The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on fishing at Arkabutla Lake this weekend said crappie has been found by fishing very slowly over the deeper edges of the flooded grass with minnows under a bobber. 

Catfish have been found using natural baits on trotlines over the flooded grass areas, although noodles or jugs might also work. Hand grabbling has been more productive recently with both blue catfish and flatheads showing up.

Anglers looking for white bass should find success over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners or small crank baits. Largemouth bass should be in the flooded grass close to the channel or drop off. It is suggested to fish in the clearest water available using spinner baits, buzz baits or soft plastics.

In the outlet channel the Corps said the best reports have been for catfish using crickets 6-to-8 inches under a bobber with no weight, drifting down current. There have been some reports of white bass and small crappie using jigs and/or minnows.

Lake elevation at 7 a.m. Sunday morning was at 219.61 feet and was rising slowly, according to the Corps of Engineers. Water conditions are considered to be clearing and all ramps at Arkabutla Lake are open.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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