Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas April 11, 2012
Fishing Highlight of the Week: This happened to a friend of mine. We were canoeing in a narrow stream and went under some overhanging limbs. We ducked and slipped through, but I heard him cursing a blue streak. A limb had caught his favorite fly rod and snapped it. Always have rod tips pointed toward the back of the boat so they can’t get hung on brush (watch out for lures at the end of your line, too). It might save a rod or an injury.
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water level is normal and the lake is clear. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Crappie are hitting minnows and jigs in cypress trees. Bass are good on watermelon lizards and topwaters. Catfish are good with worms and large minnows.
Little Red River
Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) ) said the water is clear and normal. Trout are biting well on wax worms, marshmallows and corm in slow water, and spinners and Rapalas when water is up.
As of Wednesday, the U.S. the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 464.57 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said white and hybrid bass are just about done up the main rivers and some are already back in the lake chasing shad and eating pretty well on small top-water baits, spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits, as well as the Arkansas Claw. All the black basses continue to be in all three phases of the spawn, all over the lake and rivers. Bream are up shallow with some bedding and others guarding fry, eating crickets, night crawlers and small crank baits and flies. Walleye are biting in the lake well, with some wind and cloud cover, on night crawlers. Crappie are in the bushes and out in front of the bushes, suspended and eating pretty good. The catfish are eating baits on jugs and lines baited pretty shallow.
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is falling 4 inches per day with generation and spillways partly opened. Water surface temps are ranging in the upper 60s to lower 70s. We typically do not see water temperatures this high until Memorial Day. Fish have not responded to soaring temperatures as most would think. Photo period (amount of daylight) plays a huge role in spawning and water temperatures must be maintained for a successful spawn. White bass that made a huge push over the last week have backed out of traditional spawning areas and most still have eggs. We may see another push of spawning fish. Live bait methods have produced best in the last week with smaller Finesse-style presentations ruling the artificial world. In the Narrows and other parts of the north section of the lake, a thermocline is formed at the 30-foot range. It’s awfully early for this to be taking place but it’s forming.
Greers Ferry Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides generation has been fairly continuous with flows 4,000-5,000 cfs. The water is clear and high. Midge and sow bug patterns have been good for fly-fishing. Zebra midges in gray/silver and black/silver are working, along with Ray Charles Sowbugs. Small streamers in olive are working also. Woolly Buggers and Pine Squirrel Zonkers have been the best bets. With the high flows, try a heavier rod and big streamers.
Harris Brake Lake
Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the lake is clear and at normal level. Bream are good on worms, crickets and fly-type baits. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. White bass are hitting a variety of reflective baits and minnows. Bass are good with plastic worms and lizards. Catfish are good on minnows. A 56-pound smallmouth buffalo was caught April 9.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) ) said crappie are biting well and spawning. They’re biting on No. 6 and 8 minnows, and Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay’r and Stroll’r in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse shad, and bone white. PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working. Catfish are good on minnows, worms and goldfish in deep water. Bass are good on worms or spinner baits and Rooster Tails. Bream are biting great on worms, crickets and rock hoppers.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is is a little murky and about a foot high. Crappie are starting to spawn. They are being caught in 4 feet of water next to the bank. A pumpkinseed/chartreuse and solid chartreuse, and No. 6 minnows are working. Bream are starting to be caught on the bank; use wax worms and crickets, red worms also are good. Bass are doing on black worms and flukes. Catfish are hitting large minnows and cut bait.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well around dock, brush piles and dam area, but moving around. No. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad, Stroll’R and Slab Slay’R in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white baby shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working. Bream are hitting worms, crickets and rock hoppers.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is high but launching is OK. Bass are good. Crappie are spawning and being caught on white Stingers and orange/chartreuse jigs. Bream are being caught with red worms and crickets. Catfish are good on noodles and trot lines.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is a little high but fishing is good. Bass and crappie are spawning and being caught in shallow water. Bream are beginning to hit crickets.
