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Updated November 19, 2014


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Fishing Highlight of the Week: 
The Family and Commuinity Fishing Program has released hundreds of tagged trout in program ponds. Each person who catches a tagged fish will receive a prize package and be eligible for a grand prize drawing in February. Grand prizes include fishing attire, fly rods, tackle boxes and other gear. Only one entry is allowed per person. Mail the tag by Feb. 12, 2015, to: Family and Community Fishing Program, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR  72205. 
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.
Central Arkansas

(Updated 11-19-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting fairly well on worms fished about 10 feet from the shoreline. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around Pierce Creek, Caney Creek and the Highway 89 Bridge. Bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits fished around creek channels. Catfishing is good on yo-yos baited with minnows and nightcrawlers hung from cypress trees.  

(Updated 11-5-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bass are slow, but a few are biting on soft plastics. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and redworms. Crappie biting fairly well on jigs and minnows (including pink minnows). Catfishing is good.


(Updated 10-29-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low with normal clarity. Trout are biting well on PowerBait and wax worms with marshmallows.

(Updated 11-19-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Little Red continues to receive small amounts of generation each week. Hunting season and cold weather are contributing to smaller numbers of anglers on the river, so it’s a great time to hit the Little Red. Some nice browns and rainbows are being caught in all sections of the river. Midges, egg patterns, soft hackles and small woolly buggers continue to work well for fly-fishermen. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink and chartreuse bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.95 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 11-19-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.6 feet below normal pool and is falling. Bass fishing is good and will be better after the rain; try spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs, and football head jigs for the best bite. The crappie are eating around any wood structure in the lake; try minnows or jigs tipped with minnows. Bream are still pretty active; try crickets and crawlers shallow and out to 27 feet of water. Hybrids and white bass are biting well, and it will continue to get better. The topwater bite has not been what it usually is, but the bite has been good around schools of shad underwater on spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. No report on catfish or walleye.

(Updated 11-19-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperatures have reached the upper 50s and low 60s across the reservoir. Fish of all species are feeding daily regardless of conditions. Prefrontal days with a little wind are great on steeper banks with rock and wood close to channel swings. Brush piles are still producing, however sunny days seem to be much better as the fish will really relate to the cover and are much more likely to be schooled tightly. Hybrids and white bass are staging and feeding with the shad that are pushed upriver on the north end and off the spawning flats on the south end. There's very little traffic on the lake and a great bite leading into the winter.   

Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.


(Updated 10-29-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Bream picked up again, and are biting well on crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting well on live minnows. No report on bass or catfish.

(Updated 11-5-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up at night.


(Updated 11-5-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie were biting well at night, but no report on any particular bait being most productive. 


(Updated 10-22-2014) 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 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 10-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the flow ha slowed down, and the water is clearing up. Fish are beginning to move shallower. Black bass are biting well on green-pumpkin colored worms fished around wood in 2 to 6 feet of water. White bass are chasing shad early and late in the day. White or shad-colored, shallow-diving crankbaits are working well. Catfishing is good on the front side of levvies in 4 to 10 feet of water on whole shad. Crappie are biting well in Point Remove Creek, the Petit Jean River and Cypress Creek on crappie jigs in 6 to 15 feet of water. 


​(Updated 11-19-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said crappie are biting well. Bass are biting well. A few white bass have been caught in the mouth of the Little Maumelle as well. No report on catfish and bream.


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


(Updated 11-19-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said crappie are biting well around brush piles in the backwater areas. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around jetties. No report on bream or catfish. 

(Updated 11-19-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report this week.

(Updated 11-19-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished below the dam. Bass are biting well on jigs and crankbaits. No report on catfishing. 


(Updated 11-19-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are fair on worms and crickets, but have slowed with the cold weather. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is very slow.  


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 653.70 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 10-29-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and higher flows in the late afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, pink artificial worms, Original Rapala Floating Minnows and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site. 

(Updated 11-5-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there was moderate generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with abundant wadable water. All of the lakes in the system are well below seasonal power pool. With temperatures moderating, we should receive more wadable water. The catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31, 2015, to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The state park area is catch-and-release fishing only for the same period. Night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was the section from Rim Shoals downstream to Ranchette. 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). It is still hopper time. Try a Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady. The higher flows that we have been getting on some afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers as well.

