Arkabutla Lake is a reservoir on the Coldwater River in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The Arkabutla Lake project includes 57,250 acres (231.7 km2) of land and water. The dam is 11,500 ft (3,500 m) long with an average height of 67 ft (20 m). There are 37,700 acres (153 km2) of land at the project which are open to the public for hunting.
The lake was 9.8 feet above rule curve on Wednesday and falling steadily. Crappie fishing has been tough with the fish scattered throughout the flooded shoreline cover. But if you can find an area thatís holding a few fish, you have a chance at a good one. Several crappie in the 2.5- to 3-pound range have been reported during the past 10 days. Most anglers are using single jig poles and moving rapidly from one area to another in attempt to cover lots of water. Catfish have been biting night crawlers and cut bait in areas where fresh water is flowing into the lake. Some good channel catfish have also been caught over the flooded grass flats with night crawlers fished under a bobber.
Water level 229.25, rising 0.2 ft/day; 14.0 ft above rule curve Wednesday. For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://126.96.36.199/riverstage/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. The water level is supposed to be maintained at winter pool (210 ft) until May 1, then rise to summer pool (220 ft) by May 15. Crappie fishing has been tough lately with fish scattered in the thousands of acres of flooded grass. The crappie that have been caught were picked up in 3-6 ft of water. Catfish have been biting on various natural baits using various methods (rod-and-reel, trotline, etc.) in just about every river and creek running into the lake or on flooded grassy flats. For largemouth bass fish the backs of creeks looking for the clearest water and fish spinnerbaits, soft plastics or other weedless lures in shallow cover. The spillway had one gate open 1.0 ft (350 cfs) Wednesday. Action here has been fairly limited with the best luck for crappie or white bass fishing a jig under a bobber.
The lake was 17.4 feet above rule curve on Tuesday. A few good crappie are being caught, but big numbers have been hard to come by because the fish are scattered in the flooded shallow cover. Right now, itís just a matter of fishing until you locate an area with fish. You might fish for two hours without a bite and then catch 10-12 in 30 minutes. Most anglers are using live minnows 1-2 feet deep under a small float.
The lake was 14.6 feet above rule curve Tuesday. With more than 12 feet of extra water entering the lake since last week, catfish have been biting natural baits wherever fresh water is flowing in. Most anglers expect crappie fishing to pick up when the water level stabilizes and starts to clear just a bit, probably in a week or so.
The lake is 6.8 feet above rule curve, and the water is heavily stained. Crappie anglers were catching lots of fish in shallow water last week. But fishing has dropped off quite a bit since the spillways were opened.
The lake is 7.2 feet above rule curve, and the water is extremely muddy from recent heavy rains.
Water levels was less than an inch from running over the emergency spill way on Monday.
Many recreational areas are flooding due to the high water levels.
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