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Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Water level 212.90 ft, falling 0.5 ft/day, 2.9 ft above rule curve (winter pool) Tuesday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain winter pool (210 ft) until May 1. Winter water releases should mean good fishing in the spillway.  For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/arkaplot.png for a graph. 

The water jumped up some last week from local rains and is being pulled back down.  It is low and muddy with limited access. Best reports lately have been for catfish on noodles (jugs) fishing shad; trotlines should work, too. Few reports on keeper crappie, but some short fish have been landed up the river on jigs and/or minnows. Just a few reports of White Bass moving up the creeks and river. No reports on Largemouth Bass. 

The spillway has one gate open 1.0 ft (250 cfs) Tuesday. No good reports here. Best luck should be for crappie or catfish.

MDWFP fall electrofishing found above average spawning success for most fish from the high water last spring. Most Gizzard Shad were about 4 inches long. Blue Catfish ("white river cats or "white humpbacks") were abundant in creek and river channels and shallow flats, with most fish 15 - 36 inches long. White Bass were not as common as in prior years, but most were larger (12 - 15 inches) and were mainly found on sandy points. Largemouth Bass, crappie, and bream were around any remaining cover (brush, stakes, stumps, etc.). Most bass were 10 - 17 inches long, with both smaller and larger fish seen. Crappie were mostly this spring's fish (3 - 4 inches) or fish over 12 inches long.

The daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches long. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 15 crappie creel limit.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Contact the COE office (662)562-6261 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Water level 222.38, falling 0.2 ft/day; 2.4 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/arkaplot.png for a graph. The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (220 ft) May 15 – September 1. Emergency spillway pool is 238.3 ft. 

The water is falling fairly quickly. Crappie fishing has been spotty lately with the fish turning on for a few days, and then slowing down again. This past week was slow, likely because of the heat. Best luck has been fishing crankbaits 10 – 12 ft deep in the main lake and major creek mouths. Expect a lot of short fish; use large baits and/or fish deeper to hook more keepers. Pinch down the barbs on crankbait hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Some blue catfish and white bass have been hitting crankbaits meant for crappie. Best luck on catfish has been on jugs (noodles) fishing various natural baits on the south side of the main lake. Catfishing in inflowing waters may pick up this week if we get some runoff from predicted rain Wednesday. White bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. There is no size or number limit on white bass. There have been good reports of chunky largemouth bass averaging about 2 lbs fishing main lake points and creek and river channels with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or other search lures. Slow down and fish soft plastics if you find a concentration of deeper fish. Fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday. Look for clearer water for bass. 

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals. 

The spillway had one gate open 5.0 ft (1500 cfs) Tuesday. There have been a few folks landing 1 – 2 pound channel and blue catfish fishing unweighted crickets (with or without a bobber) in the fast water just as it comes out of the lake into the pool. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks. 

Starting July 22, 2015, the daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole.There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 15 crappie creel limit. 

Starting July 22, 2015, limits on black bass (largemouth and spotted) go to statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily. 

Contact the COE office (662)562-6261 for accessible ramps at current water levels. 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Water level 224.62, falling 0.2 ft/day; 4.6 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  For water level information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/arkaplot.png for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (220 ft) May 15 – September 1.  Emergency spillway pool is 238.3 ft.

 

The water is falling fairly quickly.  Some folks are doing well crappie fishing, including catching limits, most folks not so much.  Best luck has been fishing crankbaits 10 – 12 ft deep in the main lake and major creek mouths.  Expect a lot of short fish; use large baits and/or fish deeper to hook more keepers.  Pinch down the barbs on crankbait hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish.  Quite a few blue catfish and white bass have been hitting crankbaits meant for crappie.  Best luck on catfish has been on jugs (noodles) fishing various natural baits on the south side of the main lake.  White bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points.  There is no size or number limit on white bass.  Although there are very few folks bass fishing, there have been some reports lately of chunky largemouth bass lately from 1.5 – 5 lb; most are 1.5 – 2 lbs.  Bass are 4 – 10 ft deep in flooded cover where spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or other search lures fished over channel edges or main lake points should draw strikes.  Slow down and fish soft plastics if you find a concentration of deeper fish.  Fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday.  Look for clearer water for bass. 

 

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else.  These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

 

The spillway had one gate open 5.0 ft (1500 cfs) Tuesday.  There have been a few folks landing 1 – 2 pound channel and blue catfish fishing unweighted crickets (with or without a bobber) in the fast water just as it comes out of the lake into the pool.  The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake.  As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.

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