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(Updated 7-29-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and low. The surface water temperature is in the mid- to high 80s. Bream are excellent on wax worms and crickets, and should be getting even better as we get near the full moon. Crappie are biting well on small minnows fished very still around cypress trees in shaded areas with 8 feet of water. Bass are biting well on frogs and other topwater lures around lily pads early and late in the day. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines baited with minnows and shrimp. 
(Updated 7-22-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bream are on their beds. They are biting well on crickets and worms. All other species are slow. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Little Red continues to receive two units of daily generation starting mid to late morning. Expect heavy generation on the Little Red River until the lake level drops to conservation pool. Streamers, pheasant tails, hare’s ear and sowbugs are working well for fly-fishermen. For Trout Magnet fishing, redworm, mealworm and white colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads are working well. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration generation forecast.   
(Updated 7-29-2015) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said It’s hot,and so is the fishing. The 12-hour generation schedule continues to keep the water temperature cold and the fish energetic. Fishing continues to be good if you are ahead of the new water. Midges and small caddis emergers seem to be the best choice of flies. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers informed me today that the daily generation should remain the same through this coming weekend. Hours of generation may vary, but they plan on staying with a 12-hour daily release. The Power Commission sets the hours according to the demand for electricity. Check the USACE Little Rock mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store) for scheduled releases. These are usually posted after 4 p.m. for the next day and after 4 p.m. on Fridays for the weekend. Remember, these are not always exact so check the releases during the day, when wading, to avoid an unexpected rise.
(Updated 7-22-2015) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Company (501-207-1770) said fishing has been great. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water from 9 to 10 a.m. until 9 to 10 p.m. each day. The best fishing has been during low water with a little cloud cover. The hot flies have been pink San Juan worms, purple haze sowbugs, black midges and a variety of pheasant tail nymphs. Pink Trout Magnets have also been working extremely well.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 467.47 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 7-29-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is 4.73 feet above normal pool and falling. The hybrid and white bass are still coming up in the mornings and afternoons on the south part of the lake and some spots on the north end as well. Spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and topwater baits working. Bream are getting ready to spawn with this moon, so concentrate your efforts in shallow water with crawlers and crickets. No report on walleye. Crappie are hanging out around any type of wood cover, but are scattered anywhere from 5 to 25 feet deep. Try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Catfish are eating well all over the lake on live and cut bait on just about any rig you want to fish it on. Bass fishing is good early and late, and some good fish are being caught at night. Try drop-shot rigs, Texas-rigged worms and Carolina rigs with Senkos. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Cody Smith at fishgreersferry.com (501-691-5701) said the lake is 6 feet over normal pool and falling slightly with limited rain and daily generation. Surfacing action with schooling white bass and hybrids, which has been really consistent over the past month has slowed over the past week. Most game fish are starting to relate to offshore brush piles. Big bluegills and some small bass are using off shore cover in 18 to 30 feet of water for the first time this summer. Fishing early until mid-morning has been best.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are excellent on crickets fished along the banks in 3 feet of water. Catfishing is fair on worms fished on the bottom in the evenings. Crappie and bass are slow.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are hit and miss around docks and bushes on minnows and Bobby Garland lures in barbecue chicken, Cajun cricket, blue ice and bleeding shad. Catfish are biting on worms, shad and minnows. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits and soft-plastic worms in the mornings. White bass are biting on Cajun spins, Johnson Silver Minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Bream are biting on crickets and worms. 


