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Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas September 26, 2012

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for the week. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please call or e-mail with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say the report hasn’t changed. Contact the reporter for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news.

Fishing Tip of the Week: With temperatures dropping and water cooling, this is a good time of year to use jerk baits in vegetation. Be sure your jerk bait is weedless. Drag it across moss or weeds much like you would a frog bait. Jerk it at the edge of the weeds and let if fall, then continue the jerk pattern.
 

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is slightly stained and low. Bream reports have been good with red worms. Crappie are good; try minnows and Crappie jigs by the Arkansas Highway 89 bridge and Caney Creek. Bass reports are fair. They’re hitting spinners and plastic worms. Catfish are good; try goldfish and worms at the Arkansas Highway 89 bridge and Caney Creek.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and low with generation only in the afternoon. Trout fishing has been good with wax worms, night crawlers and PowerBait. Trout Magnets, crank baits, Countdowns and Shad Raps are working well, too. Fly-fishermen might try sowbugs, brassies, red asses and zebra midges.

Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 454 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water temperature is in the mid-70s to 80 degrees. Hybrid and white bass fishing is good with fish schooling all over the lake. Big Peter, Little Peter Creek, Kidney Cove, Heber Recreation Area, the peach orchard, the north bank from Shiloh to Cherokee Recreation Area and Cove Creek are good places. Try top-water baits, in-line spinners, the Arkansas Claw and spoons for the best bite. Find the bait and just be patient. Try to stay away from other boats as the fish will spook easily right now. Look anywhere in the water column between 15-40 feet. Bream have moved a little deeper but are still biting good with some moving back shallow. As the day warms the water, try crickets, night crawlers and small minnows on a drop-shot rig to show them something different. No report this week on crappie. Catfish are being caught on trotlines, jugs and such, with cut bait and line bream. Walleye are hit-and-miss. With the weather warming up, they are kind of undecided I guess. Try trolled crankbaits and night crawlers in 20-32 feet of water on the edges of flats. Bass fishermen need to be junk fishing since they are scattered everywhere and will eat a lot of different baits right now. Try spinner baits and crankbaits shallow; jigs and jighead worms in middle depths, and Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and the Arkansas Claw for deeper, suspended fish.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water surface temperature had fallen to the mid-70s, which spurred a really good bite with temperate bass and some schooling largemouths, smallies and Kentucky bass. The Cindy K spinner by Fish Dinner lure company will catch them when presented in the right areas at the right time. Schooling on the north and south ends of the lake. Morning has been best and days of catching more than 50 fish are here. Walleyes are starting to be seen with better consistency now and should continue to improve throughout the fall. Lake Levels are still falling; be careful with shallow structure and timber close to the main channels in all of the creeks and river arms.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said plenty of low-water opportunities have wade anglers rejoicing, except at Bull Shoals. Mornings are better than afternoons, with late evening coming in second. Heavier flows are the norm in the afternoon. Bead-head nymphs such as pheasant tails and hare’s ears are producing well. Be sure to have foam or deer hair hoppers in your arsenal. Be ready to use various sizes and colors of grasshoppers to find what the trout are keying on. Early terrestrials like beetles and ants are getting some top-water action. Be sure to have some sulphur and light cahill dries in your fly box. Try a hopper/dropper combo to maximize your chances of hook-ups or, if possible, a double nymph rig. Doubles are very possible.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) ) said lake water is stained and low. Bream have been fair with worms and crickets. Crappie reports are fair; try minnows and jigs. Bass are good; go with light brown grubs and Carolina rigs. Catfish are fair on minnows.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the lake is about 8 inches high. 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 the lake level is up about 8 inches. 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 reports have been fair; try minnows and jigs in brushtops. Bass reports have been good with top-water baits early and late in the day, and swim baits. Catfish are good. They’re going for worms and brooder minnows on trotlines and rod and reel.

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) reports catfish have been good lately with worms, chicken livers and chicken hearts. No reports on other species.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is high and stained. Bream reports are fair with crickets. Crappie have been poor. Bass reports are good; try shad-colored crankbaits. Catfish are good on stink bait.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) had no report this week.

