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Updated December 17, 2014

The AGFC Weekly Fishing Report will not run on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31 in observance of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The Weekly Waterfowl Report, however, will run through the holiday season.
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: All Family and Community Fishing Program locations are stocked with trout, many of which are sporting special pink tags. If you catch a tagged trout, turn in the tag for a special prize. You'll also be entered in our promotional drawing during February, where you may win fishing gear, guided fishing trips and other great gifs. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
Central Arkansas

(Updated 12-17-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is a little low for the winter level. Bream are biting well on worms fished about 10 feet away from the bank in Caney Creek. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fished around the Highway 89 bridge and around the brush piles and docks in Gold Creek. Bass are fair on jerkbaits and crankbaits fished around creek channels. Catfishing is excellent on large minnows and nightcrawlers under the Highway 89 Bridge. 
(Updated 12-10-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are still biting well around woddy cover and lily pad stem patches from 2 to 9 feet deep on lime and chartreuse-colored jigs, shiners and rosey reds. Bream are biting fairly well on redworms fished deep off the banks. Bass fishing is extremely slow. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and livers pole fishing, or on shiners and cut bait on yo-yo's.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 12-17-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said there has been no generation on the Little Red over the past several days. Expect this low water pattern to continue until Greers Ferry Lake receives significant rainfall. Midges, egg patterns, sowbugs, small wooly buggers and streamers continue to work well for fly-fishermen. Use long leaders and fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are pink, red and chartreuse-colored bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads. Try “twitching” the Trout Magnet without a float to increase your catches in low water conditions. Sore Lip’Em All Guide Service would like to “fish” everyone a Merry Christmas and tight lines in the New Year.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing has been good. Fly-fishing, in particular, has been good. The best fly to use lately has been an olive green woolly bugger.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.27 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.41 feet below normal pool and is falling. The surface water temperature is in the low 50s and is dropping. Bass fishing is good all over the lake with some shallow and deep, they are changing with the weather conditions and the presence of shad. Try spinnerbaits and small crankbaits shallow, then move out to deeper water and fish swim baits and Alabama rigs to find scattered suspended fish over 50 feet of water. Crappie are biting well around any woody cover close to shad schools. The crappie are suspending in 15 to 25 feet of water. Hybrid and white bass are biting well anywhere from 35 to 70 feet deep where you can find the shad. Spoons, inline spinners and swim baits are the best bets for the hybrids. 
(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are excellent right now as the shad are balling up in the shallow bays. Be sure to fish a Bobby Garland Baby Shad or a minnow around the docks and planted brush. Catfish are biting well on worms and minnows. Bass are biting well. 

(Updated 12-10-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report. 

Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whisker's Sporting Goods (201-889-2011) said crappie are biting well. White bass are biting well. 
(Updated 11-26-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 54 degrees and The water level is about 2.5 feet below the spillway. Fishing is good overall. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater baits early and late in the day and on suspending jerk baits in 5 to 8 feet of water during the middle of the day. Spotted bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. They are mixed in with crappie. White bass are fair and mixed in with the crappie at the edges of the main channel. Crappie are biting well in 20 to 25 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in channel turns.  Bream are very slow. Catfishing is very slow, with a few being caught on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs. 

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

(Updated 12-17-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said catfish have een moving into deep holes in the river, but are coming out to the rocky areas around jetties and riprap to feed. Shad are the best bet for bait, but it's been slow. Spotted bass are biting slow to fair on finesse worms and jigs worked around the tops of the jetties. Stripers are fair below dams nine and 10 on Wobble Spoons. Sauger are beginning to show up below the number nine lock and are biting fairly well on yellow and chartreuse speck rigs (speckled trout rigs found in saltwater shops). No report on crappie.  

​(Updated 12-10-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Its perfect for fishing. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well in the Little Maumelle River. Catfishing is fair. A few white bass are still biting well around the mouth of the river. Bream are slow. 
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said fishing has been fair for catfish and crappie in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle rivers. Crappie have been biting on minnows and the catfish have been biting best on chicken hearts, shad and skipjack.