(Updated 11-19-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said there haven't been many anglers on the water this week, but the river is full of fish and the hot winter bite should be upon us. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 549.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 11-19-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake remains 4 feet below normal fall/winter pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid-60s to the high 50s. The water visibility is stained in the creeks and pretty clear in the main channels. The water temperature is continuing to drop, but the striper bite is on fire. Stripers are biting from Float Creek all the way to and above the state line. The bite is happening from early morning to late in the evening. Look for stripers in the afternoons in Float Creek and the Blue Lady Flats. In the morning you will find them off Mallard Point flats and from Calamity Beach to Bryant Creek. The stripers are feeding on the flats in 30 to 45 feet of water. Shad, spoons and trolling are all producing stripers right now. The fall white bass run has started as well. The white bass, small hybrids and some stripers are schooling on the flats near Cranfield Island, Mallard Point flat, Blue Lady flats and Float Creek flats. The fish can be found in 30 to 45 feet of water. Use a jigging spoon for best results. It's time to get your crappie bite on as well. Crappie are being caught in the brush, look for them in Bennett’s Bayou, Pigeon Creek, Big and Brushy Creeks, and Red Bank. The evening and night bass bite in is strong right now on black 3/8-oz. single-spin spinnerbaits with 3-inch black curly tail trailer.

(Updated 11-19-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said this is a great time to stock up your freezers with some Norfork Lake fish for the winter. The surface water temperature has fallen to 58 degrees. The main lake is clear and the coves and creeks are still stained. The best bite on the lake is for striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass. If you get out at daybreak, start looking on large flats in 25 feet of water and go deeper (out to 45 feet) as the morning progresses. As the water continues cooling the bait will move to deeper water and the fish will follow. Good areas to try include the 101 bridge and marina areas, Fouts area, Mallard, Cranfield, Steward Point, upriver to the Calamity area or downriver at Bennetts area. Best baits have been white ¾-ounce jigging spoons, Kastmaster casting spoons and Rooster Tails. Let the lure fall to the bottom, then work it up off the bottom in slow lifts and drops. On warm evenings, suspending jerk baits will work well for stripers, but the night bite has not really kicked in yet. Black bass have started their move to the banks to feed early and late in the day. Jerk baits are starting to work as well as crankbaits. Jig and pigs are always a good choice once the fish go a little deeper in midday. Crappie are moving back to the brush and are being caught from brush piles in 20 to 30 feet of water. Early in the morning they will be deep in the brush, but as the water warms, they will move higher in the water column. Minnows are the best bait, but small spoons or a paddle tail grub tipped with a minnow are excellent choices as well. As the lake continues to clear, you may need to back off the brush and cast into it, so you don't spook the fish. 

(Updated 10-20-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said The water temp in the southern portion of Norfork Lake has cooled down to around 70. There is a topwater bite early in the morning for a couple hours. We caught some whites, small stripers (2-3lbs), largemouth, spotted bass and a few smallmouth on clear and white Zara Spook Jr.'s on points close to deep water. We also found big schools of fish suspended 40 to 50 feet deep in 60 to 100 feet of water that would nail a jigging spoon. You had to get them while they were feeding, when they stopped biting, it shut down. Later we found some fish shallower close to the bottom in 36 feet of water. We were using a spoon that was silver on one side and white on the other. When the water temp gets into the low 60's the night bite should start to get going.


(Updated 11-5-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said on the

Norfork, we had wadable water every day with limited generation in the afternoon. With more wadable water on the White, there has been less 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. The siphon at Norfork Dam for minimum flow has malfunctioned due to the failure of a sensor on the lake side. It will take three to four weeks to repair it. In the meantime, the powerhouse personnel will run a no-load operation to achieve minimum flow.


(Updated 11-19-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service had no report.


(Updated 11-19-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service had no report. 



Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,113.70 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 11-19-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said said the lake is on the rise with all the rain and the water temperature is in the mid- to high 50s. Striper are moving around the lake looking for clean water and feeding intermittently throughout the day. Most stripers are making their way into the creek arms. Fishing is fair with stripers taken on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolling Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks, Bomber 15A or 16A cranks or spoons. 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. Striper are currently found in the mouths of large arms and are making their way up them in search of food. Small striper and white bass are schooling all over the lake so have a ½-oz. Kastmaster spoon ready for surface feeding fish.Most walleye are being caught about 5 to 10 feet deep on 3-way rigs with No. 11 Rapalas or flatline trolled Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks. Slow death rigs, shakee blade and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or 3 way rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers. This week’s hot spots are Lost Bridge North (walleye, stripers and white bass are being caught in this arm in large numbers), Big Clifty (striped bass are being caught around the channel that skirts the humps between Big Clifty and Henry Hollow), Point 6 (Check the Van Hollow area near Twin Coves), Rambo Creek Arm, Ford and Cedar Creek, Prairie Creek (Walleye, white bass and stripers are in this arm and the Avoca arm and are occasionally surface feeding), Blackburn Creek (Walleye, white bass and stripers are being caught here) and Beaver Shores (Walleye are being caught in numbers here).

