Fishing ReportBeulah Lake - 10/17/2018 2:33:37 PM
As of 10/117 the MS River Stage at Arkansas City is at 24.5 ft and rising. The river is back in the lake, and water levels are well above normal for this time of year.
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Bass should be in shallow water between 2 and 5 feet deep near structure. Good bait choices include soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Try fishing around the fishing piers on the Mississippi side of the lake. Or try around the old Fireman's Club ramp lately as well. If you are driving through the south end of the lake, be very careful of old stumps or poles that are barely submerged at this water level.
For bream, look for fish to be in water less than 4 feet deep, especially around logs. brush tops, or other structure near the shoreline. Most anglers use crickets, but red worms are also a good bait choice.
Try fishing for crappie along the deepest edges of the fishing piers, especially those with lots of structure sunk around them. Another good place to try if you are trolling is the two deep blue holes on the Arkansas side. Most anglers are using jigs or minnows.
For catfish, try tightlining or fishing trotlines along the shoreline in water less than 6 feet deep. Blues, channels, and flatheads are all present in Lake Beulah. Best baits for blues and channels should be nightcrawlers or chicken liver. For flathead use live bait like goldfish.
Please be aware that Silver carp are very abundant in Lake Beulah and may jump out of the water and collide with boater, skiers, and anglers. They seem to also be most active this time of year, so anglers are warned to keep an eye out for them while on the lake. Also, we often experience silver carp fish kills this time of year on Delta oxbows such as Lake Beulah. The cause of these die-offs is currently unknown.
Lake Beulah can be located by turning West on Main Street from Highway 1 in the town of Beulah. Take the left ramp to go up the levee then the next right. This will take you to the public boat ramp on the North end of Beulah.
Lake Beulah is at a relatively high elevation compared to other Mississippi River oxbow lakes. When the river is below 18 feet (Ark. City) the water level of the lake is stable. Between 18 - 20 feet lake level is controlled by drainage through culvert in dam. Above 24 feet lake rises/falls close to same rate as changes in river.
A depth map of Lake Beulah can be found at the following link: Lake Beulah Depth Map
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters. Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.