Arkansas Weekly Fishing Report March 14, 2012

Fishing Highlight of the Week:  Lake Dunn in Village Creek State Park near Wynne produced a 16-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass Feb. 28, which would have topped the 16-pound, 4-ounce state record caught by the late Aaron Mardis March 2, 1976. The problem was Paul Caldwell, who has fished the lake for years, did not hold a current Arkansas fishing license when he caught the behemoth bass.

Arkansas and White river levels are available HERE

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

For water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, click HERE

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 HERE 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 at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets just 1½-2 feet from the bank. Crappie are excellent about 3 feet deep around cypress trees. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits. Catfish are hitting minnows and cut bait on yo-yos and trotlines.

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 wax worms, marshmallows and PowerBait when the water is low and on spinners and night crawlers when the flow increases.

Greers Ferry

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 464.25 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling, and water temperature  ranges from 50-60 degrees and warming. Bass are on the move toward the banks and can be caught on rocky banks with crankbaits, spinner baits and jigs all over the lake. Hybrids and white bass fishing is good up the major creeks with the water clearing up. Try Road Runners, Arkansas claw and grubs. Walleye are getting finished up in the rivers; lake walleye will get started soon, and you will be able to catch numbers then on ’crawlers on jig heads. Bream have moved up and are eating crickets. No report on catfish. Crappie are showing up in the shallows and being caught using jigs and minnows. The next week should be really good.
Cody S. Smith of said the water level has risen is the last week and continues to rise as copious amounts of runoff are still entering the reservoir. Water surface temperature has saturated through the entire north end with the exception of the runoff, which seems to be running about 51 degrees in most locations. We had a really good bite going here on the reservoir until we got the rain. With all the extra water, most fish are still in the same locations, just not tightly bunched and feeding. By the time the weekend gets here, we should see a very good spring bite return and continue into the early summer months. Daily conditions will affect the current bite; fronts, rain, thunder and temperature should be considered when choosing your presentation and location on the reservoir.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is at 464 feet, which is 2.5 feet into flood pool. Generation has been once per day with flows to 3,000 cfs. Midge and sowbug patterns have been good for fly-fishing. Zebra midges in gray/silver and black/silver are working along with Ray Charles Sowbugs. Small streamers in olive are working also. Woolly Buggers and Pine Squirrel Zonkers have been the best bet.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on spinners and plastic worms. Catfish are hitting minnows.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) ) said crappie are biting well on No. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad, Slab Slay’R and Stroll’R in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish are good on minnows and worms in shallow water and deep boat runs. Bass are good on worms, spinnerbaits and Rooster Tails. Bream are biting well.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said water is about 2 feet high and murky; surface temperature is about 57 degrees. Spawn is about to begin. Some fish have been caught close to the bank in the grass using chartreuse Cubby lures, Road Runners and salt/pepper Lil’ Hustler jigs. Bream are starting to be picked up on red worms, crickets and wax worms. Catfish are hitting yo-yos and noodles pretty good. Bass are being caught close to the banks in the grass on plastic worms and spinner and buzz baits.

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well around dock, brush piles and dam area, but moving around. No. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad, Stroll’R and Slab Slay’R in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white baby shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the water is still high but boats can be launched. Bass are close to the banks, getting ready to spawn. Crappie are in the buck brush and hitting white/chartreuse jigs and No. 6 minnows. Catfish are good on large minnows and cut shad. Bream are hitting crickets and red worms.

Lake Maumelle

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 pink minnows and popsicle-colored Kalin’s grubs fished on a slip-cork rig set 12 to 14 feet deep over PVC cover. White bass are moving to the west end of the lake and are biting well on spoons and Rattlin’ Rouges around the Arkansas Highway 10 bridge. Some white bass are being caught in Maumelle River on the far west end of the lake on white Beetle Spins. Largemouth bass are biting well on peanut butter and jelly and black/blue jigs near main lake points and channels. Catfishing is good on trotlines set in 10 to 12 feet of water, baited with live bream and large minnows.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are fair in coves and brush piles on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay’R in red/chartreuse, bone white and pearl and orange/chartreuse. No. 6 minnows are working, along with PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow in 12-20 feet of water. White bass are biting well in the channel and river on Rooster Tails and shad.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is excellent on chicken hearts and nightcrawlers. Trout are biting well on Berkley Power Bait.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is high. No fishing report.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is high. No fishing report.    

