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Updated July 1, 2015

Tri-County Lake drawdown begins July 6

The AGFC will draw down Tri-County Lake approximately 5 feet beginning July 6 and will hold it at that level until late fall. This drawdown is being done to address the stunted crappie and bluegill populations in the lake. Drawing the lake down will concentrate the small fish making them more susceptible to predators such as largemouth bass and anglers. This should reduce their numbers, which will increase their growth and provide for a higher average size of crappie and bluegill for anglers to catch in coming years. 
   The drawdown also benefits fish habitat and provides an opportunity to conduct maintenance work on the jetties. 
   The drawdown likely will make launching a boat more difficult for a few months, but the long-term benefits will make up for it. Also those anglers who take the extra effort to launch in the less-than-ideal conditions should be rewarded with some better catch rates than normal. 
   For questions regarding Tri-County Lake or the upcoming drawdown, call Yung at the AGFC Camden Regional Office at 877-836-4612. 
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. Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for up-to-date information about pond stockings, events and locations.
(Updated 7-1-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is at normal level. Bream are excellent. Crappie are fair. Bass are biting well around cover. Catfishing is excellent on live and prepared baits. 
(Updated 6-9-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bream are starting to move on their beds, hitting crickets and redworms at the banks and docks. Bass are doing fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are scattered among the live cypress trees. Catfishing is still good on nightcrawlers pole fishing, and limblines and trotlines are producing good baited with bream or black salties.

(Updated 7-1-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said Greers Ferry Lake is over 7 feet above normal level and constantly dropping with 2 units of daily generation. Expect heavy generation for an extended period on the Little Red River as the Corps of Engineers lowers the lake level. Use long leaders and add weight to get your fly or Trout Magnet down under the strike indicator for a good presentation. Streamers, San Juan worms, egg patterns and sowbugs work well for fly-fishermen. For Trout Magnet fishing, red and mealworm-colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads are working well. 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 7-1-2015) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said the Army Corps of Engineers said generation would be increased to 18 hours per day through Thursday and probably be increased to 2 generators 24/7 by the weekend. It looks like high water on the river for most of the month of July. Drift fishing will be available on the river, but extra care should be taken with the increased flow and current. If there is heavy rain in the White River area this weekend, it could cause the generation to be reduced back to the 12-hour schedule. All releases depend on the amount of water the White River can handle.
(Updated 7-1-2015) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Company (501-207-1770) said fishing has remained very good throughout consistent water release from the Greers Ferry Dam. They have been beginning generation at 9 to 10 a.m. and shutting down at 10 to 11 p.m. The best fishing has been during periods of low water. A variety of beadhead nymphs have been producing good numbers of fish. Black zebra midges and pink San Juan worms have been working well too. Pink and Sassy-colored Trout Magnets have been getting fish to the net also. 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 470.38 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 7-1-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said The water level is 7.72 feet below normal pool and falling. Bream fishing is good shallow as they are making beds and can be caught on crickets, crawlers and small crankbaits or flies. Crappie fishing is good over brush piles and around pole timber or brush. They will be scattered if they are pulling water and grouped tight if not. Anglers should be able to find them on jigs or jigs tipped with minnows. Catfish are eating a variety of baits on jugs, trotlines and rod and reels , with the flat heads spawning and eating live bait all over the lake. Bass fishing is tough. There are fish shallow chasing bream and can be caught with topwater baits, swim baits, jigs and Flukes. Deeper fish on the drops are eating Texas-rigged worms, Carolina-rigged lizards and Alabama rigs as well as jigs. The hybrid and white bass fishing is tough with a lot of fish blowing up and going right back down. They are staying on the move eating new shad fry that are coming out of the bushes. Try small topwater baits, Rinky Dinks, in-line spinners, swim baits and spoons.
(Updated 6-3-2015) Cody Smith at fishgreersferry.com (501-691-5701) said recent rains have really made it difficult to pattern fish as fishing conditions are changing by the minute. Water surface temperatures are mostly in the low 70s. Schooling white bass and some hybrids are surfacing with regularity. Small swim baits, jerk baits and top waters are working well. The fish that are surfacing are not really busting hard, so you have to look hard for wakes and surface ripples. Largemouths, spotted bass and smallmouth are in the flooded bushes chasing everything that swims. The topwater bite is decent early. Bluegills are spawning and the catfish aren't too far behind. 

