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Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas August 29, 2012

Fishing Tip of the Week: Summer heat probably has kept some anglers off the water as stream and lake levels drop. Hurricane Isaac could quickly change that. As hard as it is to believe during dry periods, storms like Isaac can dump a lot of water quickly. Check water levels and forecasts before you go and make sure you don’t get trapped on open water or downstream of water that’s rising rapidly.

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

For Family and Community Fishing Ponds

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is stained and low. Bream reports have been good with red worms and crickets. Crappie and bass reports have been poor. Catfish have been good with worms and chicken livers.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and usually low. Trout reports are good. Use night crawlers, PowerBait and wax worms. Jigs, Trout Magnets, Shad Raps, Rogues and Countdowns are working, too. For fly-fishing, try sow bugs, Extra Crispies and zebra midges.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.7 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl). – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water temperature has fallen to about 82 degrees. Hybrid and white bass fishing is great; they have moved deeper as they always do before moving more shallow and schooling. Try spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits, etc. The fish are feeding a lot throughout the day; find the bait and the fish will be close by. One hundred-fish days are common now throughout t fall and into winter. Bass fishing has picked up shallow as the fish have become more active with the cooler water. Try jigs, spinner baits, chatter baits and small crankbaits shallow. In deeper water, use Texas-rigged worms and C-rigs. Bream are still eating good all over the lake on chunk-rock flats. Crappie are in a transition shallower; try jig-and-minnow combinations. Catfish are putting on a feed, as well, all over the lake on a variety of baits. Use any type you have caught fish on in the past; no secrets here. Walleye are on the move to shallower haunts; try crankbaits, leeches and night crawlers, dragged along in about 30 feet of water.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water surface temperature has fallen to 81.5 degrees lakewide. This has provided some early fall schooling in some creeks and flats. Fishing has been inconsistent over the last week but keepers have been boated every day. Some crappie are willing to feed in the brush and long-lining cranks in 40-18 feet of water. No walleye have been seen in my boat for a couple of weeks now. The largemouth and Kentucky are really starting to get schooled and we have had days where we have put some good fish in the boat while they were chasing shad. The whites and hybrids are still off more than on. Timing is key; doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason other than opportunity with bait present and the fish will feed heavy for short periods. Once the water surface temperature reaches the upper 70s the bite will surge into a more predictable stage.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides filed no report.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said lake water is fairly clear and 2 feet low. Bream reports have been good. Crickets and red worms are the best bets. Crappie reports are good also; try jigs. Bass reports have been poor. Catfish are good with shad. Some fairly nice fish have been caught lately.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the lake is about 1.5 to 2 feet low. Crappie are in deep water on minnows and Slab Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white /salt and pepper, red/chartreuse shad and bone white; also try PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish are in deep water on minnows, worms, goldfish, stink bait and livers. Bass are biting well on tequila sunrise and dark worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes. Bream are in deep water, biting night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Redears are hitting red worms on the bottom in deep water.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said water is about 3 feet low and 85 degrees. Crappie are good around stumps in 8-10 feet of water; try fishing about 5 feet deep. Bream are good around the banks using crickets and red worms. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bream on trotlines and noodles. Bass are fair on bubble gum Flukes and spinners.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie have been biting well on minnows, Baby Shad, Stroll’Rs and Slab Slay’Rs in white, salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white in deep water. Try PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream have been biting well, also in deep water, on night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass can be taken with tequila sunrise and dark-color worms, spinners, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said water is about 5 feet low and 83 degrees. Crappie are fair over the brushpiles using white/chartreuse and white Stinger jigs. Bream are good on red worms and crickets. Catfish are good on noodles using live bream and night crawlers. Bass are fair using black plastic 6-inch worms and Flukes.

