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Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas July 25, 2012

Fishing Tip of the Week: Keep an eye to the sky during these hot days and never underestimate the power of a pop-up thunderstorm. A blue sky with popcorn clouds can turn blustery with torrential rain and lightning strikes in moments. Don’t assume the storm is going to miss you when you’re on an open lake or wading a creek. Be sure you have a clear path to safety in case the skies open.

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: Visit http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx for a list of program ponds. The AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program has stocked catfish in all program ponds with 10 tagged fish in each pond. Fluorescent pink tags say “Community Fishing.” Lucky anglers who catch a tagged fish should call 866-540-FISH for information on redeeming the tag for a prize package. All tags returned with a postmark on or before July 9 will be eligible for the grand prize drawing for a two-man fishing boat, trolling motor and battery, donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. One entry per angler. For stocking information, call 1-866-540-FISH (3474), or check us out online at http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCFStock.aspx.

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the Lake is stained and running a little low; some stumps are exposed. Bream fishing is excellent using worms and crickets. Bass fishing is excellent using frogs. Catfish fishing is good using worms and chicken liver. Crappie are fair on minnows.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water clarity is clear but the river is low in the morning; one generator has been running about 4 p.m. Trout are excellent in the morning; try PowerBait and marshmallows. Fly-fishers should try gray Sowbugs and Xtra Crispys. Switch to crankbaits in the afternoon.

Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been once per day in the afternoon/evening for one-two hours at 3,000-4,000 cfs.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.3 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service said the surface temperature is 87-91 degrees. Bream fishing continues to be good using crickets and night crawlers from real shallow out to 27 feet of water. Some are still guarding beds and can be caught on flies and small crankbaits. The catfishing is still excellent all over the lake with all three species biting a lot of different baits a lot of different ways. Crappie are holding, as always, over brushpiles and suspended in the pole timber 15-25 feet deep. They can be caught on jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Walleye are biting in 32-34 feet of water, suspended off the bottom 2-3 feet, and eating crankbaits and night crawlers on flats and points. Bass fishing is good in brushpiles and next to any wood cover. The top-water bite is good early and late in the day. Hybrid and white bass fishing is good with spoons and in-line spinners at various times of the day.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water level is slowly falling with daily releases from the dam for an hour or two. Surfacing white bass and hybrids have been hard to come by the last couple weeks, with most of them selectively feeding deeper and just subsurface on the last hatch of shad. Largemouth and Kentucky bass are schooling periodically throughout the entire day, but location and timing must match up for success. The bluegill bite is really good with some big ’gills in the 7- to 10-inch range coming in daily. Crappie are starting to slide off the brush and relate to standing timber in the middle of the creek channels. Lake Fork Live Baby Shad tipped with Crappie Nibbles will get some bites, along with long-lining crankbaits.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides says water releases have been once per day in the afternoon/evening for 1-2 hours at 4,000-10,500 cfs.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said lake water is clear and low. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs before sunrise. Bass are biting well on spinner baits and minnows. Catfish are poor.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the lake is about 2 feet low. Crappie are biting on minnows and 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, too. Catfish are good on minnows, worms and goldfish at night. Bass are fair on tequila sunrise and dark-colored worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes. Bream are biting red worms, mealworms, crickets and rock hoppers. Redears are hitting red worms on the bottom.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report this week.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well on No. 6 minnows, Baby Shad, Stroll’R and Slab Slay’R in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse, bone white Baby Shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream are biting great on night crawlers, red worms, mealworms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are hitting tequila sunrise and dark worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) filed no report.

