AR: Weekly Fishing Report August 25, 2011

 

Fishing Highlight of the Week: Overcast days during the heat of
summer are a bass fisherman’s dream. Focus on shallow vegetation
with topwater frogs and anywhere fresh water is running into a lake
with small spinnerbaits.

Arkansas and White river levels are available at:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the
U.S. Geological Survey, visit:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

For water quality statistics (including temperature) in many
Arkansas streams and lakes, visit:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality

Family and Community Fishing Ponds: Catfish can be caught on
nightcrawlers, Power Bait or chicken livers, and the quality of the
meat rivals any you will find in a grocery store. Visit
http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx for a
list of program ponds.

Central Arkansas

Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained
and is about 6 inches low. Bream are biting fairly well on wax
worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and
chartreuse/pearl white Crappie Stinger jigs. Bass are slow.
Catfishing is fair on trotlines baited with small bream.

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

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low.
Generation has backed off to one generator starting around noon.
Trout are excellent on Power Eggs, corn, nightcrawlers and wax
worms. Marabou jigs have been working as well. Fly-fishermen are
able to wade in the mornings and move downstream as the flow picks
up.

Greers Ferry

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 461.61 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461
MSL).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the hybrid and
white bass fishing is getting better every day, with the new oxygen
and a little cooler water temperatures. Find schools of baitfish
and the whites and hybrids will be nearby. Try spoons, in-line
spinners, hair jigs, grubs and swimbaits in water from 25 to 70
feet deep. Catfishing is great all over the lake with any of your
favorite baits. The crappie are suspended in the pole timber and
over brush piles in 15-25 feet of water on sunny days and will be
more scattered with the cloud cover; try jigs and jigs tipped with
minnows. Bream are biting well in shallow water on crawlers,
crickets, catalpa worms, small crankbaits and flies. Bass fishing
is getting better as the days get shorter. Try spinnerbaits, jigs
and topwater baits and worms up the rivers. In the lake, try
football head jigs, Carolina rigs, Texas-rigged worms, drop shots
and swimbaits around points. Walleye are more active; try drop
shots and jig heads tipped with crawlers around 25-50 feet
deep.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com had no report.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is
low and clear. Bream are biting well on crickets. Catfishing is
good on cut bait. No report on any other species.

Greer’s Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no
report.

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 has dropped to 2.4
feet below the spillway, which is normal for this time of the year.
Largemouth bass are biting very well on Carolina rigs, jigs and
soft-plastics in 20 feet of water. This has been the best year for
fishing in 10 to 15 years. Spotted bass are excellent on jigheads
and grubs in secondary coves about 15 feet deep. White bass are
excellent on the east end of Big Island to the restricted area on
jigs, Rooster Tails and Rogues trolled at 20 feet deep. White bass
are also schooling in this area and hitting white CC spoons.
Crappie are excellent on small hair jigs, grubs and minnows in 20
to 25 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets in 5 to 20
feet of water. Catfish are hitting cut shad and prepared bait and
are very active.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are slow to
fair on crickets fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Crappie are fair to
good on minnows fished 15 feet deep. Bass are biting well on
black/blue jigs, bleeding shad-colored Rat-L-Traps and shad-colored
200 series Bandit crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines
baited with brood minnows.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is
excellent on shrimp, chicken hearts and nightcrawlers. All other
species are slow.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is
clear and at normal level. Bream are slow. Crappie are fair on
popsicle-colored jigs in 15 feet of water around brush. Bass are
biting well on 9-inch redbug colored worms in 15 to 18 feet of
water. Catfishing is slow.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is
muddy and at normal levels. Bass are fair on yellow/black Rooster
Tails. All other species are slow.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said catfishing is very good
in the evenings on live bream or shad fished around jetty points in
the main river. Largemouth bass are biting fairly well early in the
morning on Jitterbugs and other topwater lures around overhangs.
Spotted bass and largemouths are biting fairly well during the day
on black Bandit crankbaits and chatterbaits fished around jetties.
Bream are biting well on crickets near the sandbars.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are biting
well on crickets and wax worms in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle
rivers. Bass are biting well early and late in the day on buzzbaits
and topwater plugs. Catfishing is good on brood minnows and
skipjack. In the main river channel, largemouth bass are biting
well on shad-colored crankbaits and shad-colored soft-plastics
fished around jetties. Spotted bass are biting well on live
crayfish and crawdad-colored Bomber crankbaits fished around
jetties.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ‘N Stuff said the water is low and
stained. Bream are fair on crickets. Bass are fair on crankbaits
and bloodline-colored worms fished around cuts in main channel
jetties. Catfishing is fair on worms and shad.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is good
below Murray Lock and Dam on cut shad and skipjack when the water
is flowing. All other species are slow.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and
is flowing a little from the recent rain. Bream are fair on
crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bass are slow. Catfishing is
good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and
at normal level. Bream are excellent on redworms and crickets.
Crappie are biting well on minnows. Bass are fair on purple
soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) had no report.

