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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 July 16, 2014

Fishing Highlight of the Week: With the dog days of summer beating down our door, this week's cooldown should put the fish in a feeding mood. Try to focus on vegetation and woody cover close to deep drops early in the mornings, then move into the deeper water as the sun continues to rise. 
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.
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(Updated 7-15-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream fishing is excellent on worms and crickets around the banks. Crappie are biting fairly well around green cypress trees on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Bass are responding best to spinnerbaits, topwater chuggers and buzzbaits. Catfishing is good on limblines and trotlines baited with goldfish. 
(Updated 7-15-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said all species are fair at best.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low and clarity is good. Trout fishing is excellent on nightcrawlers during the low water. When the water is high, switch to a spinner or Rapala minnow. 
(Updated 7-15-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said fishing has been excellent over the past week. With the later afternoon generation schedule, we are having good wading opportunities on the upper river in mornings and lower river in afternoons. Fly-fishing has been excellent with midges, hackled pheasant tails, hares ears, soft hackles and sow bugs. Purple Haze and white-colored Trout Magnet bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads are working well. With low clear water, remember to use fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry is 0.73 feet below normal pool and falling. Hybrid and white bass are excellent all over the lake throughout the day; they can be caught in and around bait fish, and some are coming up on top as well. Try topwater baits, in-line spinners, swim baits and Rinky Dinks around baitfish in 25-50 feet of water. Bream are still on beds and can be caught with crickets and crawlers up pretty shallow all over the lake on pea gravel banks. Crappie are hanging out in pole timber and in and around brush piles 15-30 feet deep; they can be caught on jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Catfishing is going great on rod-and-reel and baited lines and jugs all over the lake with dog food, soap and live bait; try flats next to deep water. Walleye are biting pretty well on cloudy days , but are scattered on flats; try using small jigs, trolled crawlers and crankbaits in 12-30 feet of water. Black bass are scattered all over the water column from real shallow out to 50 feet of water. Try Alabama rigs, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and football head jigs deep. For the shallow fish, use topwater baits, small crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently at normal pool and holding steady with a slight fall during daily releases at the dam.  Water surface temperatures are still hovering in the upper 70s to lower 80s.  This has some of our shad still shallow, with the majority starting to settle out deeper. However, there is a feeding window shallow early with the shad in our major creeks and tributaries. Once the early morning shad bite is over, it's time to move to 18-35 feet of water in and around brush. Walleyes, smallmouth, spotted bass, Largemouth, catfish and some of our larger bull bream are coming in daily. White bass and hybrids are finally starting to really show themselves up top in select areas; find the shad and you'll find the fish. 
(Updated 6-25-2014) Jeff Mays at Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said the lake is at normal pool and the water temperature is 82 to 84 degrees. Stable conditions made for good fishing and the development of a deep thermocline at 35 feet in the upper lake. Long line trolling with deep-diving cranks above the cooler water is producing on all suspended species, with good success on crappies. Look for walleyes on flats in 15-25 feet with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. Whites and hybrids will be anywhere you can find the bait balls on your sonar. Try topwater baits early and late for bass, and Carolina-rigged lizards on drop-offs in 40 feet during the day.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said crappie are biting well on small white crappie spinner jigs. Catfishing is excellent on chicken liver fished near the bottom. A few over 10 lbs. were caught last week.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well on worms, crickets and Rock Hopper jigs. Crappie are fair to good in deep water. Bass are chasing shad and are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair to good on worms, minnows and stinkbait. 


