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Arkansas Fishing Report

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Norfork Lake Fishing Derby.

http://www.norforklakechamber.com/norfork_lake_fishing_derby.htm

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!

Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

Updated August 27, 2014

Fishing Highlight of the Week: AGFC Fisheries Division staff has placed hundreds of trees adn PVC structures in Greers Ferry near the nursery pond to offer more places for fingerlings to hide from predators when they are released from the nursery pond into the lake. Not only are do the structures offer cover for fingerlings, they offer anglers new cover to target for crappie, bass and bream. These new structures were all placed in the nursery pond cove west of Higden.
Arkansas and White river levels are available at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk
For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt
For water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality
Family and Community Fishing Program: Most Family and Community Fishing Program locations are teeming with catchable-sized channel catfish. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
Central Arkansas

(Updated 8-6-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around brush and lily pads. Crappie are fair on minnows near the shady side of trees around the Highway 89 bridge. Bass are fair on topwater lures, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits fished around lily pads and brush. Catfishing is excellent on limb lines baited with large minnows.

(Updated 7-15-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said all species are fair at best.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and two generators are starting at around 5 p.m. each evening. Trout are biting very well on almost any prepared baits in the mornings. Afternoons have been slower.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the cool summer was nice while it lasted, but we are back to normal Arkansas August temperatures. With school starting and vacations over, the river is becoming less crowded, especially on weekdays. We continue to have afternoon/early evening generation, which is providing wading opportunities on the upper river during the mornings and the lower river in the afternoons. Most late afternoons we are experiencing good BWO and midge hatches providing some great dry fly action on the mid and lower river. Cracklebacks, midges, BWO emergers, hares ears, soft hackles and sowbugs are working well. Hot pink and cotton candy-colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Always check the Corps of Engineers and Southwest Power Administration websites and the Greers Ferry Dam Powerhouse phone recording for current and future water release before planning your fishing trip.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 458.01 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 4.54 feet below normal pool. Hybrid and white bass have slowed, but will pick up soon with the cooler weather in the forecast. If we can get some rain to cool the water faster, the hybrids should go on a tear. Try spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits around the thermocline in water 50 to 70 feet deep. Crappie are slow, but a few have been caught suspended over 50 feet of water on minnows and jigs. No report on catfish. Walleye are slow. Bream are biting well in shallow water all the way out to 30 feet of water on crawlers and crickets. Largemouth bass, spotted bass and smallmouth bass are biting fairly well during the day and at night. Topwater baits are best in low light, then switch to small jigs and Alabama-rigged swimbaits for the daytime bite.

(Updated 8-6-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said Greers Ferry Lake remains close to normal pool with water temperatures at 82-84 degrees. As with last year, the shad are small and not much surface activity is occurring from the white and hybrid bass population. Finding schools of shad with sonar is difficult due to their small size. Main lake points, drop-offs, creek and river channels, and standing timber in 40-75 feet of water are holding fish during the day, with fish moving to shallower flats at dark. Suspended fish can be found in the river channel from 25-50 feet deep in 70-80 feet of water. Nice catches of crappie can made trolling over standing timber with jigs or crankbaits.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the lake is 4 feet below pool and is falling with daily generation at the dam. Water surface temperatures are at 86-87 degrees. On the lower end of the lake, a thermocline has set up at 28 feet deep. Many threadfin and gizzard shad are shallow and at moderate depths. There are a few surface-feeding fish, but the schools are small and sporadic. Pulling crankbaits for suspended crappie has been fair to good. Drop shot rigs have been good on spotted bass. Focus on deeper main lake areas (25 to 30 feet deep, where the fish are suspended in 18 to 28 feet of water, or in the main channel in the upper lake where the channel drops to 30-45 feet for crappie.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is low and clear. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are slow, but a few have been taken on soft-plastic minnow imitations. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

(Updated 7-30-2014) 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.

(Updated 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said high heat and humidity have kept most fishermen off the lake. A few are still catfishing late afternoons and early evenings and are doing well with nightcrawlers around the dam. Crappie fishermen are catching fish early in the mornings in 10 to 15 feet of water. The weather should cool down a little for Labor Day weekend and hopefully everyone will be able to get back on the lake.

Lake Maumelle

(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.

