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Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

Updated January 21, 2015


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Fishing Highlight of the Week: 

Last summer, fisheries biologists placed some commercial fishing structures at five locations on Norfork Lake to compare artificial and natural cover. During the Christmas holiday, Fisheries Biologist Supervisor Jeremy Risley visited the structures to see how they were working and holding up. The picture from his personal down-imaging depth finder shows two of these structures and the fish between them.

 

If you're interested in trying them out, the structures are at the following coordinates: 

 

Site 1: 36 degrees, 16 minutes 37.6 seconds North; 92 degrees, 13 minutes, 4.8 seconds West
Site 2:  36 degrees, 16 minutes, 27.2 seconds North; 92 degrees, 13 minutes, 56.9 seconds West
Site 3:  36 degrees, 20 minutes, 43.1 seconds North; 92 degrees, 13 minutes, 9.6 seconds West
Site 4:  36 degrees, 20 minutes, 53.7 seconds North; 92 degrees, 15 minutes, 59.9 seconds West
Site 2:  36 degrees, 21 minutes, 10.9 seconds North; 92 degrees, 16 minutes, 0.1 seconds West
Arkansas and White river levels are available at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk
For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt 
For water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality  
Family and Community Fishing Program: All Family and Community Fishing Program locations are stocked with trout, many of which are sporting special pink tags. If you catch a tagged trout, turn in the tag for a special prize. You'll also be entered in our promotional drawing during February, where you may win fishing gear, guided fishing trips and other great gifs. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
Central Arkansas

(Updated 1-14-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water level has fluctuated a bit with the recent rain. Bream are fair on worms in the back of Caney Creek and Pierce Creek in about 1 foot of water. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows fished around the Highway 89 Bridge and grassbeds near teh cove in Gold Creek. Bass are fair on jigs fished slowly around stumps and on jerk baits fished around old creek channels. Catfishing is good on minnows and nightcrawlers around cypress trees near the channels. 
(Updated 1-21-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are picking up doing fair with chart jigs and rosey reds,other species are slow.catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and stink bait.


(Updated 1-21-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said there have been a few hours of morning and afternoon generation on the Little Red. Some wading opportunities can be found between the daily generation times. Streamers and midges are working well for fly-anglers. White and hot pink bodies on chartreuse jig heads with the Trout Magnet are working well for spin fishermen. 
(Updated 1-21-2015) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is high and clear. Trout fishing is good on wax worms with marshmallows and Power Bait.  


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.25 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 1-21-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level  is 1.73 feet below normal pool and falling. Hybrid and white bass are biting well all over the lake on spoons, hair jigs. in-line spinners and swim baits; look for bait and the fish will be close as they are staging for a run up the river arms. Crappie are biting well around pole timber and brush piles where some shad are hanging out in 15 to 50 feet of water; try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows or the old standby, a Beetle Spin or Road Runner. The walleye should be getting set up to feed since the water has cleared and the river walleye have traveled to their pre-spawn sites; try small minnows on a jighead, a bream on a Carolina rig, a jerkbait  or a deep-running crankbait. Bass fishing is good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, football head jigs and Carolina rigs from right up on the bank out to 50 feet of water; try channel swings close to deep water and main river points.
(Updated 1-21-2015) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com had no report.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting very well on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows fished around docks and bushes in the shallow bays. The shad are balled up in the bays, and that's attracting the crappie. Catfish are biting well on minnows and worms. Bass are biting well. 


(Updated 1-7-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report. 


(Updated 1-7-2015) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 1-7-2015) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 45 degrees and fishing is excellent. Water is about three feet below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well early and late in the day on topwater lures and suspending baits in 5 to 8 feet of water. Spotted bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around brush in 30 feet of water. Crappie are biting excellently on pink minnows, chartreuse jigs and red tube jigs around brush in 30 to 35 feet of water. Large schools of white bass are being found in the central part of the lake. Just pay attention to where the loons are swimming, because that is a good indicator to where the white bass are. Bream are holding around 20 to 25 feet deep around any brush and cover they can find. No report on catfishing. 
(Updated 1-7-2015) Whisker's Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows. White bass are biting on Cajun spin jigs. 