(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) had no report this week.(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 86 degrees and the water level is even with the spillway. Largemouth bass are excellent in 5 to 10 feet of water around the grass. They are hitting on black/red spinnerbaits, floating worms and topwater baits. The Tuesday night tournaments continue to have great weights, with almost everyone coming in with limits. Spotted bass are excellent on jigs fished in the same places as the largemouths. White bass are biting well at the west end of the lake on Rooster Tails, crappie jigs and clear topwater lures. There has been a lot of schooling activity and fish caught trolling. Crappie are good in 10 to 15 feet of water. They're still not as good as last year but are improving; try using minnows. Bream are excellent around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water on  crickets and live worms. Many catfish are being caught on trotlines bated with small bream.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent on redworms fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Crappie are excellent on medium-sized minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water. Bass are fair on shallow-diving crankbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few bream have been hitting crickets and redworms. No report on any other species.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish have been the two targets of this lake lately. Nightcrawlers, redworms and crickets have worked for both. Chicken livers, bait shrimp and stink baits are also working for catfish. Bass have been biting fair on minnows and small Texas-rigged plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow with just a few being caught on no. 6 and pink crappie minnows.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are biting minnows, goldfish and black salties on trotlines and limblines. Bass fishing is good with live minnows, small Texas-rigged plastics, small spinnerbaits and crawdad-colored crankbaits. Bream will almost always hit crickets or redworms. Crappie fishing has been very slow but some have been caught on minnows. If you just want to have some fun and challenging fishing, this is the time of year to go for some gar on the Saline. Sight fishing with no. 12 bass minnows, strong line and sharp hooks works well.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing is good with crickets and redworms. Tight lining around deep cover seems to work best, but some good fish are also coming from shallower water around docks and walls. Bass fishing has been good at night with dark-colored plastics and spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting well on night crawlers and minnows at night on noodles, jugs and trot lines. No recent reports of crappie being caught.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been fun for some customers using crickets and worms. Catfish have been biting fairly well on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, bait shrimp and some stink baits. Bass have been biting live minnows, floating and Texas-rigged worms and lizards and some small jigs. Crappie have been caught on minnows but most have been small recently.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said the crappie have been slow and stubborn but anglers who stay after them are still catching a few on no. 12 bass minnows. Bass are hitting minnows and Carolina-rigged lizards and brush hogs. Catfish are biting chicken livers, nightcrawlers and minnows. Bream have been biting well on crickets.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said largemouth bass are biting well until about 10 a.m. in the morning around grass and the backside of jetties. Spooks, jitterbugs and chatterbaits fished over the top of submerged jetties have worked very well. White bass and stripers are holding at the tips of jetties. Spoons fished in 20 to 30 feet of water at the edge of the jetty will work on these fish. Bream are biting very well on black Mepps spinners and crickets fished early in the day around grasslines near jetties. Catfishing is good on live bream or shad drifted in 10 feet of water near jetty tips.   


​(Updated 7-15-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) had no report.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle, but they are excellent on crickets and redworms up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are excellent up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said bream are biting well on crickets and worms around the grass. Crappie are biting well at the edges of grass near 10 to 15 feet of water on minnows. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits and green pumpkin soft-plastics in the backwaters and on the main river. 
(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are biting excellently on jetty points and in backwaters on black/blue jigs, square-billed crankbaits and Zara Spooks. Catfishing is good on skipjack, shad, minnows and green sunfish. Below Murray Lock and Dam, crappie and white bass are biting well on jigs and minnows. Catfishing below the dam is excellent on skipjack.  Flatheads are good on trotlines baited with live green sunfish near jetties. 
(Updated 7-15-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said below Terry lock and dam, bream are biting fairly well on worms and crickets near the backwaters. Bass are biting well on crankbaits, jigs and soft-plastics. Catfishing is good on cut bait right below the lock and dam. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair. Catfishing is slow. 


(Updated 7-2-2014) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfishing is good on live and prepared baits. No report on bass. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is fair on chicken livers, minnows and green sunfish. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are excellent on trick worms and Rebel Creature cranks. Catfishing is excellent on chicken hearts, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are fair around the piers on redworms and crickets. 