(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report for the main channel, but crappie and catfish have been biting fair in the feeder rivers and creeks like the Maumelle, Palarm and Little Maumelle. 

(Updated 12-17-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is slightly stained and a little low. The surface water temperature is 52 degrees. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in the backwater areas. Catfishing is good around rock jetties. Bass are biting well on jigs and crankbaits fished around rock jetties. 
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie and catfish are fair below Murray Lock and Dam. The crappie are biting on double-jig rigs with white jigs and catfishing has been best on skipjack and shad. 
(Updated 12-17-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the river below Terry Lock and Dam is at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on crankbaits. Catfishing is fair. No report on bream. 

(Updated 12-17-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. Bream are slow to fair on worms and crickets, if you can find them. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. No report on catfish. 

Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is closed until spring.

North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.78 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock had no report. 
(Updated 12-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said during the past week, we have had rain (three quarters of an inch here in Cotter), cold temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals rose four tenths of an inch to rest at five and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. On the White, we had moderate generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with some wadable water. The Catch-and-Release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31, 2015 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal catch-and-release until then as well. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was Shipps Ferry. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8 and 10), Y2Ks (size 14 and 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead sizes 16 and 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). 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). Conventional wisdom states that hopper fishing ends with the first frost (we had several heavy frosts this past week). I reject this idea and fish them during the winter. 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 (size 10) and the western pink lady (size 8). To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size eighteen on a three foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing). The higher flows that we have been getting on some afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers. You need a fast sinking sink tip line and an eight weight or better rod. This is a heavy lift that requires casting skills and patience.
(Updated 12-17-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said there haven't been many anglers on the water lately, but the river should be producing well right now. 
(Updated 12-10-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals Dam had no report. 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 549.01 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said lake surface water temperature is hanging around 53 degrees. The main lake is relatively clear and the creeks and coves are still stained. Norfork Lake's winter fishing pattern is slowly arriving. The bait has moved into the deep water channels, and electronics are very helpful to find bait in deep water and fish (striped and hybrid bass) inside of the bait. One of my friends was fishing yesterday afternoon and found lots of bait and big schools of stripers. He ended up landing eight stripers, the largest was 14 pounds. During winter the fish will also go very shallow to feed early in the morning and after dark, but the easiest fish to find are the deep ones. Areas to start looking for stripers are from the U.S. Highway 62 Bridge to the 101 Boat Dock area; back in the major creeks such as Float, Fall, Panther and Bennetts; and deep flats to check out are the Robinson flats, Cranfield, Mallard, Highway 101 Bridge and Big Sandy. I have mainly been vertical jigging with a spoon, but live shiners and shad are a great bait to use especially when you cannot find schools of fish, but are just finding loners. The largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass bite is picking up. I am finding big fish off of bluff lines in 40-50 feet of water. This is very typical for this time of year. The fish will be on the bottom and on occasion you will find schooling bass. It is also the time of year you will need to start slowing your presentation. I am starting to find crappie back on the sunken brush piles. A couple of days ago I fished a brush pile in 35 to 40 feet of water outside of Hummingbird Hideaway cove and caught five crappie in about 30 minutes. They were not huge slabs, but all were keeper size. 

