Arkansas Weekly Fishing Report March 21, 2012

Fishing Highlight of the Week:  Heavy rain can cause major changes to your favorite fishing hole so be prepared. Contrary to popular belief, many people involved in boating accidents are not novices – they are seasoned veterans of the water who often are very familiar with their surroundings. Take nothing for granted, follow safety guidelines and keep a wary eye, especially after pounding rain Arkansas recently received.

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.

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said all gates at the dam are open because of the potential for flooding. No fishing report..

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 high. Trout are biting on spinners and night crawlers when water is up; wax worms, marshmallows and PowerBait when water is down.

Greers Ferry

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 465.44 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level was falling before the rain, but is expected to rise quickly. The water temperature is 56 to 68 degrees. White bass and hybrids are hit-or-miss with the fluctuating water, but most are on the move to river arms and creeks. Try grubs, inline spinners and jerkbaits. Bass fishing is slow, but most are shallow and should turn on soon. Crappie are beginning to move shallow, but most are still deep. Try fishing minnows and jigs around shallow brush or a Slab Hunter spoon in deeper water. Bream are moving shallow as well. Try crickets and crawlers. Walleye have finished their spawn, and are moving back to the main lake. They are beginning to hit on crankbaits, grubs and minnows on windblown points and humps.
 
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com 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 generation has been continuous with flows to 7,200 cfs. Midge and sow bug patterns have been good for fly-fishing. Zebra midges in gray/silver and black/silver are working, along with Ray Charles sow bugs. Small streamers in olive are working also. Woolly buggers and pine squirrel zonkers have been the best bet. With the high flows, try a heavier rod and big streamers.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said clarity is average and the water is high. Bream are picking up on minnows, worms and crickets. Crappie are good to excellent with minnows and jigs. Bass are good to excellent on worms, lizards, minnows and spinnerbaits. Catfish are fair on night crawlers.
 
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 the lake is 3 feet high and rising. Bass and crappie are spawning. Bream and catfish are doing well. It’s a guess what the high water will do to the spawn.

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 lake is 3 feet high and rising. Bass and crappie are spawning. Bream and catfish are doing well. It’s a guess what the high water will do to the spawn.
 
 
Lake Cargile
 
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is 3 feet high and rising. Bass and crappie are spawning. Bream and catfish are doing well. It’s a guess what the high water will do to the spawn.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level was an inch or two above the spillway before the rain. The water temperature is about 55 degrees on the main lake and 63 degrees in the coves. Largemouth bass are excellent. They are biting jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and soft-plastics cast in shallow water near spawning flats. Spotted bass are biting excellently on Rooster Tails, wacky-rigged floating worms and jighead worms in 2 to 5 feet of water. White bass are excellent. The whites are on both sides of the Ark. Highway 10 Bridge. In shallow water, use Rattlin’ Rogues, Sassy Shads and Rooster Tails. In deep water, switch to spoons, grubs and heavy inline spinners. Most of the limits are coming from the river above the lake.  Crappie are excellent on small jigs, grubs and minnows in 4 to 10 feet of water on the edges of creek channels. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms fished 10 to 15 feet deep. Catfishing is very good on trotlines baited with large minnows and prepared bait.
 
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on wax worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on live minnows and Popsicle- and Tennessee shad-colored grubs fished on a clip-cork rig over PVC cover. Rogues are working, too. White bass are moving to the west end of the lake and are biting well on spoons and Rattlin’ Rogues around the Arkansas Highway 10 bridge. They’re also being caught in Maumelle River on the far west end of the lake on white beetle spins, white jigs, white Rooster Tails and tight-lined minnows. Largemouth bass are biting well on crawfish Model A Bombers, black/blue single spins and June bug lizards. Catfishing is good on trotlines, 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 good with Doc’s Stinkbait. Trout are fair with marshmallows, night crawlers or Berkley PowerBait.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) aid bream are good on crickets. Crappie are fair on Kalin’s grubs. Bass are fair on watermelon seed lizards. Catfish are good on minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said bream are good on crickets. Crappie are good on Kalin’s grubs. Bass are good on watermelon seed lizards.   

