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Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

Updated March 18, 2015


Arkansas catfish
Fishing Highlight of the Week:
Staff at the Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery in Lonoke are busy loading the trucks with catchable-sized catfish for the Family and Community Fishing Program this week. Many of these catfish are tagged with special prize tags to kick off the FCFP's "Reel In a Prize" giveaway.
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 taken place and most Family and Community Fishing Program locations will be seeing their first catfish stockings of the year within a few weeks.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 3-18-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is about a half a foot above normal from all the recent rains. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent in the cypress trees in 6 to 8 feet of water; minnows and jigs are working well fished next to the trees. Bass are biting well along the shoreline on soft-plastic lizards. Catfishing is excellent on yo-yos baited with minnows and nightcrawlers.
(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 3-18-2015) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said the power commission said there will be changes in the generation the rest of this week and next week. Greers Ferry reservoir will probably be in the flood pool by the end of the weekend, if not before. This means the Corps will likely run two generators around the clock until the lake is back to normal pool. Both generators are scheduled to be shut down for six days, beginning next Monday for maintenance. In this case, the flood gates will be opened to the equivalent of 2 units to lower the reservoir. I was told that, if possible, one generator would be left on line. If this happens we may see one unit running 24/7 until the lake returns to normal, but it all depends on the amount of rain we receive the rest of this week and the existing runoff. Either way it seems we will see increased flows for the next several days.
(Updated 3-18-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said we are currently receiving two units of generation around 10 a.m until noon. Expect heavy generation to continue until the water level drops below full pool. The upper river is clear and fishing well. The middle river continues to clear up after being muddy from recent rains. The lower river continues to be stained from recent rains and runoff. Streamers, pheasant tails, San Juan worms and midges continue to work well for fly-fishermen. Trout Magnet colors continue to be hot pink body on chartreuse and gold Trout Magnet jig heads.
(Updated 3-18-2015) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Company (501-207-1770) said fishing has been good. The best fishing has been on the upper river where the water is clear. The water has been high in the mornings with two units running until 11 or 12 and again later in the day with two units running in the evenings. The lower river is beginning to clear each day, so hopefully by the weekend the water color will be back to normal. The lake rose several feet last week due to the rains, so expect high flows for the next couple weeks. The hot flies have been San Juan worms, sow bugs and midges. Pink Trout Magnets have been working well also. Call the dam at (501) 362-5150 to check on current generation.
(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 461.41 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 3-18-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is 4.01 feet above normal pool and rising. The surface water temperature is in the upper 50s. The black bass bite has been real tough as with all the changes the lake has went through the last week or so. The bite should get better over the next few days on small crankbaits and spinnerbaits worked shallow and Alabama rigs and jerkbaits for suspended fish near deeper water. The walleye spawn in the river is just about over; it happened very quickly this year because of the cold snap, snow and rain. The fish should be making their way back to the lake soon. Crappie are beginning to show up in buckbrush and treetops near shallow water; jigs and minnows should work best on these fish. No report on bream or catfish.
(Updated 3-11-2015) Cody Smith at fishgreersferry.com (501-691-5701) said water temperatures last week reached yearly lows of 35 degrees, but are rising with the rain and should settle in the upper 40s by the weekend. The bite on most all species got slapped in the face last week but should return with some gusto over the coming days. The white bass and hybrid bite had been awesome leading into this cold snap. Most of the fish I was catching were in the 22- to 28-foot zone on the flats.


(Updated 2-25-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.
(Updated 3-11-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the crappie are biting fairly well in shallow bays around docks and bushes; Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows are the best bets right now. Catfishing is fair on minnows and worms. Bass are biting well.


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


(Updated 3-18-2015) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the water is high and starting to clear up with a surface temperature around 55 degrees. Crappie are taking live minnows and jigs at a depth of 20 to 25 feet but are still slow. Chartreuse, pink and white are good colors to try. Bass are fair at creek inlets on dark-colored plastics and chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. Catfish are taking minnows and nightcrawlers in deep water but are slow.

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 3-11-2015) Whisker's Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the crappie are biting in deep water still on Bobby Garland Baby Shad. White bass are moving into the river and biting on Cajun Spins.


