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Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas August 8, 2012

Fishing Tip of the Week: Any kind of cover in this kind of weather can help an angler get better results. Fish – even warmwater species – hunt and hide in the cover of shade. Try fishing under limbs and look for underwater structure that provides shade, even in the middle of a lake. A small dock, a dead tree, a rocky shore or bank – it doesn’t have to be much to make a difference: www.sdstate.edu/nrm/outreach/pond/upload/Pond_March-April_2012.pdf

Arkansas and White river levels

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

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

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 low; some stumps are exposed. Bream fishing has been excellent with worms and crickets. Crappie fishing, however, is poor. Bass are fair; try top-water baits and frogs early and late in the day. Catfish have been excellent – worms and bream are working.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) filed no report this week.

Just Fishing Guides had no report this week.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.6 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service said the surface temperature is 87-91 degrees. Hybrid and white bass will bite pretty well if the wind is blowing strongly or generation is going on. Try top-water baits, in-line spinners, spoons and swim baits (in-line spinners seem to be working best). Look for the bait and the fish will be close. Bass are eating out on deep, long points on the Arkansas Claw and Texas-rigged worms, Flukes and top-water baits working shallow, and a jighead worm working in the mid-depths. Walleye are suspended in 30-35 feet of water, eating crankbaits and night crawlers. Bream are shallow on beds and eating crickets, night crawlers and small crankbaits. The crappie action has slowed somewhat; try minnows on jigheads around brush in 15-35 feet of water. Catfishing is still going well all over the lake.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the lake is falling slightly because of daily small releases by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bite on most all species is still sporadic with moderate success on recent trips. The dock bite is picking up and is really one of the more consistent patterns we have here right now. Drop-shots and spoons are the way to go for these fish. The deeper ledge bite is so hit-or-miss. Drops from 22 out to 35 feet are holding some schools of Kentucky bass and smallmouth, but they’re really not feeding aggressively. A slow drag with most soft plastics will produce but you have to really soak it in order to get a bite. The walleye bite has been dreadfully slow but should pick up toward the end of the month. I look for the last week or so of the month for the fishing to progressively get better into the fall.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides had no report this week.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said lake water is murkier than normal and low. Bream have been fair with worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good; minnows, jigs and crickets are catching them in the middle of the lake and in the coves. No reports for bass and catfish.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report.
Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said water is about 2 feet low, clear and 92 degrees on the surface. Crappie have been very good for this time of year and considering the heat. Pumpkin seed/chartreuse has been best. Red/white and chartreuse jigs, and No. 6 medium minnows fishing very slowly around stumps and brush 6-8 feet deep in 8-10 feet of water have been working. Bream fishing is good near the shore on crickets and red worms. Catfish are fair on trotlines using cut bait and live bream. Bass are slow but some are being caught  with spinners and buzz baits.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report on the lake this week.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said the lake is low and clear. Crappie have been good over brushpiles on black/chartreuse and white/chartreuse jigs. Bream are good around the bank; they’re going for crickets and grasshoppers. Catfish have been good on noodles and trotlines baited with live bream and liver. Bass are slow.

Lake Cargile

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

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina filed no report this week.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958)said bream fishing is excellent with crickets and worms in deep water. Crappie are good; fish deep with minnows and jigs. Bass are fair in deep water; use deep-diving crankbaits and football jigs. Catfish are excellent; try worms, chicken livers and cut bait.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report on the lake this week.

Lake Valencia

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

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and low. Bream, crappie, bass and catfish reports have been poor.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is low and clear. Reports haven’t changed much. Bream fishing is excellent with green beetle spins. Crappie reports have been poor. Bass fishing is good with eighth-ounce white spinners in deep holes. Frog-patterned top-water plugs are working, too. Catfish reports are poor.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said hot weather has put most boaters and fishermen in air conditioning. Catfish at night until early dawn. Use live bait, bream or shad, and drift with pole and jugs. Brean fishing is working well around shade; use crickets. Kentucky bass are biting well early in the morning until about 9 a.m. Use Horny Toads on grass and along secondary drop-offs. For largemouth bass, try jig-and-pigs in submerged wood. Also try Jitter Bugs flipped under limbs or other shady areas. White bass have been good early in the day off jetty tips. If you spot a shad school, use a CC spoon and move fast. Fish on top and jig after it drops.

