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Weekly Fishing Report for Arkansas October 3, 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: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has revised the state-record fish application. It’s available online at http://www.agfc.com/resources/Publications/StateRecordFishApplication.pdf . Anyone who fishes should take a look at the application to know what to do in case a big one is landed. You never know when or where it might happen. Download it and keep it handy.

Arkansas and White river levels are available at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt 

For water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality

For Family and Community Fishing Ponds, click: http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx 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 stained and normal. Bream reports are good with worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent. Try minnows and Crappie Stingers at the Arkansas Highway 89 bridge, Gold Creek and Caney Creek. Bass are good; use frogs and buzzbaits around lily pads. Catfish are excellent with minnows and night crawlers at the dam and Pierce Creek.

Little Red River
Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and low. Trout fishing is excellent with marshmallows, Trout Magnets and PowerBait. Use night crawlers or spinners in high water. Sowbugs are working for fly anglers.

Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 453.8 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 clear and a foot low. Bass are good with green pumpkinseed worms. Catfish are fair with stink bait and minnows on trotlines.

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, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

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 reports the lake level is 5 feet below the spillway, which is about 6 inches below normal. Black bass fishing is excellent in 5-12 feet of water. They’re hitting Pop-Rs and Torpedoes early in the day; go to deeper lures such as pig-and-jigs and Carolina rigs later. Fish drop-offs on points early and deep structure during the day. Kentucky bass also are excellent. They are being caught on Rooster Tails, jigheads and worms 10-15 feet deep (they are small but lots and lots of them.). White bass are fair. They are being caught toward the restricted area and north shore on Rooster Tails, trolling with lures 15 feet deep and jigging with CC spoons. Crappie are good. They are 14-18 feet deep on the edges of the channels and are hitting small jigs, colored grubs and small minnows. Bream are good with worms and crickets 10-15 feet deep. Bream are really big this year. Catfish are good on trotlines with prepared bait and large minnows and bream. They are 10-13 feet deep. First place in the Tuesday Black Bass Fish-off was 16.8 pounds. The big bass was 4.48 pounds.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream reports are good with worms or crickets in deep water. Crappie are fair; use minnows and jigs in deep water. Bass are good with spinners and top-water plugs. Catfishing is excellent. Try brooder minnows, worms and chicken hearts.

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, head for deep water and use night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are hitting tequila sunrise and dark-color worms, spinner baits, 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 clear and normal. Bass fishing is excellent. Use shad-colored Pop-Rs or 5-inch watermelon seed lizards. Crappie are good on minnows in brushpiles about 10 feet deep. Bream and catfish reports are poor.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is clear and normal. Try eighth-ounce white buzzbaits and fire tiger Chug Bugs for bass. Catfish are fair with live bait in deep holes. Bream are poor; no report on crappie.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said fishing is starting to turn on. Catfish are strong on live bream free-lined around jetties with at least 15 feet of water. White bass are chasing shad in Coppers Gap and Flagg Lake cut-off. Use a Bomber square-bill shallow-diver in chartreuse. Bass are on timber; use same baits used for white bass. Bream fishing is great. Use crickets around jetties (then use bream for catfish bait). Stripers are around and below locks 9 and 10. Use wobble spoons with a big twisted-tail in white. Drum are going crazy around jetties; use chartreuse and white crank baits. No report on crappie.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Little Maumelle River and Maumelle River: Bream are good with crickets and red worms. Crappie are fair with jigs and minnows. Bass are good early and late with top-water plugs, crankbaits and spinners. Catfish are good in the evening on chicken hearts, chicken livers, worms and brooder minnows.
 
Main River Channel: Catfish reports have been good; try the middle of the channel with cut shad, chicken hearts, chicken livers and worms. Bas are good around jetty points or flow. Try football jigs, shad-colored spinners and Rat-L-Traps.
 
Palarm Creek: No report this week.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is stained with no flow. Crappie reports are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are good; use top-water baits and jigs around jetties and sandbar drops. Catfish are good with night crawlers. No bream report.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park and the main channel: Catfish are good in the main channel with brooder minnows, cut shad and night crawlers. Bass have been fair wherever there’s flow. Use deep-divers, shaky head worms and shad-colored spinner baits. Crappie and bream reports have been poor.

Fourche Creek: No report this week.

Murray Lock and Dam: Catfish reports have been good; try cut shad and night crawlers. Crappie reports are good with minnows and 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) said the lake is clear and full. Crappie reports have been fair with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is excellent with any bait. No reports on other species.