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 reports have been fair with red worms and crickets. Crappie have been good wherever there’s cover. Try minnows and jigs 4-5 feet deep. Bass reports are fair. Try top-water spinners and football jigs.
 
Main River Channel: Bass reports are good; throw football jigs, shaky head worms and Rat-L Traps off jetty points. Catfish are good, too. They’re taking stink bait, cut bait, brooder minnows and worms in the main channel. No reports on other species.
 
Palarm Creek: No report this week.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is stained clear with no flow. Bream reports have been good in backwater areas with crickets. Bass are good. Reports say chrome and blue Rat-L Traps and doing the trick on jetties and sandbar drops. Catfish are good with worms and cut bait in deeper holes. No report this week on crappie.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park and the main channel: Bass fishing has been good with spinners and crankbaits, all day, wherever there’s flow.

Fourche Creek: No report this week.

Murray Lock and Dam: Catfish reports have been good, especially with night crawlers. Stripers and sauger are hitting chartreuse twist-tail jigs. No reports on other species.

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) no report 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 fair; try jigs and minnows around brushtops in the middle of the lake. Bass reports have been good; throw top-water frogs in the grass on the points all day, or try deep-diving crankbaits or Carolina rigs in deeper water. Catfish are excellent. Go with hot dogs, night crawlers, chicken hearts and chicken livers.

North Arkansas
White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear. No more than two generators have been running. Trout can be caught with pink worms, Little Cleos, Rooster Tails, buoyant spoons (in a variety of colors) and white jigs (in the evening). Fly anglers have found success with zebra midges, copper Johns, scuds and sowbugs.

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 1.5 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.3 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.3 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.6 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 9.5 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.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 648.6 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the water surface temperature has cooled a few more degrees to 78-80 degrees. We have received some much-needed rain and some nice fall weather. Walleye are biting in 30-34 feet on night crawler rigs trolled with bottom-bouncers on gravel flats. White and silver jigging spoons are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, black and white bass. Catfish have been biting on night crawlers in 10-40 feet. Soft plastic baits like Hula grubs, plastic worms and swim baits are catching bass in 20-40 feet.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said anglers are picking up 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 544.5 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said stripers are in the main lake near the dam. They are roaming in deep water, from 145 to 165 feet. You will not see any bait but if you stay in the deep water and move slowly, you will catch fish. The baits are set at 40 feet with 8-foot leaders and 2-ounce weights. The fish are biting really good so if you’re thinking of fishing Norfork, now is the time.

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 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 fishing is picking up, as well, as a variety of patterns and techniques is producing good numbers and good-quality fish. On warmer days, hopper patterns are still a good option. 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 streamers swung through channels with heavy cover make all that hard work worth it.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,110.9 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. Stripers are scattered because of rapidly cooling water and can be caught from Prairie Creek to the Indian Creek area. White bass, small stripers and hybrids are schooling on the surface. Throw small Kastmaster spoons to schooling fish. Use live shad fished on downlines and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back, 20-30 feet deep. Downriggers are producing with artificials, too; try Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks in black back or purple back colors. Hot spots include Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Point 4 (check humps near cedar thicket and in Fish Trap Hollow), Lost Bridge South, Point 5 and Rocky Branch (try the island and the roadbed that extends to the island; also check 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 the lake is stained in the upper end, clear everywhere else and low. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass reports are fair. Try CC spoons for white bass early in the morning. Pop-R’s have been hit-or-miss for bass. Vertical jigging spoons, shaky head jigs and variety of other baits are working. Catfish are good with live bait, bream or goldfish on jugs. No report on bream.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass are hitting top-waters early and late. The water temperature continues to fall. Pop-Rs and buzz baits have been effective. Natural or white three-eighths-ounce spinner baits and Carolina-rigged 4-inch Finesse worms or 6-inch lizards in green pumpkin or watermelon/red have worked well fished between the bank and standing timber along chunk-rock banks. Rocky Branch, Big Ventris, Prairie Creek and Big Clifty have been good places to fish for bass. Crappie fishing has been outstanding as the water temperatures have been cooling into the lower to mid-70s. Look for them to be holding close to timber that is closest to the creek channels or in the mouths of small coves off the main channel. Best presentation is to use a 1.5-inch black/chartreuse or white curly tail grub on a sixteenth-ounce jighead and let it go to the bottom along the tree and slowly retrieve up until the fish are located. Horseshoe Bend, Eden Bluff, Hickory Creek and Piney Creek have been good places to find crappie. Early and late in the day have been best times for white bass. 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 located. During dawn and dusk, 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. 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 livers. The 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-four 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 woolly 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 said 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 woolly 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.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides said the river gauge near Grandview was 2.5 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) had no report this week.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) ) said the lake is clear and normal. Bream reports are good, especially with worms. Crappie reports are fair; go with minnows and jigs in 3-8 feet of water. Bass are good on spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are good on bluegills, goldfish, shad and minnows. Jimmy Hudgins caught a 65-pound flathead on goldfish. Other flathead catches include 19-, 24- and 34-pounders.

