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Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

Updated October 15, 2014

Fishing Highlight of the Week: With muzzleloader deer season coming up this weekend and crappie and bass moving shallow in search of shad, it's a perfect time to get out and enjoy some great fishing and stock the freezer for winter without many anglers on the water.
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.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around lily pads in 1 foot of water near the bank at Caney Creek. Crappie are biting fairly well in 6 to 8 feet of water on minnows and jigs fished around the 89 Bridge. Bass are fair on dark-colored soft-plastic worms and shallow-running crankbaits fished around lily pads at the edge of creek bends. Catfishing is good on yo-yos and trotlines baited with large minnows, gold fish and nightcrawlers in 6 feet of water.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie have been moving and the bite is improving on jigs. Minnows are OK, but jigs seem to be the best right now. Bass are still fairly slow. Bream are biting fairly well. Catfishing is good.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear. Trout are biting well on Power Bait and fly-fishermen are doing well fishing Extra Crispy patterns.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Little Red is receiving small amounts of generation, which will help clear up the middle and lower river from the weekend rains. Midges and small sowbugs continue to work well for fly-fishermen. Hot pink-colored bodies on chartreuse jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Remember to use fluorocarbon tippet during low-water conditions to increase your catch numbers.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is on on a slight rise with the rains, but generation is keeping it at 6 feet below normal pool. The hybrid and white bass fishing is good; there is not much schooling on top yet, but they are biting very well in 35-43 feet of water on spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. Crappie are moving a little more shallow with the bite between 15-35 feet deep in pole timber and over brush piles on minnows and jigs. No report on catfish. Bream fishing is going good shallow out to 15 feet on crawlers and crickets. No report on walleye. Bass fishing is good with a good early morning bite shallow on all three species.
(Updated 9-23-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said the lake level is falling and is about 6 feet below normal. Surface temperatures have fallen to 77-78 degrees in the upper lake. Suspended fish are moving toward the mouths of major tributaries and into standing timber along the river channels. Some white bass and hybrids are surfacing on shad but not staying up long. Crappie are holding in standing timber in 35-70 feet of water. The fall pattern is beginning to take shape with cooler temperatures in the forecast.
(Updated 10-8-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is starting to really take shape with the whites and hybrids. Schooling and surfacing fish have been really good from sunup until 10 a.m. Small swimbaits have been producing the best bite. Spinners and topwaters are working too, but not as well as the swimbait. Water surface temperatures are in the mid-70s and are falling.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high from the rain. Crappie are biting well. Bass are fair. No report on bream or catfish.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up.


(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said all species were biting well, but no report on any particular bait being most productive.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the water level is normal and clarity is good. With the recent cool down catfish have slowed, but some nice blues and flatheads in the 20- to 50-lb. range are still being caught at night using bream. Crappie are still biting well on minnows, but are not schooling, so you will need to move around to find them. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms, but are still in deeper water. Bream are slow.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 10-8-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 78 degrees and the water level is about 2 feet below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day and on suspending jerkbaits in 8 to 10 feet of water during midday. Spotted bass are biting well, and some are schooling. Small spoons are working well for spots. White bass have stopped schooling, but can be caught on crankbaits trolled in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Bream are biting excellently on crickets and redworms fished in 10 to 15 feet of water around brush and artificial fishing structures. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.
(Updated 9-23-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair in 10 to 12 feet of water on minnows fished around woody cover. Bass are excellent in the mornings and evenings on black buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and trick worms. No report on bream or catfish.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some catfish and bream have been biting worms and crickets. No other reports of fish being caught.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting pretty well for customers using chicken livers, nightcrawlers, shrimp and minnows. Bream fishing has been fair on crickets and redworms. A few small crappie were caught last week on pink minnows. Bass fishing has been kind of slow but some have bit on minnows.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are being caught on trotlines baited with minnows, black salties, goldfish and small bream. Bass fishing has been fair on minnows, small plastic worms and lizards and crawdad-colored crankbaits. Crappie have been few and scattered but some have been caught on no. 6 minnows. Bream are quick to bite and fun to catch on crickets and worms with light line and a small hook.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting well for a customer or two using crickets, redworms and Trout Magnets fished on tight lines around various deep structure. Catfish have been biting at night on lines baited with brood minnows and black salties. Bass are biting fairly well on minnows, soft plastics like trick worms and lizards and spinnerbaits on windy days. No reports of crappie being caught recently.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said Lake Charles has been the hot spot for great eating-sized catfish. Minnows, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and even crickets have been helping customers take home some good stringers. Bream have been biting the crickets and worms also. Bass will hit minnows and soft-plastic worms, lizards and grubs. No recent crappie reports.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few crappie bit for some last week on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bass fishing has been fair with Texas-rigged worms and lizards, spinnerbaits and live minnows. Catfish are being caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bream are biting worms and crickets.


