Arkabutla Lake Crappie Fishing Hot Spots
This article revealing a few crappie fishing hotspots
is for my readers and I will catch heck from all my fishing buddies
for getting this on the streets.
Keep Reading and I will put you on some
of the best tasting fish in my books, Crappie Fish.
Eric Rodgers recently used my contact form to ask me about giving him suggestions for crappie fishing Arkabutla
Lake that he plans to visit soon.
Can You Catch Crappie There?
Arkabutla Lake is located less than 30 minutes south of
Tennessee state line straight down Interstate 55 in Mississippi. The lake
formed back in 1943 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sees at least 2
million folks every year and they are after the large crappie that this
lake can produce. It is not uncommon to see a boat load of
several crappie in excess of 3 pounds.
Two Favorite Crappie Hotspots
On the map below are two very hot spots that I fish everytime I go
and I usually start the end of March. I want the water level to be
at 216 to 218.
The Yellow arrow points to a cove behind Hernando Point;
it is behind the campground. There are about four coves that
run off the main cove and you want to stay to the left.
Look for the stake beds on the left,
there should be just the tips of the stake beds out of the water against
the bank, unless the water is really up, but you can trust me. The
stake beds are there and so are the fish.
Work your way to the back of the cove and there should be some
grass sticking out of the water. Make sure that you do not skip the
grass, I have caught some great big crappie out of the grass, and
trees that are laying in the water.
The pink arrow is another very good spot if the water is at
218, it does get shallow so be careful. There is a creek channel
that runs back to the duck hole, so if the weather snaps and the
crappie pull out, they will not go far.
Drift the channel if the weather turns real cold. You will also see a lot of standing timber as you
approach the Duck Hole and you might want to check out each tree.
The fish will be holding right next to the wood.
What Crappie Jigs Do I Use?
I have also showed you the two crappie jigs in the picture above that I use
tipped with a live minnow especially during the early
Hook the live minnow through the lips and that should produce some nice slabs.
To make it easy and save you time too, you can use
the links on my website to order crappie jigs, from Bass Pro Shops especially my favorite, Crappie Thunder Road
Later in the spawn, I switch to Gulp Alive or PowerBait Crappie Nibbles as
additional baits to fill the cooler for the fish fry.
Remember, Fish Wood/Grass/Rocks
If you are a regular visitor of my sites, you will notice that
I always tell everyone to fish the wood/grass/rocks. As you
see in this article, I tell you to fish the grass and wood at these two crappie
hotspots and you will not come up empty handed.
I have put my reputation on the line, Eric. Don't let me down!
Make sure that you come back and tell
everyone how great the trip was and how many fish that you
caught. Don't be one of those folks that get on the fish and not let out
Crappi Candle Work Great in "Big Muddy"
One other tip is to make sure that you have the Crappi
Candle rigged up as another great tool to use especially in dark and
murky water. Arkabutla Lake is also called BIG MUDDY because it stays muddy year round.
Yes, you can get the Crappi Candles right here on my site. I want you to be loaded and ready for some great
big slabs and do not be surprised if you see this blonde hair
guy with a blue and white boat in one of the two spots I have
Last thing is to all my fishing friends; do not blame me for
passing along a few hot spots so my readers can catch a few, there is
plenty of crappie in Arkabutla.
Keep the Hooks Wet!