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. Use night crawlers for catfish.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Maumelle and Little Maumelle rivers: Bream are good in shallow lily pad fields with crickets, red worms and wax worms. Crappie are excellent in cypress trees with black and chartreuse and red and chartreuse tube jigs, Kalin’s grubs and yo-yos with minnows. Largemouth bass are biting well on Rattlin’ Rogues, tandem willow spinnerbaits (chartreuse and white and black and blue) and jig and pig combos. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and chicken hearts.
In the main channel: Crappie are good on live minnows in backwaters. Bass are good on chartreuse or red crankbaits. Catfish are excellent on trotlines or jugs with skipjacks or slicks.
At Palarm Creek: Bream are good in shallow lily pad fields with crickets, red worms and wax worms.Crappie are excellent in cypress trees with black and chartreuse and red and chartreuse tube jigs, Kalin’s grubs and yo-yos with minnows. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and chicken hearts. Largemouth bass will hit black and chartreuse shallow crankbaits and black Getzits.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is muddy. Bream are fair to good. Crappie are fair to good in shallow water. Bass and catfish are fair to good. 
  
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958)
had this report about the Burns Park area: Bream are poor. Crappie are hitting pink minnows on slip cork rigs. Bass are good on tube jigs, and black and chartreuse shallow-diving crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut skipjack.
At Fourche Creek: Bream are poor. Crappie are good on pink minnows with slip cork rigs and Kalin 2-inch grubs (lemon meringue). Catfish are excellent on trotlines and jugs with chicken hearts and cut bait. White bass are hitting Gay Blades.
At Murray Lock and Dam: No report on bream. Crappie are excellent with white and chartreuse tube jigs and money Kalin 2-inch grubs. White bass are hitting white and white/chartreuse Twister Tails. Catfish are excellent on cut bait. Sauger are good with large minnows, and large tube jigs with pink heads.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no report on fishing.
 
Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no report on fishing.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731)  said the water is dingy and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on 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 good on wax worms and crickets, and red worms in about 4 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows and black or chartreuse tube jigs. Bass are fair on shallow KVD crankbaits (chartreuse with black back) and plastic worms, especially 7½-inch Culprits in black grape, and large minnows.. Catfishing is good on cut bait, chicken hearts and night crawlers.
 
 
Lake Willastein
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are good on crickets, red worms and wax worms. Crappie are good on Kalin grubs, especially Tennessee shad with chartreuse tail, and live minnows. Bass are good on June bug lizards and tandem leaf spinners. Catfish are excellent on chicken hearts, night crawlers and shrimp.

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said rainbow trout are good but more difficult to catch because of an algae bloom.

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

Guide Davy Wotton said generation has been erratic, making it difficult to find fish and a consistent pattern. During high water, algae is flowing downstream, making it hard to keep your line and lure clean. There have been some periods of low water and some opportunities for wade fishing. Caddis are emerging during the day, offering good fishing on dry flies, soft hackles and wet flies. Scuds, sow bugs, midges, baetis and mayfly nymph imitations are working well. While fishing from a boat, drift a white tail, prism midge, hare’s ear nymph or prince nymph in low flows. For high flows, choose streamers, crayfish imitations and sculpins to search for a trophy brown trout.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said trout were biting well on the White River before the rain. Now the river is very high and muddy from the Buffalo River to Reds Landing. Some smallmouth were beginning to bite in the Buffalo on dark green on pumpkinseed tubes fished on 1/8-oz. jigheads before the rain.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river level was at 18 feet and rising Wednesday morning at Arkansas Highway 14; the river was closed to floating.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab was reading above 17 feet (high) and rising Wednesday morning.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 656.10 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye are spawning on main lake points and biting on stick baits late during the day and at night. Bass are moving into main lake creek coves and pockets, and biting on Carolina-rigged lizards and centipedes. Crappie are in shallow water and biting on grubs and Swim N Minnows. White bass are moving into creeks and coves and biting on anything that looks like a shad.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the lake level was 654.1 feet and generation had been around the clock with 1-2 units (2,000 cfs and spikes to 18,000 cfs) during the week. 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 551.94 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 great this March. Bass, crappie, walleye, stripers, monster bluegills and white bass are all doing great.

