Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas April 4, 2012

Fishing Highlight of the Week:  Fancy fly boxes can be expensive but there’s an alternative, especially if you like to travel light while you’re wading. Sometimes samples at women’s makeup counters come in tiny, plastic pill boxes with flip-top lids, just large enough for a couple of small flies. They’re not big enough for streamers but might be all you need for a few nymphs or beadheads.

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 the water level is normal but the lake is stained. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Crappie are jigs in cypress trees. Bass are good on plastic worms and lizards. Catfish are good with worms and stink bait.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) ) said the water is clear and high. Trout are biting well on spinners with Carolina rigs.

Greers Ferry

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 467.82 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said surface water temperature is in the mid-70s. Bass fishing is good if you can find them. Species are scattered out with the high water. They are in all three phrases of the spawn and you can catch them just about any way you like to fish.  Catfish are showing up some now with some being caught on jugs, trot lines and rod and reel, using crawdads, night crawlers and bream. Bream are biting pretty well on small crankbaits and crickets. Walleye are just about done upriver, but now the lake fish are showing up and biting some on night crawlers and crankbaits. Crappie are still in their spawn and are biting all over the lake, in the flooded buckbrush, and some are still suspended in front of the bushes; use jigs and minnows. Some white bass and hybrid bass are still up the rivers and some are in the lake chasing shad; try in-line spinners, grubs and the Arkansas Claw.
 
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is falling 4 inches per day with generation and spillways partly opened. Water surface temps are ranging in the upper 60s to lower 70s. We typically do not see water temperatures this high until Memorial Day. Fish have not responded to soaring temperatures as most would think. Photo period (amount of daylight) plays a huge role in spawning and water temperatures must be maintained for a successful spawn. White bass that made a huge push over the last week have backed out of traditional spawning areas and most still have eggs. We may see another push of spawning fish. Live bait methods have produced best in the last week with smaller Finesse-style presentations ruling the artificial world. In the Narrows and other parts of the north section of the lake, a thermocline is formed at the 30-foot range. It’s awfully early for this to be taking place but it’s forming.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides generation has been fairly continuous with flows 4,000-5,000 cfs. The water is clear and high. 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 Sowbugs. Small streamers in olive are working also. Woolly Buggers and Pine Squirrel Zonkers have been the best bets. With the high flows, try a heavier rod and big streamers.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the lake is clear and high. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. White bass are hitting a variety of reflective baits.
 
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) ) said crappie are biting well on No. 6 and No. 8 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, worms and goldfish in deep water. Bass are good on worms, spinnerbaits and Rooster Tails. Bream are biting worms, crickets and rock hoppers.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is is a little murky and about a foot high. Crappie are starting to spawn. They are being caught in 4 feet of water next to the bank. A pumpkinseed/chartreuse and solid chartreuse, and No. 6 minnows are working. Bream are starting to be caught on the bank; use wax worms and crickets, red worms also are good. Bass are doing on black worms and flukes. Catfish are hitting large minnows and cut bait.

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. Bream are hitting worms, crickets and rock hoppers.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is high but launching is OK. Bass are good. Crappie are spawning and being caught on white Stingers and orange/chartreuse jigs. Bream are being caught with red worms and crickets. Catfish are good on noodles and trot lines.
 
 
Lake Cargile
 
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is a little high but fishing is good. Bass and crappie are spawning and being caught in shallow water. Bream are beginning to hit crickets.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina said the lake is 4 inches above the spillway; water temperature is 67-69 degrees. Black bass have been excellent in shallow water, hitting top-water and jerk baits, spinners, plastics and just about anything. The spawn is almost over. Kentucky bass also are excellent. Try Rooster Tails, jigheads and floating worms in 2-5 feet of water. White bass are good. Crappie are excellent 4-10 feet deep on the edges of channels and in shallow water. They’re hitting small jigs, colored grubs and small minnows. Lots of crappie carrying eggs in 8 feet of water around structure. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets 10-15 feet down. Catfish are very good on trot lines with prepared bait and large minnows.
 
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the lake is stained and high. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. Bass are good deep in the afternoon with Texas-rigged worms or creature baits. Try a Zara Spook or Pop-R in shallow water early in the day.
 
