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Arkansas Fishing Report

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Norfork Lake Fishing Derby.

http://www.norforklakechamber.com/norfork_lake_fishing_derby.htm

Don't miss out on the 2nd annual Norfork Lake Fishing Derby being sponsored by the Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce. It is easy to enter, just stay and register for the Derby at a participating Norfork Lake lodging facility. You could win up to $1,500. Catch the longest fish in 3 different species (striped bass, black bass and crappie) and become a winner for 2014. The Derby runs through June 15, 2014. For more information go to www.NorforkFishingDerby.com or call 870-492-5113. Spring is the best time to catch many big fish on Norfork Lake. And remember to bring a Big Net!

Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

Updated September 17, 2014


Fishing Highlight of the Week: With archery deer season right around the corner, fewer and fewer people will be on the lakes. It's a great time to get out and enjoy some excellent fishing on relatively unpressured water. Fewer people on the water also means fewer people to help in the case of trouble. But be sure to pack a cell phone and let someone know exactly where you're going to be fishing and when they should expect you to return. 
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  
Family and Community Fishing Program: Most Family and Community Fishing Program locations are teeming with catchable-sized channel catfish. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
Central Arkansas

(Updated 9-10-2014)  Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained, per usual for Conway, and the lake is at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around shallow areas (one foot and shallower) with lily pads and logjams. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished on the shady side of live cypress trees in 6 feet of water. Bass are fair on soft-plastic lures and frogs fished along the lily pads near shore. Catfishing is good on yo-yos, limb lines and trotlines baited with gold fish, large minnows and small bream. 

(Updated 9-17-2014)   Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing  (501-607-0590) said all species are biting well. 


(Updated 9-10-2014)   Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low, with only a little generation late at night. Fishing is excellent and there's plenty of wade-fishing opportunity. Trout are biting well on wax worms with a marshmallow floater and Power Bait. 

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said The Little Red is receiving one or two hours of generation in the afternoon and evening. Small sowbugs, soft hackles, midges and streamers are working well for fly fishermen. Hot pink and cotton candy colored bodies on chartreuse jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Remember to handle your trout carefully and quickly get them back in the water to help protect and maintain our trout fishery. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.99 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014)  Tommy Cauley of  Fish Finder Guide Service  said the water level at is 5.5 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is cooling quickly. Hybrid and white bass fishing are good with some surface activity going on around different parts of the lake; this should only get better as the cooler temperatures set in. Try spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits and different types of topwater baits. Crappie fishing is fair in pole timber and around brush piles, and in guts of the deep main lake pockets on jigs and minnows fished in 25-70 feet of water. No report on catfish. Bream are guarding fry again and will eat crawlers, crickets and small crankbaits. No report on walleye. Black bass fishing is picking up with a lot more fish moving shallow chasing shad and bream.

(Updated 8-6-2014)  Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said Greers Ferry Lake remains close to normal pool with water temperatures at 82-84 degrees. As with last year, the shad are small and not much surface activity is occurring from the white and hybrid bass population. Finding schools of shad with sonar is difficult due to their small size. Main lake points, drop-offs, creek and river channels, and standing timber in 40-75 feet of water are holding fish during the day, with fish moving to shallower flats at dark. Suspended fish can be found in the river channel from 25-50 feet deep in 70-80 feet of water. Nice catches of crappie can made trolling over standing timber with jigs or crankbaits.

(Updated 9-10-2014)  Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently falling steadily and is5 feet below normal pool. Water surface temperatures are tapering off slightly and should really start to drop over the next few weeks. Some shad are on the banks and in pockets ready to spawn once the water temps get in the mid- to upper 70s.  The overall bite is pretty good on all three species of bass, however, quality of bass is another issue. Crappie are really moving with the shad; be prepared to move and adjust when fishing them. Take time to graph and relocate your schools rather than fishing where you caught them yesterday. Hybrids and white bass are mixing and mingling together at the mouths of most primary shad-spawning pockets and creeks. Surface action is really starting to get pretty consistent and days of high catch rates are here. Inline spinners, small swim baits and Zara Spooks all are working well.


(Updated 9-10-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is murky and a little low. Bream are fair on crickets fished close to stumps. Crappie are fair and have just started biting on blue/white jigs drifted around stumps. Bass are biting well along the bank in the mornings. Catfishing is good on stink bait and chicken livers. 

