AR: Weekly Fishing Report

Central Arkansas

Lake Conway

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is clear
and at normal level. Bream are fair on redworms and crickets.
Crappie are biting well on pink minnows and Crappie Stingers during
the day and on yo-yos fished at night and baited with minnows. Bass
are fair on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on
trotlines baited with large minnows and goldfish.

Dan at Gold Creek Marina (501-607-0590) had no report.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low and clear.
Two generators are running for about 2 hours during the evening,
but that’s about it. Trout fishing is good on wax worms, Power
Bait, nightcrawlers, Lil’ Cleo spoons and 1/32-oz. jigs. The large
brown trout are particularly interested in the spoons and jigs.

Greers Ferry

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 458.09 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461
MSL).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level
is rising and the surface temperature ranges from the high 40s to
mid-50s in parts of the lake in the afternoons. The whites and
hybrids are excellent on spoons, swim baits, grubs and hair jigs
all over the lake and up the rivers. The bass bite is great on jerk
baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and jigs on small
secondary points. Crappie are biting well on jigs tipped with
minnows, fished in open water and suspended in the trees. Catfish
are on the move and feeding up the creek arms. Walleye are eating
again and can be caught on jigs and minnows, crankbaits and jerk
baits fished in spawning areas.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water is
rising from recent rains. Water surface temperatures are starting
the day in the mid to upper 40-degree range and over most parts of
the reservoir. During peak daytime hours, we are seeing surface
temperatures rise to the mid-50s. Overall, the reservoir is clear
to moderately stained. Walleye are in full spawn. Overall we have
experienced a difficult bite to this point in this early season
among the eyes. I expect nothing but great things to happen from
here on out within this species specifically. Live bait and
minnow-imitating artificials are working well. All three rivers and
some feeder creeks are holding fish right now. If you can’t access
the rivers or are unfamiliar with how to navigate them, try your
luck on windblown gravel banks on the main lake and in the Cove
Creek area. White bass and hybrids have been making some
appearances on recent trips out. None have been seen or caught up
the rivers or creeks, yet but we are not far away. Look for the
next two weeks to really get hot! 58 degree surface temperatures
typically mark the height of the white bass spawn on Greers Ferry.
Fish 3-inch grubs, in-line spinners, small minnow imitating
crankbaits and jerk baits if you have good current or wind. Crappie
are staging in 22-30 feet of water with their noses on the bottom.
Look for them to start moving shallower in the water column while
staying in the same overall depth zone during the rest of the
month. Look at creek channels that swing in close to the shore with
wood cover to hold good numbers of fish. Fish 1/8-oz. jigs tipped
with minnows, small spoons and swimbaits.

Harris Brake Lake

Coffee Creek Landing (501-889-2745) said the water is 57 degrees
and is murky. Bream are fair on worms. Crappie are fair on jigs.
Bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. White bass are biting well on
Rat-L-Traps. Catfishing is fair on live shad.