(Updated 11-19-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said crappie are biting well on minnows fished around brush in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The jerk bait bite has begun for bass as well. No report on catfish or bream. 


(Updated 10-29-2014) Beaver Dam Store said last Saturday at the one fly/lure contest we had 27 entrants. Thank you to everyone that participated. The weather was great and the trout fishing was fast. Very few days on this river can you say that catching 30 fish in less than 4 hours was slow. Our winner caught 58 trout on an olive micro jig. There are still a lot of fish and lots of wadable water. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. A Quazimoto worked well, as did midge patterns and especially pheasant tails, for fly-anglers. On spinning tackle, try a Trout Magnet or PJ's Jig below a bobber with light line. White and yellow power bait with a wax worm will always catch fish.


(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 11-19-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said fishing has been very slow for all species with the drop in temperature. Only one angler was out fishing from the boat dock the other day and caught one or two white bass. 


(Updated 11-19-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well in about 5 feet of water on minnows and jigs. No report on any other species. 


(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year.


​(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 11-19-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said with the “taste of winter” we have had this past week; we have not seen any fishermen. Lake Poinsett is still low.  It looks like we may have a few warm days, so some anglers should be out on the lake this week. The bait shop still has nightcrawlers and minnows, but will not have crickets again until spring.


(Updated 11-19-2014) 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 11-19-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 295 cfs at the spring and water clarity is clear. The river is low and clear and the trout have been on the bite. Guppies, Y2Ks and Brownies have been the hot flies. Swinging or stripping the fly have both been working well. With the clear water, spotting and stalking can be a great way to get into a big trout. Hot pink Trout Magnets and rainbow-colored spinners are working well for spin fishers. Layer up and stay warm and the rewards can be great this time of year. Just be careful the rocks in the Spring River are very slick and getting wet in this cold can be very dangerous. 



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 10-29-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water temperature is in the upper 60s and visibility is around half a foot with a green tint to the water. The main channel is not moving much and this weekend the water was a few inches higher than normal. Largemouth appear to have moved off their offshore brushpiles (in Lake Langhofer) and to the shorelines. They are relating to woody and rocky cover and are biting well on shallow-running, shad-colored crankbaits and natural-colored jigs.


(Updated 11-19-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City bass are in deeper water early in the day and shallow water later. There's still some good action in the shallows during the warmest part of the day on a topwater popper. Otherwise, a jig or a spoon are the best bets for bass right now. Crappie are still biting fairly well on shiners fished in the deeper channels of the lake. Catfish are biting very well on live bream at night. Bream are biting fairly well on worms.


(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 259.62 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 11-19-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday the lake is 5.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 1,452 cfs. Water temperatures range from 48 to 52 degrees. Water clarity improved since last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River and ranges from 10 to 15 inches of visibility. Little River's visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. Bass have been slow this week with the cold weather and dropping water temperature. Not many anglers are on the lake as well. Kastmaster and Cordell hammered jigging spoons with bucktails were still taking some good fish in the pockets and coves out of the current in Little River over planted brush and stumps, in 12-18 feet of water, close to drop offs into Little River. Magnum-sized 3- to 4-inch big tubes and gitzits with rattles were beginning to get a reaction on stumps in 8-10 feet of water.  Purple smoke, Black/blue fleck, and pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail were seeming to draw best reactions. Bomber and XCalibur cranks in Tennessee shad, citrus shad, or sexy ghost seem to be preferred by largemouths and white bass when you can coax a bite.  Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps, or Pro-Traps in Millwood magic, chrome/blue, or white zombie shad were taking largemouths and white bass also in creek channels, ditches, and points in Little River prior to the cold front hitting this week.  Search for the whites upriver at creek dumps and ditches dumping into Little River on points and creek mouths junctions and where you see large wads of shad on your electronics. Jigging vertical spoons were also catching some whites late last week behind points and out of current.  