Lake Cargile

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report this week.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina says the lake level is about 2.5 feet below the spillway (about normal). Black bass are good, about 15-18 feet deep. They’re hitting worms and jigs early in the day. Go to deeper lures such and jig-and-pig and Carolina rigs later. Try drop-offs early in the day and deep structure later. Lots of Kentucky bass are being caught on Roster Tails, jigheads and worms 10-18 feet deep (they are small but lots and lots of them.). White bass are fair. They’re being caught toward the restricted area and north shore on Rooster Tails, trolling with lures 15 feet deep and jigging with CC spoons. Crappie are good 14-18 feet deep on the edges of channels. They’re hitting small jigs, colored grubs and small minnows. Bream are excellent; they’re hitting worms and crickets 10-15 feet deep. Bream are really big this year. Catfish are good. They are being caught on trotlines on prepared bait, large minnows and bream. They are 10-13 feet deep. The winning team of the Tuesday Black Bass Tournament had 7.30 pounds.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream fishing is excellent with crickets and red worms. Crappie are fair; fish deep with minnows and jigs. Bass are good on deep-water humps; use deep-diving crankbaits and jigs. Catfish are good; try chicken livers, chicken hearts and slicks.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are good on Baby Shad and Slab Slay’Rs in red/chartreuse, bone white and pearl, and orange/chartreuse, as well as minnows and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. White bass are biting in the river channel on Rooster Tails in white or salt and pepper. Bream are great on night crawlers, red worms, mealworms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are hitting tequila sunrise and other dark worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfish fishing is excellent using worms, chicken hearts and chicken livers. No reports for other species.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and low. Fishing for all species has been slow; no specific reports this week.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is low and clear. Bream fishing is excellent using yellow/black sixteenth-ounce Rooster Tails. Bass fishing is excellent using eighth-ounce white buzz baits or frog-colored Baby Chug Bugs.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said few people are fishing because of the extreme heat. White bass and Kentucky bass are chasing shad on jetty tips where water is 20-30 feet deep. Use jigs and CC spoons. Fish early and late in the day. Largemouth bass are on secondary drops with wood structure. Try fishing jig-n-pigs. Drift for catfish during early morning or evenings with a combination of night crawlers and shad. Bream have been fair. Fish around grass 10-15 feet deep with worms.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Little Maumelle River and Maumelle River: Bream fishing is excellent on crickets and red worms. Crappie fishing is fair on jigs and minnows. Bass fishing is good on deep-diving crankbaits and jigs. Catfish fishing is fair on chicken livers, chicken hearts and worms. Main River Channel: Bass fishing is good on the jetty points with shaky-heads, jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Catfish fishing is good with cut bait, chicken livers and chicken hearts. No reports on other species.
Palarm Creek: No report this week.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is stained. Bream are fair with crickets in backwaters. Bass are fair; try deep-diving crankbaits and drop-shots along sandbars and around brush. Catfish are good with worms, cut shad. No report on crappie.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park and the main channel: Bass fishing is good around the jetty points with shaky-head worms, jigs and deep-diving crank baits. Catfish fishing is good in the main river channel on skipjack and chicken livers. Fourche Creek: No report this week. Murray Lock and Dam: Fishing is generally slow. Crappie fishing is fair with jigs and minnows, and white bass are fair, also with jigs and minnows.

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

Clear Lake

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

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is clear and 3 feet low; some stumps are exposed. Catfish are biting well on just about anything. No reports on other species.

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report on the lake this week.

Lake Willastein

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream fishing is good with red worms and crickets. Bass fishing is good with jerk baits, jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Catfish fishing is good with chicken livers, chicken hearts and worms. No report on crappie..

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear and normal. It’s low in the morning and rises with releases in the afternoon. Trout fishing is excellent. Rainbows are going for PowerWorms and PowerBait. Browns are hitting jigs.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) had this report for Buffalo City to Red’s Landing: Water levels are up and down on a daily basis. By the time the "fresh water" gets to our area, there may be some problems. Fresh/cold water seems to slow the bite down considerably until the fish acclimate to it. Also, many times the heavier generation sends moss downstream, which also clouds the water. When the moss and turbidity hit the area, you just as well find a shade tree and wait it out if you have time. It is interesting; the minute the water clears the fish bite very well. It just depends where you are on the river and how long you have to wait for the problem to pass. Rapalas, Zig Jigs and Blue Fox spinners in gold are working very well. Fish early and finish before noon so the heat is not a detriment to you..