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello said wind and rain have kept most anglers off the main channel of the river. Catfish are good behind jetties; use whole shad. Whites and stripers are in creek mouths; use fire tiger Rat-L-Traps. Whites and stripers are very good below locks 9 and 10; use whole shad. Kentucky bass are fair.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair in Maumelle River and Little Maumelle River on crickets and wax worms. Crappie are biting well in backwater areas on pink/white or red/chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are biting well on gold/black Rattlin’ Rouges, shad-colored Rat-L-Traps and white spinnerbaits fished around backwater areas. Spotted bass are biting well on red Model A Bomber crankbaits and black/red or black/chartreuse jigs fished around jetties in the main channel. Catfishing is good on trotlines, jugs and yo-yos baited with skipjack, live minnows and chicken hearts

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is high and muddy. Crappie are good on black/chartreuse and red/chartreuse jigs fished around backwater stumps. Bass are spawning and can be taken on spinners, lizards and Senkos. 
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well on pink minnows fished under a slip-cork rig near the main channel and in Fourche Creek. White/chartreuse or silver glitter tube jigs are working well near Murray Lock and Dam. White bass are biting well near the dam on spoons, Little Georges and Gay Blades fished near the bottom. White bass are fair near Burns Park on live minnows and white curly tailed grubs. Catfishing is good near the main channel on cut shad, skipjack and live green sunfish.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water below Terry Lock and Dam is clear and at normal level. No report on fishing.
Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471)  said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs, and yo-yos baited with minnows. No report on any other species.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731)  said the water is dingy and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on yo-yos baited with minnows and on jigs. Catfishing is good on yo-yos baited with minnows.   

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on wax worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and red/white or chartreuse tube jigs. Bass are fair on chartreuse/white double-willow leaf spinnerbaits and shad-colored Bomber crankbaits. Catfishing is good on live green sunfish and cut bait

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and normal with two generators running. Trout are good on midges, nymphs woolly buggers and streamers in swift current. Rainbows are hitting anything – spinners, spoons, PowerBait and PowerWorms.

Randy Oliver at (901-832-1903) said rain has muddied the water, with two to four generators running most days.

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 Buffalo City to Reds Landing water levels have been low for the last 10 days. We are not getting any flow from the Buffalo. Fishing has been very good in the low-water conditions. Rapalas in the deeper holes and Zig Jigs everywhere else. The wind has been an issue for a week making it very difficult to work jigs properly.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river levels are 5/12 feet and 1,330 cfs at Ponca; 9.14 feet and 2,880 cfs at Pruitt; 11.87 feet and 8,330 cfs at Tyler Bend, and 9.22 feet and 6,790 cfs at Buffalo Point. Water temperatures range from 50-57 degrees, right at the point where fishing (catching) starts getting better for smallmouth bass. That is not saying that you can't catch them in cooler water; it just gets tougher. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes and shallower waters on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing and a warm rain, fishing should really pick up. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab is reading 13.13 ft and 1,850 cfs. Water temperatures have been averaging 55 degrees.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.03 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service
said walleye and bass are in shallow water and biting on Alabama rigs, stick baits, spinner baits, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are biting on minnows and jigs fished about 6 feet deep over brush piles, and should be moving to the spawning banks soon. Try casting smoke or blue thunder 2-inch Swimming Minnows on 1/16-ounce jigheads on windy gravel banks in the creeks. White bass are biting in the late afternoon in the back of the creeks in less than 10 feet on white jigs, Rooster Tails and small crankbaits.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is 653.6 feet, 0.4 feet below the top of conservation pool. Generation has been around the clock with 1-2 units (3,000 cfs and spikes to 7,000 cfs) during the week and no generation sometimes during the weekend. Caddis patterns are the preferred flies now. Suggested patterns include Prince nymph, Zugbug, Hare ’n’ Copper (olive), BH Z-Wing caddis (olive), partridge and peacock soft hackle, graphic caddis and elk hair caddis, all in size 14.

