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Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

Updated October 22, 2014

Fishing Highlight of the Week: During spring, most species either run into the creeks and tributaries of a lake to spawn, or follow those fish to feed on them. The spring white bass run is well known throughout the state. But a similar run starts in fall as well, with shad moving upstream, and crappie, bass and white bass hot on their heels. Now's a great time to find some fast action on these predator fish as far in the backs of the creeks as you can get. 
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 10-21-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is at normal level. Bream are fair on worms and crickets fished about 10 feet from the bank. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 6 to 8 feet of water around the Highway 89 Bridge and Gold Creek. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms and crankbaits fished along the creek channels in 6 feet of water. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and yo-yos baited with large minnows and nightcrawlers fished 6 feet deep. 
(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 10-21-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said Greers Ferry Lake is below pool level resulting in sporadic water release on the Little Red. This is creating low water conditions most days. Currently for fly-fishermen BWO’s, midges, soft hackles and small woolly buggers are working well. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink and cotton candy on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.45 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.07 feet below normal and falling. The surface water temperature ranges from 67 to the mid-70s. Hybrid and white bass fishing is going great, with some schooling going on. Try topwater baits of various kinds and swim baits,grubs, in-line spinners and spoons. Watch your electronics and stay with the bait fish. A few walleye are being caught under hybrids that are busting, but that's all the walleye being reported. Bream are biting crickets and crawlers shallow; the good ones are out deeper about 27 feet deep eating the same baits pretty good. No report on catfish. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows in about 18 feet of water. Bass fishing is good shallow and at mid-depths. Some suspended fish are being caught on topwater baits, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. Others are biting well on jighead worms and Carolina rigs with a stick worm or lizard.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temps have finally reached the upper 60s and low 70s. This has put the fish in a feeding mode. Spawning shad have some fish shallow, while suspended bluegills over brush are keeping the deeper fish fed. Until we get some major runoff and inflow into the reservoir look for game fish to be really spread out over the top 25 feet of the reservoir. Shad imitations are taking all types of game fish from sunup until mid-morning. The afternoon bite seems slower than the morning bite, but starts to pick up around 4 p.m. and increases until dark.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.


(Updated 10-21-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are biting well. No report on bass, 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 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie were biting well, but no report on any particular bait being most productive. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. through February, as most folks are more interested in hunting during the winter. Check back in March for the next reports from Brewer Lake Bait Shop.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 10-21-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 71 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 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair on pink minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish or bream.


(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 10-21-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is still a bit backed up from last week's rains. Catfish and crappie are picking up in the channel. 


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


(Updated 10-21-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said crappie are biting fairly well on jigs in the backwater areas. Bass are fair. No report on catfish or bream.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing below Murray Lock and Dam was good on cut shad and skipjack. 
(Updated 10-21-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are fair on worms and crikets, but the action is slowing. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the channel. Catfishign is good on cut bait. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are fari on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is fair. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said crappie are biting well. Bass are biting well. Catfish are excellent. No report on bream. 


(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 654.67 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the only major changes in fishing have been water temperature and thermocline. The water temp is in the mid to upper 60s around the lake. The thermocline is falling fast; it seems to be around the 50-60 foot level. With the thermocline around the 60 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some topwater baits, other than that try spoons in 50 to 60 feet of water, Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and French fry worms, swim baits in 5 to 15 feet of water around any shallow shad balls. Topwater baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Some crappie are being caught around brush in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz. or 1/64-oz. jigs if the wind will allow it. Otherwise, a minnow or a small spoon will work. White bass are being caught up the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs, Rapalas and anything that looks like a minnow will work. Walleye are biting fairly well on nightcrawlers fished in 40 to 60 feet of water on a split-shot rig or trolled on a bottom bouncer and crawler harness. Vertically jigging a spoon in 40-60 feet of water is producing some walleye as well. 
(Updated 10-21-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service said the surface temperature at mid-lake has dropped to 69 degrees after last week’s rain, however the lake elevation has stayed fairly consistent. There is still a thermocline starting at about the 50 foot level but it is starting to deteriorate. With consistent temperatures in the top 50 feet of the water column fish that were once relating to the top of the thermocline can now move freely within the top 50 feet without temperature concerns.  Kentucky bass are again showing up near docks in less than 15 feet of water. The best bite has been right before dark for both crappies and walleyes coming from about the 25 to 35 foot level over wood in creek arms that are not too far from the main lake on jigs. Smallmouths are coming from primary points in the main lake on jigs as well.


