Weekly Fishing Report from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission




















































Weekly Fishing Report
 
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Randy Zellers 501-223-6406, e-mail: rdzellers@agfc.state.ar.us
 
This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for May 12, 2011. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please call or e-mail with information on possible sources for that lake or river.
 
 

May 12, 2011 Edition
 


Notice: 


 Because of extensive flooding, many contacts were unable to report fishing conditions. Please call the contact listed with each body of water to receive the latest water conditions.
 


Arkansas River Levels


 are available at:
 


White River Levels


 are available at:
 
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 Ponds:



 Catfish stockings are in full swing throughout the state. These catfish can be caught on nightcrawlers, Power Bait or chicken livers, and the quality of the meat rivals any you will find in a grocery store.
 










Visit http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx for a list of program ponds.
 
 
















Central Arkansas


 




Lake Conway


 

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is relatively clear and 2 feet high. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing is excellent with trotlines and rod/reel.  

 

Dan at Gold Creek Marina (501-607-0590) had no report. 

 




Little Red River


 



Lindsey’s Resort
 (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low. Trout are excellent on wax worms with marshmallows or Power Bait and nightcrawlers. The low river is a good opportunity for fly fishermen for the next few days. They are expecting large generation in about a week after downstream rivers crest.

 




Greers Ferry


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 479.75 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).

 



Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service
 said white bass and hybrids are still biting well up the rivers as far as you can run; you just need clear water. They’re eating very small shad; so throw a small bait to catch them. Some of the fish are moving back down the lake and will be setting up and feeding heavily as water gets settled out some in the next few days. The catfish are eating very well with all the new food in the lake. Trotlines and jugs as well as a rod-and-reel are working, with all sorts of baits. Bream are getting set up again as the water stabilizes, and are biting well on crawlers and crickets. The walleye are gathering together again and will be biting well on crawlers and crankbaits soon. Bass fishing is going to be excellent as the fish get accustomed to the water level.

 

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com had no report.

 




Harris Brake Lake


 



Coffee Creek Landing
 (501-889-2745) said the water is clear to about 3 feet and about 6 inches higher than normal. Bream are biting well on crickets. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing is excellent with nightcrawlers and chicken liver.

 

Greer’s Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shads in Cajun Cricket, Butter Belly, Monkey Milk and white colors. Power Bait crappie tubes also are working well in red/chartreuse. Catfish are biting well in deep water on minnows and blood bait. Bass are biting fairly well on minnows, spinnerbaits and jigs.

 




Lake Overcup


 



Overcup Landing
 (501-354-9007) said the lake is full and clear. Boats can be easily launched. Bream are starting to bite well on crickets and redworms. Crappie are fair in 8 to10 feet of water fishing about 5 feet deep using a red/blue, clear sparkle or solid chartreuse jig. Bass are biting well around the banks on small spinners and plastic worms. Pink super flukes are good as well. Catfishing is fair on trotlines and noodles using cut shad and small bream.

 




Brewer Lake


 



Overcup Landing
 (501-354-9007) said bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Bass are biting well around the banks and brush. Crappie are fair. Catfishing is good on cut bait and chicken liver.

 




Lake Maumelle


 



Jolly Roger’s Marina
 said the lake has come up dramatically. Black bass are excellent on jerk baits, jigs and swimbaits in most shallow coves. Many small spotted bass are being caught on jig heads and grubs in secondary coves. White bass are fair as they’ve moved out into the lake again. Crappie are excellent on structure and secondary channels in 5 to 8 feet of water; small jigs and pink minnows are working well. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets in 10 feet of water. Catfishing is good on cut shad and prepared bait.  

 

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is high and stained. Bream are good on a split shot and cricket about 10 feet deep. Crappie are fair to good on minnows, solid chartreuse, red/chartreuse and black/chartreuse tube jigs near the old weed line. Bass are good on Carolina-rigged lizards, shad-colored crankbaits and junebug-colored 6-inch worms. Catfishing is poor.

 




Lake Valencia


 

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is high and muddy. Catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers and chicken hearts.

 




Sunset Lake


 

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is muddy, but at normal levels. Bream are good on nightcrawlers fished 8 feet deep. Crappie are fair on Tennessee shad-colored grubs. Bass are good on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair on chicken liver, but beginning to bite more.

 




Saline River Access in Benton


 

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is high and muddy. No report due to flooding, but water is dropping quickly.  