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


Sunset Lake
(Updated 3-18-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some large catfish have been caught on frozen shad and Magic Bait (Chicken Liver and Chicken Blood flavor). Crappie have been slow, but a few have been caught on pink minnows.



(Updated 3-18-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said the river is high and muddy from all the recent snow and rain. No report.



(Updated 3-18-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been doing good on jugs and trotlines baited with black salties and brood minnows. A few nice crappie have been caught on Kalin's Grubs and no. 6 crappie minnows.



(Updated 3-18-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few really nice crappie were picked up on no. 6 crappie minnows and Kalin's 2-inch grubs on Roadrunner jigheads.



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



​(Updated 3-18-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is muddy from all the rain and runoff, but it's beginning to clear. The surface water temperature is 54 degrees. Crappie and bass are biting well. No report on any other species.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

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



(Updated 3-18-2015) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is high and swift. It's not good for fishing and not safe for most boats right now. The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory.
(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 3-18-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high, muddy and swift. Fishing is extremely poor.


(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 3-18-2015) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are excellent right now. Catfishing is excellent as well.



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



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.59 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 3-18-2015) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service said the warming trend has had a positive influence on Bull Shoals. The surface water temperature in the mid-lake area (Point 24) has come up several degrees in the main lake from 40 to 47 degrees. The lake elevation is at 657.27 and is about three feet higher than a week ago. White bass are starting to make their way up the larger creek arms in search of warmer water and can be found in depths of 2 to 5 feet. East Sugar Loaf Creek near Lead Hill has a few white bass starting to show, however it is running a little muddy since the last rain. With more rain in the forecast, I would assume it will stay that way for the next few days. Shoal Creek is running very clear and has white bass moving in during the afternoons when the water warms. Make sure to have the White River Border Lakes License (WRL $10.00) with you, as the lake crosses over to the MO side when you get into the upper reaches of this major creek arm. Red and white jigs and Road Runners are working well on these early fish.
(Updated 3-18-2015) Paul Bobby at GI on the Fly Guide Service(907-350-6610) said the White River below Bull Shoals Dam is hot! Fishing the rise in generation is the most productive conditions for catching large brown and rainbow trout. From the dam through the state park to Caine Island has been very good. With muddy waters down south, why not hit the upper river? This week, bigger fish than normal in the 25-inch range are being caught on white presentations and San Juan Worms. Fly-fishing success on silver mink flesh flies or even suspending a white zonker under an indicator during rising generation will put plenty of fish in the net. For the bait fishermen, set up and anchor down and wait for the rise in generation, but be careful. Fishing tight lines with cut bait will catch brown trout. Today we landed 21 browns on cut bait. Fish in the 15- to 20-pound range are being hooked, however getting them to the net is another story.
(Updated 3-18-2015) Brad Smith at Arkansas Headhunters (479-283-8490) said recent rain, snow melt and ground thaw have the creeks and rivers feeding the White stained, so plan to fish above Crooked Creek until it clears. Caddis have begun to show on the White and should allow plenty of shots at rising fish in the coming weeks. This is the best hatch on our rivers and shouldn’t be missed. Fish are regularly taking caddis pupae fished under an indicator and a few fish can be fooled up top with an Elk Hair Caddis when fish are seen rising. Midges, egg patterns and San Juan Worms have been fooling fish as well. The Sow Bug Roundup featuring some of the regions best fly tiers is this weekend in Mt Home in case you need another excuse to come fish.
(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 3-18-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and generators were running in the mornings last week. Trout are biting well on Blue Fox spinners, Rooster Tails and white jigs. Fly-fishermen are catching them on green woolly buggers, zebra midges and brown scuds.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 549.71 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).(Updated 3-18-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the cold weather finally broke, but the rains have brought the lake level up about 2 to 21/2 feet and muddied the water. I fished the Blue Lady dock area, Crystal Cove, the Fouts Boat Dock area, and point 6B with no luck and no fish. I moved down towards Big Creek and Brushy Creek and found fish in multiple spots. The best day I caught several stripers with the biggest being 20 lbs. Multiple cold fronts, rain and heavy fog should slow the morning bite just a little longer. The good news is the water is warming fast and the fish are starting to feed. I expect the lake activity for all species of fish will only improve this coming week. The night bite has started for real. The bite is starting right at dark, nothing has been caught before dark
(Updated 3-18-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said the water level is rising from the rain and snow and the surface temperature is on the rise as well. The surface temperature was 47 degrees Monday. The water is turning very clear with stained water in the backs of creeks and coves. Each year around mid-March, striped bass, hybrid bass and walleye move up to the shorelines after dark to feed. Two nights ago the big fish were up tight on the banks. Last evening was a good bite but the fish were on the smaller size, keeper size, but not big enough for me to keep. The method for these Norfork Lake monsters is to cast a 5- to 6-inch suspending jerkbait. There are two different views on where to position your boat. The first is to get your boat close to the shoreline and cast parallel along the shoreline to keep your bait in the strike zone longer. The second is to keep your boat as far away from the shore as possible and still be able to cast to the shore. I typically keep my boat away from the shore and cast into it. My belief is that I won't spook the fish with my boat and I have also found that the fish will follow the bait and hit it in deeper water and not always on the banks. Reel as slowly as possible. If you think you are reeling slow, reel slower. Color choice of your bait is a personal preference, but I typically go with dark backs and light bottoms on overcast and new moon nights and lighter tops and darker bottoms on full moon nights. Where to find these Norfork Lake monsters is the next question. I have recently been fishing part way back in major creeks. I start on secondary points and work both sides of the point along the shoreline. Typically you will find the fish on long shallow points close to flats, but over the last two days I have also found the fish on deep bluff line points. Once the water warms up a little more they will move out to the main lake points and typically be feeding on the long shallow points. I have also found stripers in the backs of small creeks in very shallow water. I will usually mark fish and bait in the area that is active.
(Updated 3-11-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said water temperature is still in the low- to mid-40s. Warmer weather in the next week or two should push the water temperature up to at least 50, and the fishing will only get better. There are a few fish moving up to shallow water. The main lake is clear and back in the creeks the water is stained. There are still stripers in the mid-lake area, but they will start heading upriver and into major creeks as soon as the water warms. I talked to a angler the other day and he's been catching some nice bass in deep brush on tube jigs. There are a few stripers hitting stickbaits at night and it's just getting started.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Brad Smith at Arkansas Headhunters (479-283-8490) said recent rain, snow melt and ground thaw have the creeks and rivers stained. Midges, egg patterns and San Juan Worms have been fooling fish lately. The Sow Bug Roundup featuring some of the regions best fly tiers is this weekend in Mt Home in case you need another excuse to come fish.
(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 3-18-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the rivers are high and muddy.



