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Updated May 27, 2015

2AGFC Urges boaters to use caution on area lakes, rivers and boat ramps
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is warning boaters to use extreme caution in and around the state's waters. Recent heavy rain and the forecast for more rain over the next two days have rivers and lakes at dangerous levels.
Flooding rivers are particularly dangerous. During high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft.
Water levels on lakes and reservoirs also are high across the state. The AGFC encourages the boating public to use extreme caution when boating at this time. Be aware of rapidly changing water conditions.
Some AGFC boat ramps may be indirectly closed as a result of county road closures due to flooding. Do not cross barricades to access these areas.
The most important thing to remember is to wear a life jacket at all times when boating under these conditions.
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: All Family and Community Fishing Program ponds are stocked with catfish and ready for fishing. The FCFP also is holding its annual tagged catfish promotion. If you catch a tagged catfish between now and June 2, call the phone number on the tag, then send it to the address the answering machine provides. You'll win a small fishing package and be entered into our grand prize drawing. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
Central Arkansas
Lake Conway

As of Tuesday, May 19, Lake Conway was 2.1 feet above normal pool. Five gates are open at the spillway and will remain open until the lake is drawn down to normal pool. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) had no report.

(Updated 5-19-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bream fishing has been good on redworms and crickets fished 5 to 20 feet away from the banks. Bass are biting fairly well on dark-colored soft plastics fished slowly around cover. White and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits also are working well on the largemouth bass. Crappie are fairly slow and are out in the cypress trees on the main lake. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and livers. Flatheads have been biting well on limblines and trotlines baited with bream and black salty minnows. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said recent rains have Greers Ferry lake 10 feet above normal level. Even though the lake level is high, we continue to see windows between generation/water releases for good drift and wade fishing. We continue to see a caddis hatch taking place when we have lower water levels. Streamers, caddis pupa and emergers, hare's ear, San Juan worms and sowbugs continue to work well for fly-fishermen. The best Trout Magnet colors are hot pink, red and purple haze bodies on chartreuse and gold Trout Magnet jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecast generation schedule.  

(Updated 5-27-2015) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said the rain just keeps coming and the lake keeps rising, but the river is still fishable. The storms have brought heavy rains that muddy the river but the generation each day is helping clear the river and the fish are biting. The best time to fish is the morning hours with wading available at the dam until about 10 a.m. when the generation starts. Wading is available on Winkley Shoal from mid-morning until about 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. Drift fishing remains good by staying ahead of the generated water and fishing the clearer sections of the river.

(Updated 5-20-2015) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Company (501-207-1770) said fishing has been excellent! We have had low water in the mornings with two units on line in the afternoons/evenings. The best fishing has been when low water is present. The hot flies have been a variety of pheasant tail nymphs and pink San Juan worms. Sassy colored Trout Magnets have been catching lots of fish, too. 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 472.60 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 5-27-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 10.82 above normal pool and rising. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70s. Bass fishing is good all over the lake around the bushes on small secondary points. Try topwater baits early (all day if it’s cloudy). If you miss a fish, pitch a soft-plastic bait in there and catch it. If the sun is high, try flipping small soft plastics to bushes or out deep drag a Carolina rig or football head jig. Bream fishing is good in bedding areas and baited areas up shallow using crickets and nightcrawlers. Crappie are suspended out in front of the bushes or over brush piles and pole timber in 15 to 30 feet of water. Catfishing is good on lines all over the lake as the flatheads are preparing to spawn and most other are spawning or getting finished up. Walleye fishing is tough right now, but should get better when the water gets stable. Try dragging crawlers out in front of the old brush line in 13-27 feet. Hybrid and white bass fishing is good if you find them. Some are on top early and late or if it’s cloudy. If it’s sunny, fish spoons, swim baits and Road Runners.

(Updated 5-27-2015) Cody Smith at fishgreersferry.com (501-691-5701) had no report. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report. 

