20. Arkabutla, Mississippi


An 11,000-plus-acre lake, Arkabutla is a relatively shallow lake, especially during the winter drawdown, that is nestled in northwest Mississippi. It’s full of stake beds and great sized crappie with average numbers. But it’s the  3-pound class fish which makes it a top destination for crappie. Jigging, trolling, pulling crankbaits, and spider rigged minnows can be good bets from season to season on this small, fluctuating but trophy capable lake.