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 the Norfork Lake “night bite” is in full swing from what I experienced this evening. I ended up landing two stripers, four hybrids and a handful of largemouth and spotted bass. I could hear fish breaking the surface all around me. The fish started to bite around 8 p.m. and it didn’t stop until I had to quit about 10:30. I noticed it was already 10:30 p.m., which is later than I normally fish. The surface water temperature was in the upper 50s. I was throwing a bone/orange Rogue. On another note, the whites have started their run and are being found back in the creeks.

Guide Steve Olomon said the striper bite has been hit and miss but the bite should get good any day, and the night bite will only get better in the weeks ahead. There are a few stripers and hybrids chasing baitfish to the surface in the morning. I had my wife out yesterday and she caught four bass that weighed a little over 16 pounds. They were caught on a single swim bait. She also lost a good striper on a swim bait. We also caught a  few smallies (one was 4½ pounds) on the swim bait and Bass Assassins. We found a pocket that had hybrids in it and they were caught on the same baits. Earlier in the week, a client caught a 5½-pound largemouth and a 4-pound smallie on a Bass Assassin. Remember that when you fish at night for stripers, if you use a stick bait, reel it slowly. Look in the back of the creeks for some activity.

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

Norfork Tailwater

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 the lake level was 552 feet and generation had been continuous with flows to 3,000 cfs and peaks to 6,000 cfs. 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 1,122.05 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 1,120 MSL).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said break out your top-water baits! Stripers are schooling all over the lake. Stripers will be very active and can be taken on live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back 10-35 feet deep. Stripers will be found near large schools of bait. White bass are running and can be caught using white Rooster Tails, spoons, small curly tail grubs in various colors and live bait fished under a cork.

JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) ) said bass have been biting well on Alabama-rigged 4-inch swimbaits and 4-inch curly tailed grubs in shad or green pumpkin colors along channel ledges close to the bank. Crawdad-colored crankbaits and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits fished slowly along chunk rock and gravel banks also are working well on largemouth bass.  Crappie fishing has been outstanding from midday through the afternoon. Fish have been suspending near the surface around brush and pole timber at the edge of creek channels. Anglers have been catching the most crappie on 2-inch black/chartreuse or white swimbaits and tubes fished on a 1/32-oz. jighead under a cork. Blue Springs, Friendship Creek and Piney Creek have all been good places to look for crappie. White bass have been holding close to channels upriver.  Schools can be found on the perimeters of groups of trees and at channel bends.  A shad-colored 3-inch swimbait or a ¼-oz. Rat-L-Trap has worked well. Fish have been caught from the Ark. Highway 412 access to Neal’s Bluff. Catfishing has been good late in the day from the bank using liver or night crawlers in Hickory Creek.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs 4-6 feet deep. Bass are good on crankbaits and Alabama rigs with jerk baits and jigs. Walleye and white bass are hitting crankbaits, jigs and Rooster Tails.   
 
Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said there had been low water for wade fishing morning and afternoon. Generation has been once per day with flows to 8,000 cfs in the late evening. 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), and egg and worm patterns.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said conditions are good. Water temperature is in the 60s and clear, with a 6-inch rise in pool elevation . Suspending jerk baits , Wiggle Warts in crawdad colors, and spinner baits are working well for bass. Shiney Hiney crappie jigs cast from a boat and red/chartreuse tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles (vertical jigging at 7 feet) have caught large stringers of crappie. Crickets and worms have been good for bluegill. For catfish, use cut and stressed bluegill strips. Live perch work best for flatheads.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was at 13 feet (high) and rising Wednesday.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good on worms, crickets and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good with a variety of lures. Catfish are fair with worms and chicken liver. White bass might be caught while anglers are after crappie.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and normal. Bream are good shallow on minnows and worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs 4 feet deep. Bass are good with spinners, crankbaits and plastic worms. Catfish are good on chicken livers. Walleye are hitting anything that looks like shad below the dam.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides said flows were at 415 cfs. White bass are staging along sandbars and creek mouths for their annual spawning run. The run is in full swing near the mouth of Richland Creek. 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. Temperatures have been averaging over 60 degrees for several days.

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 water temperature is rising, and crappie fishing is picking up. Most of the crappie are being caught on minnows in 5 to 10 feet of water. Bass are excellent on crankbaits fished around shallow water. Catfish are biting well on worms and stinkbait.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and normal. Bream are fair on worms and fish are starting to frequent the dock. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on Alabama rigs and jigs.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park
said the water is stained and normal. Bream are fair on red worms. Crappie are poor. Bass are fair to good on plastic worms, spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on night crawlers and stink baits. Saugeye are poor.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water level is at 450 cfs at the spring and water clarity is poor. Heavy rains have water levels above average. It has not been a total blowout. Most of the heavy rains have stayed to the west of the river. The river has been fishable all week. Extra care should be taken when wading in the river with higher levels. Hot flies this week have been Old Yellers, snails, Y2Ks and brownies. During the last week, running a dropper below a woolly or a Y2K has helped. Trout Magnets in fluorescent orange, pink and chartreuse are hot.

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 MonticelloBigBass.com 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 MonticelloBigBass.com 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 heavy rain. Largemouth bass are beginning to congregate in creek channels and ditches, and bites can be found throughout the afternoon. Little River’s oxbows during the last week had improved water clarity. Lake level as of Monday was 260.00 mfsl and rising, which was 10 inches above normal. The tailwater level as of Monday was 238.24 mfsl and rising. The lake will continue rising throughout the week and upcoming weekend, well above 260 mfsl by week’s end. Clarity and visibility as of Monday on main lake diminished with all the thunderstorms and fresh incoming water; stained somewhat in the river and main lake structure. The oxbows’ clarity is better, albeit, with some stain, ranging 12-20 inches. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically. The best largemouth bass bite during the last week and aggressiveness of prespawn bass continues improving with the increase of surface temperatures. Numerous techniques are catching bass, including buzz baits, Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, spinner baits, Smithwick Rogues, and soft-plastic shad jerk baits. Lizards, spinner baits and buzz baits, worked around stumps, grass and dead lily pads are working, too. We have seen largemouths over beds in the last week. 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 much patience. Yum Wooly Bugs and Berkley Pit Bosses in watermelon red or California colors are working also on the pre-spawn or bedding bass. In the oxbows, pitch a brown/pumpkinseed/chartreuse, or hot PB&J, or diablo craw-colored StrikeWorks jig around stumps, laydowns and in lily pad stems. Rat-L-Traps continue to get bites from aggressive prespawn males and female bass that are yet to commit to the bed and still staging. Best colors continue to be Toledo gold, red chrome, red zombie or sexy zombie. White bass continue to congregate and are being found above Arkansas Highway 71 bridge on points and cuts, and were hitting Rat-L-Traps and Bomber crankbaits up Little River.  Based on current surface water temps, whites are beginning their annual spawning migration runs to Patterson Shoals. Crappie are about to spawn. 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 544.32 feet MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear and at normal level.Gream are biting well on crickets in shallow water. Crappie are excellent in 3-8 feet of water. Bass are good 5-10 feet deep on topwaters, crankbaits and plastics. Catfish are good on worms upriver. Walley are good with crankbaits and topwaters upriver. Stripers and white bass are excellent, especially in the eventings with crankbaits and topwaters.