Jolly Roger’s Marina said the lake is 4 inches above the spillway; water temperature is 67-69 degrees. Black bass have been excellent in shallow water, hitting top-water and jerk baits, spinners, plastics and just about anything. The spawn is almost over. Kentucky bass also are excellent. Try Rooster Tails, jigheads and floating worms in 2-5 feet of water. White bass are good. Crappie are excellent 4-10 feet deep on the edges of channels and in shallow water. They’re hitting small jigs, colored grubs and small minnows. Lots of crappie carrying eggs in 8 feet of water around structure. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets 10-15 feet down. Catfish are very good on trot lines with prepared bait and large minnows.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are good on crickets with a split shot about 10 feet deep. Crappie are good on pink minnows with a split shot, or Popsicle jigs or John Deere green Kalin’s grubs. Bass are good with crankbaits and Finesse worms. Catfish are excellent with cut skipjacks or brooder minnows on trotlines. White bass can be found in the west end of the lake; use minnows, beetle spins and CC spoons.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are spawning in coves and brush piles, and biting on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay’r in red/chartreuse, bone white and pearl, and orange/chartreuse. No. 6 minnows and Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow 12-20 feet deep are working. Bream are excellent with worms, crickets and rock hoppers.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfish can be caught with worms and chicken hearts.
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are fair 8-9 feet deep in brush piles with Kalin’s grubs. Bass are good with watermelon/red 6-inch lizards. Catfish are poor.
Saline River Access in Benton
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is clear and at normal level. Bream are excellent on fire tiger Rooster Tails. Crappie are fair on minnows and live bait. Bass are fair on topwaters and green/pumpkin Finesse worms. Catfish are fair.
Arkansas River at Morrilton
Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello said water is dropping quickly. White bass and stripers are moving up major creeks and rivers. Crappie good on Petit Jean River with minnows around stumps. Bass are being caught around jetties with spinners.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Maumelle and Little Maumelle rivers: Bream are good with crickets and worms. Crappie are good with pink minnows or white/chartreuse and red/chartreuse tube jigs. Bass are good on willow-leaf spinners, shallow-diving crankbaits (chartreuse with black back). Catfish are excellent on limb lines, yo-yos and trotlines with cut skipjacks and chicken hearts.
In the main channel: Report is same as Maumelle and Little Maumelle rivers.
At mouth of Palarm Creek: No report.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river has slowed and is clear and normal. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. Bass are good on plastic worms and lizards. The first Tuesday night tournament is set for April 17.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report about the Burns Park area: Crappie are good on pink minnows. Catfish are good on cut skipjack, night crawlers and chicken hearts.
At Fourche Creek: No report.
At Murray Lock and Dam: Crappie are good with Kalin’s grubs (fire tiger and money). Catfish are excellent on skipjacks, shad and goldfish. White bass are hitting white or white/chartreuse Twister Tails.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water was clear and high at Terry Lock and Dam. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water is clear and high. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs.
Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is stained and the level is normal. Bream are good on crickets and worms. Crappie, moving deeper, are good on minnows and jigs. No report on bass. Catfishing is good with minnows and liver.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are good on pink minnows and red/chartreuse or black/chartreuse tube jigs.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are good on crickets and worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good with night crawlers and chicken hearts.
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear and high with eight generators running. Trout are excellent, although it’s difficult fishing for beginners. Experienced anglers are doing well with drift baits, Rogues and Rapalas.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said he had no fishing report.
Guide Davy Wotton filed no fishing report.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said generation is still heavy on the White River from Buffalo City to Red’s Landing. That will continue until April 14 when some type of “normal” generation schedule begins. The water is very heavy and very fast. Be very careful when boating. Don’t make quick turns and stay away from the bank so you don’t get hung up in new trees in the water. Rapalas and Rogues will produce fish but you have to be patient. PowerBaits on the bottom will work.
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the river is clear and high. Crappie are fair with minnows under bobbers, in brush piles and in the creeks. Bass are fair in the creeks with crankbaits, plastic worms and Gitzits.
Just Fishing Guides said as of Tuesday, Ponca was very low at 2.1 feet, Pruitt was very low at 4.2 feet, Tyler Bend was moderate at 5 feet and Buffalo Point was moderate at 4 feet. Water levels are just right and clear. Water temperature is averaging 65 degrees, good for smallmouth bass. Water levels are lower and very clear. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.
