Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas April 25, 2012

Fishing Highlight of the Week:  Warm weather draws boaters to the water. Although boating is tons of fun, it also can be dangerous. Let’s take the advice of the Boat U.S. Foundation about a common problem, especially during spring. The air might be warm but cold water increases the risk of hypothermia. Don’t let your guard down on a sunny day. Lakes and streams aren’t as crowded as they will be this summer, so if you’re hypothermic, help might be far away. Plan for any situation, even though the weather is warm.

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 level is normal and the lake is stained. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around cypress trees. Bass are excellent with spinners and plastic lizards near cypress trees. Catfish are excellent with large minnows and cut bait.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) ) said the water is clear with one generator running. Trout are excellent with Carolina rigs with PowerBait or red worms.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.47 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water temperature is 65-69 degrees and warming. Bass fishing is hit or miss, with fish still in all three phrases of the spawn. The next week or so should see a big wave toward the bank. Try from shallow to 50 feet of water and most different techniques are working. Some bream have made it back shallow, with the best bite being out in 15-25 feet of water on minnows, crickets and night crawlers. Walleye are slow but should be real good starting in the next few days after the water gets stable. Try dragging night crawlers in 5-27 feet of water. Crappie are really scattered out across the water column with some shallow, in the bushes and some out suspended over 80 feet of water, floating around full of eggs. Try jigs tipped with minnows shallow for the best bite. Catfishing is getting pretty good even with the cooler water. Try jugs with a 3- to 10-foot leaders baited with any of your favorite baits. Hybrids and white bass continue to be scattered but the bite is picking up and the fish are moving a lot, but will be grouped better and not moving as much as the water warms.
 
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 at normal level. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are fair with minnows. Bass are good on spinners, plastic worms and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait, and live bait such as large minnows on trotlines or noodles.
 
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) ) said crappie are biting well and spawning. They’re biting on No. 6 and 8 minnows, and Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay’r and Stroll’r in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse shad, and bone white. PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working. Catfish are good on minnows, worms and goldfish in deep water. Bass are good on worms or spinner baits and Rooster Tails. Bream are biting great on 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 were biting well on No. 6 minnows, Stroll’Rs and Slab’Rs in white/salt and pepper and red/chartreuse or bone white Baby Shad. Green or yellow PowerBait Crappie Nibbles are good, too. Bream are biting well on worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are doing well on Flukes.

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 reports the water level is 2 inches above the spillway, and the water temperature is 67 in the lake and 69 in the coves. Black bass are excellent; they have moved out of shallow water and are 8-10 feet deep. They are hitting top-water and jerk baits, spinner baits and plastics. Lots of Kentucky bass are being caught on Rooster Tails, jig heads and floating worms 5-15 feet deep. White bass are being caught in Reese Creek and North Shore on Rooster Tails  and jigging with CC Spoons. Crappie are fair 8-13 feet deep on the edges of the channels  and in shallow water. They are hitting small jigs, colored grubs and small minnows. Bream are excellent with crickets 10-15 feet down. Catfish are very good on trotlines with prepared bait and large minnows.
 
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) filed no report.
 
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie can be caught in coves and brush piles on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay’Rs in red/chartreuse, bone white, pearl and orange/chartreuse. No. 6 minnows are working well, along with green or yellow PowerBait Crappie Nibbles. White bass are biting in the channel and river on Rooster Tails and Flukes. Bream can be caught with crickets, worms and rock hoppers.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is dingy and high. Bream are excellent on crickets. Crappie are poor. Bass are fair on crankbaits. Catfish are fair with chicken livers.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is dingy and high. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are poor. Bass are good with jerk baits. 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) filed no report.
 
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is stained and high. Crappie are hitting black/chartreuse and red/chartreuse jigs behind jetties. Bass are after square-bill crankbaits and jigs in creek mouths and in backwaters. No reports on other species.
  
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

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

Clear Lake

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

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and the level is normal. Bream are fair on crickets and worms. Crappie and bass are poor. Catfish are good with worms, liver and stink bait.

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) filed no fishing report.
 
 
Lake Willastein
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) had no fishing report.

Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903)
 
Guide Davy Wotton filed no fishing report.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing from Buffalo City to Reds Landing continues to be outstanding! Generation levels have been low for days and the fish have really been on the bite. Zig Jigs in most any color or Blue Fox spinners in gold work well. Rapalas in the deeper pools/runs are working fine. Large numbers of fish being caught and lots of folks out taking advantage of the great weather and fine fishing.
 