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around stumps in 2 to 6 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around woody cover in 6 to 12 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on stink bait, chicken liver, minnows and turkey livers. White bass are chasing shad, but are only fair. Look for birds to gather around any areas where they're schooling. 


(Updated 6-4-2014)  Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is clear. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets around brush and stumps in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 8 to 15 feet of water but are scattered and could be anywhere. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush near the bank. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and chicken livers.


(Updated 9-17-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie are very good and holding around brush piles at 8 to 10 feet deep. They are taking minnows and blue, white or clear jigs. Catfish are good on bream, large minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are hitting crickets in 2 to 4 feet of water around brushy areas. Bass are slow.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 9-15-2014)   Jolly Roger’s Marina  said the water temperature has cooled to 78 degrees and the water level is about 2 feet below the spillway. Fishing is very good overall. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day and on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits fished in 8 to 10 feet of water. Spotted bass are biting well, and some are schooling. Fish for the spotted bass with spoons where you find them grouped up around brush. Schooling action has slowed for white bass, but they are still being caught on crankbaits trolled in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms fished in brush around 10 to 15 feet deep. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs. 

(Updated 9-10-2014)  Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it's been too hot for most anglers. No report. 


(Updated 9-17-2014)   Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton  (501-778-6944) said a few catfish have been caught recently on nightcrawlers. Bream have been biting crickets and redworms. Some small bass have been hitting minnows and small twister tail grubs and worms. No reports of crappie being caught this week.


(Updated 9-17-2014)   Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said customers report catching a few catfish around the banks of the lake this week while bream fishing with crickets and worms. Others have caught catfish with chicken livers. Bream are being caught on crickets and worms. Bass have been picking up a bit and biting live minnows, Kalins grubs and Texas-rigged lizards. Crappie have been slow, but some have reported catching a few on pink minnows early in the morning.


(Updated 9-17-2014)   Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a little more rain would help the river, but some customers are still catching bass on big minnows and small plastics. 4- and 5-inch lizards in watermelon seed and green pumpkin are working well. A couple of customers caught some crappie on no. 6 minnows fishing brush and logs in the edge of the current. Catfish have been biting brood minnows, goldfish and black salties on trotlines and limb lines in the big deep holes. Bream will hit a worm or cricket on a small hook and light line almost anywhere and anytime on the river.


(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good with crickets and worms. As usual, the big ones seem to be around deep brush and logs. Catfish are being caught on jugs, trotlines and rods baited with minnows, goldfish and black salties at night. Bass are hitting Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics in deep cover and around docks and walls. No reports of crappie recently.


(Updated 9-17-2014)   Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish were a bonus for a couple of customers this week while bream fishing with crickets and redworms. The bream were biting crickets and worms as well. Bass and crappie have been biting fairly well on live minnows and small grubs and jigs.


(Updated 9-17-2014)   Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said frozen shad and live minnows have been catching some catfish for some customers. Bass will bite live minnows, Texas-rigged worms, lizards and other plastics. Bream are biting worms and crickets. Crappie have been slow, but a few have bitten no. 12 bass minnows.


(Updated 9-3-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said early goose hunting has been excellent. Drifting for catfish using a shad/worm combination has worked very well in 15 to 30 feet of water. Largemouth bass are biting well on soft-plastic buzzing toads fished in the grass. Spotted bass have been biting well underneath overhangs on buzzbaits and chatterbaits. Bream are biting well at the edge of the grass on Roostertails. White bass are biting around jetty tips late in the day on pearl- or shad-colored crankbaits. Drum are biting excellently on crayfish and worms fished near the bottom around rock jetties.


​(Updated 9-10-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said bream are biting well on crickets fished in 3 to 4 feet of water along the edges of the lily pads. Crappie are fair on minnows in 5 to 6 feet of water along the edge of the creek channel. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and frogs fished around shallow vegetation out to about 6 feet deep early in the mornings. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken livers. 


(Updated 9-10-2014)  Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it's been too hot for most anglers. No report. 


(Updated 9-10-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff  said the water is low and stained. Bream are biting well around shallow brush on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bass are fair on topwater lures, especially frogs, around grass in the backwaters. Catfishing is fair around sandbar drops on shad and nightcrawlers.

(Updated 9-10-2014)  Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it's been too hot for most anglers. However. some white bass and stripers are being caught below the dam on white/chartreuse jigs and catfish are fair on cut shad and skipjack below the dam.  