(Updated 5-27-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report. 
(Updated 6-24-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie  are hit-and-miss around  docks and bushes. The best lures have been BBQ Chicken, Cajun Cricket, Blue Ice and Bleeding Shad Bobby Garland baits and minnows. Catfish are biting fairly well on minnows and worms. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits and worms. White bass are biting fairly well on Bobby Garland Baby Shad jigs, Cajun Spins and Johnson Silver Minnow spoons. Bream are biting on crickets and worms.

(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 6-24-2015) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the water is receding and there is a little exposed shoreline for bank fishing. Fishing for all species has been very good the past week. Crappie are still at 17 to 18 feet deep and taking live minnows and jigs fished over brushpiles. Large flatheads are being caught at night on jugs baited with bream at 10 to 15 feet deep fished over structures. Blue catfish are best around the dam area on jugs and poles baited with large minnows or nightcrawlers. Bream are still in the brush around the banks and taking crickets and worms at 1 to 3 feet deep. Brewer Lake Bass Club caught some impressive bass June 20 during their tournament. First place (Jared Pridmore) had 29.19 total pounds and also scored the largest fish at 7.63 lbs.

​(Updated 6-9-2015) Charley's Hidden Harbor at Opello said the water is dropping and navigation is possible. The boat ramp at Charley's has been cleaned off and is open, but the store will be closed for two more weeks. Fishing has been good in the backwater ponds and behind jetties. Catfihsing is very good on shad-and-worm combinations. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater lures in the mornings. Bream are biting well on black Rooster Tails and crickets fished around grasslines. Spotted bass are biting well on topwater lures and spinnerbaits. White bass and stripers are near Locks 9 and 10.

(Updated 6-9-2015) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water is at normal lake level. Largemouth bass are biting on wacky-rigged worms, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and jerk baits in 10 feet of water or less. Spotted bass are excellent on crankbaits and jigs around rocky cover in 5 to 10 feet of water. White bass are excellent just east of Jolly Rogers Marina on deep-diving Bandit and Bomber crankbaits trolled in 14 feet of water. They also are being caught on CC spoons, white jigs and Rooster Tails. Crappie are fair in 15 feet of water. Bream are biting well in 1 to 15 feet of water around brush. They are being caught on crickets and live worms. Catfish are biting well in 10 to 15 feet of water on stink bait, small bream and chicken livers.
(Updated 6-24-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie  are biting well on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows around cover in deep water. White bass are biting on Cajun Spins and Johnson Silver Minnows.

(Updated 6-17-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report. 

(Updated 6-17-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting crickets and worms. Catfish are biting chicken livers, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and minnows. Bass have been fair on minnows, Texas-rigged plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. 

(Updated 6-17-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said the river has been improving as the water level dropped, but the forecast is calling for more rain, so use caution going out. Bass have been biting well on small worms and lizards, small crayfish-colored crankbaits and small soft-plastic craw imitations. Catfising is good on minnows and black salties. Crappie have been fair in some backwater areas and around brush and logs in the main river. Bream will always bite a worm or cricket fished around woody cover.  

(Updated 6-17-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish are being caught on crickets and worms. Catfishing is good on goldfish, black salties and minnows. Bass fishing has been fair on Carolina-rigged lizards around docks. A few crappie have been caught recently on deep brush. 