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 and Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow 12-20 feet deep are working. White bass are biting well in channel and river on Rooster Tails in shad, white, and salt and pepper.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfish can be caught with worms, stink baits and night crawlers. Trout are slowing down.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream are poor but crappie are excellent on grubs. Bass are excellent on 6-inch green pumpkin lizards and watermelon Super Flukes.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is clear but high. Bream are good on yellow and black Rooster Tails. Crappie are poor. Bass are excellent on 5-inch green pumpkin lizards and bubble gum-colored Trick Worms. Catfish are poor.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello said water is dropping quickly. White bass and stripers are moving up major creeks and rivers. Crappie good on Petit Jean River with minnows around stumps. Bass are being caught around jetties with spinners.

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 good with black and chartreuse and red and chartreuse tube jigs and slip corks with minnows, as well as live minnows with yo-yos. Largemouth bass are biting well on tandem willow-leaf spinners in chartreuse and white, chrome or red Rat’L Traps, 8-inch Zoom lizards or black and red 8-inch lizards. Catfish are excellent on limb lines, yo-yos and trotlines with skipjacks, slicks, shad or chicken hearts.
In the main channel: No fishing report.
At mouth of Palarm Creek: Crappie are good. Bass are good in the creek with black/red jig ’n’ pigs and chartreuse/red Rat’L Traps. Catfish are good with chicken hearts, night crawlers and skipjacks.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no fishing report.
  
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report about the Burns Park area: The main river channel is high and unfishable. Crappie are good on minnows, red/chartreuse or black/chartreuse tube jigs and Kalin’s grubs.
At Fourche Creek: No report.
At Murray Lock and Dam: Crappie are excellent with live minnows, Kalin’s grubs (fire tiger and money) and Tennessee Shad in electric chicken. Catfish are excellent on skipjacks, cut shad and live slicks. White bass are hitting white/chartreuse Twister Tails or Twin Tails.

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

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) filed no report.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731)  said the water is stained and the level is normal. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie, moving off of beds, are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are excellent on minnows. Catfishing is good with minnows, liver and worms.

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are good on wax worms and crickets. Crappie are good on pink minnows 4-5 feet deep. Bass are good with stickbaits, Shad Raps and Bomber Model A. Catfish are good with cut shad and skipjacks in the deeper end along the levee channel.
 
 
Lake Willastein
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent on crickets, red worms and wax worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Bass are good early and late with stick baits, crankbaits and solid willow-leaf spinners. Catfish are good with stink bait, Catfish Charlie’s Secret 7, night crawlers and chicken hearts.

North Arkansas

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is murky and green with a lot of debris; water level is high. Fishing has been “pretty slow.” Try PowerBait, Rogues and jigs. “It’s been a challenge.”

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

Guide Davy Wotton filed no report.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said the White River from Buffalo City to Red’s Landng is still very colored because of muddy water from the Buffalo River and Crooked Creek. Drag PowerBaits to pick up some fish but it will get better in a few more days when the river gets that greenish/brown color to it. Fish the mouth of any feeder creek on the White and catch smallmouth, as well as some trout. The Buffalo River was about 5 feet above normal but the smallmouth bass are biting in spawning areas that have gravel and mud on them. Gitzits work well in dark colors.
 
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) filed no report.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said as of Monday, Ponca was low at 2.46 feet, Pruitt was low at 4.8 feet, Tyler Bend was moderate at 6.14 feet and Buffalo Point was moderate at 5 feet. Water levels are just right and clear. Water temperatures are in the low to mid-60s, good for smallmouth bass. 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, fishing is really picking up.Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 12.03 feet (high) and water was averaging 60 degrees. Water levels are just right and clear. Water temperatures are in the low to mid-60s, good for smallmouth bass. 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, fishing is really picking up.Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 660.05 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service filed no fishing report.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is 660.05 feet, 6 feet into the flood pool. Flows are continuous at 20,000-25,000 cfs as the Corps of Engineers evacuates the lake. Try bright bigger nymphs and attractors like San Juan worms and eggs, or try throwing big streamers with a sink-tip. Don’t forget to add extra weight to get your nymphs down.

Lake Norfork

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 562.27 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool: Sept.-April – 552 MSL, April-Sept. – 554 MSL).

Blackburn Resort had no report.