No report on crappie. Catfish were biting chicken livers and hearts this week, along with cut bait, cut shad, and buffalo.  Running trotlines from 12-18 feet seemed to be best depth range over the past few days.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 538.38 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 398.16 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 11-19-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is clear throughout. There's not much to report with all the cold weather, but fishing should improve when the weather moderates. A few decent bass catches were reported from those few fishing. Most are coming from the backs of major creeks and big coves on crankbaits fished around shallow secondary points where the shad are schooling. The key here is shad, so be sure to look for the bait first. Natural shad colors have been working best on the cranks. The best places have been Yancey, Big Hill, Brushy creeks and the Lenox Marcus, Shouse Ford areas. No report on crappies. Hybrid fishing has slowed with the cold. Look for the fish to be moving out of the creeks and coves to the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar areas because that is their winter staging area. No reports on bream or catfish.



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 11-19-2014) 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 fair on worms and crickets. Bass fishing has been slow. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers and prepared catfish bait. Crappie are biting fairly well at night in the upper lake. 



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 11-19-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said very few anglers have been on the water lately. No report on the fishing. 

(Updated 11-5-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are still biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up; they are biting much better at night than during the day. 


(Updated 11-5-2014) 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 pad stems near the bank. Crappie are biting well at night. Bass are biting well on black/purple worms and spinnerbaits around lily pad stems. Catfishing is good on worms. 


(Updated 11-5-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is muddy. Bream are biting well in some areas of the river on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well at night. Catfishing is good on trotlines and yo-yos baited with stink bait or minnows. No report on bass.  


(Updated 11-19-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is 47 degrees in the mornings with good water clarity. Bass are on the edge of the drops in channel swings and on deeper points. The jerk bait bite has been picking up, as has the Rat-L-Trap bite in sexy shad. Chrome and blue spinnerbaits and swim baits have been working well slow-rolled off channel swings. Also try a jig or green back/chartreuse crankbait along bluff walls. Crappie are on fire at 17 feet deep in the river and 10 to 12 feet in the backwaters and creeks. Dark-colored jigs and minnows have been producing very well. Stripers are biting very well on swim baits, spinnerbaits and jerk baits on the jetties. White bass have been very good on small crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps and white jigs with grubs in the backwater and at the mouths of the creeks. Catfish has been doing very well also on cut skipjack along bluffs and the mouths of the creeks.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.36 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.72 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 11-19-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the water temperature is 55 to 58 degrees. Black bass are active and being caught near structure. The topwater bite has slowed, but is still good on all areas of the lake. Try a jig and pig or drop-shot a finesse worm for some good action near structure. Walleye have slowed.  CC spoons, jigged vertically, or drop-shotted nightcrawlers are still producing some fish. Stripers are very good on Alabama rigs. Concentrate on major creek basin areas to locate these fish. No report on bream. Crappie are biting well. They are being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs around 12 to 16 feet deep. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers and cut bait. 

(Updated 10-21-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


According to Entergy, Blakely Mountain Dam is releasing about 250 cfs from the flood tunnel with fluctuations only to keep the lake at winter target level of 396.70 feet msl. For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.

(Updated 10-29-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs  had no report.


According to Entergy, Carpenter Dam is only releasing water for a few hours every few days to maintain the target winter lake level of 301.00 feet msl. For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.

(Updated 11-19-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam has fallen to 50 degrees with the bitter cold conditions of the last several days. Clear conditions exist from the dam to the bridge and for several miles downstream as Entergy has scheduled a minimum flow pattern the last two weeks. A 3-foot drawdown is now in place on Lake Catherine and will remain until early March 2015. Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked into the lake this week. These early stockers are always scattered, but can be caught on basic live bait presentations and artificial lures that imitate injured shad. Wax or meal worms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater will hook hungry trout searching for prey. Redworms and nightcrawlers cut into small sections also work well presented in the same manner. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails in white or brown will be successful in slack or current  conditions. Super Dupers in silver or gold perfectly imitate injured baitfish and are a quality lure for catching and releasing trout unharmed. Boaters can anchor and cast over sand bars and rock structure with all of these presentations and expect to catch fish. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits below the bridge tends to hook larger trout that prefer deeper water downstream. As shad migrate toward the dam, white bass and crappie congregate in the tailrace and feed heavily when the turbines are running. Jigs and crankbaits are sure-fire lures to find and catch these game fish which are targeting baitfish in shallow water. Trout stockings also attract big stripers and hybrids that tend to locate below the bridge in the deeper water. Brood or gizzard shad fished under a balloon rig is a mainstay technique for live bait fishermen. Large soft plastics hooked weightless and cast into feeding schools produce strikes from wary stripers looking to feed on trout and shad.



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 11-19-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report this week.


(Updated 11-19-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) did not have a report this week, as very few anglers visited the water. 

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