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 had no report.

DeGray Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 408.01 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).

Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature was in the mid-60s and the lake was clear up to point 14, discolored up to Point Cedar and muddy in the upper reaches.
Bass fishing is good with lots of good reports of fish taken from both main and secondary points. The fish are in 3 to 10 feet of water. Medium-running crank-baits are the top producers, followed by swim baits such as the Zoom Swimming Fluke, in albino or white. Most any shad pattern will work on the cranks. Best areas have been where the water is discolored – from Arlie Moore to Shrouse Ford. Quite a few nice Kentucky bass reported coming from rocky points and bluffs in water 10-20 feet deep. Try a Texas-rigged Zoom Finesse worm in green pumpkin/red flake. Kentuckys are in the same areas as the largemouths.  Crappie fishing is hit-and-miss with only a few decent catches reported. The high water has the fish in the shoreline cover and shallow. Look for fish in spawning coves around shallow (6-8 feet) brush. Use a float with a minnow and fish as close to the cover as possible. A jig with a 2-inch curly tail jig will work. Best time for shallow spawning crappies is early in the morning and in the evening. Best areas have been between Arlie Moore and Shrouse Ford. Hybrid fishing is slow with most of the fish far up the Caddo River going through their false spawn. Very few of these fish are biting because of muddy water. A few small fish were reported off Point 15, Woodall Cove and on the west side of Goat Island. Slow troll a U rig with 3-inch white, curly tail grubs. Plenty of small bream are in the attractors that hold crappie, anywhere from 6-20 feet deep. Use crickets or red worms and keep moving until you find the school. Look for fish in coves with lots of cover.
West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 350.87 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)

Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello said crappie are biting on minnows and night crawlers are working for catfish. Bream are hitting red worms and crappie are hitting 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) said the water is high and clear. Bream are poor. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs on the south side of the lake. Bass are good on minnows and spinner baits. Catfish are good on worms.

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina said fishing was excellent before the rain. Largemouth bass are biting well on black/blue jigs and tubes, red/orange lipless crankbaits and watermelon/red flake Texas-rigged lizards. Many anglers report limits of catfish being caught in a few hours on shad, bass minnows and night crawlers. Crappie are biting well on No. 1-size crappie minnows and on green or silver jigs. White bass are making a spawning run in Spadra Creek, and many have been caught on yellow beetle spins.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 397.06 feet MSL.

Lake Ouachita

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 579.28 feet MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service said Largemouth bass are biting well on Senkos fished in 5 to 10 feet of water. Stripers are in the creeks and river arms, but are hit-or-miss.

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

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

Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said heavy rains have caused Entergy to run around-the-clock generation in an effort to bring Lake Ouachita out of flood pool and keep all area lakes at normal summer levels. This process will continue for some time until lake levels return to normal. Boaters are urged to use extreme caution when navigating the Carpenter Dam tailrace as very swift currents make the entire area dangerous. Rainbow trout fishing has been very slow. Fast water forces trout toward the bank, and some bank anglers have caught trout on wax worms or redworms with a marshmallow floater or on white or yellow Power Bait. Crappie have moved into the tailrace with the smaller males being caught on live minnows and white jigs fished near the bank around rock structure. Stripers are biting fairly well near the bank as they feed on shad and trout. Alabama-rigged swimbaits have worked well.

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 bass have slowed slightly, but have been hitting spinnerbaits with copper and chrome blades. Bream are fair on crickets. Most of the fish are moving into the shallows of Taylor’s pasture at the north end of the lake. 

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said crappie are biting well on live minnows. Bream are biting on crickets early in the mornings. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear and at normal level. No report on bream. Crappe are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on crankbaits, Flukes and Getzits.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is dingy and high. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on crankbaits. Catfish are good on trotlines.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good, especially on worms around piers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in shallow water and around lily pads and piers. Bass are good with spinners and plastic worms fished in shallow water. Catfish are good on just about anything.

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