(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 8-6-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish have been biting worms and crickets. Some small bass are biting minnows. No reports of crappie being caught.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Catfish have been biting fairly well on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass have been biting fairly well on live minnows and soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow but a few small ones have been caught on pink minnows.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with big minnows, Texas-rigged lizards and small spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are biting minnows, goldfish, black salties and small bream on trotlines and limb lines. Bream are always willing to bite a crickets or worm. Crappie fishing is slow but you can catch one or two here and there on a good lively minnow.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are still being caught around deep structure and docks on crickets and redworms. Bass are biting Texas-rigged worms and lizards fished on fast dropping bottoms and around rock walls. Catfish are being caught on jugs and noodles baited with minnows and goldfish. No recent reports of crappie being caught.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been great for some customers using crickets all around the ponds. Catfish have been off and on with chicken liver, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bass have been biting live minnows and some small soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie have been deep and biting fairly well on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bream are biting crickets and redworms. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bait shrimp. Bass have been biting fair on live minnows and plastic worms and lizards.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the heat has stopped a lot of anglers from coming out. Largemouth bass and spotted bass are biting well along grasslines on chatterbaits just before sunrise and after sunset. When the sun comes up, slow-roll a spinnerbait off secondary drops to catch a few more fish before the heat of the day shuts down the bite. Catfishing is good drift-fishing in the evening with a worm-and-shad combination. Chunks of buffalo fish also are working. Bream are biting well crickets fished under overhangs near the channel. Some large gar have been caught around points near the main channel on live bream fished without a weight in 2 to 3 feet of water. White bass are biting well on points in the river on shad- or pearl-colored crankbaits. Bowfishing at night has been good lately.


​(Updated 8-27-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said there haven't been many anglers on the water. The only people that are fishing are going out very early in the morning and late in the evening. A few bream have been caught on worms and crickets. A few bass are being picked up on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, but overall the bite is very slow.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are slow on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle and up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are slow up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are slow on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is stained and low. Bream are fair around brush in 10 to 12 feet of water. Crappie are fair. Bass are scattered at all different depths and are fair to poor on Texas-rigged soft-plastics and jigs. Catfishing is fair on shad and nightcrawlers.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are biting excellently on shad and bass minnows fished below the hydro plant. All other species are slow.

(Updated 8-27-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is at normal level. Bream are biting well in the backwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around rocky areas and jetty points if there is flow. Catfishing is good on cut bait.


(Updated 8-29-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and low. Bream are biting well on redworms and crickets in the mornings. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is slow to fair on cut bait.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is high and clear. Bream are fair on crickets and worms. Crappie are very slow right now. Bass are fair. Catfishing is very good on live and prepared baits.


(Updated 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is fair on chicken livers, minnows and green sunfish.


(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.


(Updated 7-30-2014) 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.



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 657.04 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 8-27-2014) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the morning, and high flows in the afternoon, with Sunday being a little lower. Popular baits have been shad, sculpin, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site. (Updated 8-27-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear until about noon, when the generators start kicking in, then it becomes stained. As many as 8 generators are running in the afternoons. Trout are biting well on Rapalas and other stickbaits when the water is high and on zebra midges, copper Johns, Lil Cleo spoons, Rooster Tails and Buoyant Spoons when the water is low.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said last week, we have had a minor rain event (a quarter inch here in Cotter), hot temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell 0.7 feet to rest at 2.9 feet below seasonal power pool. With the extremely hot temperatures we have been experiencing, we should see more generation in the afternoon during peak power demand. The hot spot was Rim 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 flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). It's time to fish 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 the western foam varieties. To increase hook ups use a dropper like a ruby midge in size 18 three feet below the hopper. Higher afternoon flows have been conducive to fishing large streamers as well.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 550.73 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) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.

(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 8-6-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork River has fished a bit better recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on the 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. The siphon to accommodate minimum flow was down for several days but appears to be back online.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is low, clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering the Buffalo River.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is low, clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns.



Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,115.66 feet msl normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 8-20-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said bass fishing has been good. Night fishing continues to be the best option. Dark-colored crawdad-imitating soft plastics, black spinnerbaits and large Texas-rigged worms are working well along sloping gravel and chunk rock banks with brush. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day by using topwater plugs and buzzbaits in and around the brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard, worm or brush hog fished over points and flats works well. You can also try a drop-shot or shaky head Gambler Webo or Shaky Shad. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good for bass. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to be suspending 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. Minnows, small curly tailed grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jig head worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tot or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats also has been effective. Night fishing has 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 on 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.er 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 8-27-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperatures are in the low 80s. Early morning and the night bite have been best for stripers. Most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Stripers are being taken on live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolled Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks, Bomber 15A-16A or spoons. Beaver Lake striped bass are still being caught in Prairie Creek past lost bridge and the Dry Creek area. Also try Honey Creek, points 3, 4, 5, 6, Ford Creek, Cedar Creek and Rocky Branch. White bass and walleye are being caught on medium-diving crankbaits trolled around Lost Bridge North. Check the large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek. Also look on the back side of the island and in the cut between the island. Walleye also are around the channel and islands in front of Larue boat ramp in Rocky Branch and in Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and War Eagle. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep on flatline trolled Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners and Ripstiks. Spinner rigs with orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or 3 way rigs are working when tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches or Gulp and Power Bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange or black are good options as well.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and about one foot below normal pool. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on crankbaits trolled near the main lake. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the day. A jig will catch a few after the sun is up. Catfishing is fair on live and prepared baits. not many people are fishing, and most are off the water by 8:30 a.m.


(Updated 8-20-2014) Beaver Dam Store said white or pink Trout Magnets below a bobber have worked very well lately. White/yellow and pink Power Bait is getting the most good reports to the store. Use the lightest line possible. Table Rock Lake levels are still 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 get a disco midge or something bright colored. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. PJ's jigs or micro jigs under a casting bubble are working. Outside of the special regulation area add a wax worm behind the jig.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the fishing is slow here. Bass fishing works the best when trying to get reaction strikes. Two local fishermen, using my suggestion last week, fished from sun up till 11 a.m. and caught 32 bass on Rat-L-Traps. Nothing large, but some 3 1/2 pounders. A dozen or so crappie were caught this week by a Fayetteville couple, using minnows at 8 ft. deep. On a rainy day I'd try throwing a green and yellow jig. Redear and Bluegill are slow, but redworms and crickets can still catch a mess. Catfishing should be fair at night on liver, cut perch and stink bait, but there have been no reports confirming this.


(Updated on 8-27-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said there have been very few reports because of the heat. The water is dingy and at normal levels. All species are slow.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and 92 degrees. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in brush about 8 feet deep. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 8 feet of water. Bass are biting well early in the morning on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good on shad and chicken livers.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said there haven't been many anglers on the water with the summer heat setting in.


​(Updated 8-27-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.


​(Updated 8-27-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131)had no report.



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 8-27-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said fishing is still a little slow this week with the hot temperatures. Bream are still biting on worms and crickets fairly well in the early and late part of the day. Catfish are still biting on a variety of baits. One 20-pound flathead was caught last week. No report on bass and crappie activity this week.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 90 degrees. A few catfish have been caught in deep water, but basically no one is fishing because of the heat.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels continue to drop at the lake; use care when under power. Channel catfish have been fair to good on dip baits and nightcrawlers, a few blues have been caught on nightcrawlers as well. Flathead catfish have been slow. Bass have been fair to good early and late on topwater lures and crankbaits. Bream have been good on redworms. No reports 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.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 270 cfs at the spring and water clarity is clear. It's been hot all week. The best catching has been early morning and late evening. Olive woolly buggers and brownies have been hot this week and there has been some dry-fly action during the afternoons. Fall is just around the corner.



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 8-6-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team had no report.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said crappie are biting well. The last cold front turned them on, and they were biting minnows and artificial baits well. Bass are slow on topwater lures at the edge of lily pads. Bream are biting well at the edge of shallow water bedding areas. No report on catfish.


(Updated 8-6-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said Lake Chicot is dropping pretty quickly from the drawdown. At least 2 feet has been drained in most areas, meaning the shoreline is much farther out than when the lake is at normal level. That being said, fish are still being caught. We have heard of bream catches in the 20-25 range and have seen some very large catfish caught with cut shad on noodles or jugs.