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 early in the day with top-water plugs and spinners. Try deep-diving crankbaits and flipping jigs during evening. Catfish are fair with slicks, worms, and chicken hearts and livers. Main River Channel: Bass fishing is good on the jetty points in the evening with buzz baits and shaky head worms. Catfish are fair with cut bait, slicks and worms. No reports about other species. Palarm Creek: No report this week.
Palarm Creek: No report this week.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is clear with no flow. Bream have been good with crickets. No report on crappie. Bass can be coaxed with top-water plugs along sandbars and jetties. Catfish have been good; try worms and cut bait.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park and the main channel: Bass fishing is good in the main channel with shaky-head worms and deep-diving crank baits. Also try shad-colored Zara Spooks and frogs. Catfish fishing is fair with slicks, worms and cut bait. No reports on other species.
Fourche Creek: No report this week.
Murray Lock and Dam: Fishing has been slow since there’s little flow.

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

Clear Lake

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

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is clear and low; some stumps are exposed. Bream fishing has been poor. Crappie have been fair to good, mostly with jigs. Catfish have been excellent with a variety of baits. No reports on bass.

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 fair with red worms and crickets. Bass fishing is good with top-water plugs and suspending jerk baits during evening. Catfish fishing is good with chicken livers, chicken hearts, cut bait and hot dogs. Crappie have been poor but try jigs and minnows in deep water.

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear and one-four generators have been running. Trout fishing has been good with PowerBait and Power Worms. Brown trout are going for Lil’ Cleos, buoyant spoons, Rooster Tails and jigs early and late in the day. Zebra midges, Copper Johns and grasshoppers are getting mixed results for fly-fishermen.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) had this report for Buffalo City to Red’s Landing: There are a lot of fish from Cartney Access to Matney Mountain Shoal and hardly anyone is fishing that area. Rapalas, Zig Jigs or your favorite bottom bait. The water levels fluctuate daily but if you will watch the computer-generated flow-projection report, you can pick your favorite water level and catch plenty of fish. The fish are not biting that well between Norfork and Red’s Landing, but you can limit out if you don’t get in a big hurry. Please watch the outside temperature. In this heat, your body can give up and you may not know it.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said as of Wednesday, the river was very low and slowly falling. Ponca was at 1.42 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.16 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.17 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.40 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 and floating involves too much dragging. If you’re willing to hike, you can reach long pools that hold 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, buzzbaits and spinners have worked well also.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 9.47 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 650.0 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake continues slowly falling. The surface temp is 84-89 degrees. We have had a break in the really hot weather and some rain, which has really helped the fishing. Walleye and bass are biting on night crawler rigs fished on bottom-bouncers, with many suspended about 20 feet down in 30-40 feet of water on gravel flats. Jigging spoons are catching walleyes and bass on bluff end points and drop-offs in 28-32 feet. Largemouth bass are biting in 15-25 feet on jigs or grubs on bluff banks on main channel and creek arms, with an early morning top-water bite. Crappie are suspended over brushpiles and around standing timber at about 15-25 feet, and biting trolled crankbaits or vertically fished jigs.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides no report this week.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 546.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

STR Outfitters – Tom Reynolds had no report this week.

Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric filed no report this week.

Guide Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service had no report this week.

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 filed no report this week.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,113.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) )) said the lake is clear and low. Bream have been biting fairly well on worms and crickets in 4-10 feet of water. Crappie reports have been fair. Try trolling Bandit 300s and Hot ’N Tots – same goes for walleye and white bass. Bass have been fair. Try a black single-spin at night, top-water plugs early in the morning and late in the day, Finesse worms and shaky head worms. Catfish reports are fair. They’re being caught with bluegills and goldfish on trotlines and jugs.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass have been biting best at night and early in the day. For night fishing, try Texas-rigging or shaky head-rigging 6-inch dark-colored lizards or 6- to 8-inch ribbon-tail, dark-colored worms and fish them along sloping-rock banks near the main lake. Early in the day, try using a popper top-water bait or a split-shot rigged Finesse work along main lake points and adjacent pockets off of the main lake. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day, and they can be found just off the bottom suspending around pole timber and brushpiles along main lake bluff lines and in the mouths of adjacent small pockets along the bluff lines. Small 1.5-inch tube jigs on 1/16th- or 1/32nd-ounce jigheads have been the best lure choice; minnows also have been effective if you can keep them alive. Another option is to slow troll Hot ’N Tot crank baits over main lake flats close to the break. Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend and upstream from Point 12 in the White River have been good places to fish. White Bass fishing has been spotty early and late in the day as they have been chasing shad and hitting top-water over main lake flats. Slow trolling Hot ’N Tot crank baits over main lake flats close to the drop-off has been most effective. Horseshoe Bend, Rocky Branch, Point 12 and Point 11 have been good for trolling. Catfishing has been hit or miss from the bank at night using chicken liver or stink bait. Arkansas Highway 12 and U.S. Highway 412 bridge access continue to be good options.
 
Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides had no report this week.

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 a little rain lifted the river gauge near Grandview to 2.35 feet and 47 cfs Wednesday, still very 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 2 feet low. Surface water temperature is 95 degrees. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets. Crappie are fair; try jigs. Bass have been fair on deep-diving crankbaits and a variety of other lures early in the morning. Try buzz baits late in the day. Catfish have been fair on worms and chicken livers.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake was stained and 18 inches low. Bass reports are good, especially early in the morning; try spinners and crankbaits. Catfish have been good with chicken livers and shad. No reports on bream or crappie.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides had no report this week.

War Eagle Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the level at the Hindsville gauge as of Wednesday improved to 0.70 and 9.6 cfs, still extremely low. 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, buzz baits and spinners have worked well also.

Northeast Arkansas
Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the lake is clear and low. No report from anglers this week.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park said the lake is low; use extra care when navigating. No fishing report this week.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water is running at 260 cfs and it’s clear. With low water and excessive heat, fishing has been getting tough. Y2ks and Guppies have been catching trout. White and candy corn Trout Magnets are go-to colors for spin fishermen. .

Southeast Arkansas

Cane Creek Lake Cane Creek State Park’s Geoff Wright filed no report this week.

Lake Chicot Local angler and guide Jessie James (870-355-7800) filed no report.

Lake Monticello Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of MonticelloBigBass.com had no report this week.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.7 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.2 msl).

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said surface temperatures ranged from 80 degrees in the morning to 90 degrees in the afternoon. Not a lot has changed during the last several weeks. It’s still very hot and the best largemouth bass bite 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 buzz baits, Baby Torpedoes, Arborgast Jitterbugs, Ken Pops, soft-plastic frogs and Bass Assassin shad jerk baits near vegetation and lily pads. War Eagle spinner baits in hot mouse and spot remover colors, along with buzz baits in glimmer ghost, banged-up bream or bleeding black colors are working at dawn. StrikeWorks jigs in watermelon magic, Texas craw or bruised turtle colors continue to draw strikes around stumps and cypress tree knees, and are taking some nice 15- to 17-inch bass along Little River creek dumps and points. For white bass, Rat-L-Traps and Bomber crankbaits still draw bites from random and aggressive whites roaming the oxbows in large, broken schools, chasing shad. Whites are scattered along Little River and the oxbows in loose and broken schools. Try trolling crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in the Little River between Mud Lake and Horseshoe Lake around the 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 in the last few weeks. Daylight is the best time for these fish. Crappie have begun to stack vertically along Little River and continue holding in 16-18 feet around planted brushpiles, and can be located 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 and Blakemore Roadrunners have been working in early morning hours. Catfish are fair and slightly improved over the last two weeks since there is a reduced amount of 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. Blues and channel cats have been hitting best on cut shad, chicken livers and homemade dough balls anywhere from 15-22 feet deep in Little River on the outer break lines.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 543.7 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the lake was clear in deeper water; dingy in shallow water. The surface water temperature is 90 degrees. No reports from anglers.