(Updated 9-10-2014)  McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said below Terry Lock and Dam, the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets fished about 4 feet off the bank. Crappie are fair on minnows and jig in 8 feet of water in the backwaters. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around rocky areas and jetties in 8 to 10 feet of water. Catfishing is good on cut bait below the dam. 


(Updated 9-10-2014)  McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and low. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in 4 to 5 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 8 to 10 feet of water. Bass are biting well in the shallows early in the morning and in deeper water as the day goes on. spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft-plastic worms are working the best around brush near the bank. Catfishing is slow. 


(Updated 9-3-2014)  Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and cooling. Bream are fair on crickets and worms fished around brush and overhangs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Some folks are catching them on visible stumps but most are being caught on underwater stumps by trollers. Bass are fair, but are scattered on underwater brush. Catfishing is good on chicken liver, blood bait and worms. 


(Updated 9-10-2014)  Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it's been too hot for most anglers. No report. 


(Updated 9-10-2014)  Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it's been too hot for most anglers. No report. 


(Updated 9-10-2014)  Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it's been too hot for most anglers. No report. 



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 655.89 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service had no report.   (Updated 9-17-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock  had no report.


(Updated 9-17-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows during the day, including weekends. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site.  (Updated 9-10-2014)   Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is low and clear, with minimum flow all weekend. Fishing was fair, but boating was poor because of the low water. most fish caught were rainbow trout on drifted live bait.  

(Updated 9-17-2014)   Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot was the section from Wildcat Shoals down to Cotter. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). It is hopper time! There is a bumper crop of grasshoppers this year and the trout are already keying in on them. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 549.89 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters  said the water came up with the heavy rain, but it is still 2 feet below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-70s and dropping with the cold weather and rain. The water visibility is clear. The stripers and hybrids continue to feed on crawdads and shad. Last week the striper club took an oxygen reading and found that from 0 to 45 feet has the best oxygen for stripers. If you’re trolling make sure your lures are above 45 feet, no matter the depth you’re trolling in. The striper bite starts before light and lasts until the moon sets. I am on the water by 5:15 a.m. to get setup to catch the early bite. At first light they move into water deeper but will be in the 40-foot range. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using ¾- and 1-ounce spoons and trolling Storm Wild Eye and Zoom Super Fluke swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort  said Norfork Lake's striper and hybrid bass bite is still very strong. Anglers are finding fish partway back in a creek at a channel swing in 60-70 feet of water. The fish were schooled up and suspended 30-40 feet down. The best bite for stripers and hybrids are within 3 miles north of the dam and also east of the dam. It's a big area, but there's a lot of fish. If this year is anything like prior years the stripers will start to migrate away from the dam area sometime in September, but I have to say, this year has been anything but normal.

(Updated 9-17-2014)   Guide Steve Olomon  said the cooler temperatures and the rain dropped the water temperature into the upper 70s. The striper and hybrids are still biting. Look for them suspended at 35-45 feet. They can be close to the bottom early in 35 feet and will move deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky. The bite is only lasting a few hours so you have to make the best of it while you can. There are some nice whites hanging out at the same depths. You might even pick up a walleye. There are still some bass chasing bait fish to the surface early and it's better if there is no wind. Try dropshotting a small worm or throw a jig (peanut butter/jelly or green pumpkin). Drag it slowly along the bottom or give it short hops.


(Updated 9-17-2014)   Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork has fished better recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like ruby midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. With school back in session, I would expect less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise).


(Updated 8-27-2014)   Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is low, clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering the Buffalo River. 


(Updated 8-27-2014)   Berry Brothers Guide Service  said Crooked Creek is low, clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns.



Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,114.44 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014)   Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service  (479-366-8664) said said early morning and the night bite have been best for stripers. Most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet deep and trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs and Rapala Husky Jerks, Bomber 15As and Smithwick Rattling Rogues are all working well. Bink pro scale 1oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight jigging spoons are also producing walleye! Striper are currently found in the mouths of large arms and coves a typical fall pattern. Small striper and white bass are schooling all over the lake so have a 1/2oz kastmaster ready for surface feeding fish. The water surface temperature is in the mid- to high 70s. Be sure to check out hybrid cove by the dam for stripers. Lost Bridge North has been a hot spot. Check the large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek. Also look on the back side of the island and in the cut between the island. Point 3 and Point 6 are also hot. In Rocky Branch, check the channel between the front of the marina and the road bed that extends to the island. Also check the channel around the little islands in front of the Larue boat ramp and at Goat Island around Larue. Walleye are being caught around Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek and especially War Eagle on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with a minnow or nightcrawler trailer. 