(Updated 5-19-2015) Overcup Landing said the lake is about 2 feet high, but the water is in good condition for fishing. Crappie are biting well on minnows, white/chartreuse and black/chartreuse jigs trolled 8 to 10 feet deep in 18 to 20 feet of water. Bream are beginning to bed up and are biting well on crickets and wax worms. Bass are fair on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on stink bait and nightcrawlers. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the water is still high, but is clear and warm. Catfish are very good on large minnows, goldfish and bream on trotlines and jugs fished 8 to 10 feet deep. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms in brushy areas around the shore. Crappie are 8 to 10 feet deep and still scattered, so trolling with black/chartreuse or red/chartreuse jigs, Bandit crankbaits or live minnows is most productive. Bass are slow. The spillway below the dam is still flowing and bream and crappie are very good in the eddies using crickets and small spinner baits.

(Updated 5-19-2015) Overcup Landing said the lake is about 2.5 feet high and the water is in fair condition. Crappie are biting fairly well in 18 to 20 feet of water on white/black jigs trolled 9 to 11 feet deep. Bream are beginning to bed up and are biting well on redworms and crickets. Bass are fair on Rooster Tails and buzzbaits. Catfishing is very good on minnows and nightcrawlers. 

​(Updated 5-20-2015) Charley's Hidden Harbor at Opello said flooding has pushed the fish back in the bays and flooded fields. Bream are biting very well along the edges of flooded fields away from the river. Catfish also are biting well in the newly flooded areas on nightcrawlers. Bass are back up in the flooded brush and will bite topwaters and buzzbaits very well. Some large carp and buffalo are out in the flooded fields as well.

(Updated 5-27-2015) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water is 0.9 feet above the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on wacky-rigged worms, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and jerk baits in 10 feet of water and less. Spotted bass are biting excellently on crankbaits and jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water. White bass are biting well. The majority of the white bass are back in the lake, but a few stragglers may still be hanging around the creek. They are being caught on CC spoons, white jigs and Rooster Tails. Crappie are fair in about 15 feet of water, but recent rains have scattered the crappie. Bream are biting well in 10 to 15 feet of water around brush. Catfish are biting well in 10 to 15 feet of water on stink bait, small bream and chicken livers. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Small crappie and bass have been biting pink minnows and no. 6 crappie minnows. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers and chicken livers. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting well on chicken livers and Sonny's Super Sticky Channel Cat Bait. Bream are biting crickets and redworms. Bass will hit live minnows or plastic worms and lizards. Crappie fishing has been fair to slow on pink minnows and no. 6 minnows. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said don't even try it until the water goes down. The recent rains have the Saline at dangerous levels and fishing would be next to impossible at this time.  Everybody please be safe.

(Updated 5-13-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good off and on. They seem to be a little confused due to the rain and cool weather but some nice ones are being caught on the good days. Crickets or redworms on a tight line will get the bite. Catfish have been coming to trotlines and jug lines baited with brood minnows, black salties and goldfish. Bass fishing has been fair around docks, walls and shallow structure with Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics, topwater lures and buzzbaits early in the morning and spinner baits on windy points. If the crappie are biting on the lake right now, nobody's talking about it.

(Updated 5-13-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie have been slow to bite but folks that stay after them have managed to catch some nice ones on no. 6 and 12 minnows as well as some Kalins and Bobby Garland jigs. Bream are biting crickets and small jigs with curly tailed grubs. Bass have been hitting minnows, floating worms and Carolina-rigged plastics and crankbaits. Catfish are biting best right before dark on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and minnows.

​(Updated 5-27-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is high and muddy. No report. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is extremely high. You might be able to fish a backwater creek or two, but the river is extremely dangerous. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high and muddy. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfishing is good. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high and muddy. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair. No report on catfish or bass. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said fishing has been good for all species. The higher water has put water and fish in the shoreline cover. 

North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 670.23 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).