(Updated 12-10-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the weather has been cold, rainy and windy. The water temperature continues to hover in the mid-50s. The stripers, hybrids and white bass bite has slowed. Stripers continue to bite in Float Creek, but they have moved off the 101 Bridge flats, Blue Lady flats and the Mallard Point flats. The fish are moving a little deeper each week, but until the bait moves out into the river channel the stripers will continue to roam the edges of the creeks and occasionally move onto the flats to feed. Just keep moving around the area and you will hookup with them. The most effective technique some days is letting a spoon flutter to the bottom and letting it sit still for a second or two and then ripping it back up. Most of time the fish are picking up the spoon on the bottom. You have to be ready to set the hook right away using this technique. Look for stripers in 50 to 60 feet of water near or in the shad. Another technique to finding stripers is watching the wind. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the wind blew very hard from the west into Float Creek. The bass fishermen were catching stripers in the back end of the Float Creek in water less than 5 feet. The bait was blown back into the shallow water, so play the wind, find the shad and you will catch stripers.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to upper 50s. The stripers are hitting stick baits at night. Just remember while retrieving your lure reel it SLOWLY and hang on. There have been a few walleye hitting these as well. Throw them on flats right at dark. During the day look for them close to the creek channels in the major creeks and up in the river section of the lake. Find the shad and they will be close. There are whites mixed in with some of the schools. Always keep a topwater rod rigged with a Zara Spook Jr. Bass anglers are doign well throwing crankbaits and slow rolling spinnerbaits along the banks. The better banks will have wind blowing on them. For the deeper bass try a jig, a grub on a 1/4-oz. jighead or a jigging spoon.

(Updated 12-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said Norfork Lake remained steady at four and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.7 feet and thirty and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had wadable water every day with limited generation most mornings. The Norfork has fished well recently. With the cold weather there was less pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18-22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14 and 16) 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 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise size 10). 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. The siphon at Norfork Dam that was installed to achieve minimum flow has been repaired and is back in service. With the cold weather, there was little fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. It has been a great time to fish there. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10).

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,112.86 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 12-17-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said Surface water temperature is in the lower 50s. Stripers are moving into tributaries and backs of long coves, and they are feeding intermittently throughout the day. Fishing is fair on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs and Downrigger trolling Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks, Bomber 15a and 16a crankbaits or spoons. Bink pro scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are still producing fish when worked through schools found on the depth finder. Small striper and white bass are schooling all over the lake so have a 1/2oz kastmaster ready for surface feeding fish. On the mid- and lower sections of the lake, be sure to check Hybrid Cove near the dam, near the power lines in Indian Creek, around Lost Bridge North, points 5 and 6 and the Ford and Cedar Creek area. In the upper section, be sure to hit the Highway 12 Bridge and the flats and bars around Prairie Creek. Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek and War Eagle have all been hot spots for stripers, white bass and especially walleye. Most walleye are being caught around 5 to 10 feet deep on three-way rigs with a No. 11 Rapala and flat line trolling a Hot-N-Tot, Wiggle Wart, Rapala Tail Dancer or Ripstik in natural blue or black back colors. Slow death rigs, shakee blades and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or three-way rigs tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches. Gulp! or Power Bait will also work in place of live bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange or black are good options as well.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is very low. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 4 to 6 feet of water. Bass are fair on crankbaits and drop-shot rigs worked very slowly around steep ledges. Stripers are fair on live shad fished around the Rocky Branch area. No report on bream or catfish. 

(Updated 12-10-2014) Beaver Dam Store said small midges on very light tippet or a pheasant tail or gray scud in no. 14 to 18 sizes should do the trick this week on the rainbow trout. There are still some reports of big fish in the river. The Corps of Engineers has been generating most mornings. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can launch there. With a spinning rod, the best lures are still the Trout Magnet or Colorado spoon. White and yellow Power Bait with a wax worm will always catch a fish or two as well.

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the bait shop is closed until spring. No report.

(Updated on 12-17-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is muddy and no anglers have been on the water this week. The dock will be closing Dec. 23 and remain closed until Jan. 15, 2015.

(Updated 12-17-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. No report on bream, catfish or bass. 

(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year.

Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said had no report due to lack of anglers. 

(Updated 12-17-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said very few anglers were on the water last week. No report. 

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Frierson State Park had no report. 

(Updated 12-17-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the river is low and clear. The catching was excellent last week with plenty of trout and good sizes. Y2Ks and woolly buggers were the ticket. One day required using an indicator with a Y2K below to get the bite. It is getting cold outside and the trout are loving it. The river is very picturesque this time of year. For those willing to brave the elements this is the time to get out and enjoy the Spring River. Hot pink trout magnets and spinners are working well with spin fishers.
(Updated 12-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said The water on the Spring River has cleared somewhat. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over and there are fewer boats on the river to interfere with your fishing. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10).  

Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 12-3-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said surface water temperatures are around 50 degrees with visibility from half of a foot to one foot in places. The bass are in to their winter holding spots and shouldn't move around much until spring. If you get a bite, work the area diligently because there are more fish around. Suspending jerkbaits are working well off of rock banks with long pauses between jerks. Keep an eye out for baitfish activity, the bass are not far from them. 

(Updated 12-17-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bass are biting well after the rain on chartreuse plastic lizards and 1/16-oz. gray jigs. Primarily they have moved to the deeper water, though on a sunny day they can be spotted chasing minnows in the shallows on the north end of the lake. The crappie are hit and miss, but are primarily biting on crappie jigs and minnows. The bream have slowed a bit, but are biting on worms well. No report on catfish.
(Updated 11-19-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said that although the water is very low, the ramp is still usable. Very few anglers are on the lake.
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 259.67 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 12-17-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 4.8 inches above normal conservation pool and falling.  There is increased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 3,540 CFS. Several river buoy markers are missing in Little River, use caution during navigation at low light conditions. Surface water temperatures are ranging from 45 to 50 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity improved since last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River. Visibility ranges from 10 to 15 inches. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake is heavily stained from recent high winds.  Little River's visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current.  Last week’s warmer weather improved bass activity. Bass were slightly more aggressive, hitting moving targets. Crankbaits and large, ¾-oz. War Eagle spinnerbaits fished along grass lines worked well.  Bomber and XCalibur cranks in Ghost, Tennessee Shad, and Citrus caught several good largemouth bass over the past few warmer days.  Clear water seemed to be their preferred hang out; the back of McGuire and in the mouths of creeks dumping into Little River were good bets. Crankbaits had to be moved erratically and slowly to get bit, but they were more aggressive than in the 2-3 weeks prior when the water was colder. Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic, Avacado Zombie and Citrus Zombie were getting bit in the same areas as the Bomber Crankbaits earlier this week, and in the creek channels, and points of creeks proper, as well. Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs in Black/Blue, VooDoo, or Texas Craw continue catching some decent bass. Pitch the jigs to cypress trees in 8-9 feet depth in close proximity to flats and creek bends and hop the jig back rather than crawl it. Johnson chrome/blue Splinter Spoons, Thinfisher or Cordell jigging spoons with bucktails, have been taking some good fish on primary and secondary points in Little River over planted brush and stumps, in 10-12 feet of water near Little River. White bass were hitting Tennessee Shad or citrus or threadfin shad-colored crankbaits in Little River, and the back of the oxbows on White Zombie Rat-L-Traps. Search for the whites, upriver at creek dumps and ditches dumping into Little River on points and creek mouths junctions and where you see large wads of shad on your electronics.  Crappie are beginning to stack up vertically again this week in and around planted brush. Cordell paddle- tail smoke colored grubs on light wire jig heads continue catching some nice slabs around midday by vertical jigging in the brush between 10-11 feet deep; however, Johnson Crappie Buster Beetle Spins and Blakemore Roadrunners are also taking a few good slabs of nice size Crappie over the past week. No report on catfish.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 539.98 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
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 398.74 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 12-17-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is clear up to Cox Creek. The water is stained further up the river. B ass fishing is only fair and not many are fishing. Last week's BASS event had a two-day total of a little over 20 pounds to win, which is not too good for DeGray. It seems the fish are mostly small, really scattered and not feeding much. About the only activity has been off main lake points and pretty deep at 15 to 20 feet down. The best pattern has been deep-running crankbaits, jigs with critter trailers and Texas-rigged worms. Work all lures slowly down the steep side of points and ledges. Best areas have been between Point 15 and Cox Creek. Hybrid fishing remains very good with lots of double-digit catches reported. The fish are now in the upper end of the lake between Point 15 and Point Cedar with the best spots at Beaton/Point Cedar creeks and the big flat west of Goat Island. The fish are in schools and are constantly moving chasing the abundant shad schools. The best pattern is to troll until fish are located then you can cast to them. Best trolling lures are swim baits, medium-running crankbaits and 5-arm umbrella rigs loaded with 4-inch curly tail grubs or swim baits. For casting, try spoons, in-line spinners and the Alabama rig. The bst color is just plain white on all lures.  Remember the fish that are feeding will be suspended about 15 feet down so be sure to troll the lure above the fish at 10 to 12 feet. No report on crappie, catfish or bream.