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report this week.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said as of Monday, Ponca was very low at 1.92 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.94 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 4.4 feet and Buffalo Point was moderate at 3.56 feet. Water temperature was ranging from 60-70 degrees and averaging 64 degrees. Water levels are low and very clear. Hope for some rain. Water temperatures are good for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slowly and deep with soft plastics or crawdad-pattern flies. The rivers are at early summer levels and very clear. Stealth is needed.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 10.54 feet Monday, 2.25 feet under the low-water bridge at Kelley’s Slab; low but floatable. Water level is very clear. Hope for some rain. Water temperature averaging 64 degrees; good for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slowly and deep with soft plastics or crawdad-pattern flies. The rivers are at early summer levels and very clear. Stealth is needed.

Bull Shoals Lake

the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake level is stable. Bass and walleye are biting. The B.A.S.S. Elite Series pros fished the lake last week and were catching an average of 50 keeper bass each every day. The bass are staging near bedding areas and are biting on crankbaits, stick baits and jigs. Walleye fishing also is good with crankbaits and bottom-bouncer nightcrawler rigs catching lots of nice-size fish. The bluegills are averaging half to three-quarters of a pound again.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said flows are continuous at 2,100-10,600 cfs with peak flows at 7-10 p.m. and 2,000-5,000 cfs during the day. Caddis are still predominant and a few sulphur mayflies are starting to show up. BH Z-Wing Caddis, Graphic Caddis, X-Caddis, BH Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Parachute Sulphur, sow bug, Hump Back Scud, San Juan Worm and various streamers are all recommended.

Lake Norfork

As of Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 551.97 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

Blackburn Resort had no report.

101 Grocery and Bait Tim Partin had no report.

STR Outfitters Tom Reynolds said striped bass are off the points in the main lake. Fish the points from Diamond to the dam and up to Brushy and Big creeks. I have been catching most of the stripers dragging a split weight and gizzard and threadfin shad in 25-50' feet of water. The threadfin are spawning in the marinas, so look for them on the points as the main lake warms. Fishing will continue to get better as the weather continues to warm.

Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric said the Norfork Lake spring fishing bite is in full swing. It is very hard to say what is the current best bite on the lake, but I guess I would have to say it is smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. Coming in a very close second would be hybrid bass and striped bass. The walleye and crappie bites are picking up, and the catfish are hitting trotlines and jugs. Norfork Lake is a very dynamic place right now, the fish are continually moving, the lake is dropping rapidly, the water is trying to clear up and Mother Nature has thrown in a few cold fronts on occasion to make sure we get fishing changes. The smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass bite for this spring is the best I have ever seen. You can find fish on shallow points, as well as on deep bluff lines. Crank baits that dive about 10 feet are catching nice fish. Spinner baits on windy days are working great. Probably the most productive baits are the tube jig, jig and pig and Texas-rigged worms worked slowly along the bottom. Start your baits in about 5 feet of water and work through 25-foot depths before you bring it up. Crawdad colors of green to the deep reds are working well. Of course, swimming minnows/grubs worked close to the bottom are also effective. The striper and hybrid bass bites are improving by leaps and bounds. One of my guide friends, Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters, caught a limit for two clients in 50 minutes and continued to catch and release thereafter. Tom was fishing the dam area with live shad. Walleye fishing has improved. Several of our bass fishermen have been catching some nice fish off the ends of deep bluff lines with crawdad-colored crankbaits. The walleye seem to be in about 10 feet of water.

Guide Steve Olomon said the lake is back at normal pool and the water temperature is still in the mid-60s. Early in the morning, there is still a little surface activity. Keep an eye out for surface activity just before dark also. It’s better when there is no or a little wind. Mid-week, we got onto some nice hybrids and a couple of nice Kentuckys. The biggest Kentucky was 4 pounds and the biggest hybrid was 8 pounds. The fish were caught on a white Zara Spook Jr. We also threw a jointed Red-Fin and caught a few stripers and hybrids; also used a 4-inch swim bait. We also got a couple of smallies in the 4-pound range on the swim bait. With the lake finally getting back to normal, the bite should start picking up. I had a fellow fisherman tell me he caught some nice largemouth (3-5 pounds) at night on a single-spin. The night bite was a little slow this week, throwing Rogues with the water still dropping.