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said few anglers are out. Catfish are moving to deeper holes and are fair below dam nine on shad. Sauger are biting well on yellow and chartreuse speck rigs below lock nine in any eddies and current breaks. 


​(Updated 1-14-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie and bass are biting fairly well around the marina. White bass are biting fairly well in the channel near the mouth of the river. No report on catfish or bream. 
(Updated 1-7-2015) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no report due to lack of anglers this week.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report. 
(Updated 1-14-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said no anglers are out with the cold weather. The water is muddy and high.


(Updated 1-7-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said no anglers are out with the cold weather. No report. 


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


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


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


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 654.66 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 1-21-2015) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the lake is around normal level right now. The water temperature is in the low to mid 40s on the surface. Visibility looks okay standing on the dock. Bass are fair on stick baits like Rogues, X-Raps and MegaBass Visions fished extremely slowly from the surface to 10 feet deep. Jigs are working well in 5 to 15 feet of water; stick with dark colors and crawl the jigs along sloping banks. Spoons are working well anywhere you find balls of shad and other baitfish; they could be anywhere from 10 to 60 feet deep. Soft plastics fished along channel swings back in the creeks is always a good bet in winter on Bull Shoals. Crappie are fair on 1/32-oz to 1/64-oz. jigs fished around brush in 20 to 35 feet of water on still days when you can feel your jig. Small minnows and small spoons also are working well around the deep brush. 
(Updated 1-21-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said we have had a significant rain (over two inches here in Cotter), brutally cold temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). On the White, we had brief periods of heavy generation in the morning and afternoon with some wadable water. The catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park is 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. The hot spot was Wildcat Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8 and 10), Y2Ks (size 14 and 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, size 16 and 18), pheasant tails  (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). Egg patterns have been very effective. The higher flows on some mornings and afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers. You need a fast sinking sink tip line and an eight weight or better rod. This is a heavy lift that requires casting skills and patience.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is high and stained. No anglers are on the water.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals had no report.  Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 550.54 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).(Updated 1-21-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said a warming trend started mid-week and the fishing conditions changed overnight. The water temperature is in the mid-40s. Stripers, hybrids and white bass continue to school, but moved from the Blue Lady area and back to the main lake in front of the Henderson Marina. There is an old road bed that starts at the marina and goes across to Panther Bay. The stripers and hybrids follow it, and schools of bait roam along the roadbed. Another spot is the north side of the Highway 62 bridge; large schools of bait and stripers are roaming up and down the length of the bridge on the shaded side. Once the sun hits the north side of the bridge, the shad go deeper and the fish disappear. Stripers are being caught from 30 to 105 feet deep. Here’s a trick I learned from an old timer when using threadfin shad in the winter. The water temperature is in the mid-40s and when you catch the small bait they stress out and die very quickly. To solve this problem I purchased an aquarium water heater that is undersized, my tank is 50 gallons so the warmer was for 30 gallons. You want to warm the water but only about 15 degrees. My bait lived all day when the water was warmed. Norfork Lake remains at 1 foot below the old normal fall/winter pool. The water visibility is stained in the creeks and pretty clear in the main channels.
(Updated 1-21-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said Surface water temperature is in the mid 40s. The main lake is clear and the creeks and coves are still stained. Fishing is good for most species. Striper fishing has been good. Bait and stripers are both suspended 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. The stripers will be on top of the bait, buried in the middle of it and sometimes on the bottom of the bait stream. My favorite winter spot for striped bass is anywhere from the Higway 62 bridge columns down to the Howard Cove area. The fish and bait are moving to different spots throughout this area. Four days ago, I was marking bait and catching stripers in front of Howard Cove and for the last several days they were located between the two bridges. Vertical jigging with a spoon is working very well as is live bait. The white bass bite is also very good. You will find them in the same location as the stripers. The whites will typically be buried in the bait down 60 feet deep. Vertical jigging with a spoon or live bait is working. When jigging with a spoon, only light twitches are needed and you need to be ready to set the hook; the bite is very light. The same slow presentation for striped bass is working. The bite for largemouth and spotted bass is good. Look for these fish at points on the deep water bluff lines. I have found bigger fish in 40 to 50 feet of water and the smaller ones up in 20 feet of water. I like to vertical jig with a spoon, but jig-and-pigs as well as grubs are working well. Use a ¼-ounce or a little larger jighead. Cast your bait out and let it fall to the bottom, then work it back slowly. Watch your line as the bait falls since the fish may pick it up at any time. Crappie fishing has also been OK. Crappie are being caught on the deeper brush piles in 40+ feet of water. Crappie are suspended on the tops of the brush. Small spoons, grubs or live minnows are all good baits this time of year. 
(Updated 1-21-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said the main lake is pretty clear and the creeks are clearing up. Look for the stripers close to the river channel and the deeper creek channels in 30 to 100 feet deep. Find the baitfish and the stripers will be close. Sometimes they are right in the schools of bait, so get your bait or jigging spoon to them. The hybrids and some nice whites are mixed in along with the stripers. Bass are hitting a flat tail grub on a ¼-oz. jighead. Try along the bluffs and out on the end of the bluff. Cast it out and let it fall. Slowly pump it a few times and if you don't get bit, reel it up and throw it out again. Sometimes they will hit it on the fall so watch your line for that little jump. There are some fish up on the steep banks that will hit a Wiggle Wart or jig fished around 30-40 feet of water. If you see a school, drop a jigging spoon or try a finesse worm on a drop-shot rig.