South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 12-17-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with live bait and commercial catfish bait. They are also being caught on nightcrawlers and commercial catfish bait by rod-and-reel anglers. No report on crappie, bream or bass. 

West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.84 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl). 
(Updated 12-17-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said crappie fishing is fair to excellent. lately. Catfishing is slow. No report on bass or bream. 
(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the crappie are biting excellently on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows around shallow brush. Catfish are biting well on worms and minnows.  

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said catfish are biting fairly well on worms and minnows. 

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report. 

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 12-10-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature ranges from 45 to 52 degrees, depending on what stretch of river you’re on. The river has good clarity and the creeks are very clear. Bass fishing is good deep and shallow. Alabama rigs and jigs have been the ticket for deep-water anglers. Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits have been good along any remaining vegetation as well as on rock jetties. Jerk baits are producing well around the jetties too. Crappie have been biting very well in creeks and the river on jigs and minnows. White bass have been excellent with jigs, small Rat-L-Traps and tailspinners. Stripers are excellent up the river around dikes and beneath the dam and outlet of the nuclear plant on bucktail jigs, grubs, spinnerbaits and swim baits. Catfish are good in the creeks on live minnows.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.38 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 571.07 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface water temperature ranges from 50 to 55 degrees. Black bass are still biting well near structure on a jig-and-pig combo or finesse worm. Walleye are still slow, but a few have been caught on a vertically jigged spoon or drop-shotted nightcrawler. Stripers are biting well on Alabama rigs fished around major creek basins. No report on bream. Crappie are excellent near brush in 12 to 16 feet of water on minnows and crappie jigs. Catfishing is fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
According to Entergy, Blakely Mountain Dam is releasing about 350 CFS from the flood tunnel. This release will continue until sometime in February. For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
Carpenter Dam will release for a few short hours every few days as needed to maintain the level of Lake Catherine. Remmel Dam will be releasing only the minimum flow of about 250 CFS. For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 12-17-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam  is 51 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is scheduling generation times every few days to maintain lake levels. These flows are unannounced and are short in duration. Rainbow trout are in the tailrace and being caught by bank fishermen and boaters alike. Live bait presentations such as nightcrawlers, redworms and wax worms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater have  accounted for many limits of trout. Artificial lures cast around rock structure and sand bars are working well when the turbines are running. Rainbows seek injured shad in the current and willingly strike small jigs, Super Dupers and Little Cleo's which are a close match to area baitfish. Rooster Tails in white or brown have taken quality trout around shoal areas in the late evening. Trout tend to congregate close to the banks in times of current flow so it is important to remember not to overcast your presentations. Spin fishermen should concentrate on areas protected from direct current flow such as eddies and backwater bays. Fly-fishermen can easily wade to areas that hold good numbers of fish and are having success casting olive colored woolly buggers, San Juan worms in red, and small white streamers  around sand bars and rock structure. 

East Arkansas

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing has been good around the piers with some very good slabs coming in during the last week. No report on any other species. 

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

(Updated 12-17-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is low and clear. Fishing is slow for all species. Very few anglers are on the water. 

(Updated 12-10-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing has been very slow with very few anglers on the water. The only report of any fish being caught during the last week was from one angler that managed five crappie in a few hours.  

​(Updated 12-10-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been very slow, and very few anglers are out. The only thing to really report are a few crappie caught on minnows, but it was very slow for them as well.


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