Just Fishing Guides said gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 11.22 feet and 324 cfs Tuesday. This is about half a foot under the low-water bridge at Kelley’s Access. Water temperature has been averaging 64 degrees.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.96 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the water level is dropping fast with eight units running 24/7 at the dam. Water temperature is in mid-60s. The water is muddy on the upper end of the lake but much clearer from Point 11 to the dam. The bite has picked up in the clearer water with walleye, bass, catfish and large bluegills biting on night crawlers fished in 10-20 feet on bottom bouncers or split-shot rigs during daylight. Stickbaits are catching walleye and bass in the evenings and at night. White bass are schooling and blowing up in the larger bays and creek arms, mostly in the evenings. Bass can be caught on top-water baits in the morning and on Carolina-rigged lizards and other soft plastics in bedding areas.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said flows are continuous at 20,000-25,000 cfs as the Corps of Engineers evacuates the lake. Try bright bigger nymphs and attractors like San Juan worms and eggs, or try throwing big streamers with a sink-tip. Don’t forget to add extra weight to get your nymphs down.
As of Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 557.41 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).
Blackburn Resort had no report.
101 Grocery and Bait Tim Partin had no report.
STR Outfitters Tom Reynolds said stripers are off the points in the main lake. The Corps of Engineers has been lowering the lake with four gates and a generator going 24 hours a day. This will continue until April 14. The fish have moved from the creeks by the current from the dam. Fish the points from Diamond Bay to the dam and up to Brushy and Big creeks. I have been catching most of the stripers dragging a split weight and threadfin shad in 25 feet of water. The best bite was after 10 a.m. The threadfin started spawning in the marina, so look for them on the points as the main lake warms. Fishing will continue to get better as the weather continues to warm.
Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric said Norfork Lake is bustling with fishing activity. The fishing and catching has been great. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing is by far the best bite on the lake. Over the past week or so, I have seen more 3- to 5-pound bass caught than ever before. I believe this shows that the previous high-water years were a benefit to the Norfork Lake fishery with the increase in numbers of fish, as well as the size. The fish are hitting top-water lures early in the mornings and late in the day. Cast a Spook, Fluke, Rogue or your favorite top-water bait into the sunken buck brush, let it sit for 10 seconds or so then walk-the-dog back to the boat. You may get hammered immediately in very shallow water or they may follow it back and hit part way back to the boat. Once the sun comes up, the fish are falling back into 12-20 feet of water. You can then cast crankbaits, swimming minnows, jig and pigs. If it is windy, try a spinner bait. I have found that the closer to the bottom you are the more strikes you will get. For those fishing with live bait, cast right up into the buck brush with no weights. Let the minnow do its job and attract the fish. The striper and hybrid bite is starting to happen, but is still a little inconsistent. Walleye are feeding in the same areas as the bass and stripers; I haven't landed any yet, but I know of quite a few nice-size walleye being caught. The surface water temperature has fallen to the upper 60s. The lake is still very stained with some clearing starting to happen in parts of the lake.
Guide Steve Olomon had no report.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said he had no fishing report.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said he had no fishing report.
Just Fishing Guides said after heavy rains last month, the Corps of Engineers is lowering Norfork Lake with a combination of one unit of power generation and spillway releases equivalent to 8,000 cfs. Egg, worm and streamer patterns are your best bets.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,124.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said break out your top-water baits! Striper fishing is good with the fish finding their way back down out of muddy water. Stripers are beginning to feed more. You will have to find the clearest water possible. Striper and white bass are being caught up War Eagle Creek where the water is clearing. Stripers can be taken on live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50 to 100 feet back and 10-35 feet deep. White bass fishing has improved; they can be caught using white Rooster Tails, spoons, small Curly Tail grubs in various colors, and live bait fished under a cork. Walleye are making their way back toward the big water. Fish clear water for best results. Most walleye are about 6-8 feet deep; fish are being taken off area flats near the channel. Try trolling the flats with a slow death rig. Move slowly at a rate less than 1 mph. The areas around the islands at Prairie Creek and near points 12, 9, 8 and 7 have all been producing walleye. Flat-line troll with Hot ’N Tots, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripsticks in natural blue or black/back combos or chartreuse/orange and clown colors. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles is also producing.
JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) ) said bass can be caught by fishing split shot-rigged Finesse worms or tubes around flooded brush and docks in small pockets. A spinner bait along flooded brush and over points also has been productive. Crappie fishing has been tough but they can be caught. The crappie still have not spawned on Beaver. Fish can be found suspended around lay-down trees and in front of flooded debris in the backs of coves. Work a small swim bait on a 1/32-ounce jighead under a cork 2-4 feet deep around trees or brush. Monte Ne, Blue Springs, Piney Creek and Friendship Cove have been good places to fish. White bass have been running up both river arms and in the backs of large coves, and can be caught using anything resembling an injured shad. Catfishing has been good from the bank using liver and worms in the evening at Arkansas Highway 12 bridge, Monte Ne and Hickory Creek.
Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake is high and stained. Bream are good on crickets and worms 3-8 feet down. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs from 2 to 10 feet. White bass are biting well on Rooster Tails and Lit’l Fishies. Bass are good on tubes, Cordell Redfins and trick worms.
Just Fishing Guides said lake level was 1125.55 feet. Generation has increased accordingly and is running six-eight hours afternoon and evening. The Corp of Engineers stated that increased releases are forecast to begin in mid-April, barring additional heavy rain, to bring the lake level back to top of power pool. Generation has been starting in the afternoon around 3 p.m. and running five-six hours. Fishing has been good using scud, sow bug and midge patterns. Small streamers are also catching good numbers of fish. Suggested patterns include Simple Sow, Humpback Scud, Zebra Midge, Pheasant Tail and Woolly Buggers.
Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said crappie are biting well on minnows fished 2-3 feet under a bobber. Best places have been in No Fish Cove, along the shore near Rock Island and up in Brush Creek. Jigs in the Tennessee shad color will work in a pinch. Black bass prefer the Fluke in the disco blue or green colors. Most action has been in shallow water (2-5 feet), with surface strikes common. Crawdad-colored, shallow-running crankbaits are working well, too. Walking the dog with a Zarra Puppy in shallow water is good, too. Bluegill and redear are being caught on crickets but fish red worms on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet for redear.
Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was reading 3.83 feet and 355 cfs Tuesday. Great level for floating and fishing and very clear. Water temperatures are hitting near 54-67 degrees in the afternoon and averaging 66 degrees. Fish are biting on green pumpkin seed and white soft plastics. Fly-fishing is good with Tequeely streamers and Crazy Dads.
Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good on worms and crickets, as well as jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good with a variety of lures. Catfish are fair with chicken liver. White bass can be caught on minnows when fishing for crappie.
Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and normal. Bream are good on crickets, jigs and worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs from 1 to 4 feet deep. Bass are good with spinners, plastic worms and buzz baits. Catfish are good on chicken livers and shad.
Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)
Just Fishing Guides said flow was 145 cfs and river level is 2.89 feet Tuesday, which is a bit low. Beaver Lake level is high and making wading access near Goshen tough. Upstream fishing is good. White bass are still being caught in good numbers but slowing down. The White River above Arkansas Highway 45 bridge will be your better option. Suggested flies include Clouser Minnow (size 4-6), lead-eyed Wooly Buggers (olive, brown, chartreuse, yellow and white), Crazy Dads (olive, brown and tan) and KC’s Slider. Water temperature has been from 60-72 degrees and averaging 68 degrees.
War Eagle Creek
War Eagle Canoe ’n’ Outfitters had no report.
Lake Charles State Park had no report.
Lake Poinsett State Park said water temperature is rising, and crappie fishing is picking up. Most of the crappie are being caught on minnows in 5 to 10 feet of water. Bass are excellent on crankbaits fished around shallow water. Catfish are biting well on worms and stink bait.
Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and normal. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on wacky worms. Catfish are good on chicken livers.
Lake Frierson State Park said water is murky and the level is normal. Bream are fair on crickets and small jigs. Crappie are poor. Bass are good on spinners, crankbaits and soft plastics. Catfish are good in channels on night crawlers and stink baits (flatheads are hitting goldfish under jugs). Saugeye are fair on crankbaits and live bait. Lake Frierson State park now has a full line of fishing supplies.
Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water is running at 450 cfs and is clear. The river is looking great and the trout have been hitting very well. This is the time of year when the AGFC begins to stock higher numbers, getting ready for summer. Woolly Buggers have been the hot fly over the last week. A black woolly with brown hackle has been the best color. Trout Magnets in purple haze and pink colors also have been hot. There have been mayflies and caddis hatching throughout the day. Some dry fly action can be had just before dark.
Local angler Jessie James (870-355-7800) had no report.
Lake Chicot State Park had no report.
Cane Creek Lake
Cane Creek State Park had no report.
Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of MonticelloBigBass.com had no report.
Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level, 259.43 as of Wednesday, continues falling from recently above-normal conservation pool. Discharge rate was 9,440 cfs. Tailwater level was 240.2 mfsl and falling. Largemouth Bass are in various stages of spawning. Little River’s oxbows have much-improved water clarity. Numerous techniques are catching bass, including buzz baits, Cordell Redfins, spinner baits and soft-plastic shad jerk baits. Lizards, worms and jigs around stumps, grass, dead lily pad stems and wood laydowns in the oxbows, away from river current, are working. Majority of female bass up Little River are postspawn. For the oxbows, where the water is much clearer, pitching a brown/pumpkinseed/chartreuse, hot PB&J or diablo craw-colored StrikeWorks jig around stumps, laydowns and in lily pad stems was taking 17- to 19-inch bass. Rat-L-Traps will get you bites from aggressive prespawn males and the few female bass that are yet to commit to the beds and still staging, although the majority of the female bass are now postspawn. Best colors continue to be Toledo gold, red chrome, red zombie or sexy zombie. White bass have all but finished their annual spawning migration runs to Patterson Shoals areas, where anglers were reporting catches of 25-60 a day. Whites are scattered along Little River and the oxbows in loose and broken schools. For crappie, jigs worked around cypress trees and knees continue taking some nice slabs and prespawn crappie 4 to 8 feet deep in the oxbows of Little River. Very large gar (in excess of 20 pounds) are considering the spawn and are very shallow, making fine opportunities for bowfishermen. Catfish are very good this week again, on trot lines, yo-yos, tight lines, and along current and break lines in the outer bends of Little River. Blues and channel cats continue biting best on cut shad, chicken liver and blood bait in 15-18 feet of Little River on the outer break lines in current or on yo-yos in 15 feet of water.
Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report.
Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 544.76 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear and water level is normal. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Bream are biting well on crickets in shallow water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits and plastic worms; some are still on beds. Catfish are hitting live bait on limblines, trotlines and jugs. Try white bass up the river. Stripers are going for topwaters and crankbaits.
For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit Jerry Blake’s website, www.actionfishingtrips.com/tripreports.htm.
Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)
Visit www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com for a daily update on fishing conditions.
Cossatot River State Park had no report.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 407.46 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
Local angler George Graves said he has seen a few hummingbirds. Now is the time to clean and fill those feeders. Surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout.
Bass fishing is good with lots of nice catches reported. With falling water, fish have moved away from the bank to 6-10 feet of water. Best pattern has been Texas-rigged worms or lizards in green pumpkin or red shad. Fish the secondary points either in or just outside the spawning coves. Also try a white spinner bait on these same points, which sometimes produces bigger fish. Quite a few spotted bass are showing up along rock bluffs and rocky points. Use a Texas-rigged Finesse worm or 3-inch grub on a quarter-ounce jighead and fish the lures down the dropoffs to about 25 feet. Once again, green pumpkin is hard to beat. Best areas for bass have been between Point 14 and Point Cedar. The upper end of Brushy Creek has produced some quality fish. Crappie fishing is getting better with the fish moving off the shallow shoreline brush to the attractors. These are postspawn fish and they are feeding after the rigors of spawning. Look for fish on attractors outside spawning coves in water 20-30 feet deep. Best pattern has been vertical fishing a 2-inch Tennessee shad Kalin’s grub or a salt/pepper tube on a 1/16-ounce jighead just above the brush and over the thickest part. Not all attractors hold fish so if there’s no action within a few minutes, move to another attractor. The upper end of the lake between Point 15 and Point Cedar is best now for postspawn fish. Hybrid bass fishing is good with lots of big fish reported, some going over 10 pounds. Look for hybrids in morning and evening in the Shrouse Ford area. Fish will be suspended on the edges of humps in 20-25 feet of water. Throw a spoon over the fish and let it sink to the bottom and work it up through the fish. Best spoon colors are chrome, white and chartreuse. The five-arm umbrella rig with white 3-inch Curly Tail grubs is also producing. Very few surface-feeding (breaking) fish; most are being caught deeper. Bream fishing is getting better every day with the warmer water. Most any shallow cover in spawning coves will hold fish. Use a float and fish a worm or cricket just off the bottom in 4-6 feet of water. Catfishing is getting better with quite a few nice channels reported. Trot lines or noodles baited with Catfish Charlie, blood, liver or hot dogs and soap are best baits. Set the lines off points or humps on the main lake between Arlie Moore and Cox Creek. Night is the only time for catfish.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 350 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are spawning and were biting great around brush piles at the dam area and upper Fourche River around low-water bridge in Sunlight Bay area on No. 6 and No. 8 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad, Slab Slay’R and Stroll’R in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream are biting worms, crickets and rock hoppers.
Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)
Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello said bream are biting very well on crickets. Crappie are good on minnows.
Whiskers Sporting Good (501-889-2011) said bream are biting worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Catfish are hitting worms, minnows and goldfish.
Fourche La Fave River
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the river is stained and high. Crappie are biting on minnows and worms in run-off areas like the Duck area and rivers; white/salt and pepper, and red/chartreuse shad and Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working. Other species are slow.
Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the water was clear and normal. Bream are fair with worms and crickets. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good with spinners, crankbaits and minnows. Catfish are good with worms and chicken livers.
Regina Olson at Spadra Marina filed no report.
Blue Mountain Lake
As of Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 395.15 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.73 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service had no fishing report.
Mountain Harbor Resort had no fishing report.
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Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 54 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Moss growth remains low because of high flow conditions that dominated the last two months. Rainbow trout fishing is excellent as mild weather has allowed Entergy to incorporate a reduced flow schedule, which gives anglers an opportunity to fish in a still-water environment. When the lake is at normal summertime level, any flow from the dam makes catching trout very difficult. Bank fishermen are doing well targeting sandbars and shallow flats with wax worms combined with a marshmallow floater. Red worms or night crawlers used in the same manner provide anglers another good live-bait presentation. Brightly colored PowerBait is the best overall technique for rainbows, which instinctively feed on fish eggs. Spin fishermen have caught some trout, but have struggled casting in-line spinner baits and jigs. In still-water conditions, rainbow trout are wary of artificial lures and often ignore them altogether. Boaters are anchoring all over the tailrace and having success using live minnows tight-lined over deep water or fished under a bobber. Trolling small crankbaits in periods of current have taken trout in the 16-inch class; however, the action is slow. Crappie continue to spawn and are being caught in the late evening when the current is running. Live minnows and small white or yellow jigs cast around the dam and other visible structure have produced fish in the 2-pound range and many 20-fish limits. White bass are being taken during this time as their spawning run often coincides with the crappie spawn. Jerk baits and quarter-ounce spoons are hooking good numbers of bass with the best action in late evening. Walleye are being caught at night by jigging silver spoons over deep water and trolling crawfish crankbaits. Striper action has been spotty with little topwater activity observed and no large fish taken this week. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam is urged to be aware of the generation schedule.
Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.
White Oak Lake
Moro Bay State Park at the junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay had no report.
Ouachita River Oxbows
Jaret Rushing had no report.
Jaret Rushing had no report.
Bear Creek Lake
Mississippi River State Park said largemouth bass are moving into shallow areas and biting on spinner baits and buzz baits. Bream are biting well on live crickets. Several 3-pound crappie have been caught this week on live worms. Catfish are picking up late in the afternoon on cut bait.
Storm Creek Lake
Mississippi River State Park said bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are good on crickets and worms. Bass are good in coves on spinner baits. Catfish are picking up in the evening on cut bait.
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is muddy and high. No fishing report.
Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is stained and high. Catfish are good on trotlines with minnows or slicks. Other species are slow.
Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good, especially on wax worms around piers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around piers. Bass are good with white spinners fished in lily pads, stick-ups and around cypress trees. Catfish are good on cut bait and night crawlers on limb lines and yo-yos in cypress trees.