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White River Brown Trout
Fishing Highlight of the Week:
Calvin Johnston of Olathe, Kansas, set the mark pretty high for his first Arkansas trout-fishing trip. On Friday, February 27, Johnston landed a brown trout weighing 38 lbs. 7 oz. on the White River near Cotter, Arkansas. This is the third largest brown trout caught in Arkansas, and the largest ever recorded from the White River.  AGFC Trout Mangement Program Coordinator said, "This is just further evidence that anglers still have the opportunity to catch trophy fish on Arkansas's world-class trout waters."
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: The last trout stockings for ponds in 2015 have takend place and most Family and Community Fishing Program locations are teeming with catchable-sized trout. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
Central Arkansas

REGULATIONS CHANGE EFFECTIVE JAN. 1, 2015 FOR LAKE CONWAY:
All crappie must be 10 inches or longer to keep. 
(Updated 3-4-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the weather has kept many anglers off the water, but crappie have been biting fairly well in 9 to 10 feet of water in the deepest parts of the lake. Catfishing is good in the creeks. Bass are slow. Bream are fair to slow. 
(Updated 3-4-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are fair in brush 7 feet deep on red/chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shiners.


(Updated 3-4-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said morning and afternoon generation continue on the Little Red River. Streamers, pheasant tails, copper Johns, San Juan worms and midges are working well for fly-fishermen. Trout Magnet colors continue to be hot pink and “purple haze” bodies on chartreuse jigheads.  
(Updated 3-4-2015) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is a bit murky due to rainfall and two units are pulling water. Trout are biting well on wax worms floated off the bottom with a marshmallow.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 458.61 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 3-4-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 3.55 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface temperature ranges from 36 to 40 degrees. Crappie are biting fairly well on  jigs tipped with minnows in pole timber along bends in creek channels. Walleye are biting a little in the colder water on minnows fished a variety of ways in the lake and up the rivers; after this ice and snow the bite should really pick up. Bass fishing is really pretty good right now on a variety of baits all over the lake; a great jerkbait bite is on the verge of happening. Hybrid and white bass are biting well in 43 to 56 feet of water on spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs and swim baits; find schools of baitfish with your electronics and the fish will be there.
(Updated 2-25-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.
(Updated 2-25-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.


(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 until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 3-4-2015) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 40 degrees and the water level is about one foot below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on jigs and Alabama rigs early in the morning and on suspending jerkbaits later in the day in about 5 to 8 feet of water. White bass are excellent, and should be beginning their run with a little warm up. They are staged on both sides of the bridge at the west end of the lake and are biting Rooster Tails, CC Spoons and white jigs. Crappie are biting well in 25 to 30 feet of water around brush and artificial fish habitats on pink minnows, chartreuse jigs and red/chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair around brush in 25 to 30 feet of water. No report on catfish. 
(Updated 2-25-2015) Whisker's Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.


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


(Updated 2-25-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 2-25-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 2-25-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 2-25-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.


(Updated 2-25-2015) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo had no report.


​(Updated 3-4-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and the backwater is in really good shape for fishing. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around 3 feet deep near cover close to the channel. Bass are biting well. 


(Updated 2-11-2015) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 3-4-2015) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass were biting fairly well on jerkbaits and black/blue jigs fished around jetty points on the days when someone could go fishing. White bass were fair on twin-tailed grubs fished on a jighead below Murray Lock and Dam. Catfishing was fair below Murray Lock and Dam on shad, chicken hearts and skipjack.(Updated 3-4-2015) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said hardly anyone is fishing with the bad weather. A handful of crappie were caught last week, but that's about it. 
(Updated 3-4-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the crappie are fair on minnows fished in backwater areas.


(Updated 3-4-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said crappie are fair on minnows, but the weather has kept most anglers home instead of on the water. 


(Updated 3-4-2015) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is open for fishing, but there haven't been many anglers out with the bad weather. Fishing should improve soon, however.


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


Lake Valencia was last stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on February 11. The fish should be enjoying the cold weather and biting on nightcrawlers, redworms and Power Bait fished under a bobber or off the bottom. 