(Updated 4-29-2015) Bull Shoals Boat Dock said most of the shoreline has brush in the water. The water temperatures are in the low 60s. Bass have moved to the beds. Spotted bass are bedding as deep as 5 to 10 feet of water. Jerk baits are working well out in 10 to 15 feet of water outside the brush. Jigs fished in 5 to 15 feet of water crawled along bluffs and rocks are working as well. White bass are back in the creeks, and some good limits have come in lately. Use small white jigs, spoons and crankbaits for the best results on the white bass. Walleye fishing has been very good on deep-diving crankbaits trolled  on leadcore line about 30 to 50 feet deep in 40 to 100 feet of water. There is very limited success on walleye in shallow water right now. Crappie anglers are being a bit tight-lipped, but the few that are willing to share information are catching their fish in 20 feet of water around brush on small minnows, spoons and 1/32 oz. to 1/64 oz. jigs if you can find the days when the wind will let you fish that light.

(Updated 5-13-2015) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service said Bull Shoals is fishing well. The surface water temperature near Point 24 is in the low 70s, and the lake is rising due to the recent rains. Shoreline brush is covered to the depth of about 14 feet.  Surface baits fished through the brush will produce both largemouth and spotted bass. Make sure to also cast to the deeper water as bass are also holding in the middle of the fingers and will rise to surface baits. Smallmouths seem to be holding out in the deeper water on main lake points and secondary points, with most action coming from 18 to 22 feet deep on jigs. Walleye are biting well on trolled crankbaits that dive to the 10- to 18-foot level, fished just outside the submerged buckbrush. Soft secondary points are also producing fish on crankbaits and jigs fished over 40 feet of water and casting to the shoreline. Crappie remain scarce with only incidental catches coming in, however bluegills are starting to show up on soft secondary points from depths of 12 to 22 feet. Trotlines are doing well catfish on both the main lake and creek arms.  Small bluegills work well but stinkbait also is producing.

(Updated 5-20-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear with very low flow of 2 to 3 generators right now. Fly-fishermen are catching quite a few rainbows, as are spin-fishermen. A boat is really recommended to get into the trout right now, and be sure to call ahead to make sure water conditions haven't changed. As soon as the Corps of Engineers can start dropping water in the lake, the tailwater will be very high and swift. 

(Updated 5-27-2015)Paul Bobby at GI on the Fly Guide Service (907-350-6610) said there’s fish everywhere.  Large amounts of trout can be found from the dam below Bull Shoals Lake to Cotter and beyond. Fly-fishermen have had great success fishing zebra midges of all colors and sizes dressed in many bead and wire combinations. Stimulator or hopper patterns presented properly will get a look from large brown trout. On occasion, it’ll eat and the game is on. Evening soft hackles put lots of fish on line. Try an Anna Kay.  They come tied in many different color combinations.  Swing’em into rising fish and you’ll find a new and productive method to catching rising trout.  As evening approaches, large streamers or mouse patterns can be productive. I like to say that if you’re not in a boat, it can be the land of a hundred casts, but when a big fish eats it’s an absolute rush.  My advice for the bait fishermen is simple. Anything and everything will catch trout this time of year.