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said as of Wednesday, the river was low and slowly falling. Ponca was very low at 1.45 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.25 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.33 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.54 feet. The river level is extremely low for floating; the water is clear. Most of the Ozark streams are about 20 percent of their normal flows for this time of year. River levels are historically low this year and floating involves too much dragging. If you're willing to hike, you can reach long pools that are full of fish! Clousers, Shenk’s Streamer, KC’s Ozark Slider and Crazy Dads are all working well. Also, try large hopper and dragon fly patterns on top. Whit’s Hopper and Whitlock’s Gorilla Dragonfly are cool patterns to try, as well as Sneaky Pete’s, Gurglers in white or chartreuse, and Boogle Bullets. The top-water bite with flies is really going gangbusters. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth bass are in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught with about anything that hits the water. Small poppers, woolly buggers, spiders, beetles and hoppers are raking in the sunfish. Sometimes it is hard not to catch them. Spin fishing has picked up fish with white or gray Flukes, 4-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon red and tube baits in green pumpkinseed. Crank baits, buzz baits and spinners have worked well also.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 9.45 feet Wednesday. Fishing has been very good, you just have to hike or drag a canoe/kayak to get to the fish. Top-water fishing is producing good-quality smallmouth bass up to 18+ inches for both fly- and spin fishers. Concentrate on deeper runs and the upper end of pools with chunk rock and/or wood cover and cover thoroughly with repeated, accurate casts with varied retrieve rates.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 650.9 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl)..

Mike Worley’s Guide Service filed no report.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been all over the place but heaviest in the afternoon and evening for 8-12 hours, up to 10,000 cfs. Hopper fishing is hit-or-miss but when they are on, some nice browns are being caught. Nymphing is excellent and producing the best for numbers. Zebra midges, BH Hare’s Ear, scuds and sowbugs are all producing fish. Fishing near the dam with No. 16-18 beadhead pheasant tails has produced many fish. Small rubber-legged streamers have been working in the Wildcat Shoals area along with red Turk’s Tarantulas for browns.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 547.4 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

STR Outfitters – Tom Reynolds said he found stripers and hybrids schooling in 30-90 feet of water last weekend. If you find them in 30 feet, they are feeding on crawdads. Drop your bait 26 feet and hold on. Tony and Jim caught their limits Saturday and Sunday; the biggest striper was 16 pounds and the hybrid 10 pounds. The fish are from Thumb Point to the dam..

Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric said even with all the heat, most fish are biting very well. The best times to fish the lake are early in the mornings and in the evenings. After dark, fishing has its benefits, too. In my opinion, the best bites on the lake are for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass. The white bass and hybrid bass bites are improving. Catfishing is picking up, the striped bass bite is hit-and-miss, and the crappie are becoming very hard to find. There still is quite a bit of top-water action for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass early in the morning and some right at dusk. A Spook is still working so have your favorite top-water bait ready for action. Areas where I am finding black bass are on main lake points closest to the mouth of major creeks and along the bluff lines. Find the shad early in the morning and you will find feeding fish. As the sun comes up, bass start to go deeper. You will find them in 20-30 feet of water from the bottom to suspended out in deep water, but still close to the shore. Look for areas where the channel swings into the shore. I have been catching bass on live bait as well as vertical jigging with a spoon. I have found some very large schools of stripers out in deep water and also in shallow water at 30 feet. It seems that the shallow stripers are starting to move out to deeper water. I will start to concentrate my hunt to deeper water and I hope I will start to find feeding fish in these locations. It is becoming that time of the season when the stripers start to move to 40-80 feet of water and they usually will be found on the bottom.