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 0.67 and 9.9 cfs. 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) filed no report this week.

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 240 cfs. The river remains low and cooler weather has had the trout on the bite. We are having extremely good fishing on overcast days. Snails and Y2Ks have been the hot flies with a mayfly emerger being fished during hatches. Really nice trout have been coming upriver out of their hiding holes as the temperature begins to cool. Hot pink and darker-color Trout Magnets have been working really well. Just remember to adjust for the depth of the water you are fishing. If the Trout Magnet is not bouncing off of the bottom, you may be missing 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 259.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.2 msl).

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said surface water temperatures have dropped to 70-75 degrees early. The discharge rate is 170 cfs. The tailwater level Monday was 223.8 msl. The largemouth bass bite continues to improve over the last couple of weeks through mid-day, and numerous techniques and lures are catching bass early and throughout mid-morning. Buzz baits, Horny Toads and Bass Assassin Shads are still working at dawn around pads and vegetation. Later in the morning when largemouth begin schooling, switch to Cotton Cordell hammered spoons (with white bucktails), Rat-L-Traps, Bomber crankbaits, Bass Assassin 5-inch Shads (tandem-rigged), Little Cleos, Little Georges and Rocket Shads. Largemouth and white bass are beginning to group tighter together, and continue running shad schools in Horseshoe, Mud and McGuire oxbows up Little River into mid-day hours. Some fish are breaking in mid-afternoon. White bass continue to roam the oxbows and Little River in large schools, chasing shad. These schools 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. The whites can be found slow-trolling crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in Little River and in the oxbows. White Cliffs Recreation Area along Little River had numerous schools of white bass breaking on shad at creek junctions with the river. Cotton Cordell smoke (paddle-tail) grubs on light-wire jigheads caught some slab crappie lately. Grub and jig placement a few inches to a foot outside or above brush is getting the best crappie reaction. Find 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 continue hitting best on cut bait, cut shad, cheese dough, cottonseed mill cakes, and Catfish Charlie 16-20 feet deep in Little River on the outer break lines in any current. Cats have been caught on yo-yos using minnows at 8-12 feet, tied along the Little River and hung from cypress tree limbs 9-15 feet deep 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 540.7 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. The water temperature has dropped to the low 70s. Bream and crappie reports have been poor. Bass are good with top-water baits early and late in the day. Catfish reports are good; try night crawlers and minnows.