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is good
on chicken hearts and catalpa worms. All other species are
slow.

North Arkansas

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is
clear and high with six to eight generators running almost around
the clock. There are no wading opportunities and all fishing is
from a boat. Rainbow trout have been biting Power Bait and pink
worms fished along the bottom. Small spinners and spoons are
working well on rainbows in the morning as well. Brown trout are
biting well early and late in the day on Rapala floating
minnows.

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

Guide Davy Wotton said fishing is as good as it gets using many
methods from deep dead drifting nymphs, dry flies with hoppers and
wet and soft hackles, depending on where you are fishing. White
River is currently seeing generation 24/7 from lower flows early on
to high flows later in the day. The river is generally very clean.
The White is good all the way down to Sylamore. We are also seeing
many good browns averaging 15 to 20 inches long.

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

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the water levels are: Ponca – 1.46 feet
and 5.3 cfs; Pruitt – 3.50 feet and 11 cfs; Tyler Bend – 4.71 feet
and 515 cfs; Buffalo Point – 2.53 feet and 139 cfs. The entire
river is very low and wading or dragging a canoe is the only way to
fish except in the Tyler Bend area and later in the week as the
water reaches the Buffalo Point area. Water temperatures are
ranging from 78-88 degrees. Smaller fish have been the rule. Spin
fisherman are doing well bottom-bouncing tubes, lizards and brush
hogs in watermelon/red and green pumpkin. Fly-fishermen are doing
well on crazy ‘dads, rabbit tail sliders, woolly buggers, Clouser
minnows and Shenks white streamers.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab is reading
9.61 ft. and 4.3 cfs. This is very low water and poor floating
conditions. Wade fishing is good for fly anglers using Clousers,
near nuff sculpins, zonkers, sneaky petes and size 4-6 hopper
patterns. Spin fisherman are doing good using tubes, lizards and
baby brush hogs in watermelon and green pumpkin. Crawdad crankbaits
and Tiny Torpedoes are also working well. The best bet is early
morning and early evening, just before dark.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 672.58 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654
MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake level is about 20 feet
above power pool and is dropping several inches every day. Water
temperature is about 85 degrees. Walleye are biting well at about
40 feet deep on crawler rigs and bottom bouncers, deep-running
crankbaits and jigging spoons. Striped bass are active on the upper
section of the lake and are biting the same baits as the Walleye.
Large bluegill are biting on just about anything you want to try.
Black bass are biting better at night on plastic worms, jigs and
spinnerbaits.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said water releases are continuous at 13,000
cfs with releases ramping up to 18,500 cfs for about 10-12 hours.
Drift fishing is very good now. Nymphing, terrestrials and
streamers should all be used. San Juan worms, eggs, scuds, sow
bugs, BH Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Hare n’ Copper, hoppers,
ants, beetles, Zoo Cougars, woolly buggers and large articulated
streamers are suggested patterns to use. Minnow crankbaits in
black/gold and black/blue are working along with brown
trout-colored jointed minnows. In-line spinners like Rooster Tails
and Mepp’s are also picking up fish.

Lake Norfork

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 562.26 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool:
Sept.-April – 552 MSL, April-Sept. – 554 MSL).