Lake Chicot is currently undergoing a drawdown that will continue through Jan. 1, 2015, to mimic natural low water years necessary to keep production levels high. Click here for more information about the drawdown,



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 258.30 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake is drawn down 11 inches below normal conservation pool and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting shoreline work at Cottonshed Park and inspecting the dam. The AGFC also is planting millet along the exposed shore. There is increased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 3,535 CFS. Clarity and visibility is slightly improved over last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 8-12 inches. Use caution navigating, as the low level is exposing some stumps and submerged hazards. Frogs, Bass Assassin Shads, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits remain the go-to baits over the past couple weeks with all the bass chasing shad, early and late. Working top waters around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels continue drawing good reactions at dawn. Good bites continue on the soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find away from heavy current and discharge of Little River. Johnson chrome spoons with curly tail grub trailers continue taking some good fish in the lily pads.One angler caught an 11 pound bass last week. White bass continue roaming the oxbows, hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, white bass were surface breaking on shad in backs of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows. They have not been seen surface breaking over the past 2 weeks, but should begin again this week since those areas have begun clearing with the drawdown conditions. Those fish were hitting small, Smokey Joe Pop-R's & Chug Bugs with a rear feather tail hook or Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in red/white or chartreuse/white, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie improved around planted brush piles in 12-16 feet of water in Little River behind current breaks and points where brush piles are located. The best bets were vertical jigging Southern Pro tubes in red/white, chartreuse/white or smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads. Blue catfish and channel catfish remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trot lines set 6-9 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best baits have been cut shad, cut buffalo and Catfish Charlie.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.97 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

(Updated 7-30-2014) 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.


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


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 402.38 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Huge schools of shad are along the south side of the lake between Yancey Creek and Island 34. Many black bass, white bass and small hybrids are feeding on the shad. Bass fishing is good early in the morning on schooling fish. Throw a Zara Spook, Fluke, Pop-R, in-line spinner, 1/2-oz. spoon or 3-inch swim bait as close to the breaking fish as possible. When the fish stop breaking, cast a 1/2-oz. spoon and let it drop to about 20 feet where the school is dropping to. The best areas have been between Point 14 and Ozan Point. Some small to medium-sized hybrids and white bass are being caught mixed in with the black bass. Hybrid fishing in the DeRoche Iron Mountain area has been slow. The thermocline is about 25 to 30 feet deep, and the deep water pattern for hybrids has not developed this year. Bream fishing is good with many small bream up shallow and some bull bream being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water near the bottom off secondary points around rock or wood cover. Crickets and redworms have worked well for the big bream in deep water. No report on catfish or crappie.



South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 8-27-2014) Jaret Rushing had no report.
Tri-County Lake

(Updated 8-27-2014) Jaret Rushing had no report.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Catfish daily limit is 5; bream daily limit is 50, and all other fish are catch and release only. The upper lake goes by statewide harvest limits. Bass are hitting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits around vegetation early in the mornings. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with prepared catfish bait and on live brood minnows or sunfish. Tightlining for catfish is good on worms and commercial catfish baits.



West-Central Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.45 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water lately.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) had no report.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 385.32 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office had no report.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 573.12 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro .

(Updated 8-27-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 61 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has reduced daily generation times from 16 to 12 hour periods, which has allowed temperatures to rise slightly in the area but has given anglers more time to fish slack water. Trout fishing is very slow, with few trout remaining in the tailrace. Stockings will not begin again until November, and trout fishing will be tough until then. White bass are in and out of the tailrace, chasing schools of threadfin shad. Most fish have been caught below the bridge in the late evening on shallow-running crankbaits and tightlined minnows near the dam. A few walleye have been caught on jerkbaits and Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Stripers and hybrids have been spotty, with a little topwater action observed during generation. Be ready with a large soft-plastic jerkbait or Zara Spook and heavy line in case one surfaces near you while you're fishing for other species.



East Arkansas

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said a few white bass have been caught in 12 to 15 feet of water on crankbaits trolled early and late in the day, but no one is fishing lately with the heat.


​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said very few anglers are on the water because of the heat.


​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said very few anglers are on the water because of the heat.
Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) very few anglers are on the water because of the heat.


(Updated 8-27-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been tough during the day, but the fish are biting a little early and late. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on gitzit tubes and soft-plastic trick worms.


(Updated 8-6-2014) 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 spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on rod-and-reel with live or prepared baits.

 

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