Lake Pickthorne

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

Lake Willastein

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream fishing has been good around fishing piers with red worms and crickets. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs on brushtops in the middle of the lake. Bass are good early in the morning and late in the day; try Texas-rigged worms and top-water baits along grassy points. Catfish are good 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 and low most of the time. Usually one or two generators are running. Trout fishing is excellent with corn. Midges, woolly buggers, red hackles and small flies are working. Also try San Juan worms, shrimp, and small spinners and spoons.

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 3.4 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.4 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 9.4 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 648.4 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 544.6 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. 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 with the cooler water temperature, it appears fish are starting to head to underwater brush. This is a typical fall occurrence. Over the last couple of days, I have worked several of my brushpiles and have found some nice bass. A couple of days ago, one of my guests who was fishing with me used a Wiggle Wart to catch a nice 15-inch crappie by going across the tops of the brush. I have also spooned up a couple of walleye, but both were undersized. Brushpile fishing will continue to improve as the water cools. Catching the crappie was a really good sign. Since my last report on 9/15/12, black bass bite has been improving. I have had and still have guests who fish only for black bass. All have found fish in 20-30 feet of water and they have been working the bottom. Baits of choice have been Texas-rigged lizards and night crawlers in green pumpkin and strawberry red colors, and pig-and-jigs using pork chunks instead of plastics. They have been working bluff lines and the points off of bluff lines. I have been favoring vertical jigging with a spoon and, so far, color has not made a big difference. Most of the top-water bass are on the small size, but you can have a lot of fun catching many fish on a Zara Spook Jr. I also caught a couple of nice largemouth bass on a green crawdad-colored Wiggle Wart. I got into a huge school of white bass. I was sitting in 50-60 feet of water off a main lake bluffline point and the fish were in a feeding frenzy from 20-50 feet down. I was dropping a spoon through the school and they were hitting it on the fall. The striped bass bite has been really erratic all summer long. One day the bite is great and the next the bite would be nonexistent. Currently stripers are being caught in the dam area roaming in the deep-water channel. I fished a couple of days last week and caught a 12- and 13-pounder, one each day. I found the fish in 165 feet of water and they were suspended 35-40 feet down. Catfish are hitting night crawlers in 20-30 feet of water. Trotlines and jugs are working really well using live shiners, shad or bluegill.

Guide Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service says the water temperature is in the mid-70s. The lake is down almost 7.5 feet. Fish are suspended down 40 feet. The bite for the stripers has been on and off. Bass are hitting jigs and grubs in 10-20 feet. We need some cooler weather to drop the water temperature and the bite will get better.

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 1,110.7 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake continues to cool 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 striper 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, 15-25 feet deep. Downriggers are producing with artificials; try Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks in black-back or purple-back colors. Stripers can be found in areas holding bait near the main channel. Live shad, as always, are the go-to approach for trophy stripers. They’re hitting shad in the 4- to 8-inch range. Check out these areas on the mid- and lower sections of the lake (water temperature in the low 70s). Indian Creek, Lost Bridge north, Point 4 (humps, cedar thicket and Fish Trap Hollow), Lost Bridge south, Point 5 (we’ve caught several nice fish) and Rocky Branch (try the island and the road bed). Most walleye are 5-15 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) had no report this week.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass fishing has picked up as of late with the water cooling off. Top-water baits have worked well early and late along chunk rock banks and during the day a three-eighths-ounce natural-colored bait or shad-colored medium-diving crankbaits have worked well fished along sloping chunk rock to rock banks. If it is a tough day, drop-shoting or Carolina-rigging a 4-inch green pumpkin Finesse worm over points. Ventris, Big Clifty, Rambo and Monte Ne have all been good places to bass fish. Crappie fishing has been very good during the day. Look for them to be holding close to timber in 35-45 feet of water that is closest to the creek channels or in the mouths of small coves off the main channel. Fish have been suspending close to the timber or brush 15-25 feet down. Best presentation is to use a 1.5-inch black/chartreuse or pink/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 found. Horseshoe Bend, Eden Bluff, Hickory Creek and Piney Creek have all been good places to find crappie. Early and late in the day have been best for white bass. Fish have been suspending 15-30 feet deep along and over main lake points, and can be caught using quarter-ounce jigging spoons as a school is found. 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 choices. Point 11, Rocky Branch, Arkansas Highway 12 bridge 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-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) said water clarity is great and the lake level is normal. Bream are biting crickets and worms. Crappie have been fair with minnows and jigs. Bass fishing is excellent, especially with top-water plugs. Catfish are fair with chicken livers and live bait. White bass have been caught every now and then.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear and 3 feet low. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Bass are good with spinners, crankbaits and top-water plugs. Catfish reports are good. Try goldfish or bluegills for flatheads; liver or shad for channel cats.