Lake Cargile

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said water is clear and about 3 feet low. Bream are good around the shore with a white Cubby Mini-Mite or a black lure; also crickets and red worms. Crappie are fair using a white Stinger or blue/white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines using live bream and night crawlers. Bass are fair.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina filed no report this week.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream fishing is fair with crickets and red worms. Crappie are fair; fish deep with minnows and jigs. Bass reports have been good. Try spinners and top-water baits early in the morning. Catfish reports have been good on worms, chicken hearts, chicken livers and cut shad.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie reports include Baby Shad and Slab Slay’Rs in red/chartreuse, bone white, pearl and orange/chartreuse in deep water. Minnows and PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working, too. White bass can be found in deep water in the channel and river; try Rooster Tails in shad, white or salt and pepper. For bream, go deep and use night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are hitting tequila sunrise and dark-color worms, spinners, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfish reports have been excellent. They’re biting worms, chicken livers and chicken hearts. Bass are fair with plastic worms. No reports for other species.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and low. Catfish reports have been good. The best baits are blood and stink baits. No reports on bream, crappie or bass.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is low and few people have been fishing; there is no fishing report this week.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said people are starting to fish again. The water temperature has dropped to mid-80s. White bass have been schooling early and late in the day around sanded-in jetties. Where the water is 10-15 feet deep, use a shad deep-diver or jigs. White bass reports have been very good. Kentucky bass fishing is the same, but also good around grass off riprap; use chatter baits. Catfish are moving in at night. Use whole shad 10-15 feet deep on jetty tips. Drum are going crazy around jetties; use crawfish-colored jigs. Largemouth are on drops with timber and grass. Use crankbaits or Horny Toads with a little split shot.

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 fair with red worms and crickets. Crappie are fair with jigs and minnows around standing timber. Bass reports have been good; try top-water baits and shad-colored spinners early and late in the day. Deep-diving crankbaits and shaky head worms are working, too. Catfish are good with worms and cut bait in the evening.
 
Main River Channel: Bream and crappie reports have been poor. Bass fishing is good on the jetty points with deep-diving crankbaits, shad-colored spinners and football jigs. Catfish are good with chicken hearts, chicken livers, cut bait and worms.
 
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 in the backwater areas. Crappie reports have been good; try minnows and jigs in deep water along brushpiles. Bass can be caught with deep-diving crankbaits, Texas-rigged and Carolina-rigged worms, and top-water baits. Catfish reports are good with worms and stink baits in deeper holes.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park and the main channel: Bass reports have been good, especially early in the day. Try shad-colored spinner baits and medium-diving crankbaits. Cut bait, chicken livers and chicken hearts are working for catfish. No reports for other species.

Fourche Creek: No report this week.

Murray Lock and Dam: Fishing has been slow with no water moving. Try white Curly Tail grubs for white bass and chartreuse twin-tail grubs from sauger.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is murky and low. Bream reports have been good with live bait. Bass have been fair on plastic worms. Catfish are fair with worms and live bait. No crappie reports this week.

Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the lake is murky and low. Bream have been good with live bait. No crappie reports. Bass are fair with plastic worms. Catfish reports are fair; try worms and live bait.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is clear and low enough that stumps are exposed – about 4.5 feet low. Crappie fishing has been fair with jigs. Catfish reports also have been fair. No reports on bream or bass this week..

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 with red worms and crickets is fair. Crappie reports have been good; try jigs and minnows around brushtops in the middle of the lake. Bass reports have been good, especially early in the day with top-water baits and spinners. Catfish have been good; try hot dogs and worms.

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear and generation has been light. Trout fishing has been excellent. Try PowerBait, trout worms and shrimp. Jigs are working early in the morning and in the evening. With generation, try stick baits, Rogues and Rapalas. Fly anglers’ best bets are grasshoppers copper Johns and zebra midges.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) no report.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said as of Wednesday, the river was very low and slowly falling. Ponca was at 1.44 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.16 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.19 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.46 feet. 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 9.42 feet Wednesday. Fishing has been very good; you just have to hike or drag a canoe or kayak to get to the fish. Top-water fishing is producing smallmouth up to 18+ inches for both fly and spin anglers. 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 649.3 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake continues slowly falling. The water surface temperature has cooled a few more degrees to about 82. We have had a break in the hot weather and the fishing has improved. Jigging spoons are catching a mixed bag of fish 25-34 feet deep on gravel flats with brushpiles and drop-offs holding the better fish. Trolling crankbaits like Hot ’N Tots, deep-diving Rogues and Shad Raps on lead-core line along the edges of the gravel flats at about 30 feet has been catching some nice walleyes and spotted bass. Night crawlers fished on bottom-bouncers are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, spotted bass and catfish. Largemouth bass are biting jigs and soft plastics 10-30 feet down on rocky points and bluff ends.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 545.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said stripers are off the points in the main lake near the dam. They are roaming in deep water, from 125-165 feet. Follow the shad line, which is holding at 30 feet; stripers are staying inside the shad. My baits are set at 28 feet with 8-foot leaders and 2-ounce weight. The fish are biting really good – if you're thinking of fishing Norfork, now is the time.

Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort filed no report this week.