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.21 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 3-4-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said during the past week, we have had snow (about half an inch here in Cotter), brutally cold temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The hot spot was the catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (sizes 8 and 10), Y2Ks (sizes 12 and 14), 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 (szie 10), and sowbugs (szie 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 as well. Redds are present in the tailrace, so wade carefully and try not to disturb them.
(Updated 3-4-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the weather has been very bad, and not many anglers are visiting the river, but the fishing should be good. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 547.74 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).(Updated 3-4-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said although the weather is still keeping anglers off the water, fishing on Norfork Lake will explode when we start to see a consistent warming weather patterns. Stripers, walleye, crappie and bass will all get very active. The fish will appear in different parts of the lake. For example the walleye will begin their spawning cycle and will be found spawning on pea gravel sloping banks. Some of the better spots are at the Arkansas Missouri state line, Liner Creek, Bridges Creek to the US 160 bridge, Hand Cove area, Dam Cove, and Thumb Point. Stripers will move to the warmest and dirtiest water up into the creeks. Find a creek with warm dirty water and you should find stripers, from Pigeon Creek to Big Creek stripers will be found. The night time stripers can be caught all over the lake, with a strong south wind happens you can find stripers on any northern shores. Some good spots are Diamond Bay, Dam Cove, Thumb Point, Cranfield Island, points leading up towards Red Bank, Barron Creek and around Reynolds Island in Big Creek to name a few. Crappie will begin their movement from the deep brush piles towards the creeks. The big issue with crappie is the fronts and rain storms. I have watched anglers catching crappie in 1 foot of water way back in a creek. The next day after a heavy rain the same spot will be void of crappie. They had moved off to find a deeper brush pile. You can still catch them but the bite will be a little slower until the warm lake water returns. Crappie will be caught in all the major creeks. Just look on your depth finder for brush piles. They are scattered over the lake in every creek arm. Find the brush and you will find the crappie. This is when a current Norfork Lake fishing map comes in handy. The most current versions are available at the local bait and tackle shops. Bass will begin their move up the creeks and cove also. Smallmouth are the first to spawn. They will spawn on deep boulders off sloping points for example at Barron Point near point 1. Largemouth will move all the way up the creeks and back into the coves to make their beds. Again cold fronts will dictate their cycle, warm weather and normal water levels will keep them on the beds. A heavy storm will move the bass off the beds and back into deeper water. 
(Updated 2-18-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said winter fishing on Norfork Lake for striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass had been fantastic this year, up until a few weeks ago. Around the first of February the baitfish started to move out of their winter pattern, and so did the predators. I fished several days last week and found fish on large flats in 30-50 feet of water on the bottom and nothing in the deep channels. I found big schools of roaming hybrids and whites. If I was lucky enough to get over a school of fish I had fun. There were a few striped bass mixed in with the hybrids. This movement of the fish is typical for this time of year, but may have occurred a little earlier than normal. Unless this current cold front changes things, what you can expect to happen over the next 4 weeks or so is that stripers will start to migrate back into the creeks. As the water warms they will continue to move farther back in the creeks. Typically at the end of February and beginning of March, I will find stripers in the Cranfield and Fouts areas at my end of the lake. They will also be up in the Red Bank and Calamity areas this time of year. They will be feeding on bait along the bluff lines. The night bite for the stripers will start around mid March as the water temp warms to 50 degrees or so. You need to start getting your stick baits ready for the slow roll night bite, it is a blast. Black bass have also changed their patterns a little. You will still find some nice fish on the bottom in 50 feet of water, but I have caught a few big ones suspended at 20 feet over 30 – 40 feet of water along bluff lines. Throwing an Alabama rig for these suspended fish is working well. For the bottom feeders, jigs or worms are a good choice. As the water starts to warm these fish will start to move up into shallower water. Walleye are staging for their spawn. They can be found along the side of channels off of rocky points in 30-50 feet of water. They will move back into creeks and coves as the water warms a little more. The Calamity area and into Missouri waters is one of the favorite spawning ground for walleye in February. Dragging crawler harnesses or live shad are great baits. Sinking stick baits are a good choice for artificial bait. The night bite will also bring out the walleye fishermen. After their spawn, they will be on shallow points at dusk and after dark. Crappie are both scattered and on deep brush piles. The scattered fish will be following bait so if you can find a good concentrations of bait, especially around docks, the crappie won’t be far behind. 
(Updated 2-11-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said The water temperature is in the mid-40s. Look for the stripers close to the river channel and in the deep creek channels. Look on the flats adjacent to them, as well. The key is to find the baitfish (shad). One day they are in one spot and the next they are gone. You just have to keep moving around to find them. They are usually 40-70 feet deep, but sometimes they will be a little shallower at 30 feet. Look for bass in the deep brush piles and along the bluffs and out on the ends, too. Try a suspending jerkbait, a 4-inch swimbait, flat tail grub or a jig. There are a few hitting Wiggle Warts. 