 




Arkansas River at Morrilton


 

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said the flow is decreasing. As of Tuesday, flow was 97,000 cubic feet per second. Bream are excellent on crickets and Mepps spinners in black with a copper blade. Black bass are in shallow grassy areas and can be caught with Firetiger crankbaits and green floating worms. White bass and stripers are behind jetties and sand bars chasing schools of shad. They can be caught with shallow-diving crankbaits. Catfish are hanging out in backwaters. Use live bream or shad from 2 to 4 feet deep.

 




Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)


 

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said that both Little Maumelle River and Maumelle River (Big Maumelle Creek) are high and muddy. Bream are excellent on wax worms and crickets. Crappie are good on yo-yos and poles using live minnows and tube jigs. Bass are good using a chartreuse spinnerbait. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines, limblines and yo-yos using chicken hearts, cut shad and skipjack. Palarm Creek is mainly flooded; however, a few anglers are catching some catfish on trotlines with chicken hearts and cut shad away from the main channel. 

 




Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)


 

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no report because of flooding and high current.

 

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said that the water is at flood stage. Fish are biting in the backwater at Burns Park. No report for Fourche Creek. At Murray Lock and Dam, bream are poor, crappie are good and catfishing is excellent when snagging.  

 



McSwain Sports Center
 (501-945-2471) said the river is very high. Anglers are able to launch boats but no one has been fishing recently because of the high water.

 




Clear Lake


 

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high and dirty, but boat ramps are open. Bream are good on redworms and crickets 2 to 4 feet deep. Crappie are fair on minnows around the trees. Bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and black/blue jigs 3 to 4 feet deep. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers.  

 


Peckerwood Lake

 

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is dingy and at normal level. Catfish and crappie are good on yo-yos. Nothing is being caught with poles.  

 




Lake Pickthorne


 

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is high and muddy. Bream are excellent on redworms, crickets and wax worms. Crappie are good on slip cork and minnow, black/red and chartreuse tube jigs. Bass are good on 1.5 KVD crankbaits and chartreuse double willow leaf spinnerbaits. Catfish are excellent on large minnows, chicken hearts and nightcrawlers.

 

 



North Arkansas






White River


 



Sportsman’s White River Resort

 (870-453-2424) said water is high and pretty clear. Trout fishing is excellent and 2 to 4 generators are running. Big brown trout are taking white jigs and stick baits. Average-sized trout are biting 3-inch pink trout worms, Power Bait, green/brown and red/white rooster tails, gold Little Cleos and watermelon Buoyant Spoons.  

 

Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) had no report.

 



Guide Davy Wotton

 had no report.

 

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) said the Buffalo River is just a few feet high and clearing to a nice green color. Therefore, the White River is clearing as well. Fishing has been good the last few days with very little traffic on the water. Use Power Bait on the bottom and Countdown Rapalas in black/gold. Line size is not crucial because of reduced visibility. 

 




Buffalo River


 



Just Fishing Guides

 said the upper river will be good for fly-fishing and the lower river with spinning or bait-casting tackle. Water flows are good for leisurely fishing from Ponca to Pruitt. Flows from Tyler Bend to the White River are a bit fast for fly-fishing. The usual flies are working in the upper river and soft plastics are best in the mid to lower river. Heavier weights will be needed to get the baits to the bottom.

 




Crooked Creek


 



Just Fishing Guides

 said Kelly’s Access is about 1 foot over the low-water bridge. The upper creek has better fly-fishing with lower flow (from Pyatt to George’s Creek). Crawdad patterns fished along the bottom and minnow flies fished in the water column are working. Try drifting big nymphs also. Below Kelly’s, spinning tackle is working better. Soft plastics such as Brush Hogs, Gitzits and lizards in brown and green shades are best.

 




Bull Shoals Lake


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 693.25 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

 



Mike Worley’s Guide Service

 said water is high and continuing to rise. Boat launching is a challenge, but fish are biting. Walleye and bass can be found on main lake points and in the backs of coves and creeks. Try swimming grubs over the brush and bottom bouncers. Spinner rigs are catching walleyes trolling 10 to 20 feet down over the brush. Walleyes are also biting crankbaits trolled over deep water 35 to 40 feet down at the mouths of creeks on the main channel. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working for bass on windy days.  

