover with jigs and/or minnows; fish are holding 4 - 6+ ft deep. Spider rigging in open water may do better, but fish still appear scattered by depth and area. Most catfish are feeding in shallow water in the main lake; most are blue cats ("white humpbacks") from 5 - 15 lb. Fish shad, flavored chicken, or other natural baits on noodles, trotlines, or rod-and-reel. Fish for White Bass over sandy points (ex. Hernando Point) in the main lake with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Largemouth Bass are on any cover (rocks, stumps, stake beds, etc.); look for the clearest water available and fish spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics 2 - 6 ft deep.

The spillway had one gate open 6 ft (700 cfs) Tuesday. Few reports from down here; best luck has been on catfish fishing natural baits. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water.

All fish captured and kept with dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps in the spillway areas bordered by rip rap must be immediately placed on ice or in a dry container. Game fish caught with these gears must be released. This regulation was enacted to reduce the potential of transferring harmful Asian carps to the reservoir or other waters.

The daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches long. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 40 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 15 crappie creel limit.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Contact the COE office (662) 562-6261 for accessible ramps at current water levels.




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