Guide Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service said with the extreme heat and no rain, the water temperature is in the upper 80s. There are still a lot of fish down 20-30 feet and deeper. Most of the shallow fish are white bass and largemouth bass, while the deeper fish are usually hybrids and stripers. We need some rain to get the bite to get better. The weatherman says we are supposed to get some rain later this coming week. I hope he is right. Throw top-water baits early for the bass chasing bait to the surface, and then you can use a jig, drop-shot, Carolina rig or drop a spoon. If you are after the stripers, they are moving around a lot. When you find them, get your bait down to them in the water column. You need to be patient as the bite has been slow.

Campground News: Jordan Campground on Norfork Lake is open April 1-Oct. 1 and managed by Jordan Marina. Formerly run by the Army Corps of Engineers, Jordan Campground is a favorite of families camping on the south end of Norfork Lake and is the gateway to Sand Island and Jordan area beaches. This area also is a favorite of scuba divers, with 30 dive sites within 2 miles of the campground. Jordan Campground has 41 RV and tent sites; sites with 50-amp service and 30-amp service are available for $20 per night. The campground, adjacent to Jordan Marina, also features a swimming beach, picnic pavilion, boat launch and two restrooms. For more information, call (870) 499-7223 or Jordan Marina at (870) 499-7348.

Norfork Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been once per day in the afternoon for 4-10 hours at 3,000-6,000 cfs. Periods of no generation were happening most days last week. Black and dark brown zebra midges, followed by olive and tan scud patterns, are producing best right now. Terrestrials are hit or miss, but worth trying because of season and the excitement of seeing the take, and they can produce some good-quality fish.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,114.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said grab your headlamps – the night bite is on! This is my favorite time of year; the big fish are on the feed big time! We have been using 10-pound Sufix 832 to subdue some real monsters, including one striper a few ounces short of 40 pounds. Beaver lake striper are still scattered and can be caught from Rocky Branch area to the dam. Beaver lake striper fishing will be excellent with striper taken on live shad fished on down lines and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back, 25-45 feet deep. Down-riggers are also producing with artificials; try Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks in black back or purple back colors. Beaver lake stripers will be in areas holding bait near the main channel. We have been getting our limits of nice stripes every night, several striper over 30 pounds have been taken in the last four weeks. Check the back of Indian Creek past the power lines. Dry creek is producing striper; fish the mouth of this arm. Point 4 is another hot spot; check the humps near the cedar thicket, and Fish Trap Hollow. Point 5 is a hot spot, too; check Doc’s Cabin and the mouth of the Big Clifty arm. The deep water between the water intake and the little island is producing striper. Rocky Branch is good, too; try the island and the road bed that extends to the island. Also check the little islands in front of the Larue boat ramp. Lots of walleye in the area. Most walleye are about 15-30 feet deep; fish are being taken off area flats near the channel. Try the areas mentioned above. Flat-line troll with Hot N’ Tots, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripsticks in natural blue or black-back combos, or chartreuse/orange and clown colors. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles are also producing.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) ) said fishing is slow. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair; try trolling crankbaits. Bass are fair at night. Try spinners, top-water plugs early in the morning, as well as deep-diving crankbaits, shaky head worms, jigs and soft plastics. For catfish, try cut or prepared bait on trotlines.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said there are no recent changes with bass fishing; it has been best at night. Try fishing a 6-inch black lizard or an 8-inch ring-tail worm on a three-eighths-ounce shaky head or Texas rig, and fish them along sloping rock or chunk rock banks. Bluff lines and adjacent pockets along the bluff appear to be holding the majority of fish at night. For day fishing, try Carolina rigging Finesse baits on the deep side of main lake points or Texas rigging lizards along pole timber close to bluffs. Crappie fishing has been best very early in the day as the sun comes up. Fish have been suspended just off the bottom close to brush or timber, not far away from a channel in 20-40 feet of water. Black/chartreuse, black/white, pearl and pink/white 1.5-inch tube jigs on sixteenth-ounce jigheads have been most productive in the shadiest areas possible. Horseshoe Bend, Eden Bluff, upstream from War Eagle Marina and Monte Ne have been good places to fish. Night fishing for crappie and white bass has been OK along main lake blufflines under lights close to timber in 35-60 feet of water. Fish minnows 10-25 feet deep. The best action has been about two hours after dark until dawn. Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend, Point 12 area and bluffs upstream from the War Eagle Marina have been productive. White bass have been schooling each evening lakewide on main lake flats and adjacent points. The Kastmaster spoon – quarter-ounce and half-ounce – has been the best lure choice. Catfishing is best at night from the bank using liver or worms. U.S. Highway 412 and Arkansas Highway 12 accesses have been good places to fish.
 
Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been once per day in the afternoon for two-four hours at 4,000-4,500 cfs. Low, clear water demands long leaders ending in 6-7X with size 16 and smaller nymphs under a small indicator. Zebra-style midges in black and chocolate brown colors are working best, followed by gray and olive, size 18-22. Scuds in shades of olive and gray, size 16, are working well at times also. For spin fishing, try gold and black Rapalas, sizes 5 and 7, and black and olive marabou jigs, 1/32-ounce. During periods of generation, float fishing using medium-size streamers with sink-tips can put you on some nice browns, especially in the Parker Bend area. For spin fishing during periods of generation, try using countdown Rapalas and Smithwick Rogue Jrs. in black/gold color combinations or Rebel Jointed Minnows in brown trout color.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat (479-871-6305) said the heat has been worse on the fishermen than on the fish. We’re still catching bass, using mostly plastic worms. The drop-shot presentation with watermelon/red has worked well. Also, 8-inch grape jelly worms, rigged Texas style, have been good here. Top-water baits, fished early and late, do well, too. Try a chatter bait if you just have to crank on something. You’ll need to fish water 7-16 feet deep for bass. Grass-covered areas, close to a deep-water access, seem to be holding the best fish. Crappie are slow but the best method has been minnows at 12 feet under a slip bobber. Some trolling has produced crappie as well. Big-billed crappie crankers, trolled 30 feet off and parallel to the shoreline, is a good method to produce a strike. Fish 5-6 feet deep with red worms or crickets for bluegill. One faimly spent three hours in a rental boat Monday evening with the temperature near 101 degrees to catch a stringer of 26 nice bluegill and redear. No word on any catfish being caught here. They’ve been hard to find this year. Try night crawlers or Power Bait chunks. Wear a hat and sunglasses, take some UV protectant and take plenty of drinking water along if you plan to spend much time out in this weather – especially if you’re in a boat! Call me for current updates or additional information. We’ll see you on the lake.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was reading 2.3 feet and 5.9 cfs Wednesday. With no considerable rain in several months, the level is extremely low. If you’re willing to drag a canoe/kayak or hike you can reach some deeper runs and pools that are holding good numbers of fish. For fly-fishers, top-water patterns are still producing numbers and good-size smallmouth. Gurglers, Boogle Bugs/Bullets and Sneaky Petes in white, olive and black are a few variations of recommended styles of patterns. For subsurface action, use Clousers, Crazy Dads and Shenks Streamer. Spin fishers are doing well with top-water as well. Tiny Torpedoes and buzz baits are top producers. Four-inch lizards, 3-inch tubes and 3- and 4-inch Brush Hawgs in watermelon, green pumpkin and black, as well as Flukes in white, watermelon and baby bass colors, are consistent producers. Rebel Crawdads and 3- to 4-inch suspending stick baits should be in your arsenal also.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is dingy and 6-8 inches low. Water temperature is 85 degrees in the morning. Bream are biting fairly well on red worms and crickets. Crappie are poor; try 10-12 feet deep. Bass are fair on a variety of lures. Catfish are good on crickets.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake was stained and 18 inches low. Bass are biting well on spinner baits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Catfish are biting well on chicken livers, shad and goldfish.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides said warm-water streams and rivers have been fishing very well (although hot!) lately with both high-quantity and high-quality fish being caught. Mornings are better than afternoons, with late evening coming in second. Heavier flows are the norm in the afternoon as the weather heats up. Beadhead nymphs such as pheasant tails and hare’s ears are producing well. Early terrestrials like beetles and ants are getting some top-water action. Be sure to have some sulphur and light Cahill dries in your fly box. Try a hopper/dropper combo to maximize your chances of hook-ups or, if possible, a double-nymph rig. Be ready to use various sizes of hoppers to find what the trout are keying on. Doubles are very possible.

