Arkabutla Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had some good news for users of Arkabutla Lake this week, stating that all ramps are now open and the Hernando Point Beach is also open.

Water conditions were described as clearing and the lake elevation as of 7 a.m. Sunday, June 11 was at 219.40 feet and rising slowly. As far as the fishing is considered, catfish are best found using worms or stink baits in the newly flooded areas. Hand grabbling has been productive recently with both blues and flatheads showing up.

Meanwhile, the best reports in the outlet channel have been for blue catfish using crickets under a bobber drifting down current. There have been some reports of white bass and small crappie caught using jigs and/or minnows.

Some white bass are still in the creeks and river spawning where they can be taken on jigs, spinners or small crankbaits. No size or number limits on white bass. No reports on largemouth bass; they should be moving into flooded grass. Anglers should fish the clearest water available using spinnerbaits and buzz baits.

Crappie are being found mostly in the main lake with not much difference in success between single pole and trolling methods. Anglers looking for crappie should use bright-colored (pink/white, black/chartreuse, etc.) jigs and/or minnows in 3-6 feet of water.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ex

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