(Updated 5-22-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said on the White, we had moderate generation with no wadable water. On heavy generation, the best way to catch fish is to switch to longer leaders and heavier weight. On the White, the hot spot was the catch-and-release section at Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8-10), Y2Ks (size 14-12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead size 16-18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sow bugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a prince nymph with a ruby midge or root beer midge suspended below it). There have been several reliable sightings of caddis hatching. This is our major hatch of the year. They are size fourteen and easy to see. Before the hatch, you should concentrate on fishing prince nymphs. When the trout key on the top but no insects are present, switch over to my green butt. When you observe trout taking adult insects from the top of the water column, you should switch over to elk hair caddis dry flies.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 560.62 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 5-27-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface water temperature is in the low 70s. There are still a few stripers and hybrids coming up early and just before dark, chasing baitfish. Keep a top-water rod handy. Have a Zara Spook or a wake bait tied on. Keep an eye on your depth finder and watch for them suspended 25-40ft. Drop a jigging spoon or get your live bait down just above the fish. Check channel swings along the bluffs and on the points. Bass are coming up early and will hit these baits as well. You might want to throw a soft jerk bait as close as you can to the brush along the bank. The bass are hitting jigs, jerk baits and Texas-rigged worms. Don’t forget to try a swim bait. All of these fish will hit a swim bait reeled very slowly. There are a few white bass coming up also. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the past week we have had rain, cold, and fog but the fish seem to not care about the weather and started biting all over the lake. The stripers are in transition right now. I am catching stripers three ways, on top with a balloon, long line with a split shot, and down line with a 2-oz. sinker set about 30 feet down. Some of fish I cleaned had crawdads in their belly. This means the fish are starting to go deep. With that in mind, it's time to break out your spoons. I’m starting to see small schools of stripers that will take my shad. The loner fish are beginning to school up because of the higher water temperatures. As it warms we will continue to see more fish schooling in the 30 to 50 foot range. I fished the lower end of the lake in the Big Creek area about a mile either side of the entrance to Hand Cove most of the week. I finished the week fishing north of Howard Cove. I caught multiple limits of stripers on both ends of Norfork Lake. Stripers are being caught in most major creeks and some in mid-lake area. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said fishing has been outstanding the last couple of weeks. All species are biting well. With the weather changes and the slow rise of the lake the fish are constantly on the move. The fish are moving out to the main lake area. Of course this may change if we receive more rain and the lake starts to rise more quickly. You will find stripers on top as well as down 20 to 40 feet deep. Topwater baits and swim baits are working the best. Stripers are all over the lake, and trolling a swim bait with a 1-ounce jig head is working well. Look at main lake points with deep water nearby. The largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass bite is at its best. Live bait and artificial baits are both working well. Topwater action happens most mornings and evenings, but sometimes not for a long period of time. Once they go down, try throwing a 3- to 4-inch swim bait. You can also work the bottom with plastics from 10 to 25 feet down. The bigger smallmouth are in 15 to 25 feet of water on secondary points in the creeks and off of deep bluff lines. The white bass bite has been sporadic. One day many are caught and the next day they are gone or not feeding. Focus on main lake points. Panfishing is improving. Bluegills can be found up on the banks, but the bigger ones are still about 20 feet deep off bluff lines. Find a small cut in the bluff and get up close and fish straight down. Use crickets, worms or niblets. Crappies have moved out to the brush in 15 to 30 feet of water. They are biting best on live crappie minnows. Crappie at my dock have been going nuts over the last week with many 13- to 16-inch fish being caught. Catfishing is also good in the coves and creeks. Nightcrawlers and small bluegills are a great bait. Jugs, trotlines and rod and reel are all working. 

(Updated 5-22-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork has fished better recently. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (size 18-22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14-16) 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 18 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. My favorite combination has been a grasshopper with a root beer or ruby midge dropper.There is a major construction project at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery and the walkway between the two sets of stairs to the creek is closed. You can still access the creek by walking the trail beside it. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10).

(Updated 5-22-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are stained and high. With the weather warming, the smallmouths should be active soon. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

(Updated 5-22-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are stained and high. With the weather warming, the smallmouths should be active soon. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,129.21 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 5-20-2015) Roger Craven of JT's Crappie Guide Service had no report.

(Updated 5-20-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperature is in the high 60s. Stripers are patrolling submerged brush, trees and rocks feeding on spawning shad. Walleye are also using the same areas and are biting in the 4- to 10-foot range. Fishing is good on live shad fished from the surface down to 25 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water. Trolled Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues are working on weighted lines. Stripers are also being caught at night by casting main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas or large Rat-L-Traps. Walleye are being caught along the riprap of the dam and along Lost Bridge North. Stripers and white bass also are being caught in this area. Also check the channel that skirts the humps between the Big Clifty and Henry Hollow arms! At Rocky Branch, the bluff in front of the marina, the island and the smaller islands in front of the Larue Cove are all producing stripers. Copper Mine and Ventris also are some good striper hot spots.

(Updated 5-27-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is muddy and high. Bass are fair on jigs and topwater lures wherever you can find clearer water in the lower end of the lake. Catfishing is good on limblines and rod-and-reel baited with live or prepared catfish baits.