Lake Norfork

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 552.24 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 Tim Partin says fishing has been good for walleye and crappie. Sunfish are hitting worms around brush in the back of most coves. Bass are hitting swim baits fished 15-25 feet deep. White bass are starting to show up in the shallow water upstream, as are some stripers.

STR Outfitters Tom Reynolds says rain has triggered stripers to begin biting. The stripers are in deep water – 50-80 feet – but are in the 30-foot range, so stay in deep water but fish shallow during the day. Early daylight and evenings the stripers are moving to shore, feeding on crawdads. A 25, 18, 16 and two 12s were caught on shiners and shad recently.

Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric says walleye fishing has been really good upriver. A couple of friends had a great fishing trip using live chubs. Shiners and night crawlers should work as well. Walleye are in the middle of their spawn and should start moving downriver very soon. The after-dark rogue bite is starting to happen. Crappie are over brush in shallow water. You will find them 5-20 feet down. Live bait has been working best. I was netting many nice crappie back in the bayou in 10 feet of water. Start looking for several upcoming fishing events that will happen over the next couple of weeks. The white bass run and spawn should start to happen any time. You will be able to find these fish on very shallow flats and in the back of creeks; smaller hybrids will be hanging with them. The after-dark bite for stripers and walleye with slow rolling a jerk bait has already started, but will get much better once the water temperature gets closer to the mid 50s. Crappie will start to stage for their spawn. You will start to find crappie in very shallow water along banks in coves and creeks. Look for fallen timber that is lying in the water.

Guide Steve Olomon had no report.

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

Norfork Tailwater

Randy Oliver at (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 the lake level is 552.2 feet, 0.2 feet over the top of conservation pool. Generation has been usually twice per day with flows to 6,000 cfs with 2-6 hours each time. Over the weekend, it was continuous at 3,000 cfs. Midges and caddis are what the trout are keying on predominately now. Look for midging trout late morning and switch to caddis patterns sometime in the early afternoon. Suggested patterns include Zebra midge (black, gray and rusty brown), Parachute Adams, sow bug (gray and tan), scud (olive, gray and tan), Prince nymph, Zugbug, BH Z-Wing caddis (olive), Hare ’n’ Copper (olive), partridge and peacock soft hackle, graphic caddis (olive) and olive elk hair caddis.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,120.47 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 1,120 MSL).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the forecast for striped bass is good. Stripers are schooling all over the lake. They can be taken on live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back and 10-35 feet deep. Stripers are near large schools of bait and beginning to spawn. They also can be caught on white Rooster Tails, spoons, small curly tail grubs in various colors and live bait fished under a cork. Water surface temperature is in low to mid 50s. Some big walleye have been taken near the dam as they are using the riprap as spawning finishes up. Fishing is good at Point 4. Lots of bait in Big Clifty area. Stripers have been taken in deep water in front of the marina at Rocky Branch. Cedar Creek, Ford Creek and Goat Island are good. Walleye reported at Beaver Shores. Hickory Creek has a little of everything – stripers, white bass and walleye, as spawning run heats up. Check deep holes at War Eagle for stripers, whites and walleye. Most walleye are about 10-20 feet deep, fish are being taken off flats near the channel with a slow troll. Areas around the islands, Prairie creek and near points 12, 9, 8, and 7 have all been producing walleye. Flat-line troll with Hot N Tots, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripsticks in natural blue or black back combos, or chartreuse/orange and clown colors. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles are also producing.