101 Grocery and Bait said the water temperature is dropping.
Fishing is beginning to pick up, and mornings and late evenings are
the best times for fishing. Bream are biting excellently on
crickets and worms in coves and along bluff walls. Bass are fair,
but are scattered. Stripers are fair in deep water on live shad and
on trolled or cast ¼-oz. jigs with a curly tailed grub fished along
main lake points. Walleye are biting well on worms dragged along
the bottom in 25 to 35 feet of water. White bass are fair.
Catfishing is fair.

Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.

Guide Steve Olomon had no report.

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

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) had no
report.

Just Fishing Guides said generation has been off overnight until
about 8 a.m. and running 6,000 cfs for 12 hours. Wade fishers can
squeeze in a couple of hours in the morning; then it’s drift
fishing for the rest of the day. Scuds, sow bugs, zebra midges, San
Juan worms, eggs, hoppers, ants, beetles and streamers should be in
your arsenal now.

Northwest Arkansas

Beaver Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation at 1,123.18 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool –
1,120 MSL).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper
fishing has been steady with numbers of large fish taken on live
shad fished on lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet
behind the boat and on Rapalas set at 10 to 30 feet deep with
downriggers. The stripers are active most of the day with peaks
around sunrise, sunset and during generation. I have been seeing
huge schools of yearling shad on the surface and some surface
activity; I expect the fish to start schooling any day now as fall
is approaching. Stripers are hitting shad in the 4-14 inch range,
with the trophies coming on shad in the 10 to 14-inch range.
Striper activity is good around Point 1, Indian Creek and the area
between Point 1 and Point 3. Striper fishing is excellent around
Lost Bridge North (check Dry Creek) and Lost Bridge South (check in
front of Starky). Walleye are on the flat between Point 5 and Point
6, the islands flat around Rocky Branch (troll or cast
Rat-L-Traps), flats around the islands at Prairie Creek and the
flats at Horseshoe Bend. Most walleye are about 8-15 feet deep. For
walleye, flat-line troll with Hot ‘n’ Tots, Rapala Tail Dancers,
Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripsticks in blue or black back combos
or chartreuse/orange or clown colors. Jigging spoons are working
around rock piles and brush as well.

JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass have been
biting topwater plugs early and late around visible cover close to
the bank. Later in the day they have been biting either drop-shot
or Carolina-rigged finesse worms in shades of green over main lake
points and humps, mouths of small coves with timber and along bluff
walls. At night try a Texas-rigged blue/black lizard along gravel
to chunk rock sloping banks. Crappie fishing has improved. Live
minnows, black/chartreuse tubes, yellow/white tubes or black/white
tubes fished in the mouths of small pockets with timber, along
bluff walls and over brush piles close to a channel have been
working best. Fish have been scattered so look for them to be as
deep as 35 feet and as shallow as 8 feet. Blue Springs, Horseshoe
Bend and Eden Bluff have all been good. White Bass have been
schooling early and late on main lake flats. Once a school is
found, cast Kastmaster spoons directly in the middle of the
schooling fish for best results. Catfishing remains good from the
bank at night using stink bait or liver.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is
stained and high. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are
biting well on minnows fished around deep brush piles and on
trolled Hot ‘n’ Tot crankbaits. Bass are biting fairly well during
the day on drop-shot rigs and deep-running crankbaits. At night the
bass are biting well on dark-colored spinnerbaits and
soft-plastics. Catfishing is good on jugs baited with live and
prepared bait. Walleye are biting well on trolled crankbaits and
slow-trolled nightcrawler harnesses.

Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said generation has been starting about 2
p.m. and is running for 6 hours at 7,000-8,000 cfs. Wade fishing is
available from the dam to Parker Bend. The better fishing is from
just above Cane Brake to Parker Bottom. The river bottom has
changed with some new holes, so be careful. Humpback scuds in tan
or gray, BH Simple Sow, Hare ‘n Copper in a light hare’s ear color
and zebra midges in olive, grey and tan, all fished below an
indicator from 4-5 feet deep are catching fish to 17 inches.