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 660.49 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
(Updated 7-2-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service said it’s fair to say the dog days of summer are upon us. Don’t expect lots of change from week to week in the foreseeable future. The water continues to warm and the fish are relating to the thermocline. Early mornings, evenings and after dark are going to be the best times to catch walleyes moving to shallower water. Primary points and structure along bluffs will produce the best chances to catch a bite during the day. Getting bait to their depth zone of 35+ feet and keeping it there is paramount to triggering a strike. Jigs, trolling lead core line and downriggers will certainly help getting bait to those depths. Try flats and break lines along flats as well as primary points during the evening and early morning hours. Look for smallmouths in 6 to 12 foot depths along bluffs during twilight hours as well as shaded areas during the day. Crappie are hitting near deeper brush piles in 35 to 45 feet of water. Spotted bass and largemouth bass are working shad near the surface along bluffs and primary points in the mornings and evenings, however, you’ll have to chase them around a bit with the electric motor to stay with them. Trotlines along the main lake have been hit and miss the last week, mostly miss, so expect to move them a time or two until you find a location producing a consistent catch.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward the low side, with some afternoons having high water. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas, olive-colored marabou jigs and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site. (Updated 7-15-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said this morning was the first time in a week that people have actually been able to see the river for all the fog. The recent cooldown kept the fog off teh water. This morning, the Corps also cranked up the water to 8 full generators. Some rainbow trout have been caught on live or prepared baits and quite a few brown trout have been caught on stick baits and jigs, but nothing of notable size has come in a while. 
(Updated 7-16-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot has been Wildcat Shoals. 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 beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). The sulphur hatch has been sighted but is sparse. Several anglers have reported success fishing this hatch. It seems to be late, possibly due to the brutal weather last winter. This is our most reliable mayfly hatch of the year. It is a size 14 to 16 insect and it is yellowish orange. Before the hatch, fish copper Johns and pheasant tails. As the insects begin their emergence, switch to a partridge and orange or partridge and yellow soft hackle. This is often the most productive tactic. When you observe the adults on the top of the water, switch to a sulphur parachute dry fly. It is time to prepare for fishing grasshoppers.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 556.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).
(Updated 7-9-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the high-70s. The water visibility is stained. We have seen rain each day with lots of cloud cover. The stripers and hybrids continue to be found suspended in the river channels, off the main lake and secondary points. They are feeding on 1-inch long baby shad and crawdads in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are now being caught trolling umbrella and Alabama rigs. Spoons also have produced a few stripers. I caught stripers near the dam, the Brushy Creek area, and the Robinson Point flat. The method was free lines 50 to 70 feet deep between the boat and down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. Now is the time to get out on the lake. The stripers are moving out of the creeks and setting up for their summer feed fest. The walleye have moved to their summer pattern and can be caught trolling crankbaits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons. The walleye are staying between 25 and 30 feet of water on the flats and rounded points. Look at East Pigeon, Panther area, Hand Cove, and the flats leading into Float Creek.
(Updated 6-11-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing continues to be the best bite on the lake. Striped bass fishing is the next best bite. Catfishing has been very good and crappie fishing has been fair. There is still a good top water bite for bass at sunrise and sunset. Once the sun comes up, the fish stay down, but can still be caught in the sunken brush down through 20 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working well on windy days and soft plastics are working when it is windy or calm. Look for bass off of secondary points back in creeks and coves, close to submerged brush piles or on shallow flats. Spots can be found on the deeper rock bluff walls. Striper fishing keeps getting better. I have only been using artificial baits. I have had luck with top water baits as well as flukes and jerk baits (when it is still dark). Top water action for stripers has been spotty, but when you find the fish it can be a blast. I have found fish half way back in major creeks. At this time of year and with this water temperature you will be able to find stripers on the surface down to around 30 feet of water. We should start to see schooling fish so get your spoons ready as it will soon be vertical jigging time for stripers. You can also troll umbrella rigs or Alabama rigs to catch some of these strong fish. If you find fish down 30 feet you may need to add in-line weights to get your artificial bait down to the right depth. Catfish are hitting really well on trotlines and jugs baited with live bluegill, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shad. Set your trotlines in 10-25 feet of water. Jug fishing works the best if you weight the jug to the bottom. This way you will be able to find them when you are checking them. Crawler harnesses are also working very well for catfish. Crappie fishing is starting to slow down. You can still catch some nice fish on brush piles in 20-30 feet of water. The crappie will be inside of brush or suspended as the water warms.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the lake level is 556.5 and the water temperature is warming up just like the weather. The surface temperature is in the low 80s. Stripers are staring to group up suspended 35-40 feet deep and will start going deeper as the water continues to warm. They were hitting on live bait and jigging spoons. The bass are starting to get more active early in the mornings, chasing bait to the surface. Throw a Zara Puppy or a Spook or a soft jerkbait. After the sun gets high, switch to a worm, jig or a drop-shot rig with a small worm or plastic minnow type bait. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork Tailwater has fished poorly recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like 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 18 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. There has been a lot of action on Dry Run Creek. It has been crowded at times. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). The creek is located in a narrow valley and is surprisingly cool during hot weather. It is a great place to beat the heat with a youth.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. 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 7-15-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. 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 1,119.58 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said night fishing continues to be the best option for bass. Dark-colored, crawdad-imitating soft plastics and large Texas-rigged or shaky head worms have worked well along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day using topwater plugs or buzzbaits in and around the brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to suspend under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been down 15 to 20 feet over 25 to 35 feet of water. Small curly tailed 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” Tots 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. White bass have been biting well at night under lights on minnows or shad along bluff lines close to the channel and under the 12 bridge. During the day they 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 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are on the prowl for food. Early morning and at night have been the best bets. Slow warming water and the current bait situation have put most of the stripers in the mid-section of the lake still. Stripers are being caught on live shad fished 10 to 60 feet deep and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs, Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15A-16A lures and spoons on downriggers. Be sure to check the mouth of Indian Creek and Dry Creek area. Stripers are also scattered through the Lost Bridge North area and are being caught in numbers.Points Four, Five and Six have all been good for stripers, as well as Rocky Branck and Cedar Creek. Walleye are being caught on trolled crankbaits, jigs and spinner rigs with crawler harnesses around Copper Mine, Indian Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, War Eagle and the White River/War Eagle junction. The walleye are holding at around 5 to 10 feet deep. 
(Updated 7-2-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bass fishing is best at night under lights. Bass can also be caught early in the morning on topwater lures. During the day, look for bass at 20 feet deep and fish deep-diving crankbaits and football-head jigs for them.  Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are biting at night under lights. Catfishing is fair on live and prepared baits. 