Guide Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service of Steve’s Guide Service said the water temperature is in the mid-80s. The lake is down almost 7feet. Look for stripers suspended down around 30 feet. Look off points and in coves down within a few miles of the dam. There are some bass coming up early chasing baitfish. Throw Zara Spooks or a Pop-R. After the top-water bite stops, throw a jig, drop-shot or a Carolina rig. Try dropping a jigging spoon, too. If it’s cloudy, use a white or gold spoon and if the sun is shining, use a silver spoon.

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 had no fishing report this week.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,112.3 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake is cooling rapidly (high 70s to low 80s) in the wake of cold fronts and the middle layer is turning. As you are fishing, you may notice that your line is collecting scum. This is an early indication of a turnover in the near future. Beaver Lake stripers are scattered because of the rapidly cooling water temperature and can be caught from Prairie Creek to the Starkey area. White bass, small stripers and hybrids are schooling on the surface. Throw small Kastmaster spoons to schooling fish. Striper fishing will be fair with striper taken on live shad fished on downlines and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back, 20-30 feet deep. Downriggers are producing with artificials. Try Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks in black back or purple back colors. Stripers will be found in areas holding bait near the main channel. Fish location is greatly influenced by lake level and current flow. Current in the lake from generation will generally position fish on upstream or downstream edges of structure. Check the daily lake level and flow data link on my website. Hot spots this week include Point 4, Lost Bridge South and Rocky Branch. Walleye are in the 10-20 feet deep. They’re being taken off flats near the channel. 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. Also try Cotton Cordell Super Spots and Rat-L Traps in similar color variations. Jigging spoons around brush and rockpiles are also producing.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said fishing in general has been slow. Boaters should be careful since the water level is very low; stick to the channels. Crappie reports have been fair with minnows and trolling crankbaits. Bass also are fair; try top-water baits early and late in the day, or spoon and drop-shots. Catfish are fair with prepared baits. No reports on bream fishing.

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- or 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 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. They can be found just off the bottom suspending around pole timber and brushpiles along main lake blufflines and in the mouths of adjacent small pockets along the blufflines. Small 1.5-inch tube jigs on 1/16th- or 1/32nd-ounce jigheads have been the best lure choices; 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 said water releases have been once per day in the afternoon for two-six hours at 3,000-4,500 cfs. Low, clear water conditions are still prevalent below Beaver Dam. Long leaders ending in 6X-7X with size 18 and smaller midge patterns are providing the most consistent action. Dark colors, including black, wine and dark brown, are working best now.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat filed no report this week.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was 2.52 feet Wednesday, still very low. If you can find water, wading while fishing for smallmouth and bream is a nice way to beat the heat. Top-water baits are still producing good numbers and good-quality fish as well. Poppers, slider/divers, hoppers, damsel and dragon fly patterns are all producing consistent action. Spin-fishers are doing well with top-waters. Tiny Torpedoes and buzz baits are top producers. Four-inch lizards, 3-inch tubes and 3- and 4-inch Brush Hogs in watermelon, green pumpkin and black, as well as Flukes in white, watermelon and baby bass colors, are consistent producers. Rebel Crawdads and 3- and 4-inch suspending stick baits should be in your arsenal also.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is hot. Bream, crappie, catfish and bass reports are fair.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake was clear and 3 feet low. Bream reports have been good with worms. No reports on crappie this week. Bass reports have been good, especially with crank baits and plastic worms. Catfish are good on shad and chicken livers.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides said warmwater streams and rivers have been fishing very well lately with both quantity and quality fish being caught. Fly-fishing has been good with baitfish patterns, Boogle Bugs in white, TeQueely Streamers, woolly buggers, Clouser minnows. The top-water bite with flies is really going gangbusters. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth 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. 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.

War Eagle Creek

Just Fishing Guides said the level at the Hindsville gauge as of Wednesday was 0.71 and 11 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
Lake Poinsett

Lake Poinsett State Park had no report this week.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the lake is clear and 3 feet low. Bream reports are good; try crickets. Crappie are good on minnows. Bass reports are good; try using top-water plugs early in the day and plastic worms in the evening. No report on catfish.

Lake Frierson

Justin Huss at Lake Frierson State Park filed no report this week.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water is running at 250 cfs and it’s clear. Trout have been biting snails, nymphs and Y2Ks. There have been some heavy hatches of mayflies during the morning. Trout Magnets, shrimp and Rooster Tails are working well for spin fishermen. Fishing green pockets has still been the key to finding the trout.