War Eagle Creek

Loy Lewis from War Eagle Canoe (479-530-3262) said fishing is
great and War Eagle has some excellent floating water. There has
been some excellent fishing from the AGFC access to Smallmouth
Rapids Access. Four-inch plastic worms or tubes are getting
consistent bites during the day. Live grasshoppers are a very good
live bait choice with a bobber. Spinners and spoons are being hit
in the faster currents, with Rebel Crawdad crankbaits working above
and below fast currents.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said bass are biting well
early and late in the day on topwater frogs. Soft-plastic worms in
green pumpkin or brown have worked well after sunup. Crappie are
biting well on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs tipped with a
Crappie Nibble in six feet of water. Redear are biting well on
redworms near the bottom. Bluegill are biting excellently on
crickets. Catfishing is fairly good on stinkbait.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview is
reading 2.71 ft. and 81 cfs. Water temperatures are in the upper
80s in the afternoons. Best fishing times are very early and very
late. Fishing is good for fly fishers using Clousers, sparkle
grubs, rubber-legged woolly buggers and various poppers and sliders
like sneaky petes and rabbit tail sliders in black, yellow and
white. Size 4 and 6 hopper patterns are another good pattern to
have in your arsenal. Spin fisherman are catching fish with tubes,
lizards and baby brush hogs as well as small crawdad crankbaits and
top waters like Tiny Torpedoes and Rebel Pop-R’s.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is
clear and is slightly lower than normal. Largemouth bass are biting
well on a variety of artificial lures. Catfishing is good on Magic
Bait, worms and chicken liver. Bream are biting well on crickets.
No report on crappie.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear
and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets.
Crappie are biting well on crankbaits and Roadrunner spinners. Bass
are biting well early and late in the day on shad-colored
spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good around the main
channel on worms and chicken liver.

Northeast Arkansas

Lake Charles

Lake Charles State Park had no report.

Lake Poinsett

Lake Poinsett State Park said the lake looks good. Crappie are
good on minnows. Catfish are good. Bass are good on redworms and
jigs.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and about
one foot low. Bream are biting well on crickets. Bass are biting
well early and late in the day. Catfishing is good on worms and
chicken livers.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park said the water is muddy and at normal
level. Bream are biting well on worms. Catfishing is good on live
goldfish. A 5 lb., 11 oz. saugeye was caught over the weekend. No
report on any other species.

Local angler Kenneth Boling said blue catfish are being caught
well during the day from the pier on chicken livers and
stinkbait.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the river
is running at 350 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been
clear. The trout fishing has been very good. With temps beginning
to cool off, it can only get better. Pink was the hot color over
the last week. Pink and red Trout Magnets were the ticket for
conventional tackle. We have been catching cutthroats and browns
consistently all week. With the school year starting up the fishing
pressure has been down and that always makes for better
fishing.

Southeast Arkansas

Lake Chicot

Lake Chicot State Park had no report.

Cane Creek Lake

Cane Creek State Park said with the cooler weather, fishermen
have been able to bring in some decent-sized bass in the trees and
stumps close to the boat ramp. Try using a soft-plastic lure or
top-water lure. Live minnows and even crickets are also being used
with some success.

Lake Monticello

Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of
MonticelloBigBass.com said the water surface temperature is in the
mid to upper 80s. The offshore bite has been spotty at best for the
last couple weeks. On the bright side, there are a few bass biting
in the shallows. Fish are biting crankbaits and plastics around
shallow points, pads and wood. There seems to be good shad activity
in the areas where fish are biting. We should see a big improvement
over the next few weeks as the water begins to cool.

Southwest Arkansas

Millwood Lake

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said River Run East
Park (below the spillway and dam) and boat ramp are temporarily
closed for maintenance and construction until further notice by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Parks at River Run West and Beard’s
Lake and boat ramps are still open and operational. The water is
still very hot and bass are very lethargic during the day. The best
bite is early and late, when the sun is not up. White bass, spotted
bass and largemouth bass are schooling in various locations on
Little River between 6-9 a.m. Surface temps range from 87 to
92degrees, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location
and time of day. The lake is still 42 inches below normal level
because of the 4-foot drawdown. The discharge at the dam is 783
cfs. Largemouth bass are relating to points and where creek channel
mouths intersect the river. The best baits are bulky 10-inch worms,
War Eagle spinnerbaits, brush hogs, Bomber crankbaits, Southern Pro
tubes, Bass Assassin shads and Rat-L-Traps. Hurricane Creek has
produced many white bass and spotted bass in the last week. These
schooling fish are hitting Rat-L-Traps and Bomber crankbaits in the
mornings. Crappie continue to stack vertically in planted brush
piles along Little River between 10-15 feet deep. The bite was
somewhat better over the past week along Little River. Tiny hair
jigs fished in the clearest water you can find are working from 7
until 10 a.m. Southern Pro crappie tubes and hair jigs in white and
pink, and small Rocket Shads and Blakemore Roadrunners also are
working. Catfish are slow to fair with the reduced current in
Little River. Chicken livers, Catfish Charlie, and large redworms
in 18-22 feet of water along outer current breaks of Little River
are working well.