(Updated 6-25-2014) Beaver Dam Store said fishing conditions are changing. There's very little current and warm water temperatures. Look for deeper pockets of shade, as the trout will be looking for cooler water. Midges and pheasant tails behind a peacock herl soft hackle and woolly buggers are great for the still water. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. PJ's jigs or micro jigs under a casting bubble will work as well. GULP maggots that will work when nothing else will. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said bass are on fire at Lake Elmdale right now. Jim Jones, of Springdale and David Powel visit the lake nearly every other day and always catch and release a limit or two. They've been using black frogs, black/blue spinner baits and flukes. Crappie fishing has been surprisingly good for this late in the summer.  Most are caught early, say 7 to 10 a.m., with minnows fished at 7 feet. Look for any brush available, or sunken tree tops.
The redear have been biting better than the bluegill. Redworms fished just off the bottom in 10 feet of water seems to be the ticket. Try 4 feet deep with a cricket for the bluegill. Catfishing  has picked up.  Live or cut bream work best on limb lines, trotlines or jug lines. Use chicken liver or nightcrawlers for rod-n-reel fishing.


(Updated on 6-25-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water temperature is 83 degrees at the surface and the water is clear. Bluegill are biting well on crickets and a few redear are biting on worms. Black bass are biting well on topwater lures during cloudy weather. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers fished as shallow as 2 feet of water. 


(Updated 7-2-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the dock will be open for all night fishing Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5. Crappie fishing is fair in the deep water on minnows and jigs. Black bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and topwater baits. Bluegill are biting fairly well on crickets and worms. Catfishing is excellent on liver and shad. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said many catfish are being caught on live bait and cut bait. Bluegill and redear sunfish are going for crickets and worms fished in shallow water, between the moss beds and bank. Bass are doing well in the morning on topwater baits such as spooks and buzzbaits. 