Overcup Landing had no report.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said Conway Corporation reports the lake level at 329.3  msl (normal pool level is 330.0 msl). Fishing is best at night and early morning before the heat of the day. Crappie fishing has improved. They are chasing fry in 13 to 17 feet of water. Trolling with white or popsicle curly tailed grubs is productive, but sitting on top of brush piles using live minnows also works well. Catfish are excellent on large minnows, bream or nightcrawlers fished on jugs or poles at night. I am weighing catfish (blues and flathead) in the 15- to 40-lb. range fairly regularly. Bass are fair in the early mornings and late evenings on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Bream are good on redworms and crickets.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Charley's Hidden Harbor at Opello said the flows have dropped greatly, and anglers are starting to head to the river again. Catfishing has been very good early and late in the day on shad and nightcrawler combos in 6 to 10 feet of water behind jetties and inside backwaters. Bream are behind jetties and under overhangs, and will bite well on black Mepps spinners and crickets near floating grass beds early in the mornings. Bass are biting very well on black Jitterbugs around grass near the main points of the river entrances and on jigs in the middle of grass mats around jetty tips early and late in the day. Some large drum are being caught around riprap on crankbaits in crawfish colors. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water is at normal level. Largemouth bass are excellent. They are biting on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jerk baits and wacky rigged worms in 10 feet of water and less. Evening fishing has been the best for the largemouth. Spotted bass are biting excellently on crankbaits and jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water. White bass are just east of Jolly Rogers Marina and are excellent on CC Spoons, white jigs, Rooster Tails and trolled deep-diving Bandits and Bombers running about 14 feet deep. Crappie are fair in about 20 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets and live worms anywhere from 1 to 15 feet deep. They will be bedding up this week with the full moon approaching. Catfishing is good on stink bait, bream and chicken livers in 10 to 15 feet of water. 


(Updated 7-22-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some nice bream have been caught recently on redworms. Catfishing has been slow with only a few being caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) catfish have been biting fairly well on chicken livers, bait shrimp, nightcrawlers and stink baits. Bream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Crappie have been slow to bite during the day, but pick up a little late at night and before daylight on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bass fishing has been fair with minnows and floating worms fished around brush and other cover.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with minnows, crawdad-colored crankbaits, 4-inch lizards and small spinnerbaits. One customer reports catching some nice crappie in deep water on a crawdad-colored deep diving crankbait. Catfish have been caught recently on trotlines baited with black saltys, goldfish, and brood minnows. Bream fishing is always fun on the river with crickets or redworms on a small hook and light tackle or a small jig or Zing Tail spinner. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on crickets. Some good ones are coming from around docks and walls, but fish around deep structure as well. Catfish are being caught on minnows, black saltys, nightcrawlers and bait shrimp at night. Bass are biting topwaters and buzzbaits, floating worms and Carolina-rigged lizards. The bite is best right at daylight or at night. No recent reports of crappie being caught.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good with crickets and redworms fished on tight lines in water from 6 to 12 feet deep. Catfish are biting fairly well early and late in the day on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bait shrimp. Bass are hitting topwater baits and buzz baits right at daylight and right before dark. Black, black/red and black/blue are good colors right now. Crappie have been on and off for customers using no. 6 minnows, but they are catching some good ones. 


​(Updated 7-29-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the Maumelle River is low and clear. bream are fair on worms and crickets in 3 feet of water and less. Crappie were biting well, and many crappie anglers were on the water last weekend. The fish were caught mainly on minnows fished around stumps and other woody cover near shaded areas in 4 feet of water. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms in crawdad colors and on spinnerbaits early and late in the day. Catfishing was good on minnows fished in shallow water. 


(Updated 7-28-2015) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water has finally dropped to safe boating levels, but is still pretty muddy and swift. Bass should be biting on the jetties. Bream, crappie and catfish are all slow. Fish 'N' Stuff will resume its Tuesday night tournaments on the river August 4 if the flow stays this way. Call the shop for details on the new schedule. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) does not have a report this week, as the water just now dropped out of the small craft advisory stage. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and at normal level. The surface water temperature is around 80 degrees. Bream are fair on crickets fished around stumps in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting fairly well early and late in the day on topwater lures. Catfishing is slow. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is low and clear. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are slow on jigs. Bass are fair. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and other worms.