Greer’s Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said Harris
Brake Lake is low. Crappie are fair on minnows and Bobby Garland
Baby Shads, Cajun Crickets and Butter Bellies in white, red/white,
blue/white and monkey milk. Catfish are fair on minnows and blood
bait in deep water. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, jigs and
minnows. Yo-yos are catching plenty of catfish and crappie at
night.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level was 8.3 feet below the
spillway before the rain. Water temperature is 52 degrees at the
marina. Black bass are biting well on crankbaits, jigs and CC
spoons in the channels, about 10 to 20 feet deep. On warm days, the
bass are moving up to shallow water. The middle section of the lake
and west end are producing the best. Many small spotted bass are
being caught on jigheads and grubs fished around structure in 12 to
20 feet of water. White bass are excellent. The white bass are at
the west end of the lake and holding in the creek channels. Limits
of whites have come from the banks around the chimney area on warm
days. The spring run should be starting any day. Crappie are
excellent in 18 feet of water on cover near channels. The best
lures are small pink minnows and small jigs with grubs. Catfishing
is slow, but a few have been caught on cut shad and prepared
bait.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting
well on pink minnows and mini jigs fished in 12 to 14 feet of
water. Bass are biting well on red shad soft-plastic worms. White
bass are at the west end of the lake and are biting fairly well on
large minnows and split-tail Beetle Spins.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is good
on Danny King stink bait, chicken hearts and nightcrawlers. Trout
are biting well on Power Bait and large worms.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is
clear and at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets. Bass are
biting well on watermelon seed lizards. Catfishing is good on
nightcrawlers. Crappie are slow.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is at
normal level and clarity. Crappie are biting well on Kalin’s grubs.
Bass are biting well on chartreuse crankbaits. Catfishing is good
on worms. Bream are slow.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo had no report.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on
crickets and redworms in the Little Maumelle River. Crappie are
fair to good on pink minnows and pink/white jigs during the day and
on yo-yos baited with minnows at night in the Little Maumelle,
Maumelle River and Palarm Creek. Bass are biting well in the creeks
on double willow leaf spinnerbaits, black/blue/chartreuse jigs and
soft-plastic lizards. Catfishing is good on live shad and large
minnows.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ‘N Stuff said the water is low and
stained. Crappie are fair on black/chartreuse jigs and minnows.
Bass are fair on spinnerbaits in backwater areas.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting
fairly well on minnows under a slip cork and on Kalin’s grubs in
popsicle and electric chicken colors. Bass are biting well on
chartreuse spinnerbaits and crawfish colored Bomber Model A
crankbaits in Fourche Creek and other backwaters. Sauger are below
Murray Lock and Dam, and are biting slow to fair on large minnows
fished on a chartreuse ¼-oz. jig head. White bass are biting well
on white twister tails and red/white 2-inch tube jigs. Catfish are
biting well below the dam on cut shad and green sunfish.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the river below Terry
Lock and Dam is stained and the water temperature is in the
mid-50s. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows.
Bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on
nightcrawlers.

Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and
the surface temperature is 60 degrees. Bream are fair on crickets.
Crappie are biting well on minnows in 2 to 3 feet of water. Bass
are fair on spinnerbaits and jigs. No report on catfish.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is still low and
crappie are still slow. Catfish are fair on yo-yos fished around
stumps and baited with minnows.

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting
well on pink minnows, Kalin’s grubs and ghost minnow-colored Bobby
Garland 2-inch Shads fished in standing timber. Bass are biting
well on chartreuse spinnerbaits with a nickel/gold willow leaf
combination and a chartreuse trailer. Catfishing is fair on stink
bait and chicken hearts.

North Arkansas

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is
murky and four generators are running. Trout are biting well on
Rapalas, Rogues and white marabou jigs.

Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) had no
report.

Guide Davy Wotton said things are looking good, as the first
signs of the caddis emergence showed up at the end of last week. So
long as we do not see a further cold temperatures, it will not be
long before the hatch is in full swing. If it anything like last
year, you will see some of the best top-water fishing in the
country. Before the caddis emergence, try caddis pupa such as the
SLF trans pupa, green-tail pupa and soft hackles such as GRHE,
green tail, partridge and green. It’s also a good time to fish wet
flies, such as grouse and green, woodcock and hares ear nymphs.
These will be primarily dry line tactics, fished either with a dead
drift or with a downstream strip-and-pause retrieve. When the
caddis emerge, move over to dry fly fishing with a elk hair or
Davy’s caddis. Sizes of dry flies early on may be from size 12 for
the larger species to size 16 for the smaller. Generations for the
White have been on and off. Didymo has started to make an unwelcome
appearance, and is very bad at Bull Shoals Dam. If we see high
water generations, it will scarf from the river bed and make
fishing difficult as the new water moves downstream. This may force
you to move way below the rise or move upstream above the worst of
it.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge
(870-499-5185) had no report.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides had no report.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides had no report.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 650.29 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654
MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service had no report.

Bob Pauletti at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said spring is right
around the corner, and the anglers are ready to go. The water
temperature for the lower portion of the lake is around 47 to 49
degrees. The white bass are running in the backs of some creeks.
White twister tails, inline spinners and small crankbaits will
catch the white bass during the run. Bass can be caught on tube
baits, jigs and jerk baits fished in the wind. Walleye have been
few and far between, but this should change soon. Anglers should be
ready by the next full moon and fish suspending jerk baits in
likely spawning areas. Crappie are biting well on bluff walls with
cover.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides had no report.