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 flows are still high as the Corps of Engineers lowers the lake. Highest flows are happening twice per day with flows to 6,000 cfs. High-water nymph and streamer tactics are your best option right now. Worms, eggs, scuds, sow bugs, caddis and mayfly patterns, woolly buggers, Zonkers and Gongas are some of the recommended patterns.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, ththe Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,120.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper fishing is fair with the fish finding their way out of the river. Some stripers are being taken upriver and the fish are scattered. Try live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back, 8-25 feet deep. Stripers will be found on points near the main channel. Stripers are starting to gather near the dam. Walleye are being taken along rip-rap. Big stripers have been reported at Rocky Branch and lots of walleye are in the area. Cedar Creek is a good spot, too. Ventris is another hot spot. Most walleye are 6-8 feet deep.

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 lake is a little stained and normal. Bream are good with worms and crickets. Crappie have spawned but they’re good with minnow and jigs around brush piles. Bass on good with topwaters. Catfish are good with live bait on limb lines, trot lines and jugs. White bass can be caught with minnows, Roadrunners and Lil Jigs. Walleye have quieted down.
 
Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the Corp of Engineers has been running water to 7,500 cfs from 8-10 p.m. Fishing has been very good. Fish are biting on zebra midges mainly with black/silver, blue dun/blue and wine/copper being the best colors.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat filed no report.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was reading 3.44 feet Monday. Fair level for floating and fishing and very clear. Water temperatures are hitting near 54-67 degrees in the afternoon and averaging 64 degrees. Hope for some rain. Water temperatures are good for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slowly and deep with soft plastics or crawdad-pattern flies. The rivers are at early summer levels and very clear. Stealth is needed.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said water clarity is good and the lake is at normal level. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie and white bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on several lures, including Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Catfish are poor.

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 poor. Bass are good with spinners, plastic worms and buzz baits. Catfish are good on chicken livers, worms and shad.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides said white bass are still in the river as the spawn has really slowed down. Most fish are being found 2 miles upstream of the Arkansas Highway 45 bridge. Clousers, Zonkers and woolly buggers in chartreuse, gray, olive, white and tan are recommended. Look for hybrid and stripers in the river if we get some rain.

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 the level is normal. Bream are good on wax worms or crickets about 15 feet down. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are good on spinners, jigs and Flukes. No report on catfish.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park had no fishing report.
 
Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water was running at 425 cfs at the spring and water is clear. The Spring River is looking great. Trout are biting very well and water conditions have been excellent. Big woollies and Mark’s Emergers have been the go-to flies, and purple haze Trout Magnets have been catching trout. Walleye have been biting Trout Cranks in cutthroat colors. Fish the shade on sunny days. It is a great time to get out and enjoy the Spring River.

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, 259.64 msl as of Monday, was nearing normal level (259.20). The tailwater level was 227.57. Surface temperature is 68 degrees early to 75 degrees later in the afternoon. Clarity and visibility as of Monday on main lake structure improved; stained somewhat in the river; currently ranging 8-10 inches. The oxbows’ clarity is better. The best largemouth bass bite over the last week continues improving with the increase of surface temperatures. Numerous techniques are catching bass, including buzz baits, Rat-L-Traps, spinner baits, and soft-plastic shad jerk baits. Lizards, worms and jigs around stumps, grass, dead lily pad stems and wood laydowns in the oxbows, away from river current, are working.  Majority of the female bass up Little River are postspawn. Rat-L-Traps will get bites from aggressive largemouth and white bass. Best Rat-L-Trap colors over the last week or so have been sexy zombie, white zombie, and Millwood magic colors. The key to the best reaction on the Rat-L-Trap bite is deflecting off stumps in flats or points in 5-6 feet of water, close to 8- to 12-foot drop-offs. Bomber crankbaits in citrus shad, or white are catching a few largemouths back in the oxbows away from Little River current. For crappie, jigs worked around cypress trees and knees continue taking some nice slabs and prespawn fish in 4-8 feet of water. Very large longnose gar (in excess of 20 pounds) are very shallow, continuing to make fine opportunities for bowfishermen. Catfish remain very good this week again on trotlines, yo-yos, tight lines, along current and break lines in the outer bends of Little River. Blues and channel cats continue 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 14-15 feet deep.
 
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 Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.41 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear to murky and water level is normal. Water temperature is about 66 degrees. Bream are biting well, mainly on crickets, although worms are working. Crappie, catfish and bass are poor.