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 0.64 and 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 448 cfs. There is some work being done on one of the ponds in the hatchery and it may at times make the water murky below dam 3. The catching has been fantastic over the last few weeks. Starting to see some really nice trout in the river. Big flies like my Guppie, Grandma's Brownie, Y2Ks and a new fly I have called a Pinky, are doing great. Big flies catch big fish. Hot pink Trout Magnets have been working great also. A trick to fishing Trout Magnets on a fly rod is a dab of Super Glue on the hook shank before sliding the body up on the jig hook. It makes the Trout Magnet last much longer and keeps the body from sliding down the shank.

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

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the surface water temperature ranges from 70-75 degrees. The discharge rate Monday was 170 cfs, and the tailwater level was 223.8. Clarity continues to improve. The largemouth bass bite continues to improve during the last few weeks through mid-day, and numerous techniques and lures are catching bass. Bass Assassin Shads, pad frogs and Pop-Rs are working at dawn around pads and vegetation. Later in the morning, when largemouth begin schooling, switching to Cotton Cordell hammered spoons (with hite bucktails), Rat-L-Traps, Bomber crankbaits, Bass Assassin 5-inch Shads (tandem-rigged) Little Cleos, Little Georges, and Rocket Shads will get you bit good. Largemouths and white bass are beginning to group tighter together, and continue running shad schools in Horseshoe, Mud and McGuire oxbows up Little River, for the last couple of weeks, into mid-day. We occasionally see breaking fish in mid-afternoon. These breaking fish are random and short in duration, but we are seeing a lengthening of the duration as the surface temperatures continue cooling trends. Shad were leaping and skipping out of the water upriver onto the bank running from schools of bass. War Eagle spinner baits continue working around coontail moss, hydrilla and lily pads when the schooling activities are not in full-blown session. The best colors in the last few weeks include spot remover, white/chartreuse and coleslaw. Johnson spoons with 2- to 3-inch curly tail white grub trailers are taking fish in the pads as well. Bass Assassin Eager Beavers and Berkley Pit Bosses in perfection, watermelon-red, or California continue to work for bass in creek channel swings next to stumps. 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. The whites can be found by slow-trolling crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in Little River and in the oxbows. White Cliffs Recreational Area along Little River had numerous schools of white bass breaking on shad at creek mouth junctions with the river. For crappie, Cotton Cordell smoke (paddle-tail) grubs on light-wire jigheads and Blakemore Roadrunners were catching some nice slabs. Best colors of Roadrunners are white, chartreuse or orange/white. Grub and jig placement a few inches to a foot outside or above the brush are getting the best crappie reactions. Find brush in 12-16 feet out of current along Little River for best action. Catfish have been fair to good, and consistent during the last week in Little River. Channel cats continue hitting best on cut bait, cut shad, cheese dough, cottonseed mill cakes and Catfish Charlie 12-16 feet deep in Little River, on outer break lines in 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 in 9-15 feet of water in 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 540.5 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 397.8 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl)..