(Updated 3-18-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the rivers are high and muddy.



Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,114.86 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 3-11-2015) 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 3-18-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is up 3 feet and is very muddy from all the runoff. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs and Rooster Tails. No report on catfish or bream.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said water temperatures hovered in the mid- to high 40s in some locations from Spider Creek and past Houseman Access, which is common for this time of the season and generation schedule. The river levels have started to rise a little due to the rain we have had (which is good). Trout are being caught using a variety of methods. The most productive have been light terminal tackle with power baits of all verities. Trolling with a Rapala CD-7 in black/silver or black/gold in 5 to 8 feet of water has produced nice trout in the 16- to 20-inch range. Silver/gold 1/4-oz. spoons also have produced some very nice numbers of trout. There are reports of walleye being caught between Beaver Town Bridge and Houseman Access using Rapalas as well. Drift jigging with live minnows or trolling with a Lindy rig should help catch the attention of a passing walleye.
(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 3-18-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) had no report.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the surface water temperature is up to 53 degrees by the late afternoon, and the lake is full. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good on live shad and chicken livers.


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


​(Updated 3-18-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said surface water temperature has been around 75 degrees at the plant discharge and 65 to 68 degrees near the dam. Bass fishing has been excellent on a drop-shot rig with a Golden's paddletail and a Golden's ringworm. Small males are on beds, but some fish are still being caught as deep as 20 feet. Catfishing has been slow, but they can be caught on chicken liver. Bluegill are slow, but they can be caught on nightcrawlers around brush.


​(Updated 3-18-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass can be caught working a wacky style Senko or slowly reeling a crankbait around the bluffs. Crappie are slow, but have been caught on Bobby Garland crappie jigs and small minnows around sunken cedars and brush, mainly at dawn and dusk. Bluegill can be caught on nightcrawlers in 10 to 15f feet of water. Some catfish have been caught on jugs using live bait and chicken liver.