101 Grocery and Bait Tim Partin had no report.

STR Outfitters Tom Reynolds said stripers are near points in stained water. “I have been fishing the Big Creek area and fished the points and sides of points about 75 yards back. Small shad have done the trick. I have been using free lines back 60 to 80 feet with a small split shot and two sets of planer boards, with one set with a small split shot and other nothing but the bait. I caught fish Friday and Saturday after 9 a.m. The biggest was 20 pounds on a gizzard shad.”

Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric had no report.

Guide Steve Olomon had no report.

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

Norfork Tailwater

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

Just Fishing Guides said the lake level was 562.27 feet and more water than last week is running through the gates.

Northwest Arkansas

Beaver Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,125.50 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 1,120 MSL).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said break out your top-water baits! Striper fishing is good with the fish finding their way back down out of muddy water. Stripers are beginning to feed more. You will have to find the clearest water possible. Striper and white bass are being caught up War Eagle Creek where the water is clearing. Stripers can be taken on live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50 to 100 feet back and 10-35 feet deep. White bass fishing has improved; they can be caught using white Rooster Tails, spoons, small Curly Tail grubs in various colors, and live bait fished under a cork. Walleye are making their way back toward the big water. Fish clear water for best results. Most walleye are about 6-8 feet deep; fish are being taken off area flats near the channel. Try trolling the flats with a slow death rig. Move slowly at a rate less than 1 mph. The areas around the islands at 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 is also producing.

JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) ) said bass can be caught by fishing split shot-rigged Finesse worms or tubes around flooded brush and docks in small pockets. A spinner bait along flooded brush and over points also has been productive. Crappie fishing has been tough but they can be caught. The crappie still have not spawned on Beaver. Fish can be found suspended around lay-down trees and in front of flooded debris in the backs of coves. Work a small swim bait on a 1/32-ounce jighead under a cork 2-4 feet deep around trees or brush. Monte Ne, Blue Springs, Piney Creek and Friendship Cove have been good places to fish. White bass have been running up both river arms and in the backs of large coves, and can be caught using anything resembling an injured shad. Catfishing has been good from the bank using liver and worms in the evening at Arkansas Highway 12 bridge, Monte Ne and Hickory Creek.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear in the White River but the lake is stained. Water level is normal. Bream are good on crickets and worms. Crappie are excellent on minnows, jigs, Shiney Hineys and Slab Busters. White bass are biting well on Rooster Tails and Lit’l Fishies in river arms. Bass are good on tubes or Senkos. Walleye are good on grubs and minnows.
 
Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said lake level was 1125.55 feet. Generation has increased accordingly and is running six-eight hours afternoon and evening. The Corp of Engineers stated that increased releases are forecast to begin in mid-April, barring additional heavy rain, to bring the lake level back to top of power pool. Generation has been starting in the afternoon around 3 p.m. and running five-six hours. Fishing has been good using scud, sow bug and midge patterns. Small streamers are also catching good numbers of fish. Suggested patterns include Simple Sow, Humpback Scud, Zebra Midge, Pheasant Tail and Woolly Buggers. Wade fishing is tough because of the lake level of Table Rock.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said fishing is good all over the lake. Crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows 6-12 feet deep. Some are bedding. Bass are being caught on floating wacky worms. Most top-water lures will work early and late. Soft plastics are good after sunrise. Suspending jerk baits, slow-roll spinners and perch- or crawfish-colored crankbaits are working well, too. Redear are biting crickets near Rock Island. Bluegill are fanning beds. Red worms are their favorite but crickets are working, too. Lake Elmdale is a no-wake lake. Respect your fellow fishermen.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was at 4.41 feet Monday, great for floating and fishing. Water is clear and 54-67 degrees. Water levels are just right and clear. Water temperatures are in the low to mid-60s, good for smallmouth bass. 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, fishing is really picking up.Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.

Lake Fayetteville

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

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and normal. Bream are good on crickets and worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs from 6 inches to 4 feet deep. Bass are good with spinners, plastic worms and buzz baits. Catfish are good on chicken livers and shad. Walleye are hitting anything that looks like a shad below the dam.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides said flows were 1,160 cfs and river level was 4.93 feet Monday, which is a bit high and murky. Beaver Lake level is high and making wading access near Goshen tough. Upstream fishing is good. White bass are still being caught in good numbers. Richland Creek was producing well last week. Now, the White River above Arkansas Highway 45 bridge will be your better option. Clousers, Zonkers and Woolly Buggers are producing good numbers of fish. Richland Creek is clear and fishing is good using Clouser Minnows in chartreuse and white. Use sink-tips with 4-foot leaders ending in 6- to 8-pound test. Suggested flies include Clouser Minnow (sizes 4-6), lead-eyed Woolly Buggers (olive, brown, chartreuse, yellow and white), Crazy Dads (olive, brown and tan) and KC’s Slider. Water temperatures have been from 60-72 degrees and averaging 68 degrees.