(Updated 1-21-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there was wadable water every day with limited generation most mornings. The tailwater has fished well recently. With the cold weather there was less pressure. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18-22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (size 14 and 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).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. There was little fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. It has been a great time to fish there. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10). 


(Updated 1-21-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek have cleared and are navigable. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.


(Updated 1-21-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek have cleared and are navigable. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.



Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,113.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 1-21-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to low 40s. Stripers are moving into tributaries and backs of long coves. They are also in the river and creek arms, feeding intermittently throughout the day on live shad fished from the surface to 30feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs, plugs on planer boards like Rapala #14 husky jerk's in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6inch models. Bink pro scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are still producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight. Jigging spoons are also producing walleye. Dead sticking a flukes or other soft jerkbait in white/chartreuse on ½-oz. to 2-oz. (depending on depth) jig heads also is producing. Lower the lure to just above where the fish are holding and just hold it still. Hot spots include the back of Indian Creek near the power lines, The bars and flats between the Highway 12 Bridge and Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, War Eagle Creek and the White River past Point 12.  Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep and can be caught using a variety of methods. Three-way rigs with a number 11 Rapalas or flat line trolling Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back combos in clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Slow death rigs, Shakee Blade and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or Three-way rig tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches. Gulp or Power Bait will work in place of live bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartruese, orange or black are good options as well. Walleye are being caught in good numbers Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, the War Eagle/White River Junction and the White River upstream of Point 12.
(Updated 1-21-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bass are fair on jerkbaits and crankbaits. No report on stripers, bream or catfish. 


(Updated 1-21-2015) Beaver Dam Store said the Corps of Engineers is still generating most weekday mornings. There has been some good fishing using a pheasant tail soft hackle and a gray scud on a 7x tippet. An olive woolly bugger also will produce a few good strikes. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. With a spinning rod still the Trout Magnet or Colorado Spoon are deadly. PJ's jigs in olive under a bobber with a wax worm can make you smile. White and yellow Power Bait with a wax worm will always catch fish.


(Updated 1-21-2015) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the water is about a foot low, and very clear. On a still day, at high sun, you can see 18 feet deep in many areas. Now is when you get to see the secrets of this magical fishing lake. A few anglers have been out since the weather is better, but no catching reports have surfaced. The best bet for bass is to fish very slowly with a brown/orange/green jig with trailer in water 10 feet or deeper. A deep-diving, suspending jerkbait may work as well. The key to both of these presentations right now is to work the lures extremely slowly. There's been some new cover added over winter to help boost the crappie angling and the spawn. The bait shop is open from time to time. Call ahead to 479-871-6305, to visit and discuss tactics.


(Updated on 1-21-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) had no report. 


(Updated 1-21-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at 41 degrees. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 7 feet of water. Black bass are biting well on soft plastic baits fished slowly around channel drop offs. No report on catfish or bream. 


(Updated 1-7-2015) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake is closed until spring.


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 1-21-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said the weather is beautiful and it is bringing out the anglers. We have minnows in stock again as well as goldfish. Crappie are being caught near the middle of the lake around deep cover. 