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 259.6 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.2 msl).

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake was about 7 inches above normal. Surface temperatures were ranging from 85 degrees early to 90 degrees late in the afternoon. The discharge rate as of Monday was 176 cfs. The tailwater level was 223.98 mfsl. Clarity and visibility fair to good depending on location, as of Monday, on main lake structure over the last week; clarity is stained somewhat in the river; visibility ranging 10-12 inches in the river. Clarity in the oxbows is better. The Army Corps of Engineers upgrade project and maintenance work, including installation of a new bypass valve at the River Run East Recreational Area below the spillway, is almost complete. 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 buzz baits, Arborgast Jitterbugs, Ken Pops, soft plastic frogs and Bass Assassin shad jerk baits near vegetation and lily pads. White bass continue roaming the oxbows and Little River in large broken schools over the last few weeks, chasing shad. Whites are still scattered, but can be found by trolling crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in the Little River between Mud Lake and Horseshoe Lake around Hurricane Creek’s junction with the river and White Cliffs Recreational Area. 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. Mid-morning is the best time for these broken, schooling fish. Crappie have improved in the last couple of weeks, and are beginning to stack vertically in 16-20 feet around planted brushpiles . They can be found with electronics on jigs and grubs on light-wire jigheads in brushpiles and standing timber. Smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs oneighth-ounce jigheads, minnows and Blakemore Roadrunners have been working in early morning hours lately. Catfish have been fair to good, slightly improved over the last few weeks 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 bait, shad, chicken livers, and Catfish Charlie anywhere from 17-20 feet deep in Little River on the outer break lines in any remaining current. They’re also being caught on yo-yos tied along the Little River and hung from cypress tree limbs in 10-15 feet of water in the oxbows.

Lake Columbia

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report this week.

Lake Erling

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report this week.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 542.2 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) had no fishing 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.

Cossatot River

Cossatot River State Park had no report this week.

DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 398.8 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves says he hopes Isaac will add some water to the lake; some submerged timber is within 25 feet of the surface. The morning surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with a few schooling, breaking fish showing early in the morning in the big coves on the south side between points 2 and 6. Throw a top-water plug such as a Zara Spook, Sammy or Spitin’ Image. Also try a Zoom Fluke or a 3-inch swim bait. Several reports of bass being taken on the A-rig armed with 5-inch Zoom Swimming Flukes in white or albino. A few fish reported coming from the points off the big coves along the state park, mostly on jigs with a critter trailer or a Texas-rigged, 10-inch worm fished 10-20 feet deep. The fish are relating to the schooling shad and the windblown points have been best. Hybrid fishing remains good with fish schooling all over the lower section of the lake between Iron Mountain and the mouth of Brushy Creek. Look for these breaking fish early in the morning and throw a heavy spoon in chartreuse or chrome, or a big in-line spinner. Let the lure sink down to about 20 feet and work it up through the fish because the bigger fish are deeper. There also is a decent deep-water bite with fish suspended about 45 feet down in water 80-100 feet deep. Use sonar to find fish, which will be mostly singles and small schools. Drop a 3-inch flat-tail grub in smoke/glitter on a quarter-ounce jighead or a heavy jigging spoon to above the fish. You will spend more time looking than fishing but patience pays off because fish 10-14 pounds have been reported. Try along the old river or creek channels, and off steep points in the DeRoche Ridge and Iron Mountain areas. Be sure to be on the water before sunrise for hybrids. Crappie fishing remains slow with no reports of anyone fishing for them. This fishing will pick up next month when the water cools. Bream fishing is good with fish biting in most any cove with some cover. Also look for some bedding fish under the full moon this weekend. Bream will bed most all summer whenever there is a full moon. Use red worms or crickets. Some anglers are doing well with Berkley PowerBaits. No reports on catfish, not even seeing many noodles or trotlines. However, summer nights are a good time for cats, especially on noodles. Drop the noodles in deep water anywhere there is submerged timber. Bait with Catfish Charlie, blood, night crawlers chicken liver or hot dogs with soap. Try big minnows or small bream for bigger cats.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.0 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well in deep, open water and in the river on minnows, Baby Shad, Slab Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white /salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white shad, as well as PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream are biting well in deep water; use night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass can be caught on tequila sunrise or dark worms, and spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream reports have been good, especially with night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Catfish are biting well on red worms, night crawlers, minnows, goldfish, stink bait and chicken livers. Bass are going for dark-color worms, spinners, 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 can be caught with minnows, white/salt and pepper, and red/chartreuse shad. Also try PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish can be caught with stink bait, chicken livers, goldfish and minnows. Bass are going for tequila sunrise or dark-color worms, spinners, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream reports are good with worms and crickets. Crappie have been fair with minnows and jigs. Bass reports are good; try spinners, plastic worms and jigs. Catfish are fair on perch and other live bait.