(Updated 3-4-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the tailwater has fished poorly recently. With the colder weather there was little fishing pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (size 18 to 22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (size 14 to 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. 


(Updated 2-11-2015) 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 2-11-2015) 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 1,113.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 3-4-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the 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 20 to 60 feet 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 5-6 inch 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, Lost Bridge North, 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 3-4-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said cold and the water level is several feet low. The latest cold snaps have put fishing off, but with a little warmer weather, things should pick up quickly. Before the cold, crappie were biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush piles near the creek channels. Bass were fair on jerkbaits and suspending crankbaits. A few fish were still being caught on shaky head worms in 40 feet of water. Walleye were fair on jigs tipped with colorful twister tails or a minnow in the river arms. 


(Updated 2-11-2015) Beaver Dam Store said the ramp below the dam is still inoperable, but it looks like there's some repair work underway. Hopefully it will be back before spring. A lot of trout are being caught on purple and wine-colored midges as well as stripping an olive-colored PJs jig or micro jig. Trout Magnets and Colorado spoons are working well as are PJs jigs fished under a bobber with a wax worm. Power Bait is always a good bet for the trout as well. 


(Updated 3-4-2015) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said early crappie fishermen are collecting around the flood overflow on sunny days. That area, and Rock Island, will no doubt produce the first stringer of keepers. The west side of the lake warms first. Use small crappie minnows or a small white jig tipped with either a crappie nibble or a piece of worm. Fish in the top 3 to 4 feet of water that's 8 to 10 feet deep. Use a slender bobber that's easy to pull under and watch for a light bite.


(Updated on 2-4-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits. One angler had a little success from the bank on worms as well. No report on bream and catfish. There just haven't been many anglers out.  


(Updated 2-24-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) had no report because of the freezing conditions.


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


​(Updated 3-4-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass Fishing has been excellent on a drop-shot rigged Golden's paddletail and a Golden's ringworm. Catfishing has been slow, but they can be caught on chicken liver. Bluegill are slow but can be caught on nightcrawlers around brush. Lake surface water temperatures have been around 75 toward the plant and near 60 at the dam.


​(Updated 3-4-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass can be caught working a wacky-style Senko or a slow-moving crankbait around the bluffs. Crappie are being caught on Bobby Garland crappie jigs and small minnows around sunken cedars and brush, mainly at dawn and dusk. Bluegill and catfish are slow.



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 3-4-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said despite the cold, a few anglers have been out on the lake. The crappie are doing fairly well on minnows. Minnows, nightcrawlers and redworms are in stock at the bait shop, but it's still to cool for the crickets. Lake Poinsett State Park still plans to hold it's annual fishing tournament on April 11 for crappie and bream. Stay tuned for details. 


(Updated 2-20-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) had no report.


(Updated 2-20-2015) Lake Frierson State Park had no report.