(Updated 12-10-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said very few anglers were on the water last week. No report. 


(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake level is still slightly higher than usual for this time of year. Shad are schooling in the evenings with fish breaking the surface around the schools. Channel catfish and blue catfish have been slow on nightcrawlers and dip bait. There have been no reports of flathead catfish lately. Bass have been slow to fair with the better bite nearing dusk as the shad are schooling. Crankbaits apper to be the best option with a few being caught with topwater baits. Bream continue to bite redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers all around the lake. No reports of saugeye, but the cooler temperatures should get them going soon.


(Updated 1-21-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said     water levels are running at 390 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been partly cloudy. The river is beginning to settle down and has started to clear up. Sink tip lines with olive woolly buggers and Y2Ks with a small nymph (size 12) stinger have been hot lately. Trout Magnets in white and hot pink are doing well also. The warm weather has made for some great days to be on the water.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10). 



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 1-7-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperature is around 46 degrees. Visibility is up to one foot in most of Lake Langhofer, but less than half a foot near the Caney Bayou outlet due to muddy rainwater runoff. Black bass can still be caught with jerkbaits, jigs and umbrella rigs in the cleaner water near steep rocky shorelines, but it is very slow. Don't expect to get many bites from black bass here this time of year. 


(Updated 1-21-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said Cane Creek is filling back up after the drawdown. The fishing has been variable with limits returning to normal. Bass were biting well on Rattling Rogues fished at the edge of shallow and deep water during windy conditions. Crappie were biting fairly well on Crappie Stingers and crappie jigs. Bream are biting fairly well on worms and Power Bait. Catfish are biting well in live bait and stink bait.


(Updated 11-19-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said that although the water is very low, the ramp is still usable. Very few anglers are on the lake.
Lake Chicot is currently undergoing a drawdown that  will continue through Jan. 1, 2015, to mimic natural low water years necessary to keep production levels high. Click here for more information about the drawdown, 



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 1-21-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 10,300 CFS and heavy debris fields of trees, limbs and broken vegetation holding debris. Use extreme caution. Several river buoy markers are missing in Little River. Surface temperatures are ranging from 40 to 47 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity on the main lake away from current is 3-5 inches.  Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake is heavily stained from recent high winds. Little River's visibility ranges 5-7 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity is stained, ranging approx 8-10 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy. Bass have been lethargic and slow over the past couple weeks with the low temperatures, increased current and muddy water. Bass are slightly more aggressive during the warmest time of the day, typically 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., hitting very slowly moving crankbaits and large, 3/4oz War Eagle spinnerbaits. Bomber and XCalibur cranks in Citrus Shad or Tennessee Shad will get a few bites during the warmer days.  Clear water in the back of McGuire was a good place to try. Crankbaits had to be moved erratically with a stop-and-go retrieve, to get bit. Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs in Black/Blue, or Texas Craw will get a few random reactions from some decent keeper size largemouths as long as they are hopped slowly with a big pork chunk or big plastic craw, around stumps in deeper water. Pitch the jigs to cypress trees in 9-12 feet close to flats and creek bends. Magnum-sized tubes in black/blue tail, black/red flake and pumpkinseed/chartreuse are working in the same areas. Vertical jigging Johnson chrome/blue Splinter Spoons, Thinfisher, or Cordell jigging spoons with bucktails has been taking some keeper-sized fish in 10-17 feet of water around standing timber. White bass were hitting crankbaits near river/creek channel junctions before the last cold front and rising water, but have disappeared the last two weeks. Crappie were beginning to stack vertically in planted brush before the recent 3 foot rise and muddy current. That bite has disappeared with the muddy water as well. Catfish have been fair to good and consistent with the current increase of Little River the last two weeks. The best selections were homemade blood bait, cut shad or buffalo, and chicken hearts on trotlines about 12-14 feet deep in heavy current and outside bends of Little River.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 543.25 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com had no report.