​(Updated 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been good on brush hogs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 3-7 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are hitting crickets in shallow water around cover. Catfish can be caught on stink bait and chicken liver. Crappie are slow, but hitting minnows at dawn and dusk.


​(Updated 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bluegill and redear are hitting crickets near brush in 3-10 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on topwater lures and Texas-rigged worms. Catfishing has been good on nightcrawlers, small bluegill and chicken liver.



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 7-15-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said bait sales have slowed, especially the minnow sales. Anglers are still buying some goldfish to catfish with. The main interest is the crickets and the bream. There's been no talk about the bass.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water. No report. 


(Updated 7-2-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels are staying at full pool after recent rains. Catfish have been good. Channel catfish and blue catfish are biting on nightcrawlers, dip baits, liver, hot dogs and minnows. Try running your bait under a float if you do not have luck on the bottom; 3-5 feet has been a good depth. Flatheads have been biting well under jugs with goldfish, minnows and bream. Bass have been fair to good on crankbaits, buzzbaits, poppers and dark-colored soft plastics with colored flakes. Make repeated casts with the soft plastics and fish the crankbaits and topwaters around timber. Square-billed crankbaits that will deflect off of the wood appear to be the best. Crappie have been poor with a few fish being caught trolling crankbaits near the levee. Bream have been good on pieces of nightcrawlers and redworms. Saugeye have been poor to fair on crankbaits, minnows and nightcrawlers around the levee, mouths of coves and deeper points.


The renovation of Dam No. 3 on the Spring River is underway.  Accesses at Lassiters, Cold Spring and Bayou are available for the Spring River, and anglers may have better success launching at these places during heavy traffic periods.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the river is running at 320 cfs at the spring. The water is running low and clear. Wading has been easier with lower water levels.  Over the last week minnow imitations have been the go-to for catching trout. Guppies for fly fishing and Little Cleos for spin fishers have been working great.



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 6-17-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the low 80s. Water clarity is up to one foot in parts of Lake Langhofer and closer to half a foot everywhere else. The river has been flowing strongly for several days. Bass are biting well in Lake Langhofer and in parts of the river, but the sizes have been down. Jigs are still producing well.


(Updated 7-9-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said the lake is slowly being drawn down. Creel Limits are cut in half with crappie limit at 7. Bream are still biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish were biting well on live bait, including but not limited to minnows and bream less than 4 inches. Bass are still biting well if you can get into the lily pads, if not try a gray jig next to standing timber. No report on crappie.
 


(Updated 7-2-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said catfishing is good at Lake Chicot on gizzard shad, minnows and hot dogs. Bream are biting well on crickets. No report on any other species.



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.25 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 3.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 6,506 CFS as of Monday. Surface water temperatures range 78 to 88 degrees. Water clarity is reduced compared to last week. On main lake structure away from current, visibility ranges 5-6 inches. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake are muddy.  Little River's visibility ranges 3-5 inches depending on location and current. Bass are biting well on topwaters early and late around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation. Buzzbaits continue working early, and Cordell Crazy Shads, Baby Torpedoes, and Arborghast Jitterbugs are good, early and late. Work topwaters around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels. The best colors of Crazy Shad are chrome/black back and Torpedoes are Leopard Frog.  Good bites continue on soft-plastic frogs as well. Bass Assassin Shads in Black Glitter Shad, Tennessee Shad, or Chartreuse Pepper Shad colors continue working around vegetation, and Rat-L- Traps and cranks are working around deeper drops into creek channels. Tennessee shad or citrus shad Bomber crankbaits continue getting bit over the past week by largemouths and white bass alike. The best colors for Rat-L-Traps over the last week were Rootbeer, Fathead Minnow, or Oxbow. White bass continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Tennessee Shad crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days last week the whites were surface breaking on shad in Mud and McGuire oxbows. These fish were hitting small, Smokey Joe Pop-R's and Chug Bugs with a feather-dressed tailhook. Crappie had begun to stack vertically in planted brush around 8-13 feet deep along Little River, but disappeared with the incoming muddy water and high current. Blues and channel cats improved again this week in the increased current of Little River trot lines set slightly more shallow this week, approx 8-12 feet, in creek mouths and outer bends of the river.  Best trotline baits were cut bait, dead shad, blood bait and Catfish Charlie.  