(Updated 5-25-2015) Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said as of yesterday, May 25, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raised the flood gates to Beaver Lake one foot along with running water through the generators from Beaver Dam. It is strongly advised to stay clear of the tailwater, by boat or otherwise, until further notice. The water level is extremely high and moving quick, very hazardous. Mr. Kennedy will be updating conditions on Inspiration Point Fire Departments Facebook page. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Beaver Dam Store had no report.

(Updated 5-27-2015) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the lake is above normal, but the water is still clear. Some discoloration may occur in the Brush Creek area that feeds the lake, which could affect the bedding bluegill and redear. The larger beds have been spotted on the east side, from the power line up to the feeder creek. Try around Goose Island too.  Crickets or redworms fished a couple of feet under a bobber work best. Some redear were also caught on the old road bed on redworms fished near the bottom.  When the black bass aren't suspended in the 15- to 18-foot range because of the storms, you'll find them in the freshly flooded grass and weeds along the shoreline. Use plastic worms or lizards in watermelon seed. In deeper water try a black/blue spinnerbait on cloudy days and white/silver spinnerbaits on sunny days. Last Thursday was a banner day for crappie on minnows fished from 3- to 5-feet deep under a bobber. A yellow Arkie jig slow-rolled around cover also caught several limits of crappie. The hottest spots were in the mouth of Keeper Cove, and  in the wash cove next to the boat ramp. The feeding frenzy lasted almost all day.  Catfishing should be good near any runoff creeks, as the recent flooding washes worms and crawfish into the lake.  Nightcrawlers or stinkbait works best in those areas. Try live bream on your trotlines and jug lines to have the best luck for channel catfish and flatheads.

(Updated on 5-13-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows. Bass are biting well. Bluegill are beginning to bite well in the shallows on crickets. 

(Updated 5-20-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is high and muddy. Catfish are about the only thing biting. 

​(Updated 5-19-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass are hitting fairly well on large minnows, Senkos and spinnerbaits. Bream are good crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are decent on nightcrawlers and liver.

​(Updated 5-19-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing is decent on topwater lures and shaky head worms. Bream are good on crickets and redworms. Catfish can be caught on nightcrawlers, live goldfish and stink bait. Crappie are slow, but can be caught on live minnows or Bobby Garland Baby Shad jigs.

Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 5-6-2015) ​Hunter Snell, owner of 2nd Amendment Gunshop, (870-761-3861) had no report.

(Updated 5-27-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said crappie are biting well on trolled minnows, jigs and crankbaits in 16 feet of water. Catfishing is very good on jugs and trotlines baited with goldfish. Bream are biting well along the shoreline on crickets. No report on bass. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is high and dingy. Bream are biting well. Bass are biting well. Catfish are biting well. No report on specific lures. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Lake Frierson State Park said water level is high after recent rains and grass is emerging around the lake.  Bream are fair to good and are moving into the grassy areas to spawn. The larger fish are a little further out, but are still orienting to grass beds or flooded bushes. Crappie are poor to fair with a few being caught in the bushes on the north end of the lake. Bass are fair to good with fish in all stages of the spawn. Bass are following the shad and bream toward the grassy areas, and lures that imitate shad are working best.  Try white crankbaits and white spinnerbaits in likely areas with multiple casts to get reaction bites. Saugeye are fair to good with some limits still coming in on minnow imitators fished near or on the bottom. Crankbaits should start producing some fish as the baitfish spread out.   Channel catfish have been good on nightcrawlers, liver and dip bait. Fish are being caught on the bottom and under floats. Vary your depth if you are using a float to find the right level.  No reports of flathead or blues this week.

(Updated 5-20-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running 490 cfs and the water is green. A lot of rain over the weekend had the Spring River off-color Saturday, but the river has begun to clear up quickly. Over the last few days, woolly buggers fished behind a sink tip have been doing really well on trout. Olive and black have been the go-to colors. Hot pink and gold spinners are working well for spin fishers.

Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 5-26-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the boat ramps at Regional Park in Pine Bluff were accessible this weekend, but just barely. The river is projected to rise again, putting the boat ramps and parking areas underwater again. Please use caution with any planned activities on the water this weekend. Water temperature is in the upper 70s and water clarity is only about half a foot or less.

(Updated 5-13-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bream are biting very well on crickets in deeper water. Bass are warming up and hitting better on chartreuse lizards and live minnows in the lily pads. Crappie are biting fairly well on shiners in 8 feet of water. Catfishing is good on goldfish and shiners. 

(Updated 5-6-2015) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park had no report. 

Area anglers report many excellent days of catfishing lately using live shad as bait in 3 to 6 feet of water. 

Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 266.93 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.20 msl).

(Updated 5-27-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service  said as of Monday, May 25, the lake has begun receding, and is 7 feet above normal conservation pool.  With the additional rainfall this week, it may reverse course and rise again. There is reduced current of Little River with the gates releasing around 16,695 cfs Monday.  Trees, logs, grass mats and wide debris fields are coming downriver in extremely heavy current.  Several river buoy markers are missing in Little River with heavy current.  Use extreme caution in any navigation on Millwood or Little River with these conditions. Surface temperatures range from 67 to 75 degrees, depending on location, wind, and sun. Water clarity improved to heavy stain, some areas away from current are clearing.  Millwood State Park remains closed, but the water is very clear in that region of the lake. Over the past week if you were able to get out and into some of the backwater oxbows and pockets off the main lake, the bite was fair to good. We were catching nice bass in pockets along the golf course, and Millwood State Park on a variety of lures. War Eagle spinnerbaits in spot remover, white/chartreuse, and bleeding peach were working. Buzzbaits in white and chartreuse with red or orange were taking early morning largemouths. Chatterbaits, Bass Assassin Shads, 10-inch Berkley Power Worms, frogs and Real Deal Custom Tackle jigs in black/blue/purple or Texas Craw are working again this week around the Millwood State Park and out of any river current. Squarebill cranks and Rat-L-Traps were beginning to take a few keeper size largemouths this week upriver in the oxbows of McGuire and Horseshoe Lake areas. Magnum, 4-inch gitzit tubes in black neon, large soft-plastic craws and top-water frogs also were taking bass in the same pockets around South Hickory and the golf course in 4-9 feet of water around cypress trees. Crappie were beginning to improve away from Little River current around cypress trees in 6-9 feet of water on Southern Pro tubes and jigs. Catfish were back in action this week on trotlines along Little River current and in creek mouths where current is moving through.  The best bait over the past week has been spoiled chicken livers, Catfish Charlie and homemade blood bait.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 550.87 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 408.43 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 5-27-2015) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 70s. The water is clear up to Shouse Ford and a little muddy on up the river. Bass fishing is fair with the lake being lowered, the fish are now a little deeper but still close to the bank and shoreline brush. Throw a shallow-running crankbait or lipless crankbait near or into the cover. Work the points in major coves. Also try a lightly weighted Texas-rigged worm fished through the brush. The topwater bite is starting with lots of fish chasing shad in the major coves both morning and evening. Throw a topwater such as a Zara Spook, Fluke, Pop R  or Sammy. The best areas for bass have been between Edgewood and Yancey Creek. Major creeks such as Big Hill and Brushy have been producing. Hybrid fishing is picking up with fish now starting to show in the lower end of the lake off deep points and humps. The fish are suspended at about 30 feet deep in the upper part of a major thermocline or cold water layer. The thermocline is easy to see on the sonar, in fact sometimes it is so pronounced that is hard to see the fish in it. When fish are located, drop a heavy jigging spoon down under the fish and work it up through the school. Heavy in-line spinners and swim baits rigged on heavy jig heads also produce.  Look for fish on points in the big coves on the south side between points 2 and 6. Bream fishing remains good with lots of fish still on beds in 4 to 6 feet of water. Try crickets and redworms. Catfish are fair on both noodles and trotlines set at midlake. The areas around Point 10 and Island 34 have been producing some nice channel cats on trotlines.