(Updated 6-17-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie fishing has been great for some customers using no. 6 crappie minnows. Catfish have been biting nightcrawlers and minnows. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Bass have been biting minnows, Carolina- and Texas-rigged worms and lizards, and some crankbaits.

​(Updated 7-1-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the Maumelle River is at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets in the lily pads. Bass are biting well. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with live and prepared baits. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is extremely high. It is too dangerous to fish. 
(Updated 7-1-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high and muddy. The main channel is too swift to navigate or fish safely. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and high. Bream are biting well on crickets in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappie are fair, but are slowing down. Live minnows is the best approach right now. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits early and late in the day. 

(Updated 6-24-2015) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are fair. Bass are fair. Catfishing is good on live and prepared bait. 

North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 684.42 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 6-3-2015) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy's Loch Leven Guide Service said Bull Shoals is again on the rise. The surface water temperature is around 75 degrees near Point 24, and the water clarity pretty dingy in the back of the creek arms. There also is plenty of debris and logs floating around, so be careful boating in low-light conditions. Shoreline brush is covered to the depth of about 20 feet, making it difficult to fish with sub-surface baits anywhere near the shoreline.  However, surface baits like Spooks as well as un-weighted and underweighted flukes are producing bass. Low-stretch, abrasion-resistant lines are the order of the day to enable you turn the fish quick and keep them from diving into the submerged tangles. Main lake points and deeper flats are much easier to fish and are producing smallmouths and white bass during the low-light periods of dawn and dusk. Try bottom-bouncing jigs and Carolina-rigged soft plastics on the points that are clear of brush. For the flats, use a spread of trolled crankbaits that cover the whole water column, from depths of 6 feet down to about 15 feet.  Fish roaming the flats could be just about anywhere so zig-zag the spread over depths of 20 to 50 feet. Larger creek arms are producing nice catches of walleyes. Trolling crankbaits that dive to 12 to 16 feet are doing well just outside of the submerged brush. Bream are showing up in the usual spawning areas on main lake cuts and soft secondary points in depths of about 20 feet. Fishing the edge of the brush without getting hung up is pretty tricky business, so plan on losing a few baits and hooks. Catfishing is good on trotlines with nice catches coming from the creek arms. Just about any bait will work, bluegills are always my first choice. However, stink baits and even hot dogs are working well on channel cats.
(Updated 6-22-2015) Bull Shoals Boat Dock said the water has risen again with the rain and surface temperature is in the low 80s. There is a major thermocline around 25 feet deep. The fishing has been excellent. Largemouth bass are holding very shallow and can be caught from 0 to 12 feet deep around brush on spinnerbaits, Flukes, Spooks, soft-plastic worms and flipping jigs. Smallmouth and spotted bass are holding on the lake side of the brush and are running in 12 to 20 feet of water. Fish parallel to the bank in the deeper water with swimming plastics that look like minnows, tubes, Carolina-rigged soft-plastics, deep-diving crankbaits and Alabama rigs loaded with small swim baits. White bass  have slowed, but you can still catch them surface feeding on shad from time to time. The night bite should start any time now under lights. Trollers are catching the most white bass on small white jigs, spinners, spoons and minnow-style crankbaits. Walleye are biting very well, with many walleye being caught, but keepers hard to come by. The best patterns have been trolling with dee-diving crankbaits in 20 to 25 feet of water, bottom bouncing nightcrawlers in 20 to 25 feet of water and swimming grubs at sunrise and sunset in 12 to 15 feet of water. Crappie are fair, and most can be caught around brush piles in 20 to 35 feet of water right now. Try small spoons, minnows and 1/32-oz. jigs. The catfishing is excellent on jugs baited with liver, shrimp, stink bait and live baitfish set 20 to 25 feet deep.  