(Updated 3-4-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 360 CFS at the spring and water clarity has been clear. The river is looking great. When the weather permits, the catching has been excellent. Last week sink-tip fly lines were the trick. Rio has a new sink-tip leader that has been very helpful. A 7-foot sink-tip leader with a drop of 3 ips (inches per second) added to the end of a weight-forward fly line works great. Casting across stream letting the line sink a bit and then stripping back sometimes slow, sometimes fast, short strips has been hot for smallies, browns and bows. Grandma’s Brownies were the hot fly last week with burnt olive woollies and guppies coming in second. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver spoons/spinners are great on spinning rods. 
(Updated 3-4-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the water on the Spring River is clear and wadable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and North Fork rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. 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 2-4-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water temperature is about 45 degrees in the main channel and 47 degrees in Lake Langhofer. Visibility is about half a foot on the main channel and just under a foot in Lake Langhofer. Largemouth are still very slow, but can be caught with slow-moving crankbaits, jigs and umbrella rigs near steep shorelines.


(Updated 1-28-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bass fishing is fairly good on silver and black back Rattling Rogues at the north end of the beaver pond. Pop-R's are doing fairly well in the shallows between the beaver pond and the levee. Crappie are hit and miss with the water warming slightly. Catfishing is good in the mornings and at dusk. Bream are biting well in the warmer parts of the shallows.


(Updated 3-4-2015) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said the water is rising at the lake. There's about a foot of water in the cypress trees on the state park end of the lake right now. It's still not navigable by boat, but it's steadily rising. There should be some reports once the weather begins warming again. 



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.95 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 3-4-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday the lake level is 8 inches above normal conservation pool and rising.  There is steady current of Little River with the gates releasing around 7,000 CFS.  Use caution during navigation; several river buoy markers are missing in Little River. Surface water temperature ranges from 40 to 45 degrees, depending on location. There still is heavy muddy current above Hwy 71 Bridge at Cossatot inflow ditch and at Cottonshed and Okay Landing to Saratoga. Water clarity on main lake structure away from current is 5 to 8 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 5-6 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarities are improving, yet remain stained, ranging approx 10-20 inches. Largemouth bass activity levels continue to be fair to good on warmer, bright sunny days but lethargic  over the past week with continued freezing temperatures. They remainin at their most aggressive during the warmest time of the day, typically noon to 3 p.m., hitting slowly moving crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and a few soft plastics.  Numbers of good fish have been caught and released up to 12 pounds over the past 2-3 weeks on swimbaits, chatterbaits, jigs and crankbaits.  The best color of Real Deal Custom Tackle jigs over the past few weeks has been the black/blue, Texas Craw or VooDoo.  This was working in ditches and creek channels on stumps, and points extending into the river from 9-14 feet deep.  Two 6 pounders and an 8 pound Largemouth were caught last weekend in south Hickory and the Millwood State Park. Bomber Fat Free Shad cranks in Dance's Crawfish, Firetiger, or a "Flat A" in Apple Red Craw will get a reaction bite during the warmer period of the day worked slowly and deflecting off stumps and cover in clear water. Chatterbaits in Texas Craw, black/blue, and Ozark Craw are beginning to get reactions on warm days in stained water around cypress trees, dead lily pad stems, and grass. Big, ¾-oz, slow-moving Rat-L-Traps continue working in pumpkinseed, 'Lectric Red, McCraw, and Red Zombie. Work the traps slowly in 8-12 feet of water with stumps and cypress knees, deflecting off timber and stumps with a brief pause at the deflection point. White bass were located upriver between McGuire and Cemetery slough, before all the cold freezing rain, sleet and snow, but disappeared.  They may be getting ready to position themselves upriver for their annual spawn at Patterson Shoals. No report on crappie due to muddy water and increased discharge at the dam. Catfish continue biting chicken hearts, livers and gizzards along with cut shad and blood bait, on trotlines in current bends between 9-10 feet deep.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 543.26 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.


NEW REGULATIONS IN EFFECT BEGINNING JAN. 1, 2015:
Largemouth bass must be 13 inches or longer to keep. (This replaces the 13- to 16-inch slot limit previously on the lake.)
Daily limit of black bass (largemouth, spotted bass and smallmouth combined) is 6.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 404.65 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 2-25-2015) Local angler George Graves had no report due to the terrible weather. 