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. Crappie are biting well on minnows and black/chartreuse and white jigs 5-12 feet deep. Bass are good on spinners, crankbaits and Alabama rigs with 2½-inch to 3½-inch swim baits and jigs. Stripers are good in the Prairie to Rocky Branch area with Alabama rigs and suspended jerk baits. Walleye and white bass are hitting live bait, jigs and Rooster Tails.  
Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is 1120.3 feet. There has been low water for wade fishing late morning and afternoon. Generation has been once per day with flows from 3,500-4,000 cfs. Streamers early and late, and nymphing during the middle of the day are typical tactics now. Suggested patterns include; .56ers, Sparrows, Woolly Buggers, Zonkers, Sow Bug (tan and gray), scuds (olive, tan and gray), pheasant tails, zebra midges (gray, red, black, cream, olive and rusty brown), egg and worm patterns.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said conditions continue to improve, with clear water in a normal pool level. Small 8-inch bass are feeding along warm shorelines. Suspending jerk baits is working well. A brown jig ’n’ frog has proved effective for bigger bass. Crappie are moving into shallower water, as well as bluegill. Small minnows or small crappie jigs tipped with live worms or Crappie Nibbles are working best. No reports on anyone fishing for catfish. Cut and stressed perch is the food of choice for Mr. Catfish.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview is reading 4.24 ft. and 569 cfs. Water temperatures are hitting near 52-58 degrees in the afternoon.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is murky and at normal level. Water temperature is 50 degrees in the shallows. Bream are fair on worms, crickets and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs; a stray white bass may be caught by crappie anglers. Bass are good with any artificial baits. Catfish are fair on chicken livers.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is high and muddy. Crappie are good 1-5 feet deep on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on spinners, crankbaits and plastic worms. White bass are hitting anything that looks like a shad. Catfish are good on worms and chicken liver.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides said white bass are starting to stage along sandbars and creek mouths for their annual spawning run. Use sink-tips with 4-foot leaders ending in 6- to 8-pound test. Suggested flies include Clouser Minnow (size 4-6), lead-eyed Woolly Buggers (olive, brown, chartreuse, yellow and white), Crazy Dads (olive, brown and tan) and KC’s Slider.

War Eagle Creek

War Eagle Canoe ’n’ Outfitters said white bass are in the War Eagle Mill area and are biting Rooster Tails, spoons and live crawdads. Smallmouth bass are biting spoons in the current upriver and 4-inch plastic worms where the depths are at 3 feet and start to drop. Water will be clear by Friday and will offer a great opportunity for fisherman to catch some good fish this weekend.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Charles

Lake Charles State Park had no report.

Lake Poinsett

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.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and about 6 inches high. Crappie are good on minnows fished about 10 feet deep. Bass are good on crankbaits and Alabama rigs.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park said the water is high and murky. Bass are good on plastic baits. Catfish are good on worms and stink baits. Saugeye are good on crankbaits.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 365 cfs at the spring and water is clear. The fishing has been great over the last week on the days the wind has not been blowing. Caddis and mayflies are hatching during the day. Mark’s emergers and brownies have been doing really well. I have not seen trout coming up for dries but with all of the hatches, it could be possible. White and red Trout Magnets are doing very well also. The only big factor in the fishing over the last week has been the wind.

Southeast Arkansas
Lake Chicot
Local angler Jessie James (870-355-7800) said bream are all over the lake; crickets are the bait of choice. Catfish have been caught on cut bait and worms all over the lake. Crappie are bedding; use white or black 1/8-ounce spinner baits. White and black baits are working for bass on beds. Some bass are still coming up to spawn. A stringer of more than 20 pounds won a bass tournament last Saturday.

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

Lake Chicot State Park had no report.

Cane Creek Lake

Cane Creek State Park had no report.

Lake Monticello

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

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level continues rising above normal conservation pool after rain. Largemouth bass are beginning to congregate in creek channels and ditches, and bites are good throughout the afternoon. Little River's oxbows in the last week have much-improved water clarity. Warmer temperatures have increased surface-water temperatures, ranging from 59-68 degrees. The bass bite in the last week and aggressiveness of prespawn bass continues improving with the increase of surface temperatures. Buzz baits, Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, spinner baits, Smithwick Rogues, and soft-plastic shad jerk baits are working. Lizards, spinner baits and buzz baits, worked around stumps, grass, dead lily pad stems and wood laydowns in oxbows are working. We have seen 3- to 5-pound male largemouths making beds and some nice 5- to 8-pound females on beds. For these bedding bass, StrikeWorks jigs in watermelon magic or bruised turtle, and Lake Fork Super Tubes or lizards in black or black and blue colors, are working with patience. Yum Wooly Bugs in watermelon red are working also on the bedding bass. We are catching some 15- to 18-inch bass on stumps in 8- to 10-foot depths with magnum or over-sized tubes and slow-rolling large Booyah or War Eagle spinner baits in cole slaw, fire tiger or spot remover colors. Best colors of tubes in clearer water back in the oxbows are smoke/black/red flake, black/blue tail or purple smoke. For the oxbows, where the water is much, much clearer, pitching a brown/pumpkinseed/chartreuse, or Hot PB&J, or Diablo craw-colored StrikeWorks jig around stumps, laydowns and in lily pad stems is taking 17- to 19-inch bass. Rat-L-Traps continue to get bites from aggressive prespawn males and female bass. Best colors continue to be Toledo gold, red chrome, red zombie or sexy zombie colors. White bass continue to congregate and are being found up above Arkansas Highway 71 bridge on points and cuts, and were hitting Rat-L-Traps and Bomber crankbaits up Little River. These Whites are beginning their annual spawning runs to Patterson Shoals. Crappie are close to spawning. Jigs worked around cypress trees and knees were taking some nice slabs this week in 4- to 8-foot depths in the oxbows up Little River. Catfish remain very good this week on trot lines, yo-yos, tight lines, along current and break lines in the outer bends of Little River.