Visit www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com for a daily update on fishing conditions.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 403.64 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 1-21-2015) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 40s. The water is clear up to Lennox Marcus and muddy up to Point Cedar; it starts to clear up and is clear again at about Amity. Bass fishing remains slow with only a few catches reported. Fish slowly and near the bottom next to wood or rock cover. The best pattern is either a Texas- or Carolina-rigged green pumpkin/red flake or red shad worm or lizard worked across main lake and major secondary points. Fish the sunny side of the lake fairly shallow during the warmest part of the day to see if some fish have moved up with the weather. Also try a red lipless crank bait worked deep across the same points. Look for fish between Edgewood and Point 14. Also try the major creeks such as Big Hill and Brushy. Hybrid fishing is still very slow due to the muddy water in the Goat Island and Shouse Ford areas. Lots of fish are showing on the sonar graph, but they are almost impossible to catch in cold muddy water and it seems that all the fish are in the muddy water. The water should start to clear shortly because clear water is coming down the river. The best bet is to slow troll a small umbrella rig loaded with 3- or 4-inch swim baits. White and chartreuse are the best colors. Run a long line, (about 100 feet) and run the rig down at about 15 feet.



South-Central Arkansas

Jaret Rushing had no report.


Jaret Rushing had no report.


(Updated 1-7-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said Catfish are biting on trotlines baited with live bait and tightlines baited with worms and catfish bait. There's no report on bass, bream or crappie. Remember, the lower lake has a daily limit of 5 catfish and 50 bream; all other fish in the lower lake are catch and release only. 



West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.78 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl). 
(Updated 1-7-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said very few anglers have been on the water. The only thing to report is a few crappie anglers having fair success on minnows. 
(Updated 1-7-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows fished around shallow brush. Catfishing is good on minnows and worms. 


(Updated 1-7-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said catfish are biting fairly well on minnows and worms. 


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


(Updated 1-21-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the river is dingy with some clear areas in the backwaters and creeks. The surface water temperature is 40 to 41 degrees, with some warmer water in the heat of the day reaching 46 degrees. Bass are slow, but some large ones are biting Alabama rigs, jigs, Sweet Beaver soft-plastics and jerkbaits in the clear areas. Focus on channel swings and drops. Crappie have not improved much; stick to dark baits. Crappie are being caught as shallow as 2 feet in some places and as deep as 17 feet in others, but 8 to 10 feet seems to be the sweet spot. Stripers are still good; some are hitting topwater poppers, bucktail jigs with grubs, stick baits, and white spinnerbaits near the current. Catfish are excellent; they are grouped up and in deep holes around structure. Many are being caught on jerkbaits by bass anglers.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.48 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 575.85 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 1-21-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 47 to 50 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are biting well near structure on a jig-and-pig. Stripers are fair on Alabama rigs and live shad; concentrate on main creek basin areas. Crappie are biting well on minnows and crappie jigs fished 15 to 20 feet deep in and around brush. No report on catfish, walleye or bream.
For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 1-21-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature has fallen to 45 degrees below Carpenter Dam with clear conditions in the tailrace. A 3-foot drawdown has been in place since November, which has exposed numerous underwater hazards so boaters should use extreme caution when navigating the area. Rainbow trout fishing is very good despite the frigid temperatures as limits are recorded daily by bank fishermen and boaters alike. Hungry trout are biting waxworms and meal worms floated off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Redworms or nightcrawlers are working well fished in the same manner. Anglers should target shoal areas, sand bars and exposed rock structure in order to be successful in calm or current situations. Fly-fishermen can easily access areas that hold good numbers of trout and are catching limits of rainbows by casting small streamers in white above and below the shoals. Shad are a main prey item in winter. Streamers, zonkers and micro-jigs perfectly match injured baitfish. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current below the bridge is a very effective method of finding schools of trout, as well as hooking trophy fish that tend to feed on larger prey like threadfin shad. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails in white or brown are having success in times of generation. Jigs in 1/16- and 1/8-ounce sizes in gray or white are very effective in current as trout are searching for injured shad drawn through the turbines from Lake Hamilton. Trout stocking intensifies this month with thousands of fish stocked and inhabiting the Carpenter Dam tailrace. Rainbow trout are king at present with other species of fish present later this month and in February. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam should be aware of  the generation schedules and always follow all boating and park regulations.



East Arkansas

​(Updated 1-7-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.


​(Updated 1-7-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.


​(Updated 1-7-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.


​(Updated 1-7-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.


(Updated 1-21-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is low and very few anglers have been on the water.


​(Updated 1-7-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report. 

 

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