(Updated 7-1-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is high and slightly trashy, with 4 to 8 units running. Trout fishing is good, but fishing the high flow can be difficult. Use heavy weight to stay near the bottom and look for areas sheltered from the current. Use extreme caution navigating, as the current can be very dangerous.
(Updated 7-1-2015)Paul Bobby at GI on the Fly Guide Service (907-350-6610) said big water flowing on the White River has spread the fish from bank to bank. Trout are plentiful and aggressively feeding. Fly-fishing, spin-fishing and bait fishing all are working well. I’ve moved my operation to the area from Rim Shoals to Buffalo City to avoid all the extra anglers. This week this section of river has been awesome.  Fly-fishing with a midge (sizes 12-16) under an indicator with San Juan droppers or assorted sow bug patterns 6 to 10 feet down has been a lethal combination from morning to noon. Experienced fly-fishermen have the opportunity to landing 30 to 40 fish each in a four-hour trip. If you’re out after lunch, hopper/dropper presentations tight to shore around rocks and weedy areas and even dead middle of the river will get the attention of big brown trout and rainbows. Bait fishermen below Rim Shoals Catch-and-Release area to Buffalo City are having great success.  Green floating trout worms or redworms on size 8 Aberdeen hooks with a 1/8-ounce bell sinker will flat wear them out right now. If you’re out exploring and fishing this area, watch out for debris, root balls, trees and boulders. Dropping water will damage your prop or worse if you’re not paying attention.
(Updated 7-1-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said on the White, we had moderate to high generation with no wadable water. On heavy generation, the best way to catch fish is to switch to longer leaders and heavier weight. The hot spot was the catch-and-release section at Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8-10), Y2Ks (size 12-14), 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 sowbugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (San Juan worm with a prince nymph suspended below it). With the caddis hatch on the wane, it is time to get ready for the sulphur hatch. This is our major mayfly hatch of the year. They are size 14 and easy to see. Before the hatch, you should concentrate on fishing pheasant tail nymphs. When the trout key on the top but no insects are present, switch over to a partridge and yellow. When you observe trout taking adult insects from the top of the water column, you should switch over to sulphur parachutes. Conventional wisdom states that hopper fishing begins in late summer. I reject this idea and fish them all year. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers (size 10) and the western pink lady (size size 8). To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size 18 on a 3-foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing). 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 564.59 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 6-24-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said water temperature is in the low- to mid-80s and the lake level is up to 564. The stripers are starting to group up in 35 to 45 feet of water. As the water temp rises they will move deeper. They can be suspended anywhere over 45 to 140 feet of water. Look along deep channel swings and along the bluffs. Just get your bait or jigging spoon down to where you mark them on your depth finder. Bass are chasing bait to the surface early and just before dark. I always have a rod rigged with a topwater bait like a Zara Spook Jr. I like to throw a white or a clear one. Throw a jig or a Texas-rigged worm on the bottom in 15-25 feet of water and drag it or hop it in short hops back to the boat. Look for walleye on gravel flats in 30 to 35 feet of water. Look for the whites in coves in 25 to 40 feet of water. 
(Updated 6-24-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said it's been a great week of stable weather. The lake rose another 6 inches, but the stripers continue to bite well. Stripers are biting from the Highway 62 bridge to the dam and up toward Big Creek. You can find stripers from 40 all the way out to 140 feet. Stripers are schooling and feeding on shad and crawdads. If the stripers are at 40 feet, they will be feeding on crawdads, in the deeper water they are feeding on threadfin and gizzard shad. Tom’s found stripers in the Robinson Point area all the way to Hand Cove and up Big Creek. 
(Updated 7-1-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said Norfork Lake fishing continues to be good in the early summer. The lake is clear and warm and great for all water sports. Striped bass fishing has been good. The fish are starting to go deeper as the lake develops its summertime thermocline. I have noticed the thermocline 22 to 30 feet deep. Stripers are biting well on threadfin shad fished 20 to 50 feet down in 50 to 80 feet of water. Vertical jigging with a spoon as well as casting a swim bait are both working as well. Place a 1/2 ounce jig head on the swim bait and let it sink. Then reel back to the boat slow and hang on. I am also starting to find larger schools of stripers out on main lake points along deep water bluff lines. Live bait and jigging with a spoon are two great methods to catch these fish once you find the school. We are still finding a few hybrids coming up at daybreak chasing shad, so have a top water bait handy to have some fun. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing has also been good. I have been finding some good topwater action at daybreak, but it typically only lasts an hour at the most. Topwater baits, swim baits, swimming minnows are all working well early in the morning. As the sun comes up, start working the bottom with a jigs, Texas-rigged worms, craws or just about any type of bait worked along the bottom. The best depths to fish are 10 to 30 feet deep. You will also notice some suspended fish in deeper water following shad. Drop a spoon to their depth and start jigging. Spinnerbaits and jigs are working after dark along the banks. You can still catch a few nice-sized crappie, but they are deep. Find brush in 30 to 40 feet and the crappie will be on the tops and also buried inside of the brush. Live minnows seem to be working the best, but small crappie jigs and small crank baits are also working.
(Updated 7-1-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there has been wadable water every day in the last week. The Norfork has fished poorly lately. The siphon is down and they are supplying the water necessary for minimum flow by running the generators on a load no load basis. 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 (size 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 grass hopper with a root beer or ruby midge dropper. There is a major construction project at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. You can still access Dry Run Creek. It has seen more pressure with school out, but it still fished well. 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 7-1-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are high and off color. With the warm weather, the smallmouths are active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