Lake Columbia

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report. 

Lake Erling

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report.

Lake Greeson

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 543.52 MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear but stained in the river channels, and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows in 3-15 feet of water. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft plastics in 3-8 feet of water. White bass are excellent on trolled crankbaits. Stripers are fair with trolled crankbaits. No report on catfish or walleye.

For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit Jerry Blake’s website,
Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)

Visit for a daily update on fishing conditions.

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 408.12 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).

Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is near 60 degrees and the lake is clear up to Point 14 and stained to muddy up to Amity. The fish of the week has to be bass. We’re getting a lot of reports of good catches coming from shallow main lake and secondary points in water 3-6 feet deep. Warm weather has pushed bass shallow as the prespawn begins. The best pattern has been shallow-running crankbaits in natural shad patterns. When the fish are schooling, the Alabama rig is taking its share. Use white Swimmin’ Flukes on the Alabama rig. Quite a few nice Kentucky bass showing up along the rocky bluffs and points. Use a 4-inch Finesse worm and work it down the rocky ledges to about 20 feet. Best bass fishing has been between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar, with Beaton and Point Cedar creeks producing well.Crappie fishing has slowed somewhat with the higher water – they are scattered between the deep and shallow attractors. Best bet is to keep trying different attractors until fish are found. On the deep attractors, 20-25 feet just fish a Tennessee shad grub or tube vertically with very little jigging action. On the shallow cover, 10-12 feet, cast the lure over the brush, count it down to just above the cover and slowly retrieve. If you think you are retrieving too slowly, go slower. Look for attractors outside spawning coves because fish are staging to move in for the spawn. Best areas are between Caddo Drive and Point Cedar. Hybrid fishing has slowed considerably because most of the fish are up the Caddo River going through their false spawn. No reports of fish catches up the Caddo because the river is too high and muddy. A few small fish reported in the Point 15 and Woodall Cove areas. Best pattern has been the U rig with 3-inch, white, curly tail grubs slowly trolled at about 15 feet down. Hybrid fishing will pick up in another week because the fish don’t stay up the river very long. Bream fishing is fair with some fish being taken from the same attractors that hold crappie. Use red worms or crickets on a No. 6 hook. Fish bait vertically just above and outside the brush.
West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 354.91 feet MSL.

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie biting great around brush piles at the dam area and upper Fourche River around low-water bridge in Sunlight Bay area on No. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad, Slab Slay’R and Stroll’R in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream are good. Bream are biting well.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting worms and crickets, and catfish are biting worms and minnows..

Fourche La Fave River

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the river is stained. Crappie are biting on minnows and worms in run-off areas like the Duck area and rivers; white/salt and pepper, and red/chartreuse shad and Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish are biting stink baits and livers.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) had no report.