(Updated 10-21-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward higher flows in the late 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 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said several rain events, cooler temperatures and heavy winds were the norm the last week or so. On the White, we had significant generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with no wadable water over the weekend.  The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. On the White, the hot spot was Rim 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, root beer 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). 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. To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size 18 on a 3-foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is fairly low with zero to two generators running. Bait anglers are doing the best on cocktail shrimp and pink worms. Small stickbaits and Rooster Tails are working well on brown trout. Fly-fishermen are doing well on grasshopper patterns.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 550.57 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 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork tailwater 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, root beer 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 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.  With school back in session and conclave over, there is less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it with a kid. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is stained. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are still 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 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is stained. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are still 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 1,115.13 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
The annual Beaver Lake Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) event will be held on Beaver Lake Nov. 25. Coordinators are looking for volunteers with boats to take kids fishing on this day. There are more than 300 kids in the HOFNOD program in this area, so every boat helps. For more information please contact Mike Bailey (479)366-8664 or email him at the link in his fishing report below. 
(Updated 10-21-2014) 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 10-21-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is high and off-colored. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Bass are fair on topwater lures early in the morning. No report on catfish. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Beaver Dam Store said fishing this weekend should be great. The weather is supposed to be kind; there are still a lot of fish and lots of wadable water. On spinning tackle, try a Trout Magnet or PJ's Jig below a bobber with light line. Fly-fishermen have been having the best luck using different variations of pheasant tails. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat for casting. A 3.5-inch Rapala in generating water or the muddy water will make you smile as well. White and yellow Power Bait with a wax worm is good as always.


(Updated 10-21-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said recent rains brought the lake up a foot and a half. This makes fishing for bass along the grassy shore line areas a smart move. Use white spinnerbaits on sunny days and dark spinnerbaits on cloudy days. Flukes, Rat-L-Traps and brown, green or electric blue plastic worms have also been good. Crappie are still active.  Minnows,  fished 8 feet deep, or jigs cast and retrieved slowly, have worked well. Fish around any brush piles. The depth of the crappie will vary with cloud cover. Redear sunfish are biting very well on redworms fished a foot off the bottom in 8 to 10 feet of water; try tight lining instead of using a bobber. Bluegill are biting best on crickets, but nightcrawlers also will work. Try 3 feet deep, and use a bobber; keep that hook point covered, and don't use the whole worm.


(Updated on 10-21-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is very clear. A few crappie have been caught and a few catfish have come after the rain, but other than that, it's been very slow at Lake Fayetteville. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and the surface water temperature is 58 to 60 degrees. Bream are biting well on minnows and jigs fished 4 to 6 feet deep. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft-plastics and topwaters. Catfishing is excellent on chicken livers and shad. Some catfish in the 10- to 25-pound range have been caught recently. 


(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 10-21-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said the sun is shining, the wind is calm and it’s a great day to go fishing. The catfish anglers are buying a variety of bait. They bought a lot of gold fish last week to bait their lines. Crickets are being sold to those who are still going after the bream. Minnows are in demand for crappie anglers fishing deep in the middle of the lake. No report on bass. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished in deep water. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished in deep water. Catfishing is good on liver, shrimp and nightcrawlers. No report on bream. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake level is slightly low, but above average for this time of year. Shad are still schooling at dusk and dawn. Channel catfish have been good on nightcrawlers and dip baits. Blues and flatheads have been slow. Bass have been fair around the schooling shad with topwaters and crankbaits. These baits are also working in the mouths of coves during the day. Bream have been fair to good on redworms or small pieces of nightcrawlers. No report on crappie. Saugeye should be picking up with cooler temperatures; try crankbaits and jerkbaits near the levee and the mouths of the deeper coves.


(Updated 10-21-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running 385 cfs and water clarity has been cloudy. The river is taking its time clearing up. Y2Ks and black woollies have been catching trout. The first half of the day has been tough fishing, but the afternoons have been great with plenty of rainbows biting. Rainbow-colored spinners and hot pink Trout Magnets have worked well spin fishing. 
Mark’s Fly Shop will be open Thursday-Saturday 9-5. We are located 2 miles south of Mammoth Spring on Ark. Highway 63. We have a full line of custom flies, accessories and Trout Magnet products. Free maps of the river with all the places to catch fish labeled are available.