(Updated 10-7-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said largemouth bass are biting well around teh edges of grass and around the rocks on jig-and-pig combos. Largemouths are also being caught at the edge of the grass on buzzing toads fished through the vegetation and allowed to drop as soon as the bait clears the grass. Kentucky bass are biting jigs, worms and crankbaits fished around jetties on the downstream side. White bass are biting well on jetty tips on CC spoons. Catfishing is good on shad and worm combos fished in 20 to 30 feet of water during the day and about 2 to 6 feet deep on the downstream sides of jetties in the early morning and late evening.


​(Updated 10-15-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said fishing was poor for all species last weekend with the bad weather.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in deep water near the creeks. Bass are biting well on the ends of jetties on crankbaits and soft-plastics. No report on bream or catfish.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.
(Updated 10-15-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is slow.


(Updated 10-15-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are biting fairly well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is slow.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the rains kept anglers off the lake most of the weekend. No report.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.69 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 9-23-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the water is cooling into the 70s and fishing has started to change for the better. The thermocline is around the 30- to 35-foot level, depending on location. Anglers are catching many bass moving shallow, especially on cloudy or windy days with spinnerbaits. There have also been reports of soft-plastic shad baits working from the bank to 15 feet deep. There are many groups of shad working the surface late in the day. The crappie and walleye haven't started moving shallower yet, but it should happen soon with the air and water temperatures falling.
(Updated 10-8-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and higher flows in the afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, Power Bait, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site. (Updated 10-15-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said tthe water is fairly low with two generators running steadily. Bait anglers are doing the best on cocktail shrimp and pink worms. Small stickbaits are working well on brown trout.
(Updated 10-1-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot was Buffalo 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 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 550.27 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is 1 1/2 feet below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid- to low 60s and is dropping. The water visibility is stained. We should see a major change this week in striper activity. Stripers are now schooling all over the lake. You can find them along the bluff walls and flats in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers are holding in 38 to 55 feet with some deeper fish at 60 feet. The big schools are in the 40- to 50-foot range. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid-lake area, look for stripers at Robinson Point, Float Creek, Panther Bay and Fall Creek areas. I fished the lower end of the lake at the Hudson Point area near Hand Cove and Jordan and found big schools of stripers as well.
(Updated 10-8-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said surface temperature has dropped into the upper 70s and the stripers and hybrids have started to make their move away from the dam area. I even think some of the coves had started to turn over last week, but we are still a few weeks off from the entire lake turning over. The current thermocline has dropped to around 40 feet, but the oxygen level is good at all depths. Over the last week I have concentrated my fishing habit on the mid-lake area. I have gotten into huge schools of hybrids and stripers and have found big schools of spotted bass and largemouth bass schooled up and feeding on crawdads. Overall it is shaping up to be a great fall season for fishing with gorgeous scenery. There are several very effective methods of fishing for striped and hybrid bass; vertical jigging with a spoon, live bait and trolling with 6-inch swimming minnow-style baits. I have mainly been vertical jigging with a spoon. I have found big schools of hybrids with stripers off of main lake bluff lines and points. The best points to check out are the ones which have a channel swing at the end. During this past week the fish seem to appear as it starts getting light (around 7 a.m.). If it was cloudy or overcast the fish stayed around for 1 to 11/2 hours, but today with the bluebird sky they were only in the area for 1/2 hour. The fish are holding in 35-55 feet of water and are close to the bottom. I have found a honey hole this week that has been holding schools of feeding spotted bass and largemouths, a mid-lake hump that must be holding plenty of crawdads as the fish I have cleaned are full of them. I have also caught nice bass off of bluff wall points in 40 feet of water.
(Updated 10-1-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the mid-70s. There are bass still coming up early hitting topwater baits (Zara Spook Jrs.). Some small stripers are starting to come up too. There are still a lot of fish suspended 40-50 feet deep. They are starting to move up lake and in the major creeks, but there are still some fish that will stay on the lower end of the lake near the dam. When the weather starts cooling and the water temperature drops more, the bite will improve.


