Fishing at Arkabutla Lake
Mike Lee|DTT

Arkabutla Lake levels continue to fall slowly, with the Army Corps of Engineers report on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7 a.m. of 223.97. Water conditions were clearing and all ramps are open. 

Fishing for white bass should be done over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners or crankbaits. Largemouth bass fishing will be best in flooded grass close to channel edges or drop-offs. Look for clearest water available and fish spinnerbaits, buzz baits and soft plastics.

Anglers looking for crappie should fish in the outside edges of cover. Best luck reported recently 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.

Catfishing should be best fishing trotlines or noodles (jugs) in the covered grass using natural baits. Good luck may be found in the river and creeks. Use worms or stink baits with rain runoff.

Reports from the outlet channel have been good for catfish with bait placed 6-to-8 inches under a bobber with no weight drifting down the current. There have also been reports of white bass and small crappie catches.

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