War Eagle Creek

Just Fishing Guides aid the level at the Huntsville gauge as of Wednesday was 0.7 and 9.3 cfs. River levels are historically low this year and floating involves too much dragging. If you’re willing to hike, you can reach long pools that are full of fish! Clousers, Shenks Streamer, KC's Ozark Slider and Crazy Dads are all working well. Also, try large hopper and dragon fly patterns on top. Whit’s Hopper and Whitlock’s Gorilla Dragonfly are cool patterns to try, as well as Sneaky Pete’s, Gurglers in white or chartreuse, and Boogle Bullets. The top-water bite with flies is really going gangbusters. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth bass are in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught with about anything that hits the water. Small poppers, woolly buggers, spiders, beetles and hoppers are raking in the sunfish. Sometimes it is hard not to catch them. Spin fishing has picked up fish with white or gray Flukes, 4-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon red and tube baits in green pumpkinseed. Crank baits, buzzbaits and spinners have worked well also.

Northeast Arkansas
Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) filed no report this week.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park said the lake is 6 feet low; use extra care when navigating. Bream are fair on crickets. Catfish are going for worms and stink bait. A 25-pound blue cat was caught on night crawlers. Saugeye are good with live bait and crankbaits.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water is running at 267 cfs at the spring. Low and clear water has made for more technical fly patterns. Size 12 Cracklebacks and size 10 crystal Buggers have been doing great. Hot pink Trout Magnets and Salad Shrimp have been the baits of choice. The heat is on and the Spring River is cold and refreshing. With the river being stocked weekly, there are always trout to be caught on the Spring River.

Southeast Arkansas
Cane Creek Lake

Cane Creek State Park’s Geoff Wright said bream fishing is still pretty steady at Cane Creek Lake. Fish around lily pads and log beds with crickets. Catfishing is also good with trotlines or limblines using minnows or other live bait.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.5 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.2 msl).

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the surface temperatures as of Monday were ranging from 80 degrees early to 89 degrees later in the afternoon. Discharge rate as of Monday with one gate open at 0.4 feet was 175 cfs. The tailwater level dropped slightly to 223.9 mfsl. Clarity and visibility are fair to good depending on location. The best largemouth bass bite over the last several weeks continues to be from dawn through mid-morning hours, then again a couple hours before dusk. Numerous surface techniques are catching bass early and late, including Arborgast Jitterbugs, Spit’n Images, buzz baits, frogs and soft-plastic Bass Assassin shad jerk baits near vegetation and lily pads. Points in Little River and her oxbows continue to hold the most active fish at dawn. Creature and hog baits like Bass Assassin Eager Beavers, Pit Bosses and Wooly Bugs, around stumps and grass on these points continue catching largemouth bass in the 14- to 18-inch class. Rat-L-Traps and Bomber crankbaits will still get you bit by aggressive white bass roaming the oxbows and chasing shad in large, broken schools. Whites are scattered along Little River and the oxbows in loose and broken schools, and can be found by trolling crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in the Little River between Mud Lake and Horseshoe Lake around Hurricane Creek junction with the river. Several broken schools were chasing and busting shad at the surface in McGuire and Horseshoe oxbow lakes up Little River over the last few weeks. Daylight is the best time for these broken, schooling fish. Crappie have slowed with the recent heat, and are scattered, but continue holding in 15-20 feet around planted brushpiles and can be found with electronics in 15-18 feet on jigs and grubs on light-wire jigheads in brushpiles and standing timber. Smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on eighth-ounce jigheads were working early morning hours during the last couple of weeks. Catfish were fair to slow over the last couple of weeks, mainly because of reduced current in Little River. Trotlines, yo-yos and tight lines, in any remaining current and break lines in the outer bends of Little River, are best bets. Blue and channel cats were biting best on cut shad, chicken livers and cottonseed mill cake in 18-22 feet of Little River on the outer break lines in any remaining current or on yo-yos tied along the Little River and also hanging from cypress tree limbs in 10- to 15-foot depths of the oxbows. Chicken livers were catching some nice channel cats on yo-yos in the last week.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 544.7 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) had no report this week.