South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 5-20-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said on the upper lake, bass are biting well on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged brush hogs. Bream are biting fairly well on worms and crickets. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with live bait, worms and prepared catfish baits and on tightlined worms, catfish baits and crickets. On the lower lake, bream are biting fairly well on worms, and catfish are biting well on trotlines. Bass are biting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged brush hogs. No report on crappie. 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/

(Updated 5-13-2015) Local angler Jaret Rushing had no report this week. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Local angler Jaret Rushing said the water levels are still extremely high and just won't stabilize. No report. 

West-Central Arkansas

(Updated 5-19-2015) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the lake is still up about 3 feet from normal, but the water is clear. Bluegill have been biting pretty well lately on crickets, and one good redear came in the other day, but redear haven't really started up yet. Catfishing is good with one woman bringing in a 15.9-lb. catfish this week. Bass are slow, and those that are being caught are in the 2- to 3-lb. range, which is in the protected slot limit. Lucky Landing will be holding its annual bream tournament on Memorial Day, and it's a great time to get out with the kids and watch the bobber go under. Call Lucky Landing for details at (479-641-7615). 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 374.50 feet msl (full pool – 342 msl). 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) had no report. The water is too high to fish. 

(Updated 5-13-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the main river channel is too dangerous to fish or navigate with all the recent rain. No report

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 420.26 feet msl (full pool – 384 msl).

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 585.94 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 5-20-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 74 to 76 degrees and the water is muddy from all the inflow of rain. Black bass are biting well on Flukes, Zara Spooks and other topwater baits fished around secondary points and main lake points. Walleye are biting well on jerkbaits and no. 5 Flicker Shads trolled over main lake and secondary points in 10 to 15 feet of water. Stripers are biting well on topwater C-10 Redfins and live bait. The best reports are coming from Bird Island, Cedar Fourche and the main lake. Bream are biting well on worms, grubs and crickets near brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. Many bream are making a move shallow as well. Crappie are fair near brush in 10 to 16 feet of water on crappie jigs and minnows. Catfishing is very good on live bait fished under jugs or trotlines.  

(Updated 4-29-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said this week's cooldown has slowed things a little, but the weather forecast indicates another warming trend soon. The catfish and bluegill spawns are right around the corner, and we may see some spawning activity for these fish during the next full moon. Look for the buckbrush line, and look about 10 to 15 feet out from it to find the inside grass line. That line is where bass and crappie are both holding. For bass focus on Texas-rigged Senkos and YUM Dingers, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie anglers should cast and retrieve jigs with grubs or fish a jig-and-bobber combination to catch a few papermouths on the inside grass line.

Lake Ouachita is still above the flood stage. They will be matching flow from Blakely Dam in the Corps of Engineer’s effort to lower Lake Ouachita out of flood pool. Flows from Remmel and Carpenter dams are likely to increase to around 10,000 cfs before the week is over. Boaters should use extreme caution while boating on the area lakes due to the increased amount of floating debris that was washed into the lakes during recent flash flood events. 

(Updated 5-19-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com had no report.

(Updated 5-27-2015) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs  had no report. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said conditions below Carpenter Dam remain unfishable.  Entergy is currently running almost 10,000 cfs from the dam which has created very fast and dangerous flows all over the tailrace and for several miles downstream. High water levels further complicate the danger as muddy water and debris are the norm in Lake Catherine and these conditions will continue for weeks until Lake Ouachita has been brought down below flood pool. More rain is forecast this week and with Ouachita almost 6 feet into the flood pool, very heavy flows will continue from Carpenter Dam until water levels return to normal. No one should attempt to navigate the tailrace for any reason until these dangerous water conditions are brought back under control.      

East Arkansas

​(Updated 5-6-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

​(Updated 5-6-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

​(Updated 5-6-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is muddy, high and on the rise. Fishing is poor. Trotlining for catfish might be the only thing to do right now. 

​(Updated 5-27-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is muddy and high. No report on the fishing.


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