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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth and white bass at Arkabutla Lake in Mississippi.

Arkabutla Lake, MS

Known locally as a crappie fishing paradise, Arkabutla Lake is a 33,000-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state. Anglers will find 130 miles of shoreline to explore in search of bass, catfish, crappie, bream sunfish and white bass.

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Arkabutla Lake is situated in the northern part of Mississippi and offers excellent fishing opportunities for both recreational and avid anglers. The lake is known for its diverse fish population, attracting anglers from near and far. Among the popular fish species found in Arkabutla Lake are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass. These bass species provide thrilling angling experiences and can be caught using various techniques and lures.

In addition to bass, Arkabutla Lake is home to other sought-after species such as black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, white bass, and sunfish. Anglers can enjoy targeting these species using different fishing methods, including casting, trolling, or using live bait. The lake's varied fishery ensures that there is always something biting, regardless of your preferred fishing style.

Pleasant Hill Public Use Area includes a boat launch ramp, parking and access to the shoreline for fishing from the bank. Numerous other spots around the lake have access for bank fishing and portage of car-top boats, canoes and kayaks. The upper, backwater regions of the lake are strewn with brush providing ideal cover for bass, crappie, sunfish and baitfish. When water temperatures are comfortable for the fish, these are a great place to find both quantity and quality. Area parks and campgrounds are also options for fishing from the bank.

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Primary fish species residing in Arkabutla Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish Longear Sunfish Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Bass

Arkabutla Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity on Arkabutla Lake, with anglers taking advantage of its expansive waters and numerous coves. Whether you're fishing from a boat or simply cruising around the lake, the tranquil surroundings and scenic views make for a memorable experience. The lake also provides ample space for water sports enthusiasts to enjoy activities like water skiing and tubing.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bayou Point Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Bayou Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hernando Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Hernando Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

North Abutment Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Arkabutla Dam Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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For those who wish to extend their fishing adventure, camping facilities are available near Arkabutla Lake. Campgrounds offer a range of amenities, including RV hookups, picnic areas, and access to the lake. Spending the night under the stars and waking up to the sound of nature adds to the overall charm of the fishing experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Dub Patton Recreation Area Campground - 662 562-6261

South Abutment Recreation Area Campground - 662 562-6261

Hernando Point Campground - 662 562-6261

Memphis South RV Park - 662 622-0056

Arkabutla Lake MS Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Arkabutla Lake
Hernando Point Campground
End of Wheeler Road
Hernando MS 38632
662 562-6261


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