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Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas September 12, 2012

Fishing Tip of the Week: Are you confounded by hook sizes? Have you ever asked an angler what size hook is on the line but didn’t know how to decipher the answer? It’s easy. The size of the hook gets larger as the number of the hook gets smaller. For example, if you’re fishing for bluegill, you might use a size 10 or 12 hook. For bass, size 6 might be your preference. Sizes go up to 1 and get bigger with sizes 1/0, 2/0 and so on.

Arkansas and White river levels are available click HERE

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

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

For Family and Community Fishing Ponds, click HERE for a list of program ponds.

 

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is murky and low. Bream reports have been good with worms and crickets near the shore. Crappie are good in 6-8 feet of water; try minnows by the Arkansas Highway 89 bridge. Bass reports are good. They’re hitting top-waters and buzz baits (minnows, too) near lily pads and along the shore. Catfish are good with limblines and trotlines.

Little Red River
Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and normal. Trout fishing has been excellent. Successful anglers are using wax worms, marshmallows and PowerBait. Rapalas and spinners are working during high water. Extra Crispies, sowbugs and anything with red seem to be working for fly-fishermen.

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

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 454.3 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said bream fishing is still very good shallow as they guard fry from the last moon; try crickets, night crawlers and flies. Walleye are still scattered out in 25-32 feet of water on the edge of flats with shad; try dragging crank baits, night crawlers and such. Catfishing is good on chicken livers, soap, stink bait and small bream. Crappie are getting back grouped up after a move to more shallow water. Trolling small crank baits is working, as well as jig and minnow combinations. Bass fishing is better as well, with schooling fish on jigs and Carolina rigs; bank fish on crank baits and spinner baits, and the in-between fish on drop-shots and jigheads. Suspended fish will bite swim baits and the Arkansas Claw. Hybrid and white bass are schooling all over the lake; fishing’s getting better every day. The deeper fish are eating spoons, in-line spinners and the magnum Arkansas Claw. The bite is more of an all-day deal now.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water surface temperature had fallen to the upper 70s in the morning and a little more than 80 degrees later in the day. Water clarity is dependent on location; some areas have 15 feet of visibility and others have a foot. Schooling action on most all species is occurring in isolated areas. If you find yourself in an area with shad, it’s only a matter of time before the fish feed. It’s best to stay put and wait the fish out rather than running around and hitting numerous areas, although you don’t want to sit idle in an area without fish. Run and gun until you locate bait and fish on your graph. Right now, most every species in the lake is in less than 32 feet of water. Artificial minnows and top-waters have been best from sun up to sun down when fished in the middle to upper levels of the water column. The clearer the water, the farther these fish will go to eat your offering. Remember, for every foot you can see in the water with the human eye, fish can see four to six times that distance. Keep this in mind and you will catch more fish.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides filed no report.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said lake water is clear and 2 feet low. Bream reports have been good. Crickets and worms are the best bets. Crappie reports are good also; try jigs in fairly deep water. Bass reports have been good with crayfish-colored plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are fair with shad and stink bait on trotlines.

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 worms. Crappie are fair; fish deep with minnows and jigs. Bass reports have been good. Try deep-diving crankbaits and jigs. Catfish reports have been good on chicken hearts, chicken livers, cut bait and minnows.

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 bass reports have been good with spinners. Catfish reports have been good also; try worms, chicken livers and chicken hearts. No reports this week for bream or crappie.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream reports are good with crickets. Crappie have been poor. Bass reports are fair with watermelon seed lizards in 4-6 feet of water. Catfish reports have been poor.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is clear and normal. Bream reports have been good on the old standby – crickets. Crappie fishing is poor. Bass are good with shad-colored jerk baits. Catfish reports have been poor.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said there were more boats on the river last weekend than had been seen all summer. Bream fishing is great. Use crickets around rocks in 3-10 feet of water. Catfishing is good. Try whole shad or skipjack fillets in 10-25 feet of water. Kentucky bass are doing well on Brush Hogs in green pumpkin off jetty tips in 15-18 feet of water. Go for largemouth bass early in the morning with Glitterbugs in black and buzz baits around timber, 1-5 feet deep. White bass are schooling late. They’re chasing shad in Flag Lake cut-off on outside bends. Use Torpedoes and Zara Spooks. Crappie have been fair around creek mouths. No reports on stripers.