Lake Norfork

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 546.19 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool:
Sept.-April – 552 MSL, April-Sept. – 554 MSL).

STR Outfitters had no report.

Guide Steve Olomon had no report.

Highway 101 Grocery and Bait said fishing is good. With air
temperatures in the 60-70 degree range and water temperatures on
the rise around 56 degrees, the fish are on the move. Striped bass
are being caught 10-20 feet deep on shiners and in the mornings and
evenings on stick baits fished along the water’s edge. There were
some 20 pounders reeled in this weekend and a monster 38 pounder
using shiners. Crappie fishing is good around 4-10 feet deep on
shiners and 1/32-oz. jigs. Walleye fishing is picking up on live
bait in shallow water. Bass fishing has been good on ¼-oz. jigheads
with 3-inch grubs. White bass and catfish have been slow. Bluegill
fishing is fair using pieces of nightcrawler.

Norfork Tailwater

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge
(870-499-5185) had no report.

Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said no
generation last week with low fishing pressure made for excellent
fishing from a boat and wading. Large catches of rainbows and
browns in the 13- to 18-inch range have come on corn and
nightcrawlers fished on White River rigs fished on 4- to
6-pound-test line with size 6 to 8 bait hooks.

Just Fishing Guides had no report.

Northwest Arkansas

Beaver Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 1,113.24 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool –
1,120 MSL).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper
fishing has been picking up. Water temperatures are slowly on the
climb and approaching the mid 50s. By mid to late April the
spawning runs will be winding down. Stripers are being caught on
free lines and balloons fished 15 feet deep. Bait can still be
found in the backs of coves, looking for warm water flowing into
the lake. Stripers seem to be holding near any cove that is holding
bait. Stripers also can be taken with no. 9 Rapala Original
Floating Minnows or Husky Jerks and 3- to 5-inch Rogues trolled
with planer boards. Use the planer boards to cover shallow water
near the bank as you troll. Troll crankbaits at 1.5-2 mph. During
the spawning run, many stripers and hybrids are mistaken for white
bass, so be sure to know your species. There is a three-fish limit
on stripers and hybrids with a 20-inch minimum length on striper.
Live shad in the 4- to 6-inch range is the go-to approach for
trophy stripers. On the mid and lower sections of the lake, fish
are gathering in secondary coves of Indian Creek for the spawn.
Stripers are moving upriver in the Big Clifty arm and Rocky Branch.
Look in the back of Prairie Creek and run free lines. Also check
the flats off the islands and the flats next to the main river
channel and in Avoca Hollow. There are a lot of birds, bait and
fish in Coose Hollow and Ventris. In Horseshoe Bend, check
Escalapia Hollow as well. The walleye spawn is peaking in War
Eagle, and many fish are being caught from the mouth of War Eagle
to its far upstream end. The last deep holes in War Eagle are
holding scores of stripers, white bass and walleye. Most walleye
will be about 5-10 feet deep. Cast spoons, Rooster Tails and jigs
in white, chartreuse, orange or silver. Flatline trolling over
shallow bars is working well with Rapalas in natural blue or black
back, Rogues in clown flash and Shad Raps in firetiger or clown
colors.

JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass have been
taking slow-rolled chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and bone-colored
suspending jerk baits along inner cove points and inner cove
pockets around standing timber. Crappie have been biting very well
on Shineee Hineee jigs or a tube jigs under a small float, fished 2
to 5 feet deep over brush or along blown down trees close to creek
channels. Minnows have worked well under a float, fished 4 to 8
feet deep along pole timber. A good place to fish has been upstream
from War Eagle Marina. White bass can be caught up the White River
or in the backs of larger coves on warm afternoons. An
orange/chartreuse Shineee Hineee under a float has been a good
choice. Catfishing has improved from the bank using cut shad or
liver. Highway 412 or 12 bridge areas, Monte-NE, and Horseshoe Bend
have all been good.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is
rising, and the river arms are muddy. Crappie are biting well on
tube jigs and minnows. White bass are slow. Black bass are fair on
grubs in deep water. Catfishing is slow. Walleye are in the river
arms and are biting fairly well on crankbaits and brightly colored
jigs tipped with a minnow.

Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides had no report.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides had no report.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is a
little high and is dingy from the recent rain. Bream and crappie
are slow. Bass are biting fairly well on jerk baits. A few white
bass have been caught on jerk baits and jigs tipped with a
minnow.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear
and the surface temperature is 54 degrees. Bream are fair on worms.
Crappie are fair on minnows in 2 to 4 feet of water. Bass are fair
on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken liver.

Northeast Arkansas

Lake Charles

Lake Charles State Park said crappie have started to bite on
live bait. There have been several reports of bass being caught on
crankbaits. The water temperature ranges from the upper 40s to the
low 50s. Slow down your presentation for better results on bass and
crappie.

Lake Poinsett

Lake Poinsett State Park said Lake Poinsett has finally risen
enough to allow the boat ramp at the park to be used. No report on
the fishing.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is at normal
levels and is slightly stained. Crappie are beginning to move
shallow and are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on
spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on large minnows and chicken
livers.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park said the water is muddy. Bream are
biting well on crickets. Catfishing is good on chicken livers and
nightcrawlers. No report on any other species.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water
levels have come up over the last week with recent rains. Water
clarity has been off with a heavy green tint. Fishing has been
great, depending on the weather. On sunny days it’s all about
getting it to the bottom. On overcast or rainy days the trout have
been feeding much better. Some days, swinging nymphs is hard to
beat, and on some days swinging out and then stripping back is the
only way to go. Mayfly emergers, beadhead Grandma’s Brownies and
beadhead cracklebacks are the flies of the week. Walleye and rock
bass are biting well on minnows and jigs fished just below the
falls. Fishing at night with a full moon is the best time for
getting after the walleye. Be very careful on the Spring River
fishing at night. It gets slick out there.

Spring River Fly Shop said fishing has been pretty good at the
bayou and at the campground in the afternoons. Y2ks, Mad Olives and
the Mad Hack are some good fly patterns. Corn or Power Bait worked
the best for bait casters. The river water level is better than it
has been, but after the rain it has been running green with a muddy
look to it.

Southeast Arkansas

Lake Chicot

Lake Chicot State Park bream fishing has been fair on crickets.
Crappie fishing has been good on minnows. Catfish are biting well
on crickets and cold worms. Bass are biting slowly on black plastic
worms.

Cane Creek Lake

Cane Creek State Park said the surface water temperature is
around 54 degrees and is rising. The water clarity is around 5
inches. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets. Crappie are
biting well on live minnows. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits
and crankbaits. Catfishing is good with chicken liver, worms and
live minnows.

Lake Monticello

Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of
MonticelloBigBass.com had no report.

Southwest Arkansas

Millwood Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 260.11 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool –
259.2 MSL).

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said Millwood is
12.5 inches above normal pool and falling, with increased current
in Little River of 1,217 CFS. The USACE has begun to drop the lake
level back to normal pool. Surface temps continue rising, and range
from 58 to 65 degrees. Clarity on the main lake improved again over
the past week, and is currently ranging from 12 to 15 inches in the
river. Largemouth bass continue to improve with the warmer days.
The spawn is just a week or so away, offering better action and
feeding, for prespawn Largemouth. The bass bite continues to be
best during heat of the day. Bass continue to prowl spawning areas,
and males are biting well on jigs, Rat-L-Traps, lizards,
spinnerbaits and gitzits. Larger females are staging deeper, but
should come up in the next week. Deeper areas providing quick
access as the water warms continue to be the best locations for
larger egg-laden females. A ¾- to 1-oz. Rat-L-Trap, Smithwick
Rogue, suspending Redfin, black/blue jig or magnum lizard are
working well. Bass Assassin trick worms in Merthiolate or lemon
lime colors, Senkos and Salty Rat Tails in green pumpkin or
watermelon red, are beginning to take some keeper bass. White bass
continue roaming Little River, and were good in numbers, over the
past week near White Cliffs, McGuire and Arkansas Highway 71 bridge
and up near Patterson Shoals. These schools are eager to hit Rocket
Shads, Bomber Fat Free Shads, Rat-L-Traps, Cordell Gay Blades,
Cordell CC spoons, grubs on lead head jigs, Little Georges and
white/red Rooster Tails. The Crappie bite remains good. Vertical
jigging tiny jigs and grubs over and in planted brush tops, and
fishing minnows and tiny Rooster Tails along Little River above
White Cliffs campground is working well. Blue catfish continue
feeding, and many were brought in over the past few days on
trotlines and tight lines baited with chicken livers, cottonseed
meal cakes and dog food in 18-22 feet of water along Little
River.