War Eagle Creek

War Eagle Canoe ’n’ Outfitters had no report.

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 stink bait.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and normal. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are good on minnows and spinners. Bass are good on wacky worms. Catfish are good on chicken livers.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park  said water is murky and the level is normal. Bream are fair on crickets and small jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on spinners, crankbaits,  and soft plastics. Bass are moving toward beds. Catfish are good on night crawlers and stink baits. Saugeye are good on crankbaits, minnows and night crawlers. Lake Frierson State Park now has a full supply of bait and tackle.
 
Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the water is running at 460 cfs and clarity is fair. During the last week, the Spring River has had cloudy water. It did not clear up as quickly as usual. The trout are biting very well on overcast days and on clear days the trout have been much tougher. On sunny days, getting on the trout is mostly a matter of getting the fly down to the bottom. Mark's Emerger has been the hottest fly over the last week. Trout Magnets in purple haze color have been working really well also.

Southeast Arkansas

Lake Chicot
Local angler Jessie James (870-355-7800) 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 continued falling as of Tuesday (259.5 as of Monday). Largemouth bass are in various stages of the spawn. Little River's oxbows over the last week have much-improved water clarity. Surface water temperature has increased to 63-77 degrees. 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; currently ranging 4-8 inches in the river. The oxbows’ clarity is better, with some stain, ranging 15-24 inches. The best bass bite over the last week and aggressiveness of various stages of the spawn continues improving with the increase of surface temperature. Buzz baits, Rat-L-Traps, Cordell Redfins, spinner baits and soft-plastic shad jerk baits workings, as well as lizards, spinner baits and buzz baits worked around stumps, grass, dead lily pad stems and wood laydowns in the oxbows. 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. Whites are beginning to finish up their annual spawning migration runs to Patterson Shoals area, where anglers are reporting catches of 25-60 per day. For crappie, jigs worked around cypress trees and knees were taking some nice slabs and prespawn fish this week in 4- to 8-foot depths in the oxbows up Little River. Catfish remain very good this week on trotlines, yo-yos and tight lines along current and break lines in the outer bends of Little River. Blues and channel cats were biting best on cut shad, chicken liver and blood bait in 15-18 feet of Little River on the outer break lines in current or on yo-yos tied along the Little River at 14-15 feet down.

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 546.73 feet MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear and water level is normal. Water temperature is 70 degrees. Bream are biting well on crickets in 3-6 feet of water, especially among buckbrush. Crappie are good in 3-10 feet of water on minnows. Bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits, and plastic worms and lizards. Catfish are good on worms and chicken livers under jugs 10-15 feet deep. Walleye are good on crankbaits in shallow water.

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 408.17 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).

Local angler George Graves said he’s seen more bald eagles than normal for this time of year. Surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear. Bass fishing is good with quite a few nice catches reported coming from the major spawning coves. Shad-pattern crank baits are producing best. Throw the plug almost to the bank and fish it out to about 15 feet of water. Medium runners are the best choice. Some bass are on beds; throw a Texas-rigged lizard over it and work it slowly over the bed. Sometimes this takes quite a few tries. There is a decent surface bite in the early morning in the same spawning pockets. Best lures have been Zara Spooks, Flukes and Lucky Craft Sammy's. A big spinner bait in white or chartreuse worked around the shallow brush or timber is working well on some big fish. Best areas for bass have been between Edgewood and Point Cedar. Also try Big Hill and Brushy creeks. Crappie fishing is fair at best. Some fish reported coming from the shallow shoreline brush in spawning coves. Look for spawning beds and throw a minnow with a float over the bed. No reports of fish from the attractors but with the falling water, the fish should be returning to the brush piles. Best areas for crappie have been between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar. Some fish are coming from the big coves with timber in Big Hill Creek. Hybrid fishing is really good with lots of big fish reported. An 18-pound fish reported coming from the Shrouse Ford area on a chartreuse Road Runner. Most fish are being caught on jigging spoons in 20-25 feet of water back in major coves. Silver spoons work best, with chartreuse a close second. Use sonar to find schools and fish the spoon pretty fast from the bottom up through the school. There is also a decent surface bite late in the evening. Look for breaking fish in the major coves and throw a surface plug such as a Zara Puppy or Sammy. Also try a quarter-ounce Rat-L-Trap in chrome in the wind-blown pockets; you will catch black bass, white bass and, every once in a while, a big hybrid will try to take it away from you. Hybrids are schooling from Point 15 to the west end of Goat Island. Bream fishing is getting better with the warmer water. Look for fish in most any pocket or cove and use a worm or cricket with a float. A few catfish reported coming on trot lines baited with Catfish Charlie or blood bait. Set the lines in about 20 feet of water in coves most anywhere in mid-lake.
West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 358.47 feet MSL.