(Updated 9-23-2014) 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 10-1-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is clear and low. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering the Buffalo River. The river has a large drainage and is prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.


(Updated 10-1-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is clear and low. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek. The river has a large drainage and is 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 1,114.87 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake is rising and the water temperature is dropping from all the recent rain. Stripers are on the move due to lake turnover and are looking for clean water. Stripers they are feeding intermittently, with only fair success by anglers during turnover. Most are still in the mid-section of the lake. Fishing is fair on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs, Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15As. Bink Pro Scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are producing fish when worked through a school found on your electronics. The spoons also are 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. Check the following hot spots this week: The large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek, The backside of the island at Lost Bridge North, Honey Creek, the cedar thicket at Point 4, the channel that skirts the humps between Big Clifty and Henry Hollow Arms, the Van Hollow Area, Ford and Cedar Creeks, Larue and Copper Mine. Walleye are being caught at Prairie Creek, Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and Horseshoe Bend on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with a minnow or nightcrawler trailer. Be sure to check out Escapalia Hollow, Falls Hollow and Horseshoe bend, as stripers and white bass are feeding on the surface and walleye are being caught below them in big numbers.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said had no new report.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is stained to muddy, depending on location. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished in 8 to 20 feet deep and on trolled Bandit and Hot-N-Tot crankbaits. Bass are slow to fair on topwater walking lures early in the morning, then on jigs and worms through the day. Catfishing is fair on prepared bait. Bream are slow.


(Updated 10-1-2014) Beaver Dam Store said the first boat ramp below the dam is washed out and unusable. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there, but that's about it. The water is getting low and there are plenty of places with wadable conditions. Be sure to use light line to increase the amount of strikes you get in this clear, shallow water, as fish have become very spooky. Anglers are having very good luck on PJ's Jigs, Trout Magnet jigs, no. 18 prince nymphs and pheasant tails. Gray or olive midges are working well, as are nickel and gold Colorado spoons and 3.5-inch Rapalas when they are generating water. White and yellow PowerBait with a wax worm is the go-to for bait fishing.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat had no report.


(Updated on 10-15-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) had no report due to bad weather all weekend


(Updated 10-15-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is muddy and about 1 1/2 feet high. Catfishing is good on chicken livers, but that's about all the reports that have come in lately.


(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 10-8-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been decent on Zoom Brush Hogs and other soft-plastics worked slowly. Bluegill have been biting well on nightcrawlers. Catfishing is slow.


​(Updated 10-8-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said the water temperature is around 90 degrees. Bass fishing is good on chatterbaits fished a few feet off the bottom and on slow-sinking Senko-style worms. Catfishing has been decent on liver.