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.43 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit www.actionfishingtrips.com/tripreports.htm.


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 405.66 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is just fair with no really great catches reported on anything. Bass fishing is fair early in the morning with a few schooling fish reported in the coves on the south side. Look for breaking fish between the dam and Point 4. Throw a topwater such as a Zara Spook or Sammy. Also Flukes and 4-inch swim baits will produce. If the school is pretty tight, an Alabama rig loaded with 4-inch swim baits is hard to beat. Some hybrids are mixed in with the bass which can really add to the excitement. If there's no surface activity, try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard worked across deep points on the main lake. The best colors are red shad and green pumpkin/red flake. Hybrid fishing is hit-and-miss with the fish being in one area one day and the next they are gone. Best bet is to run and gun, which involves just trying the known good spots and if no action in a few minutes, move on to another one. Best areas to look for are the big coves on the south side between points 2 and 4, the big coves on the north side around the state park and the deep water around Iron Mountain.  When fish are located, (one the sonar about 30 feet down), drop a heavy jigging spoon in chartreuse or throw a big in-line spinner.  Early morning is the best and probably the only time for hybrids. Bream fishing is good, especially for small fish. Lots of bedding activity under the full moon. Look for beds and throw a redworm or cricket in the middle. Bream can be found all over the lake in coves with some cover. Just keep moving until you find the school. One of the most overlooked spots is around boat ramps; just remember to stay out of the way of boaters launching and loading. Catfishing is pretty good at night on both noodles and trot lines.  Set the trot lines across points in 20 to 40 feet of water and drop the noodles in deep water over standing timber.  Set the noodle bait at about 20 feet. For bait, try chicken livers, night crawlers, Catfish Charlie, cut shad or hot dogs with soap. 



South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 7-2-2014) Jaret Rushing said due to the constant rise and fall of the Ouachita River, fishing the oxbows is all about timing right now.  Anglers should monitor the river system to try and target subtle rises in the river. When water is falling, fish tend to stage rather than bite aggresively. Summer patterns are working well for bass. Buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are the best bets.Bream are in a transition stage and tend to be in cooler water temperatures (shaded areas or 3+ feet of water). Schools of large bluegill are still being targeted, but anglers shouldn't be too quick to stay on a single spot for very long.


(Updated 7-2-2014) Jaret Rushing said bass are in several different patterns.  Early in the morning until mid-moring, fishing in the shallows on the north end of the lake has yeilded some good catches.  Bass tend to be using the moss beds for cover so anglers should slow down their presentations and try keep their baits in the strike zones along the beds for as long as they can.  During the heat of the day, anglers are targeting channels within the lake to catch bass suspended on 6-foot deep shelves. Anglers are also catching crappie in these channels, although it seems that crappie are more aggressive beore the heat of the day.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said in the lower lake, the daily catfish limit is five and the daily bream limit is 50. All other species are catch and release only in the lower lake. Bass are slow, but a few have been caught on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms early in the mornings and late in the evenings. Catfishing is slow on trotlines bated with worms, minnows and commercial catfish bait. In the upper lake, bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Bass are slow on flukes and white spinnerbaits.



West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 344.64 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl). 
(Updated 7-15-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water lately. 
(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are fair to good in deep water.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are excellent. Bass are chasing shad and are biting excellently on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on worms. 


(Updated 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Bream are biting well, but you have to do a lot of looking to find the beds. Crappie are slow. White bass are biting well on dark-colored spinnerbaits and flukes. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and minnows.


Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) had no report this week.


