Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report March 01, 2012
Fishing Highlight of the Week: Lake Dunn in Village Creek State Park near Wynne produced a 16 pound, 5 ounce largemouth Feb. 28. If everything holds, this will be the new state record largemouth bass, surpassing Aaron Mardis’ 16 pound, 4 ounce largemouth caught March 2, 1976 at Mallard Lake. Click the link to read this week’s Arkansas Outdoors newsletter for more about this amazing catch:
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: Trout have been stocked across the state. Worms, small crappie jigs and spinners all work well, as does Berkley Power Bait. Click http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx for a list of program ponds.
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs around Pierce Creek and Green’s Lake. Yo-yos baited with live minnows are working well in the same areas at night. Bass are excellent on sexy shad-colored spinnerbaits in Pierce Creek. Catfishing is good on yo-yos baited with minnows.
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 at normal level. Trout are biting well on spinners and nightcrawlers when the water is high. When the water is low, switch to wax worms and marshmallows or Power Bait.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.43 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is holding steady, and the surface temperature is 49 to 56 degrees. Some walleye are being caught in the rivers on jigs, crankbaits and jerk baits at night or on cloudy days. Bass are biting well on Wiggle Warts, jerk baits and Alabama-rigged swimbaits. Crappie are roaming, but are headed for the banks in the rivers. In the main lake, they are biting well in the pole timber and over brush piles on jigs tipped with minnows. White and hybrid bass are biting well all over the lake on spoons, hair jigs, swim baits, in-line spinners and Alabama-rigged swimbaits. Find the bait and the fish will be close.
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water temperatures climbed over the last week to the upper 40s and lower 50s. All species of fish are on the move up the rivers and feeder creeks. The largest concentrations of shad are still in 25 to 40 feet of water. As the water warms and days continue to get longer, look for a huge push of shallow fish.
Harris Brake Lake
Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high and stained. Crappie are excellent on blue or shad-colored jigs in deep water. Some good size crappie are beginning to be caught. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and minnows. Catfishing is slow.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well on no. 6 minnows Bobby Garland Baby Shads, Slab Slay'rs and Stroll'rs in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse shad and bone white. Catfish are good on minnows and worms in shallow water and deep boat runs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, worms and Rooster Tails. Bream are slow.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well around docks and brush piles near the dam on no. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shads, Slab Slay’rs and Stroll’rs. White/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white baby shad are the best colors.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.
Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level is 5 inches above the spillway, and the water temperature is around 49 degrees in the lake and 53 degrees in the coves. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs and grubs fished in 15 feet of water. Spotted bass are fair on Rooster Tails and grubs fished 20 feet deep. White bass have been spotted in the main channel from Jim’s Island west. There have been several reports of white bass caught on Rogues, Rooster Tails, spoons and grubs. Crappie are biting well on the edges of channels in 20 to 25 feet of water on small jigs and grubs. Bream and catfish are slow.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are slow. Crappie are biting well on tube jigs and minnows fished around deep artificial cover. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with cut shad. Some nice blue catfish are showing up lately.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said trout are biting well on nightcrawlers and Berkley Power Bait.
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on Beetle Spins. Bass are fair on crawdad-colored crankbaits. Catfish and bream are slow.
Saline River Access in Benton
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are slow. Crappie are biting well on Kalin’s grubs in 4 to 6 feet of water. Bass are excellent on 4-inch watermelon seed worms. Catfishing is slow.
Arkansas River at Morrilton
Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello catfishing is excellent on whole shad around creek mouths and cutoffs. Crappie are biting well in the Petit Jean River, Point Remove Creek, Coppers Gap and Flagg Lake Cutoff on chartreuse jigs. Drum are biting well around sandbars on whole dead shad. Spotted bass are biting well around concentrations of shad on the main channel.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well on pink/white tube jigs, popsicle-colored Kalin’s grubs and live minnows under a slip cork in Little Maumelle River and Maumelle River. In Palarm, switch to black/chartreuse tube jigs or Crappie Stingers for the best bite. Bass are fair on black/chartreuse jigs, Alabama-rigged swimbaits or white/chartreuse tandem willow leaf spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good near the main channel on cut skipjack and chicken hearts. In the creeks, try limblines baited with whole shad.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no report.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well on red/chartreuse jigs and pink minnows near Burns Park and Murray Lock and Dam. White bass are biting well below the dam on white/chartreuse Kalin’s grubs. Catfishing is good on cut skipjack and green sunfish below the dam and from the shore at Burns Park.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water below Terry Lock and Dam is clear and at normal level. Crappie are excellent on red/chartreuse/white tube jigs. Bass are slow. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows around brush in 6 to 8 feet of water. Bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. Catfishing is slow.
Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good on minnows and liver.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are slow. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows under a slip cork around stumps. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good on cut skipjack and green sunfish.
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and three generators are running. Trout fishing is good on drifted Power Bait, worms and shad in the afternoons. Some large brown trout have been caught on Rapalas, jigs and small spinners in the evenings.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said generation has been steady this week and the fish are hitting corn and red worms fished off the bottom drift fishing.
Guide Davy Wotton said there should be some early caddis hatches soon with the warm weather. Generation levels are generally low with a few high water spikes, which have generated some shad through the dams. Best options are at this time drift fishing combinations of caddis larva and rock worms, sow bugs, white tail and prism midges in black and red. Wade fisherman, more or less as above, for the Norfork during low water then you will have to reduce the size of the midge from 16s to 22s at times, same also for Bull Shoals dam when generation is shut down.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing is excellent. Water clarity is excellent all up and down the river. Rapalas and Zig Jigs continue to produce. Small plastic minnows in gray or white on an 1/8-oz. jig head are working. The fly-fishing bite has been excellent as well. Hot pink or bright red San Juan worms or peach and orange egg patterns fished close to the bottom under an indicator will produce.
Just Fishing Guides said the river levels are 2.15 feet and 87 cfs at Ponca; 4.40 feet and 124 cfs at Pruitt; 4.97 feet and 685 cfs at Tyler Bend, and 3.87 feet and 735 cfs at Buffalo Point. Water temperatures range from 49-55 degrees.
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab is reading 10.99 ft and 286 cfs. Water temperatures have been averaging 50 degrees.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.58 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye and bass fishing have been good. The mild weather this winter has kept the fish shallow. (We are catching them in less than 20 feet of water.) When the wind is up, Alabama-rigged 3- or 4-inch swim baits are producing a mixed bag of fish. Jigs, spoons and suspending jerk baits also are working. White bass are moving into the creeks and large coves and should start biting soon. Crappie fishing has been slow but should also pick up soon.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said generation has been around the clock varying between one and six units (3000-15,000 cfs). Nymphing and streamers are two of the more productive presentations. Brown trout are on the feed now following the spawn. Reports of shad coming through during generation are true. White flies will represent the shad. Large streamers on 7- and 8-weight rods and fast-sinking lines can put you on that epic fish. Try staying with rising water while fishing to improve your odds. There also has been good action on Mepps undressed spinners in gold and silver.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 551.89 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool: Sept.-April – 552 MSL, April-Sept. – 554 MSL).
Blackburn Resort said the water level has stopped rising. Surface temperature is in the mid-40s. People are catching some nice stripers on grubs halfway back in the creeks. Crappie are also halfway back in the creeks around deep brush. Several fish have been caught on small spoons in the brush piles.
101 Grocery and Bait said crappie, walleye, bass and bluegill have been excellent on live minnows. Striper fishing has been spotty. Walleye are moving upstream to spawn and the stripers should be right behind them to do their thing.
STR Outfitters said the warm weather and water has triggered the spring walleye run. Walleye are being caught in 8 to 10 feet of water on creek chubs rigged on a no. 6 circle hook and small sinker. Most fish are being caught right at the state line up to Udall Marina.
Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.
Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the mid- to upper 40s. The stripers are still scattered and down with the baitfish around 60 feet deep. Some walleye are moving up the river and in major creeks. Look for bass close to bluff ends and in pockets. White bass are stacking up in the creeks as well. Crappie are fair around brush in the creeks.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said crappie are moving up into the creeks. Fish are suspended in brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. Minnows have worked well early in the morning until about 10 a.m.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) ) said shad have been coming through the dam and the fishing has been hot. When the river is running, use black and silver Countdown Rapalas in size 7, and black and silver Shad Raps in size 5. Dead shad and redworms are working during low water, fished about 12 inches off the bottom.