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. Bass reports have been good; try black buzz baits and half-ounce shad-colored spinners early and late in the day. Catfish are good with chicken hearts, chicken livers and worms.
 
Main River Channel: Bass reports are good; try shad-colored spinners, square-billed crankbaits and swimming jigs on jetty points. Catfish are good by jetties with slicks, cut bait, chicken hearts and chicken livers.
 
Palarm Creek: No report this week.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is stained and low. Bass reports have been good. Try spinners and crankbaits in the main river. No reports on other species this week.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park and the main channel: Bass reports have been good; try deep-diving crankbaits and Texas-rigger creature baits in deep water. Catfish are fair on cut bait, chicken livers, chicken hearts, worms and slicks. No reports for other species.

Fourche Creek: No report this week.

Murray Lock and Dam: Catfsih reports have been good with cut bait, chicken hearts and chicken livers. White bass are going for white, curly tail jigs, and stripers can be taken on chartreuse, twin-tailed jigs.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) filed 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 the level is normal. No reports from fishermen 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; try white spinners and black, red-core worms. Catfish have been excellent on chicken hearts, chicken livers, worms and hot dogs.

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear and low. No more than three generators have been running. Trout fishing is excellent. Rainbows are falling for woolly buggers and nymphs. Browns are taking sculpins, jigs and shrimp.

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. Ponca was at 1.45 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.32 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.48 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.68 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 9.52 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 slowing. Concentrate on deeper runs and the upper end of pools with chunk rock and/or wood cover and fish thoroughly with repeated, accurate casts with varied retrieve rates. Hot flies this week have been Ozark Shiner Clousers, olive Crazy Dads and, for sunfish, white Miss Prissy. We lost a 20-inch, 4-pound smallmouth Sunday. 

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 649.0 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said 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 said water releases have been all over the place but heaviest in the afternoon and evening for 8-12 hours to 6,000 cfs. Anglers are picking up good-quality fish using a variety of patterns and techniques. Nymphing, swinging soft hackles, midging and streamer tactics are all working, depending on the situation you encounter on the river. As fall approaches, browns will start moving into spawning staging areas. Blue wing olive mayflies and tan micro caddis will start hatching so have a variety of patterns to cover these anticipated fall hatches.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 544.8 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said stripers are roaming in deep water, from 125 feet to 165 feet. Follow the shad line, which is holding at 30 feet; the stripers are staying inside the shad. My baits are set at 28 feet with 8-foot leaders and 2-ounce weight.

Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said summer fishing on Norfork Lake has been challenging at times, but some big fish were caught. The warm weather with little rain kept the thermocline at about 30 feet of water and most fish are at 0-30 feet. I have fished the early mornings. At times, I have caught fish right before light, but most recently I haven’t caught a striper until around 9 a.m. or later. I have been using 4- to 6-inch gizzard shad that were netted in very shallow water way back in creeks where the water gets muddy. I use a 2-ounce trolling weight with swivels on both sides and then attach a 4- to 6-foot leader with a No. 1 or No. 2 size Kahle hook. If you have them, use downriggers. Hair jigs and larger crankbaits have been working. Chartreuse and white-colored hair jigs have been the color of choice. I have been finding bass on main lake points and also midway back in creeks on points where the channel swings in close to shore. Again, these fish are in 0-30 feet of water. Right at sunrise, I have been finding some topwater action and using a Zara Spook Jr. has caught some nice fish. Most often though, I find the fish on the bottom in 25-30 feet of water and vertical jigging with a spoon has produced some nice fish. Throwing a jig-and-pig or plastics worked slowly along the bottom will also catch some good fish. You will also find white bass in the same locations as the bass and walleye. Spooning has been working the best for me for whites. I have found more whites when I move out into a little deeper water and they are suspended 20-30 feet down.