Lake Dardanelle

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina filed no report this week.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 378.7 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. 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 571.0 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort says the lake is clear and water temperatures range from 82-86 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and big Texas-rigged worms. Try fishing near brush in water 25-30 feet deep. Walleye are still slower. 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 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 fair and being caught on crickets or worms 20-25 feet deep. Crappie are fair and being caught near and over brush. Try brush in water 20-40 feet deep. Minnows or crappie grubs are working best. Tennessee shad and rainbow trout are the best colors for artificial baits. Catfish are still fair and being caught on cut bait and live bait on juglines and trotlines from 20-30 feet deep.

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service filed no report.

Lake Hamilton

To read about black and white crappie, and habitat installed in the lake, visit Family Fishing Trips.

Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says drawdowns of Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton began Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain from Hurricane Isaac. Officials say the drawdown for Lake Hamilton will be 8 inches and Lake Catherine will drop 12 inches. The winter drawdowns will begin Nov. 3, as scheduled, when Lake Hamilton will drop 5 feet and Lake Catherine will drop 3 feet. Water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric power. Both lakes will return to their normal summertime levels in March 2013. The annual drawdowns help with shoreline maintenance and inspection, and are part of a plan to help control nuisance aquatic vegetation. Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

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 below Carpenter Dam is 65 degrees and rises to 78 degrees below the bridge. Entergy is operating four- to five-hour generation periods each day, which has greatly aided in keeping the shallow tailrace waters from becoming hot and unfishable. This regular flow of cold water has also brought large schools of threadfin shad into the tailrace, which attracts several different species of fish to the dam. Walleye continue to be caught on jigging spoons in 10 to 18 feet of water. Carolina rigs tipped with minnows or night crawlers have been the most effective technique used during slack-water periods. Numbers are lower but the quality of fish is better. Walleye in the 8-pound class have been taken at night. The heat of August brings largemouth bass into the area in search of shad. White spinner baits and weightless soft plastics cast into feeding bass have taken fish in the 4-pound range in the last week while the turbines were running. Top-water activity is sporadic and often short-lived, so fishermen need to be aware of the situation and ready to cast at a moment’s notice. White bass are also mixed in with the black bass and are being caught on the same lures. Boaters should move around with a trolling motor only, as engine noise will cause feeding fish to to scatter. Heavy generation flows bring large hybrid and striped bass close to the dam where highly oxygenated waters are found. These predator fish also feed heavily on threadfin shad and can be caught on gizzard or brood shad combined with a balloon rig. The bream bite has slowed considerably as the end of the spawn is close and many fish have migrated downstream to the main lake body. Rainbow trout stocking resumes in mid-November, which will bring trout action back to Lake Catherine. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam is urged to be aware of the generation schedules.

Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says drawdowns of Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton began Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain from Hurricane Isaac. Officials say the drawdown for Lake Hamilton will be 8 inches and Lake Catherine will drop 12 inches. The winter drawdowns will begin Nov. 3, as scheduled, when Lake Hamilton will drop 5 feet and Lake Catherine will drop 3 feet. Water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric power. Both lakes will return to their normal summertime levels in March 2013. The annual drawdowns help with shoreline maintenance and inspection, and are part of a plan to help control nuisance aquatic vegetation. Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Lake Atkins

Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) filed no report this week. 

South-Central Arkansas
Moro Bay

Moro Bay State Park at the junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay, had no report this week.

Ouachita River Oxbows

Jaret Rushing had no report.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing had no report.

East Arkansas
Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the water remains low at this time. Fishing has been slow. Try bass on top-water lures in the morning and evenings. Crappie can be caught on minnows. Some redear are biting on worms.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the Lake is low and murky. Fishing has been slow but some catfish are being caught on jugs with live bait. Bass are fair on plastic worms and crappie are fair on minnows.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) reports that all species have been slow, and few people are fishing on the river, which is very low..

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is stained, the level is low and the surface temperature is warm. Reports on all fish species have been poor during the last week.

Horseshoe Lake

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

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