There have been some good reports of fishing for catfish the past week in the outlet channel of Arkabutla Lake, according to the weekend release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Catfish are being found in 6-8 inches of water under a bobber with no weight drifting down the current in the outlet channel.
Some reports of white bass and small crappie being caught in the outlet channel have also come in to the Corps of Engineers this past week.
In the main lake area, fishing for catfish should be best using trotlines or noodles (jugs) in the covered grass using natural baits, according to the Corps.
Anglers should fish for white bass over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners or crankbaits.
Largemouth bass should be found in flooded grass close to channel edges or drop-offs. Anglers should look for clearest water and use spinner baits, buzz baits and soft plastics.
Crappie should be found in the outside edges of cover, according to the report. The best luck reported the past week has been fishing very slowly in the deeper edges of the grass with minnows.
Some are using a single poles, but others were using multiple poles while moving in and out of cover.
Arkabutla Lake elevation at 7 a.m. Sunday morning was at 221.45 and was falling slowly.
Water conditions were labeled as clearing and all ramps at Arkabutla are open.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397