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 10-15-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said the lake is down some, and the fishing has been a little slow. The catfish are still biting on a fairly regular basis and we are seeing some nice catfish coming out of the lake. Bream are biting, but they are small. Crappie are still around 8 to 10 feet deep and are biting in the early morning hours.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is fairly clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting very well on minnows and white jigs fished around stumps and other woody cover in 3 to 4 feet of water. Bass are fair on crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said lake levels have continued to drop, and the lake is about 4 feet below full pool. Shad are schooling early and late with several species following the schools. Try topwater lures and crankbaits around the schools for bass, crappie or saugeye. Catfish have been good on nightcrawlers and dip baits. Many fish are being caught under floats instead of on the bottom. The saugeye bite should warm up as the temperatures drop. Many fish are caught with crankbaits, minnows or other shad imitators.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running 430 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been poor. About 3 inches of rain fell over the weekend and stained up the river, but it should clear up by the weekend. Fly-fishing has been good and will only get better with cold temperatures. Brown trout tend to feed better during the day during winter months.



Southeast Arkansas

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


(Updated 10-8-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bream are biting well on crickets and worms. The bass are biting well on soft-plastics toward dusk. Crappie are biting well on minnows in deep water where streams are running into the main lake. Catfish are biting well on stink bait and chicken liver fished near the old boating lanes.


(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 260.73 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday the lake level is 18 inches above normal conservation pool and rising. There is decreased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 1,070 CFS. Surface water temperature ranges from 70 to 75 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly diminished since last week in most areas on main lake and Little River due to recent thunderstorms and high winds. Visibility ranges 5-7 inches. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake are muddy. Little River's visibility ranges 5-8 inches depending on location and current. Largemouth bass are very good on crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Good numbers of big bass have been caught and released over the past few weeks on Bass Assassin Shads around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels from mid-morning until noon. Johnson spoons are still taking some good fish in the pads close to deep creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. Bass Assassin Shads in Salt N Pepper Silver Phantom, or Gold Pepper, or Native Shiner continue working very well around vegetation lines and pads. Tennessee shad, foxy phantom, or threadfin shad colors seem to be best for crankbaits. Tennessee shad, white bone nova, or white zombie are best for the Rat-L-Traps. White bass continue roaming oxbows and Little River and are schooling up following shad schools. The whites continue hitting Tennessee shad or citrus or threadfin shad-colored crankbaits in Little River, and 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. Anglers can expect to catch good numbers of these hard charging fighters in a short time frame, upriver. It is a great time of year to get kids out into these schools of hard fighting bass. Crappie: continue to improve around planted brush piles, and have moved somewhat shallower over the past week. Anglers are finding them in creek channels from 3-6 feet deep vertical jigging chartreuse/white Blakemore Roadrunners, smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads and on tiny Rat-L-Traps with spinners. Blues and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 8-10 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. Yo-Yos were yielding some nice cats hung from Cypress trees in back of Horseshoe and Mud Lake over the past week using minnows and/or cut bait in 6-9 feet of water under the cypress tree limbs. Best trotline baits are cut shad, homemade blood bait, chicken livers and hearts this week.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 536.59 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 399.64 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Most fishing has been slow the past few days due to the inclement weather which dispersed the shad schools. A few bass have come from secondary points on Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards, along with jigs with a critter trailer. Mid-lake between Edgewood and Shouse Ford have been the best areas. Quite a few spotted bass have come from bluff banks around points 14 and 15. Throw a 4-inch finesse worm and work it down to about 20 feet. A few crappies have been caught in the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar areas. Look for brush in 18 to 20 feet and drop a 2-inch curly tail grub in Tennessee shad on a 1/16-ounce jig head. Also try live minnows fished just above the brush. Hybrid fishing was good before the stormy weather in the Point Cedar area. When the weather settles, look for "breaking" fish and throw topwaters such as Zara Spooks or Pop-R's. When the fish go down, try a 1/2-ounce silver spoon, Rat-L-Trap or big in-line spinner. Morning and late evening are the best times. Bream are fair with most of the bigger fish taken deeper from secondary points in big coves. Look for fish at 15 to 20 feet down and drop a redworm or cricket just above the bottom. Most anywhere in the lake will hold bream, you just have to find the schools. A few catfish were reported coming on trotlines placed in Brushy Creek and the Point 10 area.