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.

DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 402.0 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves says he’s tarting to see some hummingbirds. Keep those feeders filled, especially in this heat. The morning surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is only fair at best with single-digit weights winning tournaments. Best bet is to look for any surface activity early in the morning and throw top-waters such as Zara Spooks, Sammy’s, Flukes or 4-inch swim baits. The fish will be on main lake points with either rock or wood cover. If no surface activity, try a 10-inch Texas-rigged worm in red shad and work it slowly down the steep side of the point. A few fish are coming from the standing timber in coves on the south side on spinner baits early in the morning. Also, night fishing with big black spinner baits has been fairly good, once again on main lake points. Lots of small Kentucky bass in the Shrouse Ford area in the early morning. Plenty of breaking fish, so use a small top-water like a Zara Puppy. Also, a few big white bass mixed in with Kentucky bass. No reports on crappie; there just isn’t anyone fishing for them right now. Hybrids are still biting well and there are fish in all the major coves from the Iron Mountain Marina to Point 4 on the south side. Troll, with the trolling motor set on high, with a five-arm umbrella rig to find fish, then throw either heavy spoons or big in-line spinners. Chartreuse has been the best color on the spoon. Use 3-inch white Curly Tail grubs on the U-rig. The deep-water bite is starting in the DeRoche Ridge area. The deep thermocline is setting up and the fish are suspended 40-50 feet down in 100-120 feet of water. Locate fish and drop a jigging spoon or a 3-inch flat-tail grub. Chartreuse is the best color on both the spoon and grub. Use a quarter-ounce jighead and 10-pound line with the grub and fish it above the fish with very little jigging motion. If your sonar is properly adjusted, you can watch the fish come up and take the jig. Early morning is the only time they bite and it is all over by 9 a.m. Bream fishing is good throughout the lake in most any cove with either rock or wood cover. Use red worms or crickets. Tight-line the bait just off the bottom in about 20 feet of water for bigger fish. Catfish are fair at night on trotlines and noodles. Drop the noodles over submerged timber with the bait at about 20 feet down. Set the trotlines across coves in 30-40 feet of water. Best baits are Catfish Charlie, blood, liver and hot dogs with soap. For bigger cats, try big minnows and live, small bream.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.7 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting Baby Shad, Slab Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white/salt and pepper, red/chartreuse, and bone white shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream are biting great on red worms, mealworms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are good on tequila sunrise/dark-colored worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting great on red worms, mealworms, crickets and rock hoppers. Catfish are biting well on worms, minnows and goldfish. Bass are good on dark-colored worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Fourche La Fave River