Guide Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service of Steve’s Guide Service said the water temperature is in the low 80s. Look for striped bass off points and in pockets within a few miles of the dam. They are suspending down 30-40 feet. Look for bass 10-30 feet deep. A few walleye started biting this week. Check points and flats in 20-35 feet.

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 4-12 hours, 3,500 cfs. Shorter days and cooler nights are hints of fall weather approaching. The fishing is picking up, as well, as a variety of patterns and techniques are producing good numbers and good-quality fish. On warmer days, hopper patterns are still good options. Scuds and sowbugs are working well over recognizable feeding behaviors of trout. Blue wing olives and micro caddis action will start to pick up, as well. Midging can produce surprisingly large numbers of fish when found in concentrations. For that trophy, medium to large streams swung through channels with heavy cover makes all that hard work worth it.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,111.6 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl)..

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake is cooling rapidly in the wake of cold fronts and the middle layer is turning. As you are fishing you may have noticed that your line is collecting scum. This is an early indication of a turnover in the near future. Stripers are scattered because of 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. Make sure you do not keep striper under 20 inches and not more than three stripers or hybrids or combination. 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 in areas holding bait near the main channel. Fish location is greatly influenced by lake level and current flow, and 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 web site. Live shad, as always on Beaver Lake when fishing for trophy stripers, is the go-to approach. Stripers are hitting shad in the 4- to 8-inch range. Hot spots this week include Point 4 (check the humps near the cedar thicket and in Fish Trap Hollow), Lost Bridge South (try looking on the flat between LBS and Fish Trap Hollow), Point 5 and Rocky Branch (try the island and the road bed that extends to the island and the little islands in front of the Larue boat ramp. Most walleye are 10-20 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. Also Try Cotton Cordell Super Spots and Rat-L-Traps in similar colors. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles are also producing.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said fishing has not been great. The lake is reported low and murky. Bream fishing is fair with worms and crickets. Crappie are fair in deep water, trolling with minnows. Bass are fair around Rocky Branch. Try jigs and spoons in deep water. Catfish reports are poor.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass fishing has been best early in the day with 6-inch lizards on three-eighths-ounce shaky heads around boat docks and timber along chunk rock banks. Buzz baits and Pop-Rs have also been productive. Mid-lake Point 11 to 4 has been most productive. Early and late in the day have been best for crappie as of late. Fish have been holding above brushpiles or along pole timber close to a main creek or run-off channel in 20-40 feet of water. Black/chartreuse or white 1.5-inch to 2-inch curly tail grubs on sixteenth-ounce jigheads have been most productive fished slowly from the bottom up near the brush or timber. Horseshoe Bend, Monte Ne and Hickory Creek have all been good places to find crappie. Early and late in the day have been best for white bass, too. Fish have been suspending 20-40 feet deep along and over main lake points, and can be caught using quarter-ounce jigging spoons as a school is found. At dawn and dusk, the fish have been chasing shad at the surface and can be found on main lake flats. Shad-imitating lures 2-3 inches long have been the best lure choice. Point 11, Rocky Branch Area, Arkansas Highway 12 bridge area and Point 12 have all been good places to fish. Catfishing has been best after dark using cut bluegill or chicken liver. Arkansas Highway 12 bridge, Hickory Creek and Horseshoe Bend have all been good places to fish.
 
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. Fishing has really picked up as summer wanes and fall approaches. No more 7X and size 18 and smaller midge patterns, although they’re still catching fish. Chocolate, gray and tan are the top colors for midges. Last weekend, tan scuds, simple sows (tan), hare ’n copper (tan and olive) and hare’s ear in sizes 14-16 all were producing well. Small streamers (sizes 10-14), including olive and white wooly buggers, fifty-sixers and sparrows, are working well also. Cover the water to find concentrations of active fish. There are wading opportunities well below the U.S. Highway 62 bridge.