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 691.97 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 7-29-2015) Bull Shoals Boat Dock said summer fishing patterns are in full swing. We have been seeing air temperatures in the 90s, during the day so the water temperature is in the mid 80s. There is a thermocline around 25 feet deep. The water is still very clear, even with an extra 30 feet of water. The fishing patterns are in the classic summer mode. Topwater or shallow-running baits in the morning and late afternoon. Most of the fish seem to be shallow at these times before as the sun is low in the sky. During the day, you have to fish 25- to 30-feet deep around the thermocline and past the brush or you can fish around the large trees that are around the shoreline that have shade. The walleye fishermen are still having good success, but you have to downrig or lead core troll over 40 to 70 feet of water with your baits running 25 to 35 feet deep. The night bass fisherman are still catching fish just before dark shallow, then after dark anywhere from 5 to 30 feet deep. There haven't been any good crappie catches lately, which is typical for high water.  
(Updated 7-29-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is running very high, with six to seven generators running, which will be the norm for the next few months. Trout fishing is excellent on pink Power Worms and PowerBait. Fly-fishing is very tough. The current is very fast, so fishing from a boat is about the only way to go right now. 
(Updated 7-29-2015)Paul Bobby at GI on the Fly Guide Service (907-350-6610) had no report.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said on the White, we had moderate to high generation with no wadable water. On heavy generation, the best way to catch fish is to switch to longer leaders and heavier weight. The hot spot was the catch-and-release section at Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8-10), Y2Ks (size 12-14), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead size 16-18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (San Juan worm with a prince nymph suspended below it). The sulphur hatch has been reliable every day. They are size 14 and easy to see. Before the hatch, you should concentrate on fishing pheasant tail nymphs. When the trout key on the top but no insects are present, switch over to a partridge and yellow. When you observe trout taking adult insects from the top of the water column, you should switch over to sulphur parachutes. Conventional wisdom states that hopper fishing begins in late summer. I reject this idea and fish them all year. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers (size 10) and the western pink lady (size size 8). 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). 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 572.04 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 7-29-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said the lake level is 571.9 and the water temp is in the upper 80s. The stripers are suspended 40 to 60 feet. Early in the morning, they are close to the bottom down at 40 feet. As the sun gets higher they start moving toward the deeper water. We caught a few small stripers on topwater back in Barren Creek. The bigger fish are in the deeper water within a few miles of the dam. Bass are coming up early and will hit topwater baits like a Spook or a Pop-R. After the topwater bite slows, throw a jig to the edge of the brush or a worm. When you mark fish suspended or close to the bottom, drop a jigging spoon. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said With the last round of rain, the Corps now states that the lake will not return to normal levels until late October. The stripers continue to be caught from the bridges all the way to the dam; however most of the big stripers are being caught near the dam. Small stripers that can tolerate the warmer waters are still holding north of Diamond Bay, but if you want to catch a big fish try the lower end of the lake. Some 20+ pound fish were caught last week as well as many in the mid-teens.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said Norfork Lake is rising very slowly and currently sits at 571.98. The Corps is using one generator for 10 hours or two generators for 5 hours, which helps, but is not enough to negate the rise. The surface water temperature this morning was 88 degrees. The main lake is clear and the creeks and coves are somewhat stained, but clearing. The thermocline is well defined and is 25-30 feet deep. Striper fishing continues to be very good. But as in all types of fishing you will have your good days and bad days. Typical for this time of year stripers start to migrate south, but you can still find stripers and many hybrids in the mid-lake area. My success over the last week has come from creek areas. I have been fishing part way back into creeks at a hard channel swing with water depths of 60 to 90 feet. Schools of fish are roaming and feeding on shad. If there is no bait back in the creek, move on and check out another. There are large schools of whites and hybrids suspended from 25 to 40 feet down. The larger stripers that we have caught are typically deeper at 50 to 60 feet down, and some even deeper, laying on the bottom. I have been using live threadfin shad over the last several weeks. This morning we caught many fish and lost many others by break-offs and slow hook sets. Lately I have found that if you are not on the pole when it starts to go down and get the hook set immediately the fish will spit out the bait. Casting out Rooster Tails, grubs and swim baits will also catch you fish. Again you will need to know how long you need to let the bait sink to get it to the proper depth then use a slow retrieval back to the boat. There is still a good topwater bite at daybreak for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. You will also pick up some nice white bass and hybrids. The topwater action dies down around 7 a.m. or when the sun gets above the tree line. It does seem that if you're in an area with good topwater action the stripers will be below these fish feeding on the scattered shad. When the topwater stops the stripers move out and the bass move deeper.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork River has fished better lately. The siphon is back in action. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (size 18-22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (size 14-16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. 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 size 10). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis). There have been daily hatches of sulphurs around noon. The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. My favorite combination has been a grass hopper with a root beer or ruby midge dropper.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are a bit high and off color. With the warm weather, the smallmouths are active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are a bit high and off color. With the warm weather, the smallmouths are active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.



Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,129.32 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 7-29-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said Beaver Lake stripers are using main lake points, humps, ridges, rock piles, brush lines and ditches on their annual downlake migration in search of food. The night bite has been best. Striper fishing is good on live shad fished from 20-to 30-feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water. Trolling with weighted lines and Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and 5- to 6-inch Smithwick Rogues in black back or purple back is working well. Stripers also are being caught at night by casting main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas or large Rat-L-Traps. The hot spots for stripers this week are Lost Bridge North, Points 3, 4, 5 and 6, Lost Bridge South, Rambo Creek, Rocky Branch and Larue. Walleye are also using the same areas and are biting in the 10- to 20-foot range. Try three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Try Shad Raps in natural colors and Rat-L-Traps trolled at 1-2 mph. Bink Pro Scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white or white/chart combo are producing walleye.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water has cleared dramatically, but is still very high. The surface water temperature starts at 85 degrees in the morning and warms to 90 by midday. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished in 6 to 12 feet of water near the bank. Crappie are fair on Bandit 300 series crankbaits trolled near channel turns. Bass are fair on black spinnerbaits, jigs and worms fished at night around brush piles and submerged cover in 12 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with live minnows and bream. 


(Updated 7-22-2015) Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said fishing conditions have not been optimal for shore fishing, but if you can hitch a ride on a boat, your chances improve. The water temperatures from Spider Creek to Houseman access have been in the mid 60s to low 70s. This is due to all the rain we have had and the fact Table Rock lake was at 12 feet above flood pool, causing the warm water to back flow into the tailwater. Trout are being caught in deep water on light terminal tackle and various PowerBaits. Schools of white bass were marked this week, along with the occasional walleye, none of which were biting in above mentioned locations. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Beaver Dam Store  said there is still a lot of high water, and there have been some good reports of nice brown trout being caught lately. Large spoons and crankbaits are catching the browns the best. There is very little bank access because of the high water, so most fishing is being done from a boat. Worms and white PowerBait are working well for bait fishermen, and streamers are the ticket for the fly-fisherman right now. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the lake is still up and the visibility is fair. A few crappie are being caught on minnows fished at 7-8 feet. The crappie bite usually stops by 9 a.m. Fish the shallows with weedless topwater lures like frogs and toads for bass, or in the heat of the day fish the deeper water along Harmon's Bluff with flukes. Bluegill are still biting fairly well on crickets and redworms fished 3 feet or deeper. No word on any catfish being caught, but this is prime time for stink baits and chicken liver. 


(Updated on 7-29-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is murky and at normal level. Very few anglers are fishing, so there isn't much to report. A few anglers after bass only caught a few catfish the other day, and one person has caught a handful of crappie, but it's been very tough. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at normal level. The surface water temperature is 86 degrees. The only fishing activity is early in the morning and late in the evening. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair. Catfishing is fair on prepared catfish baits.


Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.


Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 7-29-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said bream fishing seems to be the main interest right now, and the bait shop is selling a lot of crickets. There have been some nightcrawlers, minnows and other bait sold, but there haven't been any reports of any catching on crappie, bass or catfish. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is high, fairly clear, and the surface temperature is 90 degrees. Bream are biting very well on bloodworms fished near the shoreline. Crappie have been slow the last few weeks. Bass are excellent early and late in the day on topwater lures and dark soft-plastic lures from the shore to as deep as 20 feet.  Catfishing is very good at night on worms and chicken livers. 


(Updated 7-15-2015) Lake Frierson State Park had no report.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 455 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been good. The river is looking great. Folks are catching trout mainly on woolly buggers. Once it gets hot after lunch, the bite slows down, but you're likely to catch larger trout. Hot pink and white Trout Magnets and trout cranks are working great for spin fishing.



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 7-22-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the mid- to upper 80s. Visibility is less than one foot in Lake Langhofer, and less than half a foot on the main channel. The river continues to flow strong and the water is still about one foot high. Black bass are scattered and difficult to pattern. Fishing should improve when the water level stabilizes. Try to fish early in the morning or late in the evening and look for anything that can create shade


(Updated 7-29-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bream are biting well on crickets. Bass are biting well on topwater lures. Catfish are fair on live bait.