Lake Columbia

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said the water is low.
Bream are slow to fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting
well on jigs and minnows. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and
crankbaits. Catfishing is slow.

Lake Erling

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said the water is low.
Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Crappie are biting
well. Bass are fair. Catfishing is slow.

Lake Greeson

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 541.58 MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear
and is 58 degrees. Crappie are fair on minnows fished around brush
in 5 to 10 feet of water. Bass are fair on crankbaits and
soft-plastic worms fished in 2 to 10 feet of water. Catfishing is
fair on minnows and worms in 10 feet of water. Walleye are fair in
the river arms on crankbaits and minnow-style baits.

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)

Jeff Guerin of www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com had no
report.

Cossatot River

Cossatot River State Park had no report.

DeGray Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 396.90 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).

Due to the low water, boaters should use extreme caution when
navigating DeGray. Many unmarked islands and humps are just under
the surface, which can cause serious damage and harm if struck.

Local angler George Graves said the water temperature is in the
mid- to high 50s, and the lake is clear up to Point 14 and dingy
above there. Bass fishing is fair with several decent catches
coming from shallow brush. There are many exposed attractors with
the low water, and the bass are relating to the deeper sides in 6
to 8 feet of water. The best lures have been the Baby Brush Hog,
Texas-rigged worm or lizard and a jig with plastic trailer. During
the bright part of the day, the best pattern has been main lake and
secondary points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Best lures have been
either Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards. Some surface
activity was reported in the backs of coves in the morning and
evening. Try a Zara Spook or a sub surface lure like a Rat-L-Trap.
The best areas for bass continue to be in the upper part of the
lake between Arlie Moore and Cox Creek. Crappie fishing is very
good with plenty of limits reported. The spawn has started and the
fishing in the following weeks will get even better. The fish are
on deep attractors and shallow cover. Some good catches are coming
from standing timber. The shallow attractors are most productive in
the morning and evening with the deeper ones producing best during
the bright part of the day. The best lure for both deep and shallow
is still a Tennessee shad 2-inch grub on a 1/32- or 1/16-ounce jig
head. Live minnows are working at all depths. If fishing the deeper
(15 to 20 feet) attractors, a vertical approach works best. On the
shallow brush, just cast to the cover and slowly reel the jig back.
The best areas for crappie have been between Point 14 and Point
Cedar. Also the Lenox Marcus area is heating up. A few hybrids are
starting to bite with the warmer water. Look for fish with the
sonar in the deep coves in 14 to 20 feet of water positioned about
8 to 10 feet down. The best lure has been a 2- or 3-inch twister
tail grub in shad or white. Look for hybrids in the Shouse Ford and
Point Cedar area. Also some activity reported in the Beaton Creek
area. Bream fishing is fair with quite a few small fish hanging out
around the same attractors with the crappies. Use either redworms
or crickets. No catfish have been reported, but many trotlines are
in the lake around Arlie Moore.

West-Central Arkansas

Lake Nimrod

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 345.59 feet MSL.

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie and catfish
are biting well on minnows. Catfish are biting well on stink bait
and worms as well.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the water is low and clear.
Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well
on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is
fair on worms, minnows and nightcrawlers.

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina had no report.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 385.52 feet MSL.

Teresa at CD’s Quick Stop (479-947-2178) said the store is open
and anglers are coming to the lake, but there haven’t been many
reports coming in yet.

Lake Ouachita

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 570.44 MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service said bass fishing
continues to improve every day. There’s a lot of schooling action
in the mornings in the creeks. Spinnerbaits are producing well in
the mornings and jerk baits fished around standing timber are
producing well in the afternoons.