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 3-18-2015) ​Hunter Snell, owner of 2nd Amendment Gunshop, (870-761-3861) said Lake Charles has come up several feet, making the water quite muddy and very high. The surface water temperature ranges from 50 to 56 degrees. Despite a large number of anglers out over the weekend, very few fish are being caught. Look for that to change when the water stabilizes.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said anglers are hitting the water, and the bait shop is selling a lot of minnows for crappie fishing and goldfish and nightcrawlers for catfishing. Most anglers are picking up 10 to 12 small and medium crappie per boat per trip. We also have heard of some bass being caught. Don’t forget there will be a crappie and bream tournament April 11 at Lake Poinsett State Park. Call or come by for entry and rules forms. The phone number is 870-578-2064.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is high and dingy. Bass are biting well around the points. No report on any other species.


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


(Updated 3-11-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 460 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been poor. The snow last week saturated the ground and a 1-inch rain Monday night muddied up feeder creeks and has the river running high. It should clear quickly; that’s the great thing about being a spring-fed river. Y2Ks and big woolly buggers have been the hot flies. Gold spoons and spinners work great in off color water as well. And when the water is up Trout Magnets get down quickly. Red does great when water clarity is poor.
(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 3-18-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are rising quickly. They are up to the mid-50s with one foot of visibility in protected areas of Lake Langhoffer. Be careful navigating, the heavy rains and rising water have washed big debris into the river and Lake Langhoffer. The current also makes boating very difficult. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the main river. Black bass are still very slow, but they should be improving daily now that the water is heating back up.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said the bass are biting extremely well on Rat-L-Traps and Rattling Rogues. The crappie are just starting to crank up and are biting decently on shiners and chartreuse crappie jigs. Catfish are doing well on chicken liver, live bait and worms. Bream are warming up on worms.


(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 261.49 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 3-18-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake is still 27 inches above normal pool. There is increase of current of Little River with the gates releasing around 24,000 CFS Monday. Extreme caution urged for boaters during navigation, with limbs, logs, and entire trees coming downriver in heavy debris fields. Several river buoy markers are missing in Little River with extreme heavy current. Surface temperatures range from 44 to 47 degrees. Water clarity is almost non-existent, in the main lake because of the muddy current. Even the normally clear oxbows have only 1 to 5 inches of visibility, depending on location. Bass are pretty much shut off because of the influx of cold, muddy water. Before the deluge, they were biting best from noon to 3 p.m. on slowly moving crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, chatterbaits and a few soft plastics and jigs. A black/blue, Texas craw or voodoo-colored Real Deal Custom Tackle jig was working well around points extending into the river from 9 to 14 feet of water. Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits in Dance’s Crawfish and firetiger and Bomber Flat A’s in Apple Red Craw were getting reactions when deflected off stumps in clearer water (which is now mostly non-existent). Chatterbaits in Texas Craw, black/blue, and Ozark Craw were beginning to catch 2-4 pound largemouths on warm days in stained water around cypress trees, dead lily pad stems, and grass. Big ¾-oz, slow-moving Rat-L-Traps were also working over the past couple weeks in Red Shad, Red Chrome, 'Lectric Red, McCraw, and Red Zombie colors before the rapid rise and current. White bass, which were located upriver between McGuire and Cemetery Slough have disappeared. No report on crappie has come in for a few weeks because of the muddy water. No catfish report has come in, either.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.45 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 409.18 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 3-11-2015) 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 353.73 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(3-18-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the lake is flooded and the water is muddy from all the rain and runoff. The conditions are horrible for fishing right now.
(Updated 3-11-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are fair on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Catfishing is good on minnows and worms.


(Updated 3-11-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said catfish are biting well on worms and minnows.