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 Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 406.96 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves said he has baby chickadees in a bluebird box. “Maybe if I put up a chickadee box, I will get bluebirds. That’s OK, chickadees are really neat.” Surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear. Bass fishing is fair with plenty of slot fish (13-16 inches) reported; however, bigger fish are really scarce right now. Most fish are being taken on Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms and lizards. Fish worms and lizards on the deep side of main or secondary lake points in 5-20 feet of water. Also, medium-running crankbaits thrown across points are producing some fish. With the cold fronts and bright sky, morning and evening are best and sometimes the only time for a bite. Not much doing on the A rig, mainly because the fish are not schooling right now. Look for bass between the state park and Shrouse Ford. Crappie fishing is fair with most of the fish in postspawn and holding on the brush attractors. Look for brush piles outside the spawning coves in 20-25 feet of water and fish a 2-inch Tennessee shad grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head over the thickest part of the brush. Move very slowly around the attractor with very little to no jigging action. The bites will be very subtle, so pay close attention for any line movement. There are still a few spawning crappies in the lower part of the lake. Look along the south side between Iron Mountain and the mouth of Brushy Creek for any wood stick-ups and throw a jig and grub or minnow close to the cover. Best areas for attractors are between Edgewood and Shrouse Ford. Also try Big Hill Creek, which has some good brush cover. Hybrid fishing is still good with plenty of fish reported coming from the Shrouse Ford area. The five-arm umbrella rig is still producing the most fish. Load the thing with 3-inch white Curly Tail grubs on quarter-ounce jig heads and troll 2-3 mph. Be sure to run the rig at least 100 feet back because these fish are boat-shy. Schools will be suspended 10-15 feet down off humps and submerged islands in 20-30 feet of water. Morning and late evening are the best times. Bream fishing is good with most any shoreline cover producing fish. The fish are shallow so use a float and in 5-8 feet of water. Red worms and crickets are best baits.  Also try Crappie Nibbles; bluegills love them. Lots of trotlines in the upper end of the lake, but no one reporting anything on catfish.
West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday,  the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 345.39 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie were great around brush piles and the upper Fourche River to Sunlight Bay area. Crappie are biting well on Nos. 6 and 8 minnows, Slab Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse shad and bone white. PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working. Catfish are good on minnows, worms and goldfish. Bass are good with spinners, Rooster Tails and Flukes. Bream are biting great on worms, cricket 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 Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are hitting worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Catfish are biting worms and minnows.
 
Fourche La Fave River

Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the river is stained but crappie are biting minnows and Slay’Rs in white/salt and pepper, and red/chartreuse shad. Green or yellow PowerBait Crappie Nibbles are good, too. Catfish are biting minnows, worms, stink bait, livers and goldfish.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs. Bass are good using minnows, worms or plugs. Catfish are good with chicken livers and goldfish, or with minnows or hot dogs or trotlines.

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina filed no report.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 387.20 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.44 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service had no fishing 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, click HERE.

Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 56 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Moss growth is minimal, which has helped bank and boat fishermen. Rainbow trout fishing is hot as clear weather has allowed a favorable generation schedule. Artificial lures are not nearly as effective as earlier in the year. Live bait presentations, including wax worms, meal worms, night crawlers and red worms fished with a marshmallow floater, have taken good numbers of trout. Live minnows cast under a bobber or tight-lined over deeper water have caught limits of fish, many of which were in the 14- to 17-inch class. Fly fishermen casting egg patterns with a strike indicator have kept their fishing season alive by wading to areas that hold trout feeding on fish eggs. San Juan Worms in hot pink are also working well over sandbars and exposed rock. Crappie are migrating out of the tailrace with small numbers remaining to rest and feed after the spawn. White bass are finishing the spawn but will remain in good quantity around the dam for the next month. White or gray jigs retrieved slowly around rock piles during periods of current will attract both crappie and white bass as they prey on shad. Walleye have been caught in deep water with silver spoons and Carolina rigs hooked with night crawlers. Striper activity is hit-and-miss with some action taking place in the late evening below the bridge on quarter-ounce white jigs. Freshwater drum are everywhere in the tailrace spawning and feeding on crayfish and shad. Many of these fish are in the 15- to 25-pound range and are being caught in good numbers. Heavy tackle and lines are recommended as drum are fierce fighters and capable of breaking rods with ease.
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 saisaid the water is clear and at normal levels. Bream are biting on anything and everything. Catfish and crappie are fair on cut bait with yo-yos. Bass are still good in shallow areas on buzz baits and white spinner baits.
 
Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park sasaid bream are good on all cut bait. Crappie are fair on minnows, and catfish are fair on crickets and minnows. Bass are good on spinners, crankbaits and minnows.  

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 stained and high. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie and bass are poor, but catfish are good on trotlines with minnows.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are good, especially on wax worms around piers. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs near piers. Bass on good with spinners in lily pads. Catfish are good with night crawlers and cut bait around cypress trees with limb lines.

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