South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 3-4-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said on the upper lake, bass are biting fairly well on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Bream are biting fairly well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with live bait, worms and prepared catfish baits. On the lower lake, bream are biting fairly well on worms, and catfish are biting well on trotlines. The lower lake has a daily limit of 50 bream and 5 catfish, with all other species being catch-and-release only. For lake information or a camping reservation please call White Oak Lake State Park at 870-685-2748 or stop in at the visitor center. http://www.ArkansasStateParks.com/whiteoaklake/



West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 344.04 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl). 
(Updated 2-25-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no new report. 


(Updated 2-25-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no new report. 


(Updated 3-4-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the surface water temperature ranges from 36 to 41 degrees, depending on location. The river is dingy near the channel, but clears up in the creeks about mid-lake and in the backwaters downlake. Bass can be taken right now with an Alabama rig or jerkbait, using a painfully slow retrieve near rocky areas during the warmest part of the day. Crappie are deep on brush around 12 to 20 feet down and have been caught on live minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass and stripers are out in the main river channel in front of the mouths of the creeks; use Alabama rigs, swimbaits, deep-diving jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps for best success. A few catfish are still being taken on live bait around the mouths of creeks.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 386.90 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.42 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 3-4-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 42 to 46 degrees and the water is stained. Black bass are fair and being caught 20-30 feet deep on jig-and-pig combos fished near structure. Stripers are fair on swimbaits, Alabama rigs and live shad in major creek basin areas and river channels. Crappie are still fair and being caught near brush on minnows and crappie jigs in 20 to 30 feet of water.
(Updated 3-4-2015) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


Due to construction work being done at Blakely Dam's powerhouse, the refill date for Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine has been postponed one week. The refill will begin March 10 and the lakes should be at full pool by March 16. 
(Updated 3-4-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said the surface water temperature is 45 degrees. The crappie are very slow. All temperate bass (white bass, hybrids, stripers and yellow bass) are chasing shad right now. Casting or vertically jigging spoons or dropshotting jighead plastics is working well. A random walleye and catfish have been caught by the same presentations. 
(Updated 2-18-2015) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs  said crappie should be schooled up out in some main channel brushpiles, but most boat ramps are still iced over, making getting on the water difficult unless you have a boat slip.


For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro. Due to construction work being done at Blakely Dam's powerhouse, the refill date for Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine has been postponed one week. The refill will begin March 10 and the lakes should be at full pool by March 16. 
(Updated 3-4-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam has fallen to 40 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Snow and sleet has kept most anglers off the water and icy boat ramps have created a dangerous situation when attempting to launch a boat. Extreme caution must be used in these situations, but clearing weather is forecast for the weekend. Rainbow trout are king below Carpenter Dam as thousands of quality fish are present and actively feeding on shad drawn through the turbines from Lake Hamilton. Bank fishermen have done well using wax worms, meal worms, nightcrawlers, redworms and crickets under a bobber or just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Live minnows  typically hook larger rainbows. Fly fishermen are casting olive-colored woolly buggers under a strike indicator around sand bars and exposed rock structure. Small white streamers and micro-jigs in black are also working well in the same areas along with egg patterns in yellow or white. Spin fishermen are having success using Super Dupers in silver or gold, Little Cleo's in silver, and 1/8-ounce jigs in smoke or white. Boaters anchoring at the head of the shoals are able to present lures to trout that are headed into the current and are able to move to areas that hold feeding fish. Walleye are spawning in the main channel as males and females are being caught on small crankbaits trolled against the current. Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or live minnows are an excellent technique to catch walleye from the bank or boat. These fish will bed all the way from the bridge to the dam and will be present through April for the spawn.  Crappie and white bass will begin to move into the tailrace in early March and can be caught on live minnows fished under a bobber or tightlined over deeper water. Jigs in 1/16- or 1/8-ounce in white or gray will work near rock structure and sand bars that provide some protection from the current. .



East Arkansas

​(Updated 2-4-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said the crappie are biting well under the pier. Trolling is producing some crappie as well. Bream are fair on worms. Catfishing is fair on jugs baited with live shad or cut bait. No report on bass.


​(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 2-11-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said hardly any water is running over the dam and fishing has been dead slow for all species.

 

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