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 2.82 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 was clear and normal. Bream reports have been fair; try worms and crickets. Crappie and white bass are fair with minnows and jigs. Bass reports are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair; try chicken livers.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is stained and 3 feet low. Bream reports are good, especially with worms. Crappie reports are poor. White bass can be caught with top-water baits. Bass are good with spinners and crank baits. Catfish are good with chicken livers, shad and bluegills.

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 0.69 and 10 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 but down 2.5 feet. Fishing has been slow.

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 clear at 248 cfs at the spring. The river is still low and the cool weather has made the catching great. There are a lot of bugs hatching during the cool morning hours and late evening hours. Caddis and mayflies have been coming off heavily. This week has been really nice with the wonderful weather. Trout are biting Y2Ks and emergers really well. And early in the morning is a great time to try some dry fly fishing during the hatches. Adam’s, elk hair caddis and cracklebacks are the dries I would recommend right now. I am still using emergers during the hatches. The best time of the year is just starting up. I hope you all get a chance to get out and enjoy the river.

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

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said surface water temperature ranges from 78-83 degrees. Discharge rate is 175 cfs. Tailwater level is 224 mfsl. The largemouth bass bite improved over the last week through mid-day, and numerous techniques and lures are catching bass early throughout the mid-morning hours into mid-day. Buzz baits, Horny Toads and Bass Assassin Shads are still working early around pads and vegetation, and when largemouth begin schooling activity Ken Pops, Smithwick Rouge jerk baits, clear Baby Torpedoes, Pop-Rs, Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, Little Cleos, Little Georges and Rocket Shads are catching numbers of bass. Largemouths and white bass have been running shad schools in Horseshoe, Mud and McGuire oxbows up Little River. White bass have been roaming the oxbows and Little River in large, broken schools in the last few weeks, chasing shad, are beginning to group tighter and more organized efforts are being noted herding large pods of threadfin shad. Whites are grouping around largemouth bass for a concerted effort to force shad to the surface in tremendous schools. Whites can be found by trolling crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in Little River and in the oxbows. White Cliffs Recreation Area had numerous schools of white bass breaking on shad in the river last week. The crappie report: Minnows or grubs on light-wire jigheads immediately above and outside brushpiles were catching some nice slabs over the last few days. Place the grub or minnow strategically a few inches to a foot outside or above the brush to get crappie to hit. Locate brush with your electronics in 12-16 feet out of current along Little River for best action. Catfish are fair to good, yet consistent over the last week in Little River. Channel cats have been hitting best on cut bait, shad, cheese dough and Catfish Charlie anywhere from 15-18 feet deep in Little River on the outer break lines in any remaining current. Cats have also been caught on yo-yos using minnows at 10-15 feet, tied along the Little River and hung from cypress tree limbs in 9-12 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 541.2 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the lake was clear in deep water and murky in the shallows. Surface water temperature is in the low 80s. Bream reports have been fair with crickets. Crappie are poor. Bass are good in 5-15 feet of water with plastic worms and top-water plugs, especially on brushpiles early and late in the day. Catfish reports have been poor. No reports on walleye.