(Updated 9-17-2014)  Roger Cravens of  JT’s Crappie Guide Service  (254-315-2927) said largemouth bass are biting well on dark-colored, crawdad-imitating soft plastics, black spinnerbaits, and large, Texas-rigged worms like a 10-inch Gambler worm along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks and brush. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day on topwater plugs and buzzbaits in and around brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard, worm, or brush hog fished over points and flats, or drop-shot or shaky head with Gambler Webo or Shaky Shad worm has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good for bass. Crappie fishing is picking up as water temperatures cool into the mid-70s. Look for them to be suspending under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been 15 to 20 feet deep over 25 to 35 feet of water. Minnows, small curly tail grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jighead worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tot or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats has also been effective. Night fishing has also been good under lights close to channel bends or bluff lines in 25 to 50 feet of water. White River, Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend and Monte-Ne have all been good places to fish. During the day, white bass can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught using Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at Highway 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and slightly low. Bream are fair on worms and crickets fished in 8 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night and on spider-rigged jigs and minnows during the day. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits at night and on topwater lures early in the morning. During the day, switch to spoons and shaky head worms in deep water for the bass bite. Catfishing is fair on chicken liver and trotlines baited with commercial catfish bait.  


(Updated 9-12-2014)  Beaver Dam Store said the cool down has made it much nicer to go fishing, however the first boat ramp below the dam is washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. Water is getting low and there is a lot of wadable water now. PJ's Jigs fished under a casting bubble or on a fly rod have been doing well. Olive and white have both been working well. Outside of the "special regulation area" add a wax worm behind the jig. Still the white, yellow and pink power bait are getting the most good reports to the store. Use the lightest line possible on a leader. The old standby, gray or olive midges, are working well. Try a small white woolly bugger, soft hackle or jig. With the bright sun get a Disco Midge or something bright colored. The store owners have done weil on prince nymphs and size 18 orange pheasant tails. When the water is flowing, a nickel and gold Colorado spoon is hard to beat, as are 3.5-inch Rapala Floating Minnows.


(Updated 9-10-2014)   Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat   said things here are picking up a little since the recent rainfall and cooler temperatures. For bass fishing, Rat-L-Traps are working best, but jigs with a crawfish trailer and dark spinnerbaits are working as well. Minnows fished 8 feet deep over brush piles are still producing good crappie; on cloudy days, also try casting green and yellow tube jigs. Sizeable stringers of redear sunfish are being caught with redworms fished just off the bottom in 8-10 feet of water.

No new reports on Catfish. Chumming and using punch bait or liver will work the best. Nightcrawlers are good as well.


(Updated on 8-27-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said there have been very few reports because of the heat. The water is dingy and at normal levels. All species are slow. 


(Updated 9-10-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water temperature ranges from 75 to 84 degrees and the water is clear. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished in 8 feet of water near the channel. Bass are biting well on square-billed crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near the bank. Catfishing is good on shad and chicken liver. 


(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year due to a lack of anglers on the water. 


​(Updated 9-10-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing is good early and late on brush hogs and finesse worms. Bream are hitting crickets and nightcrawlers.  Crappie are slow.  Catfish are hitting chicken liver and live bream.


​(Updated 9-10-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been good on Texas-rigged worms. Bream are hitting crickets. Catfishing has been slow.  



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 9-17-2014)   Lake Poinsett State Park   said crappie are starting to bite well in the early mornings just before daylight. We have had a few people limit out on a couple of mornings this past week. Minnows seem to be the bait of choice right now. Bream and catfish are still biting in the coves in shallow water. We haven’t received any reports on the bass fishing.  The lake is down a little, but is still in good shape for fishing. Just be mindful of the stumps around in the shallow waters.


(Updated 9-10-2014)   Boxhound Marina  (870-670-4496)  said the water is 6 inches low and clear. Bream are biting well on worms fished around brush in 5 to 10 feet of water. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished anywhere from the bank to 10 feet deep. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers in the evening.  