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 398.1 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves says the morning surface water temperature is in the mid-70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good with plenty of schooling fish feeding on shad, mostly on secondary points in the big coves between Point 2 and the mouth of Brushy Creek. Look for breaking fish early in the morning and throw top-water plugs such as Sammy, Zara Spooks or Spit’n Image. Also try Flukes, Swimming Flukes and 4-inch swim baits. Best color for all lures is natural shad. Don’t be too surprised if a big hybrid tries to take your lure away from you; they are mixed in with bass. Go farther back in the coves and try a buzz bait around standing timber; several big fish reported have come from this pattern. When the top-water bite subsides, try a Texas-rigged worm or lizard off the same points fished from 10 to 20 feet down. Also, jigs and craw trailers have been producing. Don’t forget Big Hill and Brushy Creeks; now is the time the shad migrate up the creeks. Crappie fishing is starting to pick up with cooler water. Look for attractors (brushpiles) on the main lake in 18-25 feet of water. Fish a 2-inch grub or tube on a sixteenth-ounce jighead vertically over the thickest part and just above the brush. Work around the attractor because the fish will bite in one spot. Tennessee shad or silver glitter are good starting colors. Best areas right now are from Edgewood to Point 10 and around Island 32. Early morning is the best time. Hybrids are schooling all along the south side of the lake from Point 2 to the mouth of Brushy Creek. Best pattern is to look for any surface activity and slow troll (about 2 mph) a five-arm umbrella rig loaded with 3-inch white curly tail grubs on quarter-ounce jigheads. Be sure to put a 1-ounce egg sinker ahead of the rig because most of the fish are suspended about 20 feet down. Sometimes, if the school is thick enough, a heavy jigging spoon in chartreuse will get results, but overall the U-rig is hard to beat. Once again, morning is the best time, although a few fish are being taken around sundown. The deep-water bite has really slowed; with cooler water, fish are moving out of their deep-water summer haunts. Bream fishing is fair with most of the fish on deeper structure at 18-20 feet. Tight-line a red worm or cricket near the bottom over brush or rock cover in coves. Most any area in the lake will hold bream; you just have to find the schools. Catfish are fair at night on noodles and trotlines. Best area for trotlines have been off long points or humps between Point 10 and up Brushy Creek. Drop the noodles over standing timber, 25-30 feet below the surface. Most anywhere there is submerged timber will hold cats. Use Catfish Charlie, blood, night crawlers, chicken livers or hot dogs and soap. For bigger cats, use big minnows or small live bream.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.6 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 376 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 570.6 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 water temperature below Carpenter Dam fluctuates from 65 degrees to 60 degrees when the turbines are running. The Temperature rises to 75 degrees below the bridge and stays consistent for several miles downstream. Rainbow trout remain very slow with few in the tailrace. The occasional trout is caught close to the dam but these fish are few and far between. Trout stocking will begin again in mid-November and, by the week of Christmas, enough trout will have been stocked for fishermen to have success. Prime months for rainbow trout are January-March. May is normally a good month but, by the end of June, a huge drop-off in trout numbers will occur. August marks the end of the season with the vast majority of fish caught or migrated away from the dam. The most consistent action this summer has been the walleye bite, which has been good for three months. Walleye spawn in the tailrace from February until late April but good numbers of fish have stayed close to the dam and given area fishermen some good-quality action at a time when few fish species are available to be caught. Carolina rigs hooked with live minnows or night crawlers have been the most effective way to hook walleye in the 3- to 5-pound class. The best action has been in periods of slack water from 15-23 feet deep. Catfish love to feed in these same areas and have been caught at night in the 10- to 15-pound range. White bass will migrate into the tailrace in November, chasing shad schools along with good numbers of small crappie. These fish can be caught on small jigs and minnows. Sometimes this migration beings in October and anglers must keep an eye on the area and look for shad schools close to the banks. The presence of baitfish is the No. 1 reason all these species of game fish are present. Little fishing pressure below the dam has been the norm, but some of the better striper fishermen have reported catches of more than 30 pounds. Live bait is essential when targeting large bass that aren’t in a schooling mode and searching for prey in deep water. Gizzard shad and brood shad hooked under a balloon rig or tight-lined just off the bottom have accounted for the most stripers caught this week. Patience is a must combined with heavy lines and rods.

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 campers report that largemouth bass are excellent on shallow-running crankbaits and minnows. Bream are biting very well in about 3 feet of water around old logs on crickets. Crappie are biting on minnows and crickets. Catfish are biting on minnows.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park bass are biting on minnows around logs. Bream and crappie are biting on crickets. No word on catfish.

White River

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

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is low and stained. Crappie are good, mostly with minnows, although jigs are working, too. Bass are good on crankbaits. Catfish are fair. No reports on bream.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory filed no report this week.

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