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 398.3 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves says now is the time to start dropping brushpiles for late fall and winter crappie fishing. Set attractors in 18-20 feet of water, which should be the right winter depth when the lake level comes up. The steep sides of main lake points are best for winter fishing. The morning surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing has slowed slightly because of a cold front, but there were still some good catches reported. Look for schooling fish early in the morning in the big coves on the south side of the lake between points 2 and 6. Shad are starting to bunch up and the bass are not far behind. Throw top-water lures, Flukes or swim baits to breaking fish. Be sure to get the lure in front of the fish because they cannot see behind. Lure color is not too important as long as it is in a shad pattern. Now is the time to throw the Alabama rig since fish are schooling. Load the rig with the Zoom Swimming Shad in white or albino. Later in the day, fish the same area with Texas-rigged worms or jigs with a craw-type trailer; green pumpkin is a good starting color. Crappie fishing is still slow but with the cooler weather, it won’t be long before the fall bite begins. Early in the fall, fish mostly main lake attractors in 18-25 feet of water. Use a 2-inch Kalin’s grub or a Bobby Garlin Baby Shad in Tennessee shad or silver glitter. Put the lures on a sixteenth-ounce jighead and fish the thickest part of the brush. Early morning is the best time since the water is still warm. Hybrid fishing is holding up well and will get even better once this cold front passes. Look for schooling fish outside the major coves all along the south side between points 2 and the mouth of Brushy Creek. Best bet is a heavy jigging spoon in silver or chartreuse. Throw over the fish and let the lure sink to about 30 feet down and work the lure up through the school. Even though the fish are breaking on top, most of the fish are 20 feet deep. If fish are really thick on top, a surface lure such as a Zara Spook is a fun way to fish when a big hybrid busts it. If there is little surface schooling activity, try an umbrella rig with 3-inch white curly tail grubs fished about 15 feet deep; use sonar to find the school, which will be 20-25 feet deep. The deep-water bite is still good, with bigger fish suspended in the deep thermocline. Use your sonar to locate fish at 45-50 feet down in water about 100 feet deep. When fish are located, drop a heavy jigging spoon in chartreuse or a 3-inch flat grub in smoke glitter to above the fish. Look for fish along the edges of old creek or river channels, also try off deep points. Best areas for deep fish are between the dam and DeRoche Ridge. Bream fishing is good in most any cove with some rock or wood cover. Use redworms or crickets; some of the Berkley processed baits work well. Catfish are good with several nice catches reported. Best bet now is to drop noodles at night in deep water over submerged timber, which will be within 30 feet of the surface. Fish are suspended in the deep thermocline but come up at night. Set bait about 20 feet down. Use Catfish Charlie, blood, chicken livers or hot dogs with soap. Be sure to identify your noodles; it’s the law.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.8 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) filed no report this week.

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 377.0 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 570.4 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort says the lake is clear and the water temperature is 82-86 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters and drop-shot rigs. Try fishing over main lake and secondary points. Walleye are fair; they’re being caught on jigging spoons near humps and main lake points with brush. 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 is the most productive area. area. 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 good and being caught on cut bait and live bait on juglines and trotlines 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 winter drawdowns will begin Nov. 3 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, reports that much cooler weather of last week has dropped the water temperature below Carpenter Dam to 60 degrees. Warmer waters begin below the bridge where 75 degrees is the norm for several miles downstream. Moss growth has hampered bank and boat fishermen alike and will persist until the winter months. Clear conditions exist in the tailrace. Rainbow trout are the main attraction for anglers below the dam with the season beginning in late November and normally ending in August. Striper fishing has produced some very large fish in late August by using gizzard or brood shad tight-lined over 20 feet of water close to the dam. Several fish in the 20-pound range were caught along with a 40-pounder in a two-week period. Action can be excellent but often short-lived. Live bait gives fishermen the best chance to hook good-quality fish since artificial lures are often ignored by bass looking to feed on shad a certain size. In periods of current flow from the dam, some top-water action has been observed, but the majority of fish caught were singles in deep water. Hybrid bass are often mixed in with feeding stripers and are being caught on the same techniques. The walleye bite has slowed; however, a few fish are caught each evening on quarter-ounce white jigs fished in pockets of 10-18 feet of water. Shad numbers have dwindled greatly with the summer spawning run over, so feeding fish aren’t present as often since the available food supply fluctuates from day to day. September will bring good numbers of white bass into the area, which will suspend in the tailrace for weeks at a time. A 3-foot drawdown is planned for Lake Catherine in November, which will make the lake much safer to navigate as compared to the 5-foot draw of the last two years.

Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says winter drawdowns will begin Nov. 3 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 lake is still low and murky but with the recent rain, bass and catfish have really been biting well. Bass are biting well on crankbaits on points. Catfish are biting well on Doc’s catfish bait. Bream and crappie are slow.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said the water is murky and low. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and plastic worms around logs. Catfish are biting on cut bait. Crappie are slow on crickets and worms; no word on bream.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122)filed no report this week.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) filed no report this week.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory filed no report this week.

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