(Updated 6-9-2015) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park had no report. 



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.43 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.20 msl).
(Updated 7-29-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service  said As of Monday, 27 July, the lake level is 1.2 inches above normal conservation pool and falling.  There is decreased current in Little River with the gates releasing only 776 CFS as of Monday. Surface water temperature ranges from 82 to 90 degrees. Navigation has returned to normal for Little River as of Monday, but caution still urged with the debris, limbs, logs and broken vegetation mats floating in the river. Water clarity continues to improve and is at 10-18 inches of visibility on the main lake. Little River above McGuire oxbow remains stained but is improving. Water clarity in the oxbows is anywhere from 12-24 inches. Most bass are aggressive around shallow vegetation at dawn and are biting topwater presentations. Later in the morning and heat of the afternoons, crankbaits and bulky 10-inch worms are working around cover and cypress trees in 8-10 feet of water. Buzzbaits continue working early, as are solid body frogs and Bass Assassin Shads. Work the lure around pads and other vegetation near deeper sections of the creek channels. The best colors of Bass Assassin Shads over the past couple weeks have been the Salt & Pepper Silver Phantom, Crystal Shad and Mississippi Hippie. Rat-L- Traps and Echo 1.75 Squarebill crankbaits are working around deeper drops into the creek channels from 5-8 feet. Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad Bomber crankbaits are working for largemouths, spotted bass and white bass in the river. Yum or Berkley 10-inch worms are working in the oxbows on stumps and timber in peanut butter 'n jelly, blue fleck, or plum. White bass are roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on red/white Rooster Tails, chartreuse/white Little Cleos, shad-colored Rocket Shads, and Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Blue catfish and channel catfish are fair to good on Catfish Charlie, chicken livers, hearts and gizzards, and homemade cheese dough balls. No report on crappie.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.39 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
(Updated 7-29-2015) Gary Lammers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported surface temperatures range from 91 to 95 degrees. Water is slightly stained throughout the lake. Bass continue to bite well in the afternoon. Bass are hitting finesse worms in watermelon/red and green pumpkin fished on main lake points. Schooling has been steady this past week and fish are hitting smaller topwater baits like the Zara Puppy. Night fishing is good on Texas-rigged worms and Zoom Baby Brush Hogs along main lake points and brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. No report on crappie or catfish this week. Always comply with posted warnings and aids to navigation on your local waters. For more water safety information, visit http://watersafety.usace.army.mil


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 402.98 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2015) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair early in the  morning and late afternoons. The best bet is in the Shouse Ford to Cox Creek areas.  A few surface-feeding fish early but the hot weather puts them down pretty quick. Concentrate on both main lake and secondary points in big coves. Throw medium-running crankbaits both lipped and lipless.  Natural shad is a good selection. Also some fish are being caught on Texas-rigged worms and lizards fished on the same points. Now is a good time to try night fishing. Use a big spinnerbait or big 10- to 12-inch Texas-rigged worm.  Black is the best nighttime color.  Best fishing is after midnight because it takes a long time for the bass eyes to adjust to low light conditions. Hybrid fishing is slow with most fish now suspended at 35 to 40 feet down over deep water between 80 and 120 feet. Use the sonar to locate the fish and drop a heavy  jigging spoon to just above the fish. The best areas are between the dam and Point 4 on the lower end.  No surface activity reported and very little schooling. Bream fishing is good with lots of nice fish reported coming from mid lake in the Caddo Drive and Edgewood areas.  Bottom fish secondary points with crickets or redworms in 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and noodles. Set the trotlines across main lake points in 20 to 30 feet of water.  Drop your noodles over standing timber in deep water.  Set the baits at about 20 to 25 feet down.  Bait with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, stink baits, cut shad or hot dogs.  Also try small live bream and big minnows.



South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 7-22-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said bass are biting well on flukes, spinnerbaits and brush hogs fished early in the morning and on cloudy days. Bream are biting crickets and worms very well lately. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with live bait and on tightlined worms and commercial catfish baits. No report on crappie fishing. Remember that the lower lake has a daily limit of 5 catfish, 50 bream, and all other species are catch-and-release. Statewide limits apply to the upper lake. 


