Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:26 PM
Water level 213.06 ft, falling 0.03 ft/day, 3.1 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. For water level
information, call (662)562-6261 or check at http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for
a table or http://126.96.36.199/offices/ed/edh/plots/arkaplot.png for
a graph. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always
This past weekend's rains bumped up the water level a little,
but it is headed back down already. Unless we get more rain, expect
the water to be brought back down to rule curve (210 ft) until May
Crappie are "trapped in a puddle" with the water low (even
though it is above rule curve) and are spawning on whatever cover
is available. Most fish are being caught from off the dam and in
the gravel pit. Any fish that headed shallow with the little rise
are heading the other way now. Expect crappie to spawn 3 - 5 ft
deep or more if the water is falling, shallower if it is rising.
Fish bright-colored (black/chartreuse, pink/white, etc.) jigs
and/or minnows. Some folks have been picking up a few crappie
slow-trolling 3 - 5 ft deep in creek mouths in the main
lake. Most White Bass and catfish have been caught
incidentally by crappie anglers. Some White Bass are still up
in the creeks and river spawning where they can be taken on
jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number
limits on White Bass. Catfishing should be best fishing lines
or noodles (jugs) over main lake flats with various natural
baits. No reports on Largemouth Bass.
The spillway had one gate open 3.0 ft (700 cfs) Tuesday. There
have been some small crappie caught recently fishing jigs and/or
minnows. White Bass have started to show up; fish jigs, spoons,
small crankbaits, etc. About the best luck has been for catfish on
natural baits fished on the bottom.
MDWFP electrofishing last fall 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
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.