(Updated 7-2-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said fishing has been good from dam to dam for largemouth bass and spotted bass on topwater pop baits and walking baits. On days with low flow, go to the bottom with jigs, large worms and crankbaits off of drops and use chatterbaits and frogs around the vegetation. Striped bass have been excellent on topwater baits and large swimbaits just outside the buoy line and in current brakes. White bass have been schooling in creeks and on spawning flats and will bite small white crankbaits, tailspinners, in-line spinners and top water poppersl. Bream have been excellent on crickets and worms in the main river and creeks. Catfish have been good on cut bait, nightcrawlers and catalpa worms. Flathead catfish has been good large shiners and bream.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 386.84 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said anglers are catching crappie in 10-14 feet water around structure near the river channel on minnows and various colored jigs. They are catching a few catfish on perch, worms and cut bait near the shoreline. No report available on bream or bass.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.51 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs  said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is at full pool. Black bass are being caught on topwater along timber lines in creek chanel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. Many people are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on a Texas-rigged or jighead worm. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water in the guts of pockets.   
(Updated 7-15-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface temperature ranges from 80 to 84 degrees. Black bass are biting well on Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. Top-water action is still good with Zara Spooks, Zoom Super Flukes and buzzbaits druing the day and black ¾-oz. spinnerbaits at night. Walleye are very good on drop-shotted nightcrawlers and crawler harnesses on a bottom bouncer. When you find a few, make sure to have a  ¾-oz. CC spoon handy for vertical jigging. Stripers are fair to good on live bait. Try main lake points and humps. Bream are still very good and being caught around brush in the 15- to 25-foot range near brush. Crappie are still fair and being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs.  These fish are being caught 15-20 feet deep. Catfish are still good and being caught on trotlines and jug lines fished in big bays and major creek basins.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs  said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is full. The water color is stained to clear from the rains and is clearing slowly. Black bass are being caught on topwater early in the mornings. Try a chugger or a buzzbait around the boat docks. A Texas-rigged worm is also a good option, try brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bream are good on crickets and worms fished near the bottom.


For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently running 12-hour generation periods each day, which has kept the area cool and greatly aided in reducing moss growth from the dam to the bridge. The rainbow trout season is near its end. The trout bite is extremely slow in slack water times and disappears completely in periods of current. This pattern is normal for this time of year. The typical trout season begins the week of Christmas and normally extends through mid-June. However, the trout that are caught at present are from 15 to 18 inches long with the occasional 20-inch fish hooked. Live-bait presentations are crucial for anyone serious about catching rainbow trout in Lake Catherine in summer. Nightcrawlers, redworms, wax and meal worms, and crickets fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater or under a bobber give anglers the best chance for hook-ups. Patience is another key element as the bite is fast at times and very slow as small schools of fish move in and out of feeding areas. White bass are being caught on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits and live minnows. The action is best when the turbines are running in the late evening. Hybrids and stripers are feeding below the bridge in the afternoon and have been caught on jerkbaits and live shad presented under a balloon rig. Fish over 30 pounds have been caught and released this past week. Large stripers favor cooler water in the tailrace and find prey easily in the nutrient rich water.

East Arkansas


​(Updated 7-2-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing is fair to good on crankbaits trolled at 1.7 miles per hour and on a double-jig or double-minnow rig trolled at about 1 mile per hour. Catfishing is good on noodles and jugs. 


​(Updated 7-2-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said catfishing has been good on noodles and jugs. 


​(Updated 7-2-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has slowed everywhere with the up and down weather. Once the weather stabilizes, summer patterns should re-emerge. 


​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said shellcrackers are in the shallows and are biting well on small jigs cast and slow-rolled back to the boat in all coves and pockets of the lake. Bass are fair. Crappie are biting fairly well for anglers trolling by the dam in deep water. 


(Updated 6-18-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bass and catfish are slow. No report on bream or crappie.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Bass are biting well on soft-plastics and crankbaits. Catfishing is good on trotlines and on rod-and-reel baited with live or prepared baits. 

 

 

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