Tri-County Lake will be undergoing a 5-foot drawdown until late fall. This is being done to compact the silt which has been building in the lake, reduce some of the aquatic vegetation in the lake, make repairs on jetties which have deteriorated over the years and address the lake's stunted crappie and bream populations by forcing these smaller fish into areas where they are more susceptible to the lake's predator fish. 
(Updated 7-8-2015) Local angler Jaret Rushing said the lake already was 1 to 2 feet low by Monday afternoon. He expects a lot of fishing pressure while the lake is at the lowered level. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Buddy Ham at Sportsman's One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Bass are fair on soft-plastics and on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair and are leaning toward live bait more than prepared baits. Crappie are starting to bite a little bit on shiners. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Buddy Ham at Sportsman's One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said bass are fair on topwater lures and flukes. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are slow, but a few are being caught on small crankbaits. No report on catfish. 



West-Central Arkansas

(Updated 7-15-2015) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 358.16 feet msl (full pool – 342 msl). 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is dingy and dropping. Not many anglers are on the water with the heat. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are hit-and-miss around brush on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay'Rs. Catfish are biting on minnows and worms. Bream are biting on crickets and worms.


(Updated 7-22-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the river is still swift and muddy. The water temperature is 87 to 90 degrees. Fishing is still slow upriver because of the current, but the midsection of the lake has been very good because of the recent mayfly hatch. Bream have been excellent from 1 to 3 feet deep on worms, crickets and mayflies. Catfish have been in the same areas on shallow flats with coontail moss and are biting live sunfish. Bass are biting well on jigs and Bamboozie Craw trailers, frogs and topwater poppers. White bass and stripers has been hit-or-miss in the creeks and at the inlet of the nuclear plant on Rat-L-Traps, jerkbaits, topwater poppers and swim baits.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 398.28 feet msl (full pool – 384 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 574.61 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-8-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clearing and the surface temperature is 84 to 86 degrees. Black bass are fair on drop-shot rigs, Texas-rigged worms and jigs worked around points with cover. Walleye are excellent and are being caught on ¾-oz. CC spoons jigged vertically near cover on main lake points and humps. Stripers are good on live bait and hair jigs. The best areas are main lake points and humps on the east end of the lake. Bream are still biting well on worms, grubs or crickets near brush 8-15 feet deep. Crappie are slow. They are being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs at depths around 15-20 feet deep. Catfish are still good and being caught with live bait or stink bait. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the hydrilla and milfoil on the north side of the lake have really been holding a lot of fish lately. Night fishing has been great with the bright light of the moon right now. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge ends July 31, so there's still a little time to get out and catch a tagged trophy. The $10,000 fish was announced to be a white bass in Lake Hamilton. It was released near the mouth of Williams Creek. Night fishing has been the best way to catch largemouths lately. Slow roll a single Colorado-blade spinnerbait around the edges of coves for the best results and be sure to keep your boat lights on the entire time you're fishing. 
(Updated 7-29-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said all fish species are tough on Hamilton right now, however, if you get out there at first-light you can catch schooling white bass and hybrids.


(Updated 7-29-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees during  periods of generation and rises to 64 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions exist in the tailrace with Entergy running 12-hour releases each day in varying patterns according to electrical demands. Rainbow trout are very slow now that the July heat as set in. Small numbers of trout remain near the dam with the occasional fish caught by experienced guides. This drop in activity occurs each year around the middle of July despite the fact that most of the season was lost due to flooding. The trout simply aren't in the area to catch. Trout stocking begins again in mid-November, which will bring quality trout fishing back to the dam for the holidays.



East Arkansas

​(Updated 6-9-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 


​(Updated 6-9-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 


​(Updated 6-9-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 


(Updated 7-29-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is high and fairly clear. Bass are excellent on jigs fished around matted vegetation. All other species are slow. 


​(Updated 7-29-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is stained and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs around the mouths of creeks entering the river channel. Bass are biting well on watermelon seed- and green pumpkin-colored soft-plastic worms around junctions of creeks with the main river. Bream and catfish are slow. 

 

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