Anglers looking to wet their lines at Arkabutla Lake this week should find success fishing for catfish with trotlines or noodles, also known as jugs, over flooded grass with a variety of natural baits, according this week’s fishing report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There have also been good reports of pan-sized catfish caught using crickets with no weight six-to-eight inches below a bobber drifting down the current in the outlet channel.
Hand grabbling has been more productive recently for both blue and flathead catfish, according to the Corps of Engineers.
Best reports on crappie have been coming from the deeper edges of the flooded grass, with the Corps advising anglers fish very slowly using minnows under a bobber.
There have been reports of white bass and small crappie being found on jigs or minnows in the outlet channel. In the lake, fish for white bass over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners or small crank baits. Largemouth bass should be found in any flooded grass close to channel edges of dropoffs. Anglers should look for the clearest water available and use spinner baits, buzz baits or soft plastics.
All ramps are open at Arkabutla Lake and water conditions are considered to be clearing. Lake elevation as of 7 a.m. Sunday and was rising slowly.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.