Water levels were back on the rise this past weekend at Arkabutla Lake with Thursday’s rainfall that came with the remnants of Harvey. The Army Corps of Engineers reported the lake level rising at 224.25 Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and water conditions were listed as clearing. All ramps at the lake are open, as well.
The week’s fishing report indicates white bass will be caught over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners or crank baits. Largemouth bass should be found in flooded grass close to channel edges or drop-offs. Anglers should look for the clearest water available and fish with spinner baits, buzz baits and soft plastics.
Crappie should be found in the outside edges of cover. Success has been reported fishing very slowly in the deeper edges of the grass with minnows. Some anglers were using a single pole; others are using multiple poles while moving, very slowly, in and out of cover.
Catfish are best found fishing trotlines or noodles (jugs) in the covered grass using natural baits, also in the river and creeks feeding the lake.
In the outlet channel, good reports have been received fishing for catfish in water 6-to-8 inches under a bobber with no weight drifting down the current. Some reports were also received of white bass and small crappie catches.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.