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina said rainy weather did not keep the bass away last week. Saturday, a 7-pound, 6-ounce bass and a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass walked in the door. Can you imagine?  What a day for Classic Catch Guide Service! Get yourself a black and blue Chigger Craw – didn’t I say that last week? We have reports that Boogee Baits are doing very well. White and chartreuse and white have been the color choices. Crappie slowed with the rain. A 2-pound, 1-ounce crappie is winning the March crappie contest as of this week. It was caught on a crappie minnow. Popular jig choices are still in the natural cricket/pumpkin seed color range. Catfish have been tearing it up since the rain. Seems they are biting on just about anything; we have seen lots of night crawlers, green night crawlers and bass minnows going out the door. It will be interesting to see what the nice weather this week brings.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 394.40 feet MSL.

Lake Ouachita

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 578.94 MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service said bass fishing is picking up. A lot of fish are moving to pockets; better fish are on the points going into the spawning pockets. Spinner baits are producing well, along with jerk baits Stripers are fair but scattered in the creeks.

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports had no report.

Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 55-59 degrees and water is stained. Largemouth bass are excellent on a pig-and-jig in watermelon seed or black and blue. Alabama rigs are producing fish at 25-40 feet deep with shad-colored baits attached. Walleye are slow; they’re in the middle of spawning. Stripers are very good and being caught with live bait and trolling large hair jigs or crank baits 18-25 feet deep. Alabama rigs are working very well for these fish up the river channels and in major creek basins. Bream are fair and being caught on crickets or worms 20-25 feet deep. Crappie are good and being caught near and over brush. Try brush in water 15-25 feet deep. Minnows or crappie grubs are working best. Tennessee shad and rainbow trout are the best colors for artificial baits.  Catfish are fair and being caught on cut bait and live bait on jug lines and trot lines from 20-30 feet deep.                                                             

Lake Hamilton

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports had no report.

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

Lake Catherine

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Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports Entergy is running continuous generation until Lake Ouachita is out of the flood pool. Now that Lake Catherine is at normal summer pool, any flow from the dam greatly hampers the rainbow trout bite. Anglers need to be aware of this fact, and concentrate on areas that hold numbers of trout and use patience. Schools of fish move from place to place during periods of current so fishermen need to stay anchored and use basic techniques for success. Bank fishermen must look for areas protected from heavy flow and use wax worms or redworms with a marshmallow floater. Night crawlers cut in half also work well used in the same manner. Brightly colored PowerBaits work best because they resemble fish eggs which are a mainstay in the rainbow trout diet. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails over shallow flats have caught limits of fish in the 12-inch range. Small 1/16-ounce jigs in gray or white are a deadly presentation as threadfin shad are a main food source for all area fish. Trolling small crankbaits in the main channel has taken some trout, but this technique has failed to catch rainbows consistently. Until periods of slack water below the dam are scheduled, rainbow trout fishing will be slow and difficult. Crappie are migrating into the tailrace with a few caught on live minnows and jigs. The big numbers will be present in the next week with the larger females preparing to spawn. Some walleye are being caught on jerk baits and Carolina rigs with night crawlers. Big stripers are feeding on trout and shad below the bridge in the main channel in the late evening. Many of these fish are ignoring artificial lures and are being caught on gizzard or brood shad under a balloon. Heavy lines and tackle are advised with some of these bass weighing more than 40 pounds.

Lake Atkins

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.

South-Central Arkansas
White Oak Lake

No Report.

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 warm weather has turned on fish. In Ouachita River oxbows, bass are biting crankbaits extremely well. Running crankbaits about 4 feet deep around submerged timber has yielded some nice fish that are almost ready to spawn. Crappie also are starting to fire up. They’re being caught on fallen tops 4-6 feet deep on dark jigs and shiners.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing said some largemouth bass are starting to bed in shallows as weather warms.

East Arkansas
Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said fishing has really picked up in the last week. A 3¼-pound crappie was caught off the bank recently using live minnows. Bass are really biting well on pig’n’jigs and blue and white spinnerbaits. Bream are biting on crickets and wax worms. 

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said bass are biting well on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Bream are biting well on crickets an crappie are biting well on live minnows. Catfishing is good on limb lines baited with stink baits.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles. Bass are good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Catfish are poor. No reports on other species.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is stained, at normal level but rising. Fishing is slow because of the rising water. Crappie, however, are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on crankbaits.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good, especially on wax worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in bayous that run into the lake. Bass are good with spinners fished in shallow water. Catfish are excellent on worms, cut bait and just about anything.

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