Don't miss out on the 2nd annual Norfork Lake Fishing Derby being sponsored by the Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce. It is easy to enter, just stay and register for the Derby at a participating Norfork Lake lodging facility. You could win up to $1,500. Catch the longest fish in 3 different species (striped bass, black bass and crappie) and become a winner for 2014. The Derby runs through June 15, 2014. For more information go to www.NorforkFishingDerby.com or call 870-492-5113. Spring is the best time to catch many big fish on Norfork Lake. And remember to bring a Big Net!
Family and Community Fishing Program: Most Family and Community Fishing Program locations are teeming with catchable-sized channel catfish. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets around lily pads near the shore at Palarm Creek and Adams Lake. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around the I-40 bridge at Gold Creek and Highway 89 bridge. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and soft plastics fished around lily pads near the shore. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and yo-yos baited with small bream, large minnows and goldfish and set around cypress trees in Lawrence Creek.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Lindsey’s Resort
(501-302-3139) said the water is low in the mornings, but rises in the afternoons. Trout are excellent on wax worms and marshmallows and Power Bait.
Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service
said with the later afternoon generation, the upper river is wadable during the mornings and the lower river in the afternoons. Fly-fishing has been excellent with midges being the fly of choice in low water. Hackled pheasant tails, hares ears, soft hackles and sowbugs are producing successful trips on the middle and lower river. Hot pink Trout Magnet bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads are working well. With low clear water, remember to use fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service
said the water level is falling. The bream bite is good in shallow water, and as deep as 27 feet in brush piles where the water is clear; crickets and crawlers are working well. Catfishing has slowed somewhat with them moving to a little deeper water. Bass fishing is in full summertime mode with fish suspended in and around brush piles, pole timber and almost all woody cover from shallow out to 50 feet of water on Alabama rigs, Texas-rigged worms, Carolina rigs and football head jigs. Walleye are deeper and feeding a lot more at night this time of year. They are hanging around brush piles and out on deeper drops out to 50 feet on bright days. Try vertical jigging spoons, dragging nightcrawlers or trolling deep-diving crankbaits. The hybrid and white bass bite is still going pretty well out to 50 feet on spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits; find the shad and the fish will be close.
Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com
said water surface temperatures are ranging from 79 to 84 degrees. With moderate summer temperatures our fish are well ahead of pace for the early fall bite. Many baitfish are still only halfway to a third of the way out of the creeks and tributaries. Looking at the extended forecast, I don't believe they are ever going to make it out on the main lake in earnest. Some fish are in the brush feeding on bluegills and crawfish while others are suspended and hanging in pole timber and structure breaks adjacent to the bulk of our shad. Live bait offerings with a vertical presentation are working well with the suspended fish. Glitter Spinners and small swim baits are producing.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort
(501-889-2745) said bream are fair to good on worms and crickets. Bass are slow. Catfish are slow. No report on crappie.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well on worms, crickets and Rock Hopper jigs. Crappie are fair to good in deep water. Bass are chasing shad and are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair to good on worms, minnows and stinkbait.