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie were biting great around brush piles at the dam area and upper Fourche River around low-water bridge in Sunlight Bay area on No. 6 and No. 8 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 biting worms, crickets and rock hoppers.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello said bream are biting very well on crickets. Crappie are good on minnows.

Whiskers Sporting Good (501-889-2011) said bream are biting worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Catfish are hitting worms, minnows and goldfish.

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 like the Duck area and rivers; white/salt and pepper, and red/chartreuse shad and Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working. Catfish are biting stink baits, goldfish and livers. Other species are slow.

Lake Hinkle

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

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina filed no report.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 399.68 feet MSL.

Lake Ouachita

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.73 feet MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service had no fishing report.

Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports had no report.

Mountain Harbor Resort had no fishing report.                                                           

Lake Hamilton

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 reports that Lake Ouachita is out of the flood pool and Entergy has closed the flood gate below Carpenter Dam. Flow is currently 6,600 cfs and will be evaluated Thursday for a possible reduced rate for the weekend. Water temperature is 54 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Rainbow trout have been slow, but will improve. April is a prime month for trout fishing with the majority of trout stocked in the area and being virtually untouched for months in the high-flow conditions. Night crawlers and red worms fished off the bottom with a marshmallow or wax worms in the same manner will attract hungry trout. Fly fishermen have taken advantage of the swift water and taken limits of trout that have moved close to the banks to avoid the hard current. San Juan worms, micro-jigs, and egg patterns cast with a strike indicator are proven fly patterns. Spin fishermen have had success on Super Dupers in white or silver colors in areas of reduced flow around sandbars. In-line spinner baits such as Rooster Tails or Mepps imitate injured shad and have accounted for trout in the 16-inch class. White or grey jigs in 1/16-ounce also produce strikes from feeding rainbows. Threadfin shad are a main food source in Lake Catherine and anglers should use lures that copy the bait fish that inhabit the area. Crappie are in mid-spawn and have been present since early March. Live minnows tight-lined or fished under a bobber close to the banks has been the most productive technique for catching these fish that avoid heavy current. Light jigs and small spinner baits also work well retrieved slowly over deeper water. White bass are mixed in nicely with the crappie schools and are being caught in good numbers with the same techniques. Trolling the main channel is another good technique for boaters to use for white bass (and trout and walleye). Small crank baits that dive 4 to 6 feet will provide the best results cast 15 to 18 feet behind a moving boat. Big stripers are migrating in and out of the tailrace, chasing shad and trout. Alabama rigs and brood shad fished under a balloon rig have caught stripers larger than 20 pounds this year, and larger fish were lost to broken lines.

Lake Atkins

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

 

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 had no report.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing had no report.

East Arkansas
Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said bream are biting anything; limits are caught every day. Bass are hitting spinner baits on high points. Crappie are sporadic on live crickets. Chicken livers under jugs are working for catfish.
 
Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said bream are biting well on just about anything. Crappie are good on live crickets and worms. Bass are good in coves on spinner baits. No word on catfish.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is muddy and high. No fishing report.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is murky and high. Catfish are good on yo-yos and trotlines with minnows, worms and crayfish.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good, especially on wax worms and crickets. Crappie are good on minnows. Bass are good with white spinners fished in lily pads. Catfish are good on cut bait and worms.

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