(Updated 7-1-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are high and off color. With the warm weather, the smallmouths are active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,129.08 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 7-1-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the low 80s. Rising water has not affected fishing, and plenty of stripers are being caught. They are using main lake points, humps, ridges, rock piles, brush lines and ditches on their annual down lake migration and in the search for food and scattered throughout the lake. Try fishing live shad from the surface down to 30 feet deep or try trolling small umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse grubs, Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and 5- to 6-inch Smithwick Rogues in black- or purple-backed colors. Stripers also are being caught at night by casting main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas or large Rat-L-Traps. Hot spots for stripers include points 3, 4, 5 and 6, the bluff in front of the marina in Rocky Branch and the islands in front of Larue Cove. Rocky Branch, Rambo Creek Arm, Ford and Cedar creeks, Copper Mine and Ventris also are holding some good stripers as they make their way toward the main lake. Walleye are using the same areas as the stripers and are biting in the 10- to 20-foot range near  the second drop. Three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water has worked well. Also try Shad Raps in natural colors and Rat-L-Traps trolled at 1-2 mph. Bink pro scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse are producing walleye, too.
(Updated 7-1-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is high and clear. Access has been an issue with the high water, but if you can get out on the water, the fishing has been good, especially at night under lights. Crappie are biting very well along the outside edges of boat docks. Bass are fair. Catfishing is good on live and prepared baits.

(Updated 7-1-2015) Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said water conditions are improving greatly on the river. Water temperatures are in the mid 40s from Spider Creek to Houseman Access, which is common for this time of year and generation schedule. The trout are hitting on light terminal tackle and various Power Baits. No bait balls have been marked, however baitfish are upriver and being pursued by fish. Try pulling X-Raps or Rapalas around 6-feet deep. A few walleye are still being caught using these methods. Try fishing the cuts for smallmouths and crappie using Rooster Tails and Scatter Raps. 
(Updated 6-24-2015) Beaver Dam Store  said there were a few times to wade last week, and trout could be caught with either a prince nymph or micro jig during that time. When the river picks up, switch to a Clouser minnow or other large attractor pattern and cast it parallel to the bank. Trout Magnets, Colorado spoons and white or Yellow Power Bait also are working well on the rainbow trout lately.