(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing
(501-354-9007) had no report.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said bream are biting well on crickets in 2 to 4 feet of water, but you have to move around to find the beds. Crappie are fair on minnows and Crappie Stinger baits over brush piles at 10 to 12 feet deep. Catfish are slow but some are being caught at night using nightcrawlers and goldfish on trotlines and jugs. Bass are very slow, but a few are being caught early in the morning and late in the afternoon on plastic worms fished on deep drop offs.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 86 degrees and the water level is even with the spillway. Largemouth bass are excellent in 5 to 10 feet of water around the grass. They are hitting on black/red spinnerbaits, floating worms and topwater baits. The Tuesday night tournaments continue to have great weights, with almost everyone coming in with limits. Spotted bass are excellent on jigs fished in the same places as the largemouths. White bass are biting well at the west end of the lake on Rooster Tails, crappie jigs and clear topwater lures. There has been a lot of schooling activity and fish caught trolling. Crappie are good in 10 to 15 feet of water. They're still not as good as last year but are improving; try using minnows. Bream are excellent around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water on crickets and live worms. Many catfish are being caught on trotlines bated with small bream.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent on redworms fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Crappie are excellent on medium-sized minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water. Bass are fair on shallow-diving crankbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton
(501-778-6944) said bream have been biting fairly well on crickets. A few catfish were caught this week on chicken livers and worms. Some small bass have been caught lately by crappie anglers. Crappie fishing has been poor.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton
(501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting fairly well on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and bait shrimp. Bream fishing is good with crickets and redworms around the bank. Bass are biting minnows and small plastic lizards and worms. Crappie fishing has been slow but some are still biting No. 6 minnows and pink minnows.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton
(501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with small Texas-rigged plastics, small spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Crappie have been biting slowly with a few being caught on minnows fished around brush and logs right at dark. Catfish have been biting good on minnows, goldfish and black salties on trotlines. Bream will keep you busy fishing with crickets or redworms. If you just want to have some fun on the river, rig up with some medium/heavy gear and good strong line, get some No. 12 minnows and go after some gar. They're hard to catch and not pretty, but when you get a good one on you've got a fight on your hands.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton
(501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on redworms and crickets fished around docks and deep brush. Bass have been fair to slow with Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics and topwater baits early in the mornings and at night. Catfish are biting live minnows and nightcrawlers.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton
(501-778-6944) said bream have been biting crickets and redworms. Catfish have been going for WildCat Full Stringer stink bait and nightcrawlers. Bass are biting fairly well on live minnows and some Texas-rigged plastics in watermelon seed and watermelon/red colors. Crappie are hit and miss but some are being caught on No. 6 minnows.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton
(501-778-6944) said crappie fishing is fair for some customers that know where to find them. No. 6 and 12 minnows fished 10-14 feet under a slip cork have put some nice ones in the boat. Bass fishing is slow, but some are biting live minnows and Carolina-rigged lizards. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish have been biting fairly well on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said fishing is very good overall. Drift fishing is the way to go for catfish. Shad and nightcrawlers are the best bets around jetty tips and below dams nine and 10. White bass are biting very well on jetty tips around Point Remove Creek, Coppers Gap and Flagg Lake Cutoff on shad-colored crankbaits. Bream are biting very well in the backwater around overhangs on crickets. Largemouth bass are biting well on black Jitterbugs in the mornings and on green pumpkin tubes fished around the grasslines in 4 to 10 feet of water.
River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) had no report.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle, but they are excellent on crickets and redworms up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are excellent up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.
Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff
said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Bass are fair around jetties in the main channel. Catfishing is fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No report on crappie.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are excellent on large minnows and white/chartreuse jigs below the dam and on jetty tips.
(Updated 7-23-2014) McSwain Sports Center
(501-945-2471) said below Terry lock and dam, bream are biting fairly well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on skipjack and shad fished near the main channel.
(Updated 7-23-2014) McSwain Sports Center
(501-945-2471) said bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Crappie are slow, but one or two have been caught on minnows. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is slow.
Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said bream are biting well. Crappie are slow. Catfishing is good on cut bait. No report on bass.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is fair on chicken livers, minnows and green sunfish.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are excellent on trick worms and Rebel Creature cranks. Catfishing is excellent on chicken hearts, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are fair around the piers on redworms and crickets.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 660.49 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service
said the water in the mid-lake area has warmed to 84 degrees on the surface, with a well defined thermocline established at the 30-foot level, and the fish are very much relating to it. Shad remain scarce; however, there have been a few sightings of small schools of small shad near the mouths of larger creek arms. Concentrate your efforts in the early mornings and evenings fishing deep structure near primary points. Crappie, walleye and catfish can all be found at 35 to 55 foot level over cribs and standing timber in 60 to 100 feet of water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are making a showing in shallower water near brushy shoreline structure and points in the mornings and evenings, providing it has immediate access to deep water. Spotted bass are holding near bottom at the 55-foot range near the sides of primary points. (Updated 7-30-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock
said fish have moved into summer patterns. The lake is dropping slowly, but there is still plenty of brush around the shoreline. In the morning, topwater lures are working fairly well. But during the day, look for bass between 20 to 30 feet, where the thermocline has formed. Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and french fries have worked well. Watermelon, pumpkinseed, and green pumpkin have all been good colors. Soft plastic tubes and jigs fished along the bottom also have worked well. When you come across some brush on the bank, be sure to fish a spinnerbait if it's windy. A few crappie are being caught in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz jigs and small minnows and spoons. White bass are way up the creeks in anywhere from 0 to 15 feet of water. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs and Rapalas are working well. Walleye are still biting fairly well on nightcrawlers split-shotted or drug on a bottom bouncer in 30 feet of water.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals
said water conditions are trending toward low water in the mornings and higher water in the afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas, and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page
and live web cam
at Newland's web site. (Updated 7-30-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort
(870-453-2424) said the water is low in the mornings and rises as the day goes on. A lot of rainbow trout are being caught on Power Bait, shrimp and wax worms. Some really large brown trout have been caught lately on salmon eggs.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service
(870-453-2424) said the hot spot was Wildcat Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). It is time to begin fishing grasshoppers. There is a bumper crop of them this year, and the trout are already keying in on them. Favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and foam hoppers.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 556.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters
said Norfork Lake is dropping but still in normal range for summer. The water temperature is in the high 80s and the water visibility is stained. Stripers and hybrids continue feeding on crayfish in 35 to 40 feet of water in the mouths of creeks near the old river channel. Live bait is still the most effective method to catch stripers, but they are now being caught trolling swim baits, umbrella rigs and spoons. Shad are schooling in the main lake and creeks. Find the shad and you will find the stripers. I found feeding fish in the mouth of a major creek by Georges Cove, lots of shad and the stripers were feeding on them. The method was down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. The walleye bite has slowed; they are in their summer pattern and can be caught by trolling crankbaits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons on flats in 40 feet of water. Look at Diamond Bay, the Panther Bay area, Hand Cove and Hudson point.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Guide Steve Olomon
said the water temperature is in the mid 80s. The bass are hitting topwater lures early and just before dark. There are a lot of short fish, but some good fish are mixed in with them. Throw a white or clear Zara Spook Jr. After that you will need to fish with a worm, jig, drop-shot rig or drop a jigging spoon. Most of this activity is in the creeks on points and channel swings. Start looking for stripers around 40 feet deep. Look in the Big Creek area, Diamond Bay and down around the dam. There have been some white bass hitting jigging spoons in the creeks and in some coves around 34 feet deep.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service
(870-453-2424) said the Norfork Tailwater has fished poorly recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like 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. There has been a lot of action on Dry Run Creek. It has been crowded at times. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). The creek is located in a narrow valley and is surprisingly cool during hot weather. It is a great place to beat the heat with a youth.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.
Crooked Creek (Updated 7-30-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service
said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,119.58 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service
(254-315-2927) said night fishing continues to be the best option for bass. Dark-colored, crawdad-imitating soft plastics and large Texas-rigged or shaky head worms have worked well along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day using topwater plugs or buzzbaits in and around the brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to suspend under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been down 15 to 20 feet over 25 to 35 feet of water. Small curly tailed grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jighead worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tots or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats has also been effective. Night fishing has also been good under lights close to channel bends or bluff lines in 25 to 50 feet of water. White River, Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend and Monte-Ne have all been good places to fish. White bass have been biting well at night under lights on minnows or shad along bluff lines close to the channel and under the 12 bridge. During the day they can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught using Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service
(479-366-8664) said Surface water temperatures are in the low 80s. Beaver lake striper are on the prowl for food. Early morning and the night bite has been best. Due to slow warming water this year and the current bait situation most striper are still in the mid-section of the lake. Live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet deep are working the best for stripers. Fish are scattered and in search of food. Try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or running a downrigger with Rapalas, Bomber 15As or spoons. Indian creek, Lost Bridge North and points 4, 5 and 6 have been hot spots lately. In the Rocky Branch arm, try the channel between the front of the marina and the goad bed that extends to the island. Also check the channel around the small islands in front of Larue boat ramp. Walleye are being caught around Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Prairie Creek and Beaver Shores on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with minnow or nightcrawler trailers. Be sure to check War Eagle and the junction of the White and War Eagle for Walleye and white bass, as they are thick in these areas.
Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around deep brush piles. Bass are fair on topwater lures and large black spinnerbaits at night and on spoons and drop-shot rigs fished deep during the day.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Beaver Dam Store
said white/yellow and pink Power Bait are getting the best reports at the store for trout fishing latley. A worm, inflated with a worm blower is working very well also. Use the lightest line possible. Table Rock Lake levels still are a bit high and you are able to cross the river at Cane Break. The old standby midges are working well. Try a small white woolly, soft hackle or jig. With the bright sun, try a disco midge or something bright. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. PJ's Jigs or micro jigs under a casting bubble are working well. Outside of the special regulation area add a wax worm for some flavor.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the hot weather last week changed the fishermen, more than the bite. Around Goose Island, one local man, starting after midnight, had his limit and was culling by sunup on Rat-L-Traps and black/purple spinnerbaits. The grass is nearly. A Bentonville man showed off a 6.2 pounder Thursday, caught on a Rat-L-Trap. This cooler weather should make the Bluegill and Redear move up a little shallower. They've been at 4 feet, but can still be caught easily on redworms, or crickets. Overnighters were using Catfish Chum and liver and were doing well on blue cats. The crappie can still be caught at 7-12 feet deep, using minnows or crappie jigs.
(Updated on 7-30-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs slow-trolled and on crankbaits trolled behind the boat. Bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and green pumpkin or watermelonseed soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is fair on live and prepared bait.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear and is running 2 inches over the dam. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well in deep water on jigs tipped with a minnow. Bass are biting early and late in the day on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on chicken livers and live bream.
Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said there haven't been many anglers on the water in the last week.
Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been good on brush hogs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 3-7 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are hitting crickets in shallow water around cover. Catfish can be caught on stink bait and chicken liver. Crappie are slow, but hitting minnows at dawn and dusk.
(Updated 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bluegill and redear are hitting crickets near brush in 3-10 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on topwater lures and Texas-rigged worms. Catfishing has been good on nightcrawlers, small bluegill and chicken liver.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park
said the fishermen are enjoying the temporary cooler weather. The bream are being caught mostly on crickets. Some are using redworms. Those going after catfish are buying goldfish, nightcrawlers and stink bait. Some crappie are being caught. We are still selling some minnows.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Boxhound Marina
(870-670-4496) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Bass are fair on drop-shot rigs in 20 to 30 feet of water. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken liver.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels are finally dropping, which will put stumps just under the surface. Please use caution when under power. Bass have been poor to fair, with fish mainly hitting topwaters early and late, and crankbaits and soft plastics near some of the main lake points. Channel catfish and blue catfish have been fair to good on nightcrawlers, dip bait, and liver. No reports of flatheads in the last week or so. Bream are good and have been bedding around the lake; they can be caught with small pieces of nightcrawlers, redworms, small crankbaits or crickets. No report on crappie or saugeye.
The renovation of Dam No. 3 on the Spring River is underway. Accesses at Lassiters, Cold Spring and Bayou are available for the Spring River, and anglers may have better success launching at these places during heavy traffic periods.
Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides
said the water level is running at 300 cfs (350 cfs is average flow) and water clarity is clear. The river is low and clear and it is a great time to spot and stalk for trout on the river. Working upstream is the best way to come up on big trout feeding. This week the smallmouth bass have been hitting well on minnow imitations, such as Guppies, silver spinners and silver Little Cleo’s.
(Updated 6-17-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the low 80s. Water clarity is up to one foot in parts of Lake Langhofer and closer to half a foot everywhere else. The river has been flowing strongly for several days. Bass are biting well in Lake Langhofer and in parts of the river, but the sizes have been down. Jigs are still producing well.