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the river is stained and very low. Crappie are hitting minnows and white/salt and pepper and red/chartreuse Baby Shad, and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish are going for stink bait, livers, minnows and goldfish in the river. Bass are going for tequila sunrise and dark worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the lake is clear and low. Bream fishing is good with crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on jigs. Bass are biting well on spinners. Catfish are biting well on worms and chicken livers.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 381.7 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
The Army Corps of Engineers began a drawdown of Blue Mountain Lake July 5 to improve aquatic vegetation, make repairs to launch ramps and buoys, and complete other projects. The lake will be dropped to 379 feet msl, which is 7 feet below the normal pool elevation. This will take about 26 days, depending on rainfall. When this level is reached, about Aug.1, Corps officials will decide if the drawdown will continue to 373 feet by Oct. 1. During the drawdown, boaters should exercise extreme caution because submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent. All water activities such as skiing, tubing and operating personal watercraft are prohibited. Boaters should be cautious when launching because of damage or sediment build-up that may have occurred at the end of the ramps. It is impossible to determine which ramps might be affected. Boat ramp closures may occur during the drawdown.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 572.7 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

Mountain Harbor Resort (870-867-2191) says the water temperature is 84-88 degrees and the lake is clear. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and big Texas-rigged worms. Try fishing near brush in water 25-30 feet deep. Walleye are good. These fish are still being caught on jigging spoons near humps and main lake points with brush. Trolling deep-diving crankbaits has been very effective in the 20- to 28-foot range. Stripers are good and being caught with live bait. Main lake points are the best locations for these fish. The east end of the lake has been the most productive near Brady Mountain and the spillway. Bream are still good and being caught on crickets or worms 20-25 feet deep. Crappie are slow 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 still good and being caught on cut bait and live bait on juglines and trotlines 20-30 feet deep.

Lake Hamilton

To read about black and white crappie, and habitat installed in the lake, 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 five-hour generation periods below Carpenter Dam each day have kept water temperatures in the low 60s. The influx of cold water from Lake Hamilton keeps the shallow tailrace from becoming too warm in the extreme heat of summer. Rainbow trout are extremely slow with the great majority of fish caught or eaten by predators. The few fish that are being caught are taken on live bait presentations such as minnows or night crawlers fished just off the bottom. Action is slow to almost nonexistent as the remaining trout are wary and spook easily. Stocking begins again in mid-November. Huge schools of shad are migrating in and out of the area, attracting other species of fish from the main body of the lake. Walleye seek the cooler water close to the dam and are chasing shad while the turbines are running. Carolina rigs baited with minnows or crawfish have accounted for some limits of walleye in the 2- to 5-pound class. Jigging silver spoons over deep pockets of water has also caught fish in slack-water periods. White bass action is slow and is totally dependent on available shad and current. When both of these ingredients occur, good numbers of bass can be caught on crankbaits, jerk baits and jigs from anchored boats or from the bank. Hybrids and stripers also time their feeding periods during generation and often are dormant during slack-water conditions. Brood or gizzard shad presented under a balloon rig are often the best methods of catching stripers in the 20-pound range; however, large, soft plastics also work well when large hard-sided lures like a C-10 Redfin or Super Spook are ignored. Anyone visiting the tailrace below Carpenter Dam is urged to be aware of the generation schedule.

East Arkansas
Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park Mississippi River State Park said the lake looks clear and still low. Fishermen are saying bass are biting fairly well on top-water lures in shaded areas before the sun comes up. Bream are fair on crickets along the shore in the mornings and evenings. Catfish are being caught on chicken liver. Crappie are slow.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the water is stained and low. Bream are biting well on crickets in well-shaded areas. Catfish are being caught on chicken liver. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows in the shade. Bass are fair on top-water lures in about 2 feet of water in the around logs.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear but low. Bass have been fair, especially at night. Try red/black plastic worms. No reports on other species.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is clear and the level is running low. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows. Bass fishing is fair with crankbaits. Catfish fishing is fair with just about anything.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in the lily pads. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs in the lily pads. Bass are biting CC spoons and frogs in the lily pads. Catfish are biting well using worms and chicken liver on yo-yos and limblines in cypress trees.

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