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 400.5 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves says the morning surface water temperature is in the high 80s and the lake is clear. Bass fishing is only fair with a few schooling fish in the coves on the south side between points 2 and 6. Look for any breaking fish early in the morning and throw surface lures such as Zara Spooks, Flukes, shallow-running jerk baits and 4-inch swim baits. A few big fish reported coming from the standing timber, also on the south side coves, caught on slow-rolling spinner baits past the trees. Lots of small fish in the upper end of the lake feeding on the schooled shad. Look for fish in the early morning in the Shrouse Ford area and throw small surface lures, spoons or Rooster Tails. Also try offshore humps in 20-25 feet of water with Texas-rigged, 10-inch worms or a big jig with a crawfish trailer. A few crappie reported coming from main lake attractors in 18-20 feet of water. Fish a Bobby Garland Baby Shad in clear sparkle on a 1/16th-ounce jighead and work the lure directly over and close to the thickest part of the brush. Look for attractors between Point 28 and Iron Mountain. This is early morning fishing between first light and 9 a.m. Hybrids are still the fish of the week with good catches reported coming from many locations in the lower part of the lake. Lots of schooling fish between points 2 and 4 on the south side and north to the islands across from the park lodge. Look for breaking fish early in the morning and throw a spoon, in-line spinner or top-water lure if they are really bunched up. One of the better patterns is to troll (with the trolling motor) the umbrella rig with 3-inch, white Curly Tail grubs. The fish are suspended about 20 feet down so be sure to put at least an ounce of lead ahead of the U rig. Another pattern for bigger fish is the edges of the old river or creek channels. Use sonar to locate fish, which will be in small schools or singles and suspended 35-50 feet deep in about 100 feet of water. Drop a 3-inch flat-tail grub (on a quarter-ounce jighead), in chartreuse/glitter or root beer above the fish. Also try a jigging spoon in white or chartreuse. Remember, fish above the fish because they will always come up to the lure and never down. Best areas for the deep-water pattern are between Iron Mountain and the mouth of Brushy Creek. You probably will spend more time looking for fish than fishing, but the size of these fish makes it worthwhile with lots bigger than 10 pounds. Fish from first light to about 9 a.m. Bream fishing remains good, with lots of fish in just about every cove. Use red worms or crickets. For bigger fish, try brushpiles in 18-20 feet and just tightline the bait next to the cover. Catfish are biting fairly well at night on noodles and trotlines. Use Catfish Charlie’s, blood, liver, night crawlers or hot dogs and soap. For bigger cats, try big minnows or small bream. Set the trotlines across small coves and drop the noodles anywhere there is submerged timber.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.4 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream have been fair on worms and crickets. Bass are fair; try spinners, crank baits and plastic worms. Catfish are fair on perch. No report on crappie.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 379.3 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. When this level is reached, 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 572.0 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort (870-867-2191) says largemouth bass are still fair on crank baits and big Texas-rigged worms. Try fishing near brush in water 25-30 feet deep. Still getting some top-water reports, as well. Walleye have slowed a bit but are still good. These fish are being caught on jigging spoons near humps and main lake points with brush. Trolling deep-diving crank baits has been very effective in the 20- to 28-foot range. Stripers are still fair to good and are 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 good and being caught on cut bait and live bait on juglines and trotlines from 20-30 feet deep. Surface water temperature is about 87 degrees and the lake is clear.

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, says the water temperature directly below Carpenter Dam is holding at 63 degrees and rises to 76 degrees below the bridge. Generation periods between four and five hours daily have helped keep tailrace temperatures from becoming dangerously hot in the drought and excessive heat of this summer. Moss growth is heavy in all areas and has hampered fishermen presenting baits on the bottom. Rainbow trout remain very slow, with the majority of fish caught or migrated away from the dam. August always marks the end of the trout season, but any good-quality fishing for rainbows stopped in late June this year. The trout that remain in the area are extremely wary and difficult to catch. Live minnows or red worms fished over deep pockets of water around the dam give anglers a chance to hook-up with holdover trout. Walleye are around the bridge to the dam in fair numbers, feeding on shad and seeking cooler water. These fish move into the tailrace in the summer and remain active chasing shad schools. Although February is the primary time to fish for walleye during the spawn, July and August provide fishermen an opportunity to catch good numbers of fish. Carolina rigs tipped with minnows or night crawlers work best used over deep water and in times of current flow. White bass are often mixed in these areas and are being caught, as well, but in much lower numbers. Bluegills continue to spawn and are hitting red worms and crickets fished under a bobber in 5-8 feet of water. Slack-water periods are best for these spawners. Hybrid and striper activity is good at times but completely absent much of the week. When large schools of threadfin shad are in the tailrace, these predator fish are feeding and available to be caught. Fishermen must be aware of this scenario and time their efforts accordingly. Gizzard or brood shad cast under a balloon rig below the bridge in the main channel is an excellent technique to catch large stripers that are resting and looking for an easy meal. Generation brings these fish close to the dam in search of prey and oxygenated waters. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam must always follow all boating regulations and be aware of park rules.

East Arkansas
Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the lake is still low but clear. Bream are biting on crickets in about 5 feet of water around limbs. Shellcrackers are in pockets on mossy bottoms in about 4-8 feet of water on crickets. Bass are biting on white Flukes early in the morning. No word on catfish.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the water is stained and low. Bream are biting on crickets in shaded areas around logs. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows in the shade. Bass are fair on top-water lures in about 4 feet of water around logs. No word on catfish.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report from anglers this week.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is stained and the level is running low.  Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and worms. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows. Bass fishing is fair with crankbaits, buzz baits and spinners. Catfish fishing is only fair; try stink baits.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream fishing has been good with worms and crickets around lily pads. Crappie have been fair; try minnows and jigs in lily pads. Bass reports also are fair; they’re hitting spinners and worms around lily pads and cypress trees. Catfish are going for worms and cut bait near cypress trees.

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