Lake Columbia

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said the water is 5 feet
low and the only landing boats can access is South Shore. Bream are
biting well on worms and crickets. Bass are biting fairly well
early in the morning and late in the evening on dark-colored
soft-plastics. Catfishing is fair on nightcrawlers and panfish
worms early and late in the day.

Lake Erling

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said there’s been some
rainfall, but the water is still a little low. Bream are biting
well on crickets and worms. Bass are biting well on dark-colored
soft-plastic worms and lizards. Catfishing is good on trotlines
baited with goldfish and shiners. No report on crappie.

Lake Greeson

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 541.88 MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) had no report.

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

Cossatot River State Park said temperatures are blazing again,
but the water level has risen a little and is still not extremely
warm or full of algae. A couple of healthy showers have raised the
water level about a half a foot over the last week. The rain has
also served to cool the water down and add some oxygen. This makes
for prime fishing water. The fish are active, so you can cover more
water with a crankbait or spinning lure. If you are fishing for a
big smallmouth nothing beats a bass jig or slow-moving worm.

DeGray Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 399.19 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).

Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in
the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair
with some surface activity early in the morning. Look for breaking
fish on big main lake points and offshore humps. Throw a surface
lure such as a Zara Spook, Sammy, or a Fluke or swimbaits. Several
catches have been reported from the deep side of points on Texas-
or Carolina-rigged worms and heavy jigs. These fish are from 15 to
40 feet down in the thermocline. Some nice spotted bass have been
reported off rock bluffs and points. Use a 4-inch finesse worm on a
Texas rig. Good areas for bass now are the spillway area, the south
side of the state park between the marina and lodge, Brushy Creek
and the Arlie Moore/Caddo Drive area. Hybrid fishing is fair with
the fish scattered in the deep submerged timber. The fish are
suspended 40 to 50 feet down in 90 to 100 feet of water. Use sonar
to look for fish and drop a heavy jigging spoon in either white or
chartreuse to above the fish. Sometimes a 3 inch Sassy Shad or flat
tail grub on a 1/4 ounce jig head is hard to beat. Hybrids can be
found off points and the edges of old creek channels from the
spillway to the islands across from the state park. Catfish are
biting fairly well with some decent catches reported on trotlines
and noodles at night. Brushy Creek and the islands across from
Point 28 have been productive. Use live bream or shiners and
goldfish for the flatheads and blues. Channel cats like
nightcrawlers, liver and stinkbait.

West-Central Arkansas

Lake Nimrod

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 343.79 feet MSL.

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting on
minnows and the occasional worm or cricket in the upper river and
open water around 6 to 12 feet deep. Bream are biting excellently
on crickets, worms and Rock Hopper flies in the same areas as the
crappie.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting
excellently on crickets, worms and Rock Hopper flies. Catfishing is
fair on minnows, worms and chicken liver.

Fourche La Fave River

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said catfish and bass are
biting well on yo-yos baited with minnow. Trotlines baited with
stink bait or chicken liver are catching plenty of catfish.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the water is clear and at
normal level. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, topwater baits
and live minnows. Catfishing is fair at night on worms and chicken
livers.

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina said crappie are hitting on jigs
in about 6 feet of water. Plenty of crappie have been caught, but
they are all on the small side. Bass have been biting well on white
tubes in the morning. Catfish have been slow.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 386.18 feet MSL.

Lake Ouachita

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the
lake’s elevation was 571.48 MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service said bass fishing is
improving with a good early morning bite and a lot of breaking fish
chasing shad. Sammies and Spooks are producing well. Stripers are
good with some good fish being caught toward the dam in the main
river channel about 80 feet deep. Walleye are fair on spoons and
swimbaits.