Just Fishing Guides said generation has been usually twice per day with flows from 3,500-6,000 cfs. Tan scuds have been hot lately. Small streamers without bead or cone heads are working well also. Sow bugs, midges, worm and egg patterns should be in your arsenal as well.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,120.42 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 1,120 MSL).
Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striped bass fishing is expected to be fair on live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back and 10-34 feet deep. Stripers will be active most of the day near deep water. Water temperatures are in the low to mid-40s in mid to lower sections of the lake. Stripers reported near the dam, Point 1, Point 3, Point 4 (near the cedar thicket and Fish Trap Hollow) and Lost Bridge north and south. Check secondary points at Indian Creek. Stripers have been taken in deep water near the road bed in front of the marina at Rocky Branch, and in Cedar Creek, Ford Creek and Goat Island. Stripers also reported at Copper Mine, the upper section, Prairie Creek and Coose Hollow. Stripers using deep river channel at Blackburn Creek and Joe Creek, and reported at Monte Ne. Check Point 12 at Hickory Creek in front of the marina; stripers, white bass and walleye have been taken as spawn approaches. Look at deeper holes at War Eagle Creek for stripers and walleye. Walleye taken at Beaver Shores and stripers have been caught where flats break into the channel. Most walleye are 10-20 feet deep; troll very slowly. Islands at Prairie Creek and points 7, 8, 9 and 12 are producing walleye. Flat-line troll with Hot ’N Tots, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Ripsticks (blue or black combos, chartreuse and orange or clown). Jigging spoons near brush and rocks also works.
JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) ) said bass can be caught by slow rolling 3/8-oz. white/chartreuse spinnerbaits along laydown trees. Crawdad-colored Wiggle Warts have also been effective along sloping chunk rock banks. Crappie are being caught shallow on sunny days suspending above brush piles, close to pole timber and laydown trees close to a channel. A black/chartreuse or white/chartreuse 2-inch swim bait on a 1/32-oz jighead under a cork set 3 to 6 feet deep has been effective. On cloudy days try a black/chartreuse or chartreuse curl tail grub on a 1/16-oz. jig head in the same areas, but close to the brush in 15 to 30 feet of water. Blue Springs, Hickory Creek, Piney Creek and Neal’s Bluff have all been good areas to fish. White Bass have been schooling up both river arms and can be caught using 2-inch curly tailed grubs or Rat-L-Traps around timber close to the channel. Friendship Creek, Piney Creek and the 412 bridge area have been good places to find some white bass. Catfishing has been good at Hickory Creek from the bank late in the day using liver or worms.
Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 5 to 9 feet of water. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Alabama-rigged swimbaits in 10 feet of water. White bass are biting well on Rooster Tails and trolled crankbaits. Some large stripers are coming from Prairie Creek. Walleye are biting well on trolled crankbaits and on jerk baits fished in the arms of the White River.
Just Fishing Guides said there has been low water for wade fishing late morning and afternoon. Generation has been once per day with flows from 3,500 to 8,000 cfs. A variety of flies are working including; Humpback Scud, BH Simple Sow, BH Flashback Pheasant Tail, all in sizes 12-16. Zebra Midge (grey, black, olive and red), size 18 and small streamers (size 8-12) including Wooly Bugger, Sparrow, .56'er and Zonker. Long leaders ending in 7X and size 18-22 midge patterns are your best bet now. Egg and San Juan worm patterns are also working on the high water.
Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the water is clear and surface temperatures are around 51 degrees. Bass are biting on crawdads and jigs. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 12 feet of water. Catfish are fair on whole shad.
Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview is reading 3.56 ft. and 233 cfs. Water temperatures are hitting near 48-53 degrees in the afternoon.
Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are fair on worms and crickets in deep water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 8 to 10 feet of water. White bass are biting well on crappie jigs. Black bass are fair on artificial lures.
Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are fair on minnow and jigs. No report on any other species.