(Updated 7-9-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said the lake is slowly being drawn down. Creel Limits are cut in half with crappie limit at 7. Bream are still biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish were biting well on live bait, including but not limited to minnows and bream less than 4 inches. Bass are still biting well if you can get into the lily pads, if not try a gray jig next to standing timber. No report on crappie.
Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park
said catfishing is good at Lake Chicot on gizzard shad, minnows and hot dogs. Bream are biting well on crickets. No report on any other species.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.25 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service
said as of Monday the lake is 5.3 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increase current of Little River with the gates releasing around 4,799 cfs. Surface water temperatures range from 78 to 87 degrees, depending on location. Clarity improved to 8-10 inches of visibility on the main lake away from current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-15 inches depth of visibility depending on location but mud lines have moved into the oxbows with the increase of current in Little River. Bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation. Bucktail Pop-R's, solid body frogs, Bass Assassins, and Arborghast Jitterbugs remain a good bet around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels. Bass Assassin Shads in chartreuse pepper shad are working best in the heavily stained or muddy water and watermelon/red flake colors continue working around clear water and vegetation. Rat-L-Traps and cranks are working along vegetation growth and weed lines near deep water drops. The best Rat-L-Trap colors have been Oxbow, Avacado Zombie, or Sexy Chrome. White bass continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and continue hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past couple weeks, the Whites were surface breaking on shad in Mud, and McGuire. No report on crappie. Blue and channel catfish remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trotlines set 8-10 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits have been Catfish Charlie, stink bait and chicken livers.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.43 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com
said crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The crappie are holding at 10 to 18 feet deep around the cover.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 405.66 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is pretty slow and there haven't been many anglers on the water. It looks like the sudden increase in water temperature put the fish off their feed. Bass fishing is spotty with only a few fish reported. About the only pattern working now is a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard fished slowly down the deep side of main lake points. Try green pumpkin or red shad for colors on the plastics. As always, early and late are the best times with virtually no activity during the heat of the day. Most anywhere in the lake will hold bass in summer, but good areas to start are around Arlie Moore and Edgewood. Also try Brushy and Big Hill creeks. Crappie fishing is nonexistant. Hybrid fishing is slow with virtually no schooling activity. The shad are scattered and so are the fish. Now is the time the fish should be suspended in the thermocline at about 35 feet, but it just isn't happening. If the shad start to school, the fish will be in the big coves between points 2 and 4. Bream fishing is good with lots of small fish showing. Look for fish in most any cove with some rock or wood cover and use redworms or crickets. Catfishing is fair on trotlines and noodles. Set the trot lines across points in 20 to 40 feet of water and drop the noodles in deep water over timber at night. The best spots are Brushy Creek and the Point 10 area. Bait with cut shad, nightcrawlers, stink baits, chicken livers or hot dogs with soap.
Jaret Rushing said fishing in the smaller oxbows has been very sporadic due to changing weather patterns and rainfall. Anglers are catching bass in channels of incoming water when the Ouachita River is on the rise. However, something to be wary of is to watch for coloration changes in the water as that will be a significant predictor of where fish will be. Anglers should try to stay on the upstream side of all water clarity changes and throw baits resembling shad/minnows as bass are still in summer staging patterns and tend to feed on shad in suspended water and crawdads in shallow waters. Anglers are still finding bream beds, but they are scarce and the size of the bream being caught has started to decrease.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Jaret Rushing said with the sporadic weather patterns, bass anglers should focus on deeper channels running along the rock/sand bank on the south side of the lake. Reports are that some larger bass are being caught in these channels towards the end of the day and at night on black/blue crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie fishermen have reported that after 10 a.m. or so, their luck has basically been shot. So, crappie anglers should set their alarms and get on the lake early in the morning. Spider rigs tend to be working well rigged with black/chartreuse soft-plastic jigs and blue/white hair jigs.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said in the lower lake, the daily catfish limit is five and the daily bream limit is 50. All other species are catch and release only in the lower lake. Bass are biting well on flukes, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around vegetation. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms early in the mornings and late in the evenings, but the higher water has made it difficult to find them. Keep moving and you'll run across the bream. Catfishing is good on trotlines bated with soap and on tightlines baited with nightcrawlers and crickets. In the upper lake, bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on soap. Bass are biting well on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits fished around vegetation.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 344.64 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
A possible bacterial outbreak has caused the Corps of Engineers to close all swim beaches at Nimrod until further notice. Fishing and camping remain open, but anglers are advised to keep any cuts or scrapes out of the water.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water lately.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said there are reports of some sort of algae bloom or bacteria in the water that's caused the Corps to shut down the swimming areas.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are excellent. Bass are chasing shad and are biting excellently on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on worms.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Bream are biting well, but you have to do a lot of looking to find the beds. Crappie are slow. White bass are biting well on dark-colored spinnerbaits and flukes. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and minnows.
Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) had no report this week.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the water is dingy and the water temperature is in the upper 70s to low 80s. With the sporadic current, the upper river and midriver areas have been hit-or-miss. The lower river area has been producing the better fish on deep drops and brush piles. Crankbaits, swimbaits and large worms have produced well during the day. Night fishing has been good from dam to dam on black worms, black spinnerbaits and dark topwater lures. Stripers have been good in the creeks with schooling activity, but they are slow in the river. Tailspins and topwater baits have been producing. Flathead catfish have been biting well on live sunfish and shiners. Bream have been biting excellently on worms and crickets just about anywhere. Crappie have been good in 10 feet of water on dark jigs and minnows fished around any woody cover.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 386.84 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said anglers are catching crappie in 10-14 feet water around structure near the river channel on minnows and various colored jigs. They are catching a few catfish on perch, worms and cut bait near the shoreline. No report available on bream or bass.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.51 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs
said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is at full pool. Black bass are being caught on topwater along timber lines in creek chanel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. Many people are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on a Texas-rigged or jighead worm. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water in the guts of pockets.
Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort
said the water temperature is 85 to 88 degrees and the water is clear. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. Buzzbaits, Zara Spooks and Zoom super flukes are working well in the mornings. Black, 3/4-oz. spinnerbaits are working well at night. Walleye are biting very well on nightcrawlers fished on a bottom bouncer or drop-shot rig. Trolling crankbaits near main lake points also is working very well on the walleye. A 3/4-oz. spoon comes in handy if you find a large school of walleye while drifting or trolling. Stripers are fair on live bait and jigging spoons fished around main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms fished around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 15 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is excellent on nightcrawlers and stinkbait in big bays and major creek basins.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs
said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is full. The water color is stained to clear from the rains and is clearing slowly. Black bass are being caught on topwater early in the mornings. Try a chugger or a buzzbait around the boat docks. A Texas-rigged worm is also a good option, try brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bream are good on crickets and worms fished near the bottom.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service
said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is running 16-hour generation periods each day keeping temperatures low and providing an oxygenated water supply for all area fish. Very small numbers of rainbow trout are living in the tailrace with the majority of fish caught or moved away from the dam. Live bait presentations are a must as artificial lures are largely ignored. Rainbows as large as 21 inches have been caught and released this past week by area guides. Threadfin shad are migrating in and out of the tailrace attracting small numbers of white bass and walleye. These fish are always present close to the dam in the summer and can be caught on small, 1/16-oz or 1/8-oz. gray or white jigs. Trolling shallow running crankbaits below the dam has produced some walleye in the 4-pound range in the late evening while the turbines are running. Large stripers have been seen chasing shad in the evening below the bridge in the main channel. Fish over 30 pounds have been observed and hooked by experienced fishermen. Gizzard shad or brood minnows fished with a balloon rig offer the best chance for success. Alabama rigs are an excellent artifical lure to cast toward feeding fish and over deep channels below the bridge. Freshwater drum frequent the shallows near the dam in August and feed on crawfish and shad around sand bars.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing is fair to good on crankbaits trolled at 1.7 miles per hour and on a double-jig or double-minnow rig trolled at about 1 mile per hour. Catfishing is good on noodles and jugs.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said catfishing has been good on noodles and jugs. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows trolled slowly in spider rigs.
Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has slowed everywhere with the up and down weather. Once the weather stabilizes, summer patterns should re-emerge.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is fair.