(Updated 7-1-2015) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the usual algae bloom has slowed the bite. Water clarity has improved during the last few days and currently is a foot-and-a-half deep in most places. Try bass fishing with flukes along Harmon's Bluff. Use a red-and-black plastic worm, wacky-rigged on a drop shot in the mornings. White buzzbaits also are producing some good bass early. Use a top water white frog in the heavy grass areas. Black/chartreuse crappie jigs, fished at 7 feet,  tipped with a nibble, are catching some crappie, as are the old standby - a live minnow. Catfish are biting well on live and cut bream.

(Updated on 7-1-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is dingy, but clearing. Crappie are biting fairly well, but not many anglers are after them right now. Bass anglers are doing well on soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is very good on live and prepared baits, and quite a few are being accidentally caught by bream anglers using crickets. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good on shad, goldfish and chicken livers. No report on any other species.

​(Updated 6-17-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass are hitting spinnerbaits and shaky heads. Bluegill and redear are good on crickets and redworms.  Catfishing has been good on nightcrawlers and small bluegill.

​(Updated 6-17-2015) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl's Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been excellent on Berkley Flicker Shad crankbaits, baby brush hogs, and red/black spinnerbaits. Catfish have been good on stink bait fished on jugs near the dam. Bluegill have been excellent on crickets. Crappie are slow.

Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 7-1-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said everything is slowing down with the heat. Bass anglers fishing last week's tournament said fishing was very slow. Bream, crappie and catfish anglers all are echoing those remarks. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets. Bass are biting well on topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. Catfishing is good at night and late in the evening on chicken livers.

(Updated 6-24-2015) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels are dropping at Lake Frierson.  All species are settling into summer patterns.  Bream are good around all shorelines; try different depths with offerings like redworms under a float or on the bottom. Bass have been fair; the fish are chasing shad early and late all over the lake. Try topwaters and a combination of shad imitators around the schooling fish as they surface. Daylight hours are tough for bass; but fish can be caught with repeated casts to likely cover with soft plastics. Square-billed crankbaits should also produce some bass if they are fished around wood cover; the square bill style will allow anglers to bounce off of wood and solicit reaction bites. No reports on saugeye or crappie.  All species of catfish are fair to good with the warmer weather.  The night bite is producing under jugs with baits such as minnows, goldfish, dipbaits, livers or nightcrawlers.  A few more flatheads have been coming in and these fish should be more active in the weeks to come. Bank anglers are having luck with channel cats and blues using nightcrawlers, stink baits and other offerings; try fishing under a float as well as on the bottom.

(Updated 6-24-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running 460 cfs and water clarity has been mostly clear. Rain last weekend has made water clarity off some, but did not bring the river levels up. The hot fly for the last week has been a woolly bugger. With hotter temps this week and plenty of sun the challenge will be getting the fly down deep where the trout are getting away from the heat. Fast riffles and shoals will be hot spots for trout. Hot pink Trout Magnets, trout cranks and flame orange spinners have been hot for spin fishing.

Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 7-1-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water is still a couple feet high with visibility less than 6 inches to about 1 foot in protected backwaters. Water temperatures are in the mid- to upper 80s. Fishing is tough right now, the black bass are scattered and we can't find a pattern on them at this time. Try finesse-style worms in flooded cover and be patient. White, striped and hybrid striped bass have started stacking up on the sand flats within Lake Langhofer. 

(Updated 6-9-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City had no new report. 

(Updated 6-9-2015) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park had no report. 

Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 282.22 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.20 msl).
(Updated 7-1-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service  said surface temperatures range from 83 to 87 degrees. The lake level rose 2 feet since last week, and remains 23 feet above normal. Discharge rate at the dam was near 200 CFS as of Monday. Tailwater level unavailable on Monday, also continues to rise as the Red River backs up to the Millwood Dam with the increase in release of lake water. Beards Lake and campground which was also closed by the USACE for public safety over the past couple weeks, remains closed, however the water is receding from those areas rapidly. Millwood State Park and all USACE campgrounds remain closed until further notice and water recedes. Navigation on Millwood is highly discouraged by the Corps of Engineers and local authorities. 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.20 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 406.71 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 7-1-2015) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is only fair at best with most decent catches coming from the upper end of the lake from Shouse Ford to Cox Creek. The best lures have been medium-running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits fished along secondary points and the backs of creeks. A few surface-feeding fish were reported along the south side of the lake in big coves between points 2 and 6. Look for breaking fish and throw topwaters, such as Zara Spooks, Sammy's, Flukes and 3-inch swim baits. This is early morning action, so be sure to be there before sunup. Hybrid fishing is fair with most of the fish now on their Summer pattern which is suspended over deep water. Look for fish in the lower end of the lake from the dam to Point 4 and around the islands across from the State Park lodge. Use your sonar to find schools about 30 to 40 feet deep. Drop a heavy jigging spoon or 3-inch grub to just above the fish. Huge schools of shad have been reported in these areas and the fish are sitting under the bait. Early morning is the best time from daylight to about 9 a.m. Also a few fish are coming on small, five-arm umbrella rigs loaded with 3-inch curly tail grubs or swim baits at daylight. Troll around the big coves at points 2 and 4. Bream fishing remains good with lots of nice catches of both bluegill and redear reported. Bottom fish off secondary points or humps in 10 to 15 feet of water with redworms or crickets. Look for fish at mid-lake around Arlie Moore and Edgewood. Catfish are biting well with several nice catches reported early in the morning off shallow points at midlake around Point 10, Island 34 and Brushy Creek. Try nightcrawlers, chicken liver, Catfish Charlie or hot dogs. Also try small bream or big minnows.

South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 7-1-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said fishing has been good on the upper lake early in the mornings and late in the evenings. Bass are biting early and late on spinnerbaits, cranks, flukes and brush hogs. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are biting on trotlines using live bait and catfish baits, and tight lining along the banks using worms, catfish baits, and crickets. No report on crappie. The lower lake is also seeing some good fishing. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Catfish are biting well on live worms and catfish baits. Bass are hitting on spinnerbaits, cranks and brush hogs. Remember that the lower lake has a catfish daily limit of 5, bream daily limit of 50, and all other fish are catch and release only in the lower lake. 

Tri-County Lake will be undergoing a 5-foot drawdown beginning July 6 until late fall. This is being done to compact the silt which has been building in the lake, reduce some of the aquatic vegetation in the lake, make repairs on jetties which have deteriorated over the years and address the lake's stunted crappie and bream populations by forcing these smaller fish into areas where they are more susceptible to the lake's predator fish. 
(Updated 6-17-2015) Local angler Jaret Rushing said bass have moved into staging points off deeper creek channels in the center of the lake. For anglers to increase their chances of catching quality bass, they should move to the deeper water and throw baits mimicking shad. Some crappie anglers also are finding good quantities of fish using the same pattern. Bream are moving up to bed, so anglers could catch bream around most structure in the lake from 2 to 6 feet deep.

(Updated 6-17-2015) Local angler Jaret Rushing said the river is still rather high and has many roads to the oxbows cut off. At the rate the river is falling, anglers could anticipate being able to fish their favorite spots by, potentially, as early as next week -pending any more rain. Once the water subsides, bass, bream and crappie should all be in summer patterns.

West-Central Arkansas

(Updated 6-3-2015) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the water level has gone down some, but is still 3 feet above normal. The water is still pretty clear. Fishing from the bank has been slow. Bream are biting on crickets and worms. Catfishing is good on liver and shad. A few crappie have been caught on jigs and minnows. Bass are picking up, and a few nice fish have been caught lately. 

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 367.76 feet msl (full pool – 342 msl). 
(Updated 6-24-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said even though the water is high, there is some fishing to be had if you can get a boat launched. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on jigs. Catfishing is good on worms and minnows. Bass are fair.
(Updated 6-24-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are hit-and-miss around brush on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay'Rs. Catfish are biting on minnows and worms. Bream are biting on crickets and worms.