Lake Charles State Park had no report.
Lake Poinsett State Park said many fish are suspended in deep water right now. Medium-diving crankbaits and lipless crankbaits are ideal for bass fishing this time of year. Many catfish and bass are being caught in shallow water on warm days.
Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in deep water. Bass are biting well on Alabama-rigged swimbaits in 10 feet of water. No report on bream or catfish.
Lake Frierson State Park said the water is murky and high. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft plastics. Saugeye are sporadic lately, but a few have been caught.
Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are at 380 cfs at the spring and water clarity is clear. Y2K bug patterns have not worked well over the last week. Mayfly emergers and black and olive woolly buggers have been the ticket. Trout Magnets in red and purple haze having been working well. During the day there have been mayfly and caddis hatches. During hatches emergers are usually the most productive.
Local angler Jessie James (870-355-7800) said bream were caught on live crickets around docks, brush piles and cypress trees. Catfishing is fair on cut bait in deep holes and along the old river channel. Crappie have been caught on live shiners and black/yellow tubes around docks and brush piles. Bass have been caught around ledges and points on ½-oz. white spinnerbaits with white blades and on white Rat-L-Traps.
Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of MonticelloBigBass.com 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 surface temps rose to 50-54 degrees last week. The lake level is 259.34 msl and is falling. Discharge rate at the dam decreased to 6,096 cfs. Clarity and visibility is slowly improving, and is 5-8 inches in the river. River Run East facilities and Paraloma Park are closed. All other ramps and USACE parks are open. The best bass bite continues to be pitching jigs, 10-inch worms, tubes, spinnerbaits and soft-plastic lizards to stumps, grass, dead lily pad stems and wood laydowns in the oxbows, away from river current and muddy water, or behind points and cuts of the river. Bass have begun staging in deeper creek channel swings near spawning flats. Black/blue Gene Larew Hog Craws, Yum Wooly Bugs and or lizards are working well on stumps in 8-10 feet of water. War Eagle spinnerbaits in Spot Remover, Hot Mouse, or Cole Slaw colors are working well in the clearest water you can find. Rat-L-Traps in Toledo Gold, Red Chrome, Red Zombie or Sexy Zombie colors continue catching some bass when deflected off stumps in 5 to 6 feet of water. A few white bass continue to be found above Arkansas Hwy 71 bridge on points and cuts, and were hitting Rat-L-Traps and Bomber crankbaits up Little River. Within the next few weeks, based on current surface water temps, these whites should begin their annual spawning runs to Patterson Shoals. No report on crappie. Catfish remain very good on trotlines, yo-yos and tight lines along current and break lines in the outer bends of Little River with the increase in current and high discharge rate at the dam. Blues, flatheads and channel cats were biting best on cut shad and blood bait in 12-15 feet of water on the outer break lines in current or on yo-yos tied along Little River in 14-15 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 Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 542.95 MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).
Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is at normal level. The surface temperature is 55 degrees. The water is clear in deep areas and murky at15 feet and shallower. Crappie are biting well on minnows and Tennessee shad-colored jigs in 8 to 12 feet of water. White bass are excellent in shallow spawning areas up the creeks and river. Stripers also are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters near spawning areas. Black bass are biting well on crankbaits. Walleye are fair upriver in their spawning areas.
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 Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 407.24 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).
Local angler George Graves said water temperature is in low 50s and the lake is clear as far as Point 14 and slightly stained to Cox Creek. Bass fishing is fair and getting better as the fish move shallower and start to school in preparation for the spawn. Alabama-rigged swim baits have made some nice catches. Fish are still at 10-15 feet and the main lake points are best. Some nice Kentucky bass have been caught from rocky points and bluffs. Use a Finesse worm in green pumpkin or cotton candy down the deep points to about 20 feet. Bluffs at Point 28 and across from Point 15 have been productive. Best areas for bass have been between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar, with the west shore of Goat Island as good as any. Crappie fishing is picking up but fish are still on deep structure. Fish vertically over the thickest part of the brush and close to cover. Use a 2-inch grub in shad patterns on a 1/16-ounce jig head and fish very slowly with very little jigging motion. The best crappie fishing is between Point 14 and Point Cedar. Hybrid bass fishing remains good, especially the Shouse Ford area. Fish generally are about 15 feet deep. Best pattern has been to slow troll a five-arm U rig with 3-inch curly tail grubs. Best colors are white, chartreuse glitter and clear glitter. The big flat west of Goat Island, around Point 15 and the mouth of Woodall Cove are best. Bream fishing is fair on red worms and crickets.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.45 feet MSL.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie biting well around brush piles at the dam area and upper Fourche River around the low-water bridge and Sunlight Bay area on no. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shads, Slab Slay'rs and Stroll'rs in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white shad. Bream are slow.
Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are slow on crickets and worms. Catfishing is fair on worms and minnows.
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. Catfish are biting on stink bait and livers in the river. Other species are slow.
Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows in 3 feet of water. No report on any other species..
Regina Olson at Spadra Marina said crappie have slowed significantly. A few fish are still biting on pumpkinseed, red/clear glitter and black/chartreuse jigs. The best action seems to be coming from Horsehead Creek and Piney Bay. Catfish were biting very well over the weekend. Several anglers limited out fishing off the bank at Spadra Park. Night crawlers and shad seem to be the best bait choices. Largemouth bass have been biting fairly well on Skinny Dippers and Alabama rigs. The best bass reports are coming from Piney Bay to Russellville.
Blue Mountain Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.5 feet MSL.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.74 MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).
Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service had no report.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports had no report.
Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 50 to 54 degrees and is clearing. Largemouth bass are still excellent on watermelon or black/blue jigs. Alabama-rigged swimbaits are producing many good bass and the occasional striper from 25 to 40 feet deep. Walleye are still fair and being caught on bottom-bouncer jigs, spoons and trolled deep-diving crankbaits in 25 to 35 feet of water around brush. Stripers are very good and being caught with live bait and trolled hair jigs or crank baits in 18 to 25 feet of water up the river channels and in major creek basins. Crappie are very good near and over brush in water 15 to 25 feet deep on minnows and Tennessee shad- or rainbow trout-colored grubs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and jug lines baited with live or cut bait and set 20 to 30 feet deep.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports had no report.
For a daily fishing report from Darryl Morris, visit Family Fishing Trips.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 47 to 50 degrees. Clear conditions exist for several miles downstream and moss growth is still low. Beginning Saturday, March 3rd both Lake Hamilton and Catherine will begin to refill to normal summertime levels. Each lake will rise 7 to 8 inches per day and be completed on March 11th. Rainbow trout fishing is excellent around shoals on olive or black woolly buggers under a strike indicator. Small white streamers, orange and yellow egg patterns and micro-jigs are working equally well. Bank fishermen are doing well on corn, wax worms and marshmallows and Power Bait. Crankbaits that imitate shad or crawfish and brown or silver Rooster Tails have been good in the current. Walleye are spawning in the tailrace, but few have been caught. Striper activity is also slow, but as the water continues to warm, more stripers will be present and feeding on shad and trout.
Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the water is still high and the surface temperature is 49 degrees. Crappie fishing has picked up. Anglers are catching their limits on jigs and minnows. Bream are biting fairly well on worms. Bass are slow.
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 the water is clear and at normal level. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits around trees in coves. Bream are biting well on crickets around docks and trees. Crappie are biting well on jigs. No report on catfish.
Storm Creek Lake
Mississippi River State Park said bass and crappie are still biting well on small jigs around points. Catfishing is fair on minnows. Bream are fair on crickets.
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear and at normal level. The water temperature is in the low 50s. Crappie are fair below Lock One on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on square-billed crankbaits, flukes and tubes between locks two and three. Catfishing is fair on chicken liver and cut bait below Lock One. Walleye are fair on large Kalin’s grubs and spoons.
Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is high and stained. Crappie are biting well on yo-yos baited with minnows. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.
Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and slightly high. Camp Carefree’s ramp may be underwater, but the rest of the ramps are in good shape. Bream are biting well on wax worms fished around piers. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs around piers. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and silver casting spoons fished around lily pad stems. Catfishing is good on stinkbait and cut bait around cypress trees. Limblines and yo-yos also are producing well.