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 10-8-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Bass are schooling and biting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and tightlines baited with nightcrawlers, prepared catfish bait and the occasional cricket from a bream angler.



West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 346.18 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water rose quickly and is muddy right now. Crappie and catfish were fair before the rain, but there hasn't been a good report in a few days.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are still biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting fairly well, but it's hit and miss; fish worms and crickets around lily pads near the banks. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on black/purple worms and spinnerbaits around lily pads. Catfishing is good on worms.


(Updated 10-8-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is low and muddy. Bream are biting well in some areas of the river on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on small spinners. Catfishing is good on trotlines and yo-yos baited with stink bait or minnows. No report on bass.


(Updated 9-23-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the surface water temperature is 76 degrees and warming to 80. Water clarity is dingy in the river with some clear backwater areas. Largemouth bass have been biting very well from dam to dam on jigs, buzzbaits, Rat-L-Traps and Sweet Beavers, and on spinnerbaits on windy days. Work the shallows in the mornings and evenings; it hasn't been taking the fish long to head deep once the sun comes out. Chatterbaits worked around heavy vegetation have worked well, as have frogs. Stripers have been fair on large prop baits below the dam and on Rat-L-Traps and other crankbaits in the creeks late in the evening and early in the morning. White bass have been schooling in the river; try small Rat-L-Traps, tailspinners and topwater poppers. Crappie have been fair in 7 to 8 feet of water around brush in creeks. Catfish have been good on cut skipjack and shad around the mouths of the creeks.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 387.24 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 570.75 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 70-74 degrees and the water is stained from the recent rain. Largemouth bass are biting well on jig and pigs. A topwater bite is still going well. Some very nice spotted bass are also being caught on live crawfish and drop-shot rigs fished near main lake points and humps. Walleye are biting well on spoons jigged vertically around main lake points with timber. Stripers have slowed a bit, but are still biting well on live shad and slow-trolled Alabama rigs around main lake points and humps. Bream are fair on crickets and worms fished 15 to 25 feet deep around brush. Crappie are still biting well around brush in 12 to 20 feet of water on minnows and crappie jigs. Catfishing is very good on nightcrawlers fished near major creek basins and large bays. Jug lines are effective at night in these same areas.
(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 10-15-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam has risen to 71 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently scheduling minimum flow to maintain lake levels. Rainbow trout stocking begins in mid-November, which will mark the beginning of quality fishing. October brings much cooler temperatures which cause threadfin shad to move into the tailrace, bringing white bass and stripers to feed. Topwater action has been observed below the bridge in the early morning and late evening by small schools of stripers. White 1/4-ounce jigs and 5-inch soft plastics hooked weightless have taken fish in the 10-pound class. Walleye in the 3-pound range are also in the area, chasing baitfish and have been caught on Carolina rigs tipped with minnows and on firetiger Rapala jerkbaits. Timing is the bottom line with these fish as feeding periods are inconsisent and short-lived. Much of the day very little action is seen or experienced.



East Arkansas

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing for crappie is good with the cooler weather pushing them back toward shallow water. Minnows and jigs are working well. Bream are also biting well.


​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said the water is stabilizing and is slightly higher than normal. The fall bite is beginning to pick up. Quite a few crappie are being caught on the oxbows right now. Try spider rigging a live minnow or single-poling a jig near the edges of the channels near shallow water for some good results.


​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie and bass are both biting well, but there haven't been many anglers taking advantage of the fishing. No report on lures used.


​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well. Not many anglers have been on the water to give a detailed report of lures used.


(Updated 10-1-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.


(Updated 10-15-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said all species are slow.

 

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