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports said the water temperature is in
the mid 50s. The lake level is very low, and the water is clear on
the main lake and stained in the creeks. Bass are being caught on
jerk baits, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over moss.
The key to catching fish on Ouachita is to fish over moss. The best
moss is in the northeast corner of the lake. Crappie are biting on
jigs and minnows in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clearing and the
surface temperature is 52 to 55 degrees. Largemouth bass are still
biting very well on crankbaits, red Rat-L-Traps and jigs. Jerk
baits fished over main lake points and humps are getting good
results. It’s almost time to rig up the floating worms and
Carolina-rigged lizards. Walleye are still fair and being caught on
fluorescent jigs fished 12 to 15 feet deep around brush. These fish
are starting to spawn up the river channels. Stripers are very good
on live bait, soft plastic grubs and white or gray hair jigs. Bream
are fair to good on crickets or worms 15 to 25 feet deep near
brush. Crappie are very good near and over brush in 15 to 20 feet
of water on minnows and Tennessee shad, albino shad and rainbow
trout crappie grubs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait
hung from jug lines and trotlines.

Lake Hamilton

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports said the water temperature is in
the low to mid 50s, and the water color is clear. The lake has been
raised to normal summer pool. Bass are being caught in creeks where
the water is warmest. Try a crankbait on rocks being warmed by the
sun or a lipless lure on sunny flats in the afternoon. After a
rain, fish spinnerbaits in the backs of creeks where fresh water is
flowing into the lake. Crappie are being caught in 5 to 8 feet of
water on jigs and minnows.

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Lake Catherine

Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, said the
lake has been refilled to normal summertime pool. Water temperature
below Carpenter Dam is 44 degrees with clear conditions in the
tailrace. Rainbow trout fishing continues to be excellent as
anglers are catching trout in big numbers. Fly fishermen can still
wade to areas that hold rainbows and are doing well casting egg
patterns in orange or yellow. San Juan worms in pink or red have
produced well anywhere there is some current. Micro-jigs in white
or black used with a strike indicator have taken trout over 16
inches as larger trout are keying in on the threadfin shad schools.
Bank fishermen using Power Bait or wax worms floated just off the
bottom are recording limits of fish in short order. Boater’s
trolling small crankbaits in the main channel that imitate shad or
crawfish have caught quality trout and walleye. Carolina rigs
baited with nightcrawlers or live shad have been the ticket for
catching walleye in the tailrace. Brightly colored crankbaits have
worked, but live bait presentations are best fished in the current.
Crappie showing up in the tailrace, and are biting fairly well on
1/16- or 1/8-ounce jigs cast around visible structure. Striper
activity is spotty, but should pick up. White or gray ¼-oz. jigs
and C-10 Redfins in white or rainbow trout colors will get the
attention of these huge predators.

Rick Sawyer at Dozhier’s Rainbow Landing (501-262-2825) said
trout fishing is excellent. Many walleye are being caught below the
bridge at night, as well.

Lake Atkins

Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.

South-Central Arkansas

Moro Bay

Moro Bay State Park at the junction of the Ouachita River,
Raymond Lake and Moro Bay had no report.

Ouachita River Oxbows

Jaret Rushing said the oxbows produced well this weekend.
Anglers caught several bass on shallow-running crankbaits in
shallow pockets, and on red shad worms fished along the buckbrush
lines.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing said Tri-County still hasn’t produced many
reports. A few folks caught a few crappie on Beetle Spins, but were
very tight-lipped about color and depth.

East Arkansas

Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the water level on the lake is
back to normal. Fishing is picking up with the warmer weather. Bass
are biting fairly well on jigs fished in shallow water. Crappie are
biting in deep water on jigs, but are beginning to move shallow to
spawn. Bream are biting well on worms.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the water level on the lake is
back to normal. Fishing is picking up with the warmer weather. Bass
are biting fairly well on jigs fished in shallow water. Crappie are
biting in deep water on jigs, but are beginning to move shallow to
spawn. Bream are biting well on worms.

Arkansas River at Pine Bluff

The Tackle Box (870-534-1498) had no report.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is muddy and high.
Fishing has been tough for all species with the high, cold, muddy
water.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is high and
stained. Catfishing is good on stink bait. All other species are
slow.

Island 40 Chute

Daily’s Boat Dock (870-739-3478) said the water is extremely
high and the dock is closed.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal
level. Bream are fair on wax worms around the piers. Crappie are
biting well on pink minnows and jigs fished at the deep end of the
piers. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits around lily pad stems.
Catfishing is good on prepared bait.

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