(Updated 6-22-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the river is very swift and muddy, and the surface water temperature in the 80s. Stick to the lower end of the lake and bays for the best fishing. Largemouth bass have been biting very well on topwater baits and swimming jigs in the mornings and large worms and crankbaits fished off points and drops as the morning wears on. Catfishing has been excellent on cut bait around eddies near the mouth of creeks and river points. Bream are biting very well in the backwaters on crickets, redworms and grasshoppers. Striped bass have been hit-and-miss, with topwater poppers and swimbaits catching a few when you get around them. No report on any other species.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 409.92 feet msl (full pool – 384 msl).

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.47 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-1-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 80 to 84 degrees. Black bass are fair on drop-shot rigs, Texas-rigged worms and bass jigs near points with cover. Walleye are still biting well on main lake points and humps. Drop-shot rigs and bottom bouncers tipped with nightcrawlers are very effective, or try a jigging spoon. Stripers are fair on live bait and hair jigs. The best areas are main lake points and humps on the eastern end of the lake. Bream are good and hitting worms, grubs or crickets near brush 8-15 feet deep. Crappie are fair near brush with minnows or crappie jigs fished 15 to 20 feet deep. Catfish are good and being caught on live bait or stink bait. 
(Updated 7-1-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the low to mid-80s. The walleye are biting extremely well right now on any of the humps between Crystal Springs and Brady in 20 to 35 feet of water. Live minnows and a spoon jigged vertically over main lake humps is just as likely to land you a walleye as it is a bass right now. Fishing has been good for bass lately. Find the grass and you'll find the bass. There are an awful lot of anglers catching spotted bass on crayfish already. This is really early, but the anglers seem to be catching quite a few on this typical fall pattern. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said there are still 30 days left in the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, and there are still nearly 50 fish with red tags left worth up to $10,000.
(Updated 6-3-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said the bite on all fish is tough on Lake Hamilton due to a tremendous amount of water being passed through Hamilton to lower the water level of Ouachita. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said reports that Lake Ouachita is now out of flood pool, and Entergy has returned to a summertime generation schedule. Months of high water have kept fishermen out of the tailrace, but conditions are now right for safe and productive fishing. Water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees during times of generation, but rises to 64 degrees in periods of slack water. Clear water is the norm in the tailrace which continues for several miles downstream. Rainbow trout are the main attraction and numbers of fish are up for this time of year. Fish as large as 19 inches have been caught and released by area guides with an average length of 14 inches taken daily. Bank fishermen have done well using live bait presentations such as small minnows used under a bobber or wax worms and nightcrawlers fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Trout move around this time of year in small schools, so anglers need to use patience and target areas protected from the current and prepare for flurries of activity. Boaters can anchor over sandbars and rock structure where fish are active and quickly move when surface action is observed. White or gray 1/16-ounce jigs are highly effective in the current along with shallow-running crankbaits that imitate crawfish. White and hybrid bass are still present from the dam to the bridge with both species caught on jerkbaits and Alabama rigs. The best action takes place in the late evening by fishermen trolling the main channel. Walleye in the 4-pound class have also been taken at night on nightcrawler rigs and live minnows. These fish live in the tailrace year-round and feed on shad usually in the main channel or in the deep water below the dam. Catfish are spawning and have migrated into the area and should remain for the rest of June. Cut shad and goldfish tightlined from the bank or boat have  caught fish in the 10- to 20-pound range.

East Arkansas

​(Updated 6-9-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

​(Updated 6-9-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

​(Updated 6-9-2015) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report. 

(Updated 7-1-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is clear and falling back to normal level. The falling water should improve the fishing. Bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well. Catfishing is very good. Bass are biting well. The best fishing is in early morning and late in the evening. 

​(Updated 6-9-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets at the mouths of creeks. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms and jigs.


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