 




Bull Shoals Tailwater


 



Just Fishing Guides

 said the lake is 3.18 feet from the top of the flood pool of 695 feet. Generation has been averaging 2 to 4 units. Drift fishing from a boat has been very good. A variety of nymphs and streamers are working as well as some dry-fly action with caddis coming off occasionally. Suggested patterns include; BH Z-Wing Caddis(olive and tan), BH Prince Nymph, Hot Wire Prince(olive/yellow), X Caddis, Copper John, BH Pheasant Tail, Swimming Scud(olive, tan and gray), BH Simple Sow, Zoo Cougar, Woolly Bugger and Lead Eyed Gonga.

 




Lake Norfork


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 578.49 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool: Sept.-April – 552 MSL, April-Sept. – 554 MSL).

 



Hummingbird Hideaway Resort

 had no report.

 



STR Outfitters

 said rising water has created the same conditions we had in 2008. The stripers have moved to the channels and points. They are also relating to the old shore line at about 30 feet. Plain free lines with shad and a split shot are working the best on the stripers.

 



Guide Steve Olomon 
said the surface temperature ranges from mid to upper 60s. Bass are chasing baitfish to the surface early, especially in slick water. Throw a swim bait or drop a jigging spoon once they cease to bite topwater. Live bait works well also, especially at dusk in creek channel swings and points.

 



Highway 101 Grocery and Bait

 had no report.

 

Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) had no report. 

 


Norfork Tailwater

 

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) had no report. 

 

Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) had no report.

 



Just Fishing Guides

 said the lake is 0.06 foot below the top of flood pool. Repairs to both generators continue so spillway and sluice gates are being used to control the lake level. Flows are 9,900 cubic feet per second as of Friday. This flow is 2,700 cubic feet per second more than if both generators were wide open. Extremely high water is making fishing difficult and dangerous. Use extreme caution if fishing from a boat.

 

 



Northwest Arkansas



 




Beaver Lake


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,129.11 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 1,120 MSL).

 



Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service

 (479-366-8664) said watch for debris in the water. The lake is on the rise and the rivers are very muddy. Stripers are slow, but if you fish ahead of the mud line, you might find a few. The white bass run will be stalled from the run off but will continue when the rivers settle down. Stripers are being caught on free lines and balloons fished 15 feet deep with most action on free lines. Bait can still be found in the backs of coves looking for warm water flowing in. Stripers are holding on main lake structure near any cove that is holding shad. Stripers can also be taken with no. 9 Rapala original’s or Husky Jerks and/or Rattling Rogues 3-5inches long trolled with planer boards to spread lines giving and cover shallow water near the bank as you troll. Move Rapalas at a speed of about 2-2.5mph. On the mid and lower sections check out Indian creek (free line the flats.), Big Clifty arm (some surface activity from stripers and whites; fish flats with free lines.), and Rocky Branch (Try Larue cove and striper island near Larue as well as the flat across from the water intake that is in Doc’s Cabin area). In the Upper section, try Prairie creek (Fish the area around the islands with free lines.), Coose Hollow (Some fish still being taken on the adjacent flats), Ventris (Some fish still being taken on the adjacent flats), Blackburn creek (Look in the back of Blackburn for large schools of shad and free line the cove for striper.), Horseshoe bend (Check Escalapia Hollow), Monte-Ne (Look in the back of Monte-Ne for large schools of shad and free line the cove for striper. Check the mouth paying close attention to the flats at Point 11), Hickory creek (Check hickory creek cove and the flat across from the marina.), and War Eagle (white bass are in the area as far up river as you can get your boat. Striper are being caught in large numbers from the junction of the white river as far as you can go upstream. Old man Goss’ place is excellent.) Most walleye will be about 5-10 feet deep off points and mid-stream humps. Check upstream and downstream edges of humps and points. Troll Rapala tail dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back colors near flats adjacent to the channel. Also try jigging spoons near brush or rock piles on these flats. (last updated May 4, 2011)

 



JT’s Crappie Guide Service

 (479-640-3980) said all fishing has been best from Point 6 and upstream where the water clears up a bit. Bass have been hitting tubes either Carolina-rigged or drop-shot rigged around pole timber on points in 18 to 30 feet of water and spinnerbaits fished around all of the flooded cover. For crappie, try fishing a tube jig around pole timber, lay downs or brush piles in 18 to 35 feet of water. Mouths of small pockets or