(Updated 3-18-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the river is extremely muddy and swift with small craft advisories issued. Not much of the backwaters are clear, either. The surface water temperature ranges from 53 to 57 degrees. Bream fishing has been good with worms and crickets 2 foot deep in creeks and backwater areas. Bass has been biting very well in what clear water you can find; the best baits are Rat-L-Traps, jigs, crankbaits and soft-plastic lizards. Stripers are hit and miss at the outlet of the nuclear plant with some making their way up the creeks; swimbaits, spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and jerkbaits have been working well. Crappie are slow because of the muddy water, but they should be making their ways to the flats. Black/chartreuse jigs and minnows fished along any wood in the backwaters should produce. White bass have been fair on white crankbaits and jigs in the creeks. Catfishing has been very good near the mouths of the creeks.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 394.16 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 579.28 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 3-18-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is stained and high. The surface water temperature is 50 to 53 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair to good on jigs fished 15 to 25 feet deep. A willowleaf spinnerbait slow-rolled over the edge of creek channels in 12 to 15 feet of water is working as well. Walleye are spawning up the river channels. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows have been effective above and below shoals on the river. Stripers are biting well on swimbaits, Alabama rigs and live shad near major creek basins and river channels. Crappie are picking up near brush in 20 to 30 feet of water; try minnows and crappie jigs with just enough weight to feel them in the deep water. Catfishing is fair on live sunfish or nightcrawlers. Jug lines and limb lines have produced well for catfish anglers.
Entergy reports that the recent rainfall has caused Lake Ouachita to be more than 3 feet above flood pool, so Blakely Dam is releasing 10,500 CFS. Carpenter and Remmel Dams are opened to allow the same flow downstream until the floodwater is gone. It should take a few days of constant flow before the water level has dropped out of flood pool for all lakes in the chain.
(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.


Entergy reports that the recent rainfall has caused Lake Ouachita to be more than 3 feet above flood pool, so Blakely Dam is releasing 10,500 CFS. Carpenter and Remmel Dams are opened to allow the same flow downstream until the floodwater is gone. It should take a few days of constant flow before the water level has dropped out of flood pool for all lakes in the chain.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 3-11-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said heavy rainfall and snow runoffs has caused Lake Ouachita to rise into flood pool. The excess water must be run through the dam system as soon as possible. Flood gates below Carpenter Dam have been open this week to aid in this effort, along with lengthy generation times, which also is bringing Lake Catherine back up into normal summertime pool. The lake is rising around 6 inches per day and will be complete on Sunday, March 16. Until Lake Ouachita falls out of flood pool, open flood gates and heavy flows will be the norm below Carpenter Dam. Extreme caution is advised. rainbow trout are present in the tailrace in very good numbers and have been caught by bank fishermen, fly anglers and boaters alike. Live bait presentations such as wax worms, meal worms, redworms and nightcrawlers fished under a bobber or just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater have accounted for many limits of trout from the bank or boat. Live minnows tightlined over deep water have taken rainbows in the 3-pound class, although these trout are few in number. Trout in the 1 to 2 pound range are abundant below the dam and continue to feed and shad and available forage. Fly-fishermen are advised to use caution when wading to areas that were easily accessed earlier in the year. Rising water will make these places dangerous and unavailable soon. Olive-colored woolly buggers, San Juan worms, micro-jigs, and small streamers all in white or black presented with a strike indicator have produced quality trout in areas protected from heavy current. Egg patterns in yellow or white also are working. Walleye are in mid-spawn and present in good numbers all over the tailrace. These fish receive little fishing pressure but can be caught trolling small shallow-running crankbaits in the main channel. Carolina rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers are another effective technique when fish are located in small areas. Jerkbaits in bright colors have caught fish in the 3-pound range, but most of the walleye taken are below the 2-pound class. Crappie will be spawning below the dam in the next several weeks with a few small males being caught this week on minnows by trout fishermen. These fish migrate into the tailrace very close to the banks to avoid the current. Live minnows and jigs will account for the majority of fish caught. Stealth is essential when targeting these spooky fish in the shallow water where any noise can ruin any chance of a successful catch.


East Arkansas

​(Updated 3-11-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report this week. Hopefully the warmer weather will get things moving.


​(Updated 3-11-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report this week. Hopefully the warmer weather will get things moving.


​(Updated 3-11-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report this week. Hopefully the warmer weather will get things moving.


​(Updated 3-11-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.


(Updated 3-11-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is at a good level for crappie fishing. Crappie are biting well on yo-yos baited with minnows. No report on bass, bream or catfish.


​(Updated 3-18-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water rose very quickly and is muddy from all the rain and runoff. No anglers have been on the water lately.

 

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