Fishing ReportBeulah Lake - 5/23/2018 2:11:45 PM
As of 5/23 the MS River Stage at Arkansas City is at 22 ft. and on a slow rise.
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The water level in Lake Beulah has finally fallen to such a level where you can launch at the public ramp. Fishing effort has been very low all spring due to high water, but fish should now be more concentrated and the bite will likely be good.
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.
Bass should be in shallow water between 3 and 6 feet deep near structure. Good bait choices include soft plastic worms or lizards, big spinnerbaits, or Rattle Traps. Try fishing around the fishing piers on the Mississippi side of the lake.
Bream should be shallow and beginning to form spawning beds. Look for fish 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.
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.