Lake levels at Arkabutla Lake continue to fall slowly this week, according to the latest report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
As of 7 a.m. Sunday, the lake level was listed at 219.99 with clearing water conditions. All ramps at the lake were open.
Anglers continue to have good success fishing for catfish in the lake and in the outlet channel.
In the lake, best fishing is with trotlines or noodles (jugs) in the covered grass using natural baits. Catfish may also be found in the river and creeks. Worms and stink baits may work if rain runoff occurs.
There have been good reports for catfish in six-to-eight inches of water under a bobber with no weight drifting down the current in the outlet channel. There have also been reports of white bass and small crappie catches in the outlet channel.
White bass is being found in the main lake with jigs, spinners or crankbaits. Largemouth bass should be found in flooded grass close to channel edges or drop offs, using spinner baits, buzz baits and soft plastics in the clearest water available in flooded grass.
Crappie should be found in the outside edges of cover. Best luck reported has been fishing very slowly in the deeper edges of the grass with minnows. Some are using a single pole; others are using multiple poles while moving, very slowly, in and out of cover. Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.