(Updated 8-27-2014)   Lake Frierson State Park   said water levels continue to drop at the lake; use care when under power.  Channel catfish have been fair to good on dip baits and nightcrawlers, a few blues have been caught on nightcrawlers as well. Flathead catfish have been slow. Bass have been fair to good early and late on topwater lures and crankbaits. Bream have been good on redworms. No reports on crappie or saugeye.


The Dam 3 renovation project should be complete by Sept. 30. Anglers and boaters should use caution  below Dam 3 due to changes in water levels as the cofferdam is removed. 

(Updated 9-17-2014)  Mark Crawford with  Spring River Flies and Guides  said water levels are running at 327 at the spring and water clarity has been poor. Heavy rains last Wednesday brought river levels up and made water clarity poor over the last week. It was much needed rain and the river will benefit from the flushing. The river always clears up quickly due to the spring.  Big woolly buggers and guppies have been the flies of choice. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver or gold spinners were best for the spin fishermen chasing the trout last week.



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 8-6-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team had no report.


(Updated 9-3-2014)   Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park   in Star City said the bass have moved to the deeper water where streams are running in. Crappie have tended to be found in those regions as well. Bass are biting well on topwater plugs at dawn and dusk. Crappie are biting well on jigs fished around the timber. Bream are biting well on crickets and red wigglers. Catfishing is still fair in deep water on chicken livers.


(Updated 9-17-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said there haven't been many reports in this week. Catfish are being caught here and there, but there weren't many visitors to the lake last week.

Lake Chicot is currently undergoing a drawdown that  will continue through Jan. 1, 2015, to mimic natural low water years necessary to keep production levels high. Click here for more information about the drawdown,  



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.34 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Mike Siefert at  Millwood Lake Guide Service  said The lake level is 3.1 inches above normal conservation pool and rising.  There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 4,687 CFS as of Monday. Water temperatures range 80 to 85 degrees. On main lake structure away from current, visibility ranges 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake improved, but still are stained. Little River's visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity continues improving away from current, ranging approx 20-30 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is heavy stain and Cossatot River is contributing lots of incoming flow. Bass are biting well on large, 10-inch worms, spinnerbaits and topwaters early and late. They remain the most aggressive at dawn and dusk around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation in backs of the creeks and oxbows. Many large bass have been caught in the last week on frogs, spinnerbaits, Bass Assassin Shads and jigs in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. White bass continue roaming the oxbows, and are beginning to school up. The whites continue hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows.  Surface breaking fish were hitting Rat-L-Traps, Ken Pops, Pop-Rs, chuggers and Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in red/white or chartreuse/white Rocket Shads. Crappie were improving around planted brush piles before the recent rise and increase in current. They were on brush in 9-12 feet of water in Little River behind current breaks and point with Southern Pro tubes in red/white and chartreuse/white or smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads.  They have disappeared with the recent influx of water. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 6-10 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits have been cut shad, Catfish Charlie, or buffalo and blood baits.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 541.41 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

(Updated 9-3-2014)  Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com  had no report.


Visit  www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com  for a daily update on fishing conditions.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 401.08 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014)  Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. With fall approaching and the cooler water, the shad are starting to move into the creeks and large coves, so keep this in mind when you search for fish. Some decent bass catches have been reported, but the fish are running either small or in the slot. Look for fish feeding in shad schools early in the morning. The fish will now be in the big coves and major creeks such as Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy. Most any topwater presentation will work, such as Zara Spooks, Sammyies, Flukes, and 3-inch swim baits. Color isn't too important as long as it is something in natural shad.  What is important is that you have to get the lure right on the "break" because the fish are chasing shad and don't hand around one spot too long. A few fish have been coming on Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards worked across secondary points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try green pumpkin or red shad for the plastics. No report on crappie; no one is fishing for them. Hybrid fishing is very spotty with very little schooling activity. Some fish are being taken at mid-lake around Alpine Ridge and Yancey Creek. Look for any breaking fish and throw 1/2-ounce spoons, big in-line spinners or swim baits and let the lure sink down to about 20 feet and work up through the fish.  If the fish are tightly schooled, a top water will work; try a Zara Puppy or Pop R. Early morning and late evening are the feeding times. Bream action is holding up well with some nice shellcrackers coming off secondary points in coves. Tightline redworms near the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most anywhere in the lake will hold bream, just keep moving until a school is found. Catfish are only fair. Many noodles are floating around the lake, but not many anglers are reporting success. Set the noodles at about 20 to 25 feet and drop them over standing timber.  Bait with cut shad, nightcrawlers, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers or hot dogs with soap.