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports said the water temperature is in
the upper 80s. The lake level is falling fast and the water color
is clear. Most people are night fishing. Bass are being caught on
Texas-rigged soft plastics and jigs in brush. There is some moss
growing on humps and if you can find some, try a crankbait on the
deep sides. Also try a fluke on breaking fish at the mouths of
creeks. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in 5 feet of
water or less.

Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clearing and is 84 to
92 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on red shad and
bloodline-colored Texas-rigged worms and football jigs. Topwater
action has been good on cloudy days; try a small Spook or Fluke in
a shad color. Walleye are still biting well on bottom bouncer jigs,
spoons and trolled deep-diving crankbaits fished 25 to 35 feet deep
around brush. Stripers are still fair to good and being caught on
live bait and large hair jigs trolled in 35 to 70 feet of water.
Bream are fair and being caught on crickets and worms 18 to 25 feet
deep. Crappie are slow and being caught near and over brush in 25
to 40 feet of water on minnows and Tennessee shad or rainbow
trout-colored grubs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait on
jug lines and trotlines hung 20 to 30 feet deep.

Lake Hamilton

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports said the surface temperature is in
the upper 80s. The water color is clear. The lake is full and the
summer boat traffic is here. Bass are being caught in brush piles
on Texas-rigged soft plastics and on points on Carolina rigs. Try a
topwater bait at the mouth of creeks and points early in the
morning. After a rain don’t forget a spinnerbait in a creek. Most
people are fishing at night. Bream are in 5 feet of water or
shallower in the guts of pockets. Try crickets or worms.

For a daily fishing report from Darryl Morris, visit Family
Fishing Trips.

Lake Catherine

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit
www.entergy.com/hydro.

Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, said water
temperature in the tailrace below Carpenter Dam is 65 degrees with
stained conditions. Moss growth continues to be a problem with the
rising temperatures. Rainbow trout are very slow. This pattern
repeats itself every year at Carpenter Dam. Trout stocking will
begin again in mid-November and by Christmas week there will be
enough trout to seriously target. Walleye fishing is hit-and-miss,
but some fish have topped the scales at 6 pounds. Jigging spoons
over deep water has been the most productive technique when the
turbines are not running. During periods of generation, Carolina
rigs hooked with live minnows or nightcrawlers will take decent
numbers of walleye. White bass numbers are pretty low. A few have
been caught on jigs and live minnows in the current; however, fall
is when the white bass really start moving into the tailrace.
Channel catfish were good the whole month of July, but the bite has
slowed greatly. Striper action is fair below the bridge in the late
evening on brood or gizzard shad fished with a balloon rig.

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 bass are biting very well on topwater baits
until the sun disperses any shade. After you run out of shade, you
need to switch to either a slow-rolled spinnerbait or soft plastic
around the base of trees and around extended tops off of the bank
(at least 3 feet deep or deeper). Surprisingly, we caught fish in
the low water creeks this week too on shallow running crankbaits
(Mann’s Baby 1 Minus). Bream picked up during the mid-morning in
the oxbows, hitting crickets and small jigs at about 1.5 feet deep
around cypress knees. We really didn’t have much luck around tops
for bream but if you could find a spot where you had several knees
and a tight root system, you could catch 5-10 in one spot.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing said fishing has been slow due to the low water
and muddy conditions. Some people are still catching a few crappie
near the deepest channels on live bait, but the bite stops around
8:30-9 a.m. Bass are hit-or-miss right now too. Some folks are
still catching bass in the mornings on topwaters, but the best
reports I’ve heard have been at night. A few folks are fishing
black spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in the channels and off the rocks
at night and are having decent luck.

East Arkansas

Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said campers reported catching
catfish on worms. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets
fished from the bank. Bass are biting fairly well on Carolina rigs
fished around points in 20 feet of water.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said bream are biting on worms and
crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing is fair overall.
The water is high and clear for this time of year. Bream are fair
on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bass are fair on
spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on stinkbait.

Burnt Cane Lake

Local angler Trent Whitehead had no report.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal
level. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets fished around lily
pads and trees. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around
lily pads. Bass are fair on silver spoons. Catfishing is excellent
on chicken liver and worms.

 

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