Local angler George Graves says he saw a flock of at least 50 white pelicans sitting on the emerging island south of the DeRoche boat ramp. I see white pelicans every year in this area; they must be migrating south. Want to see lots of white pelicans? Go to Ding Darling NWR in winter; must be millions there. The surface water temperature is in the mid-70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good with lots of fish feeding in the shad schools on secondary points in the big coves on the south side of the lake between Point 2 and the mouth of Brushy Creek. With cooler water, shad are schooling and moving into coves and creeks. Look for breaking fish in the early morning and throw a top-water lure such as a Zara Spook, Sammy or Spit’n Image. Also Zoom Flukes, Swimming Flukes and Storm swim baits work well. It is important to get the lure as close to the breaking fish as possible so casting accuracy will mean more fish. Every now and then, a big hybrid will take hold, so have a good grip on you rod. Some big bass reported coming on buzz baits deeper in the coves around the standing timber. With cooler water, bass activity is picking up at mid-lake around Caddo Drive and Arlie Moore. Best bet in this area is working the points with Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards. Sometimes a dark-colored jig with a craw trailer is tough to beat. Some Kentucky bass reported coming from the rocky points around points 14 and 15. Try a 4-inch Finesse worm in green pumpkin for Kentucky bass. With shad moving into creeks, don’t overlook Big Hill and Brushy creeks; they can be the best bite in the early fall. Crappie fishing is slow at best. Just a couple of fish reported coming from the deep main lake attractors in 18-25 feet. As the water cools, crappie fishing will greatly improve. Best areas for early fall crappie is at mid-lake, on the main lake, between Caddo Bend and Point 14. Fish the thickest part of the brush with a sixteenth-ounce jighead and a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube in natural shad. Move slowly around the cover because the fish will probably bite in only one spot. Right now early morning is the best time. Hats off to those guys placing brushpiles; they are making fishing better for all of us. Hybrid fishing is still good, but fish are spreading out with the cooler water. The schools are smaller and are scattered from Point 2 to the mouth of Brushy Creek to Edgewood. Best bet is just look for any breaking fish early in the morning and work a heavy jigging spoon up through the school. Another great way to locate hybrid schools is to slow troll a five-arm umbrella rig loaded with 3-inch white curly tail grubs. Run the U-rig across the mouth of big coves along the south side of the lake between Point 2 and Brushy Creek. Also try the big coves around the state park lodge and marina. The deep-water bite is about over because, with the cooling water, fish no longer have to seek cool depths. Bream fishing is fair with most of the bigger fish taken from attractors in 10-15 feet of water, mostly in coves. Fish near the bottom and next to the cover with red worms or crickets. Most anywhere there is cover will hold bream. Catfish are good at night on noodles and trotlines. Set trotlines on long, shallow points and drop noodles anywhere there is submerged timber. Best baits are Catfish Charlie, blood, night crawlers, chicken livers and hot dogs with soap (hint: Ivory and Irish Spring work best). For bigger cats, use small live bream or big minnows.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.4 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. Catfish are going for night crawlers, and chicken, rabbit and turkey livers.

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, turkey and rabbit livers. Bass are going for dark-colored 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, goldfish, minnows, and chicken, turkey or rabbit livers. Bass are going for tequila sunrise or dark-color worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) reports the lake is clear and a little low. Crappie fishing is good in deep water with minnows and jigs. Bass reports are good with spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on liver and shiners. No reports on bream.

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. 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 570.5 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl)..

Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort says the lake is clear and 72-76 degrees. Black bass are good on football jigs, crankbaits and drop-shot rigs. Try fishing over main lake and secondary points near brush. Walleye are picking back up. These fish are being caught on jigging spoons near humps and main lake points with brush. Bottom-bouncing and drop-shot rigs are working for catching these fish. Stripers are good and being caught with live bait or trolling hair jigs. Main lake points are the best locations for these fish. Bream have slowed but are still being caught on crickets or worms 20-25 feet deep. Crappie are still improving 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 Entergy is scheduling short releases below Carpenter Dam to maintain lake levels. Water temperature below the dam is 68 degrees, compared to 78 degrees below the bridge for several miles downstream. Clear conditions exist in the tailrace. Rainbow trout stocking begins the middle of next month, which will be the start of another good year for trout anglers. The presence of trout in the tailrace creates an active environment that is beneficial to all area fish species. October normally brings white bass schools back into the tailrace chasing threadfin shad that migrate into the area. This movement of bass also includes good numbers of small crappie and bream, which feed heavily on shad when possible. Anglers must pay close attention to the presence of shad schools in the shallow tailwaters. Game fish will be close by ready to feed. Casting white or grey sixteenth- or eighth-ounce jigs around rock structure is the best technique to use when targeting any of these species. Current is also vital to feeding periods. Slack-water times are not recommended because feeding fish associate shad with moving water. Walleye fishing has been hit-and-miss the last week, but some good fish have been taken on live minnows or crawfish over deep water close to the dam. Numbers are fewer, but several walleye in the 6-pound class were caught in the late evening. Hybrid and striper activity is spotty with little fishing going on for either species. Some top-water action has been observed below the bridge in the early morning but is short-lived. Fishermen should approach these feeding fish with trolling motors only (to eliminate noise) and be prepared to cast large soft-plastics hooked weightless. This technique has proved to be a more effective method of getting strikes from wary stripers that often ignore large hard-sided lures.

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 says crappie are slow on small minnows. Bass are biting fairly well around limbs on spinner baits. Bream are biting on worms and crickets. Catfish are biting well on live bream and minnows.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park said catfish are biting on chicken livers. Crappie are slow on minnows. Bream are fair on crickets around limbs. Bass are fair on spinner baits in shallow water.

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 clarity is good. Bream and crappie reports have been poor, although catfishing is good. Bass reports have been fair with spinners and crankbaits.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory filed no report this week.

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