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 256.66 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 8,632 CFS as of Monday. Surface water temperatures continued dropping to the 67 to 73 degree range. Water clarity is greatly diminished since last week due to recent thunderstorms and high winds. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, visibility ranges 3-5 inches.  Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake are muddy.  Little River's visibility ranges 3-6 inches depending on location and current. Largemouth Bass and Whites alike took a hit over the past weekend with the increase in muddy current of Little River and its tributaries. Crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and Bass Assassin Shads have been drawing good strikes and reaction bites over the past couple weeks, before the 18-inch rise of muddy water last week. Working Bass Assassin Shads around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels was drawing good reactions from mid morning until noon. Johnson spoons were 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 were working very well around vegetation lines and pads.  We expect this to return by the middle of this week as the lake level is nearing normal pool and clarity has begun settling out.  We expect the agressive return bite of crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps and Shad Assassins will return with the improved clarity and reduction of pool to normal levels this week.  White bass disappeared with the recent muddy rise, but are expected to return to their fall roaming and feeding binge this week with the improvement in water clarity and reduction of lake level to normal pool again. Up Little River, find the shad schools, and you will find the whites. Crappie disappeared with all the recent muddy inflow and increase in Little River discharge at the dam over 8600cfs. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 9-11 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river and baited with cut shad or buffalo, homemade blood bait and chicken livers.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 538.02 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 399.44 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperatures are in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good if you don't mind catching small fish. The bigger fish have been elusive for some time. Look for the vast shad schools (which are most everywhere this year) and you will find the bass. Throw topwaters, such as Zara Spooks, Pop-R's and Flukes. Also try Rat-L-Traps, 3-inch swim baits and Roostertails. Look for schooling fish between Edgewood and Point Cedar.  Schooling activity is best in the early morning and late in the evening.  During the bright part of the day, try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard thrown across secondary points.  Lots of spotted bass are showing along the bluff banks around points 14 and 15. Work a 4-inch finesse worm down to about 20 feet; green pumpkin/red flake is a good starting color. No report on crappie. Hybrid fishing is fair with the fish on the move. The best pattern is to troll a small umbrella rig and look for the schools on the sonar. When fish are located, throw a 1/2-ounce silver spoon or big in-line spinner. Let the lure sink under the fish and work it up through the school. This is the time of year that the hybrids follow the shad into the major creeks, such as Yancey, Big Hill and Brushy.  Lots of white bass are mixed in with the hybrids. Also plenty of small white bass in the Point Cedar area, throw a small Roostertail. No report on catfish; there aren't even many trotlines out right now. 



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 342.38 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl). 
(Updated 10-21-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said fishing has been poor with high water lately. 
(Updated 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are still biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) 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 picking up. Bass are biting well on black/purple worms and spinnerbaits around lily pad stems. 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 10-21-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the water temperature in the river is in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Water clarity is 2 to 3 feet with some clear backwater areas. There's been good flow, but bass have been hit-and-miss. Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, jigs, buzzbaits and frogs have been producing fish around vegetation. Crappie, white bass, stripers and bream have all been slow. Catfish are biting well on cut shad and skipjack. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.26 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.88 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is 70 to 72 degrees and clearing. Black bass are very good on jig-and-pig combos near structure. The topwater bite is hot right now as well. Quality spotted bass are being caught on live crawfish and drop shots with finesse worms near structure on main lake points and humps. Walleye are very good on C.C. spoons jigged vertically are the best method for these fish. Stripers are good on live bait or slow trolled Alabama rigs. Try main lake points and humps. Bream are fair and being caught around brush in the 15- to 25-foot range near brush with crickets and worms. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fished near brush around 12-16 feet deep. Catfish are very good and being caught on rod-and-reel fished near structure with nightcrawlers. 
(Updated 10-21-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


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 10-21-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees and rises to 74 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions are the norm in the tailrace with a minimum flow release scheduled this week. Rainbow trout stocking will begin after November 16 with the fish typically in the lake the week of Thanksgiving. At present, trout fishing is extremely slow as the vast majority of fish migrated away from the dam or were caught by fishermen and area predators. The end of October normally has small schools of white and hybrid bass moving in and out of the trailrace feeding on threadfin shad. Bank fishermen have caught these fish on live minnows and jerkbaits cast into feeding schools. Action is best in the late evening and peaks in periods of generation. Striper activity has been observed below the bridge in the late evening with fish in the 10- to 14-pound range caught on C-10 Redfins in trout patterns. Walleye numbers are low in the tailrace but continue to be caught on jerkbaits in a black/silver pattern fished in the main channel in the early morning hours. When the trout stocking begins, overall fish activity will increase dramatically with crappie, white bass, and walleye staying longer to forage.



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 10-21-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is very low and there haven't been many anglers on the water. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms and jigs. No report on any other species. 


(Updated 10-21-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in the backwaters. Bass starting hitting pretty well on minnows and jigs in the backwaters as well. No report on any other species.

 

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