South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 9-17-2014)  Jaret Rushing said the cool front that moved through slowed the fishing down. Bass, crappie and bream all slowed, but should move into their fall patterns and begin moving to shallower water and be a little more aggressive toward topwater. Try to downsize and slow your presentation a bit as the water becomes cooler.


(Updated 9-17-2014)  Jaret Rushing said the cool front that moved through slowed the fishing down. Bass, crappie and bream all slowed, but should move into their fall patterns and begin moving to shallower water and be a little more aggressive toward topwater. Try to downsize and slow your presentation a bit as the water becomes cooler.


(Updated 9-17-2014) Stacey Jackson at  White Oak Lake State Park  (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Bream and bass have slowed from the higher lake levels and cooler weather. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with commercial catfish bait, nightcrawlers and crickets.  



West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.58 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl). 

(Updated 9-10-2014)  Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is at normal level. Bream are fair on worms and crickets fished among the cypress trees in shallow water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 5 to 6 feet of water around brush. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits fished in 2 to 3 feet of water along the banks. Catfishing is fair on minnows and cut bait. 

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the bream are biting well on crickets and worms fished around brush in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on trolled Bomber and Bandit crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around brush and rocks. Catfishing is good on sink bait and nightcrawlers. 


(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well on worms fished around lily pads. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms around the pads. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers. 


(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Bass are slow on spinnerbaits fished near brush. Catrfishing is good on minnows, worms and stinkbait. 


(Updated 9-17-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is 76 but warming to 81. The bite is good on low-pressure, rainy days. Jigs crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have been working well from dam to dam. Striped bass have been biting well upriver on crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and white bucktail jigs with a white grub. White bass have been good on white bucktail jigs with grubs and spoons. Crappie have been good on jigs and minnows in 7 to 8 feet of water. Catfish have been good at the mouths of creeks on cut shad and skipjack. Bream have been best in the creeks on stumps in 4 to 5 foot of water.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 385.68 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office had no report.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.92 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 9-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said surface water temperature is 76 to 80 degrees and the water is clear. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwaters, such as Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop Rs early in the morning and late in the evening. Jigs and deep-diving crankbaits have been effective around ledges with timber and other cover during mid-day. Walleye are biting well on CC spoons fished vertically over main lake points with cover. Trolled crankbaits also are working for the walleye. Stripers are biting well on live shad fished on a downrigger around main lake points and humps. Bream are fair around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are still biting well around brush on minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is very good on jug lines and rod-and-reels baited with live or prepared catfish bait in large bays and major creek basins.  

(Updated 9-3-2014)  Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs   said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the water level is 5 feet below full pool and falling. Black bass are being caught on topwater lures along timberlines in creek channel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. many people also are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on Texas-rigged or jighead worms. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water near the guts of small pockets. 


According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Hamilton will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.

(Updated 9-3-2014)  Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs   said the lake surface temperature is in the 80s and the water is clear. The lake is full. Black bass are being caught on topwater lures early in the mornings. Some are schooling at the surface, others are just underneath the surface and need to be called up with ah chugger or buzzbait. Check around docks near the main lake. A Texas-rigged worm fished around brush in 8 to 12 feet of water also is working well. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms.


According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Catherine will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit  www.entergy.com/hydro .

(Updated 9-17-2014)  Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service  said reports water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 61 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has reduced daily generation times to 4-hour periods, which has allowed temperatures to rise slightly in the area but has given fishermen more time to fish in slack water. Rainbow trout are very slow with few fish remaining anywhere in the tailrace. The majority of trout have either been caught or have moved away from the dam by August; good trout fishing will not begin again until late November. White bass are in and out chasing schools of threadfin shad seeking cooler water in the summer heat. Most of the fish have been caught below the bridge in the late evening casing shallow running crankbaits or tightlined live minnows near the dam. Walleye have been taken in small numbers on jerkbaits and carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Striper and hybrid action has been spotty with some topwater action observed below the bridge during generation.



East Arkansas

​(Updated 9-3-2014)  Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.


​(Updated 9-3-2014)  Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.


​(Updated 9-3-2014)  Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.


​(Updated 9-3-2014)  Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been tough during the day, but the fish are biting a little early and late. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on gitzit tubes and soft-plastic trick worms. 


(Updated 9-3-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is fairly clear and low. Bream are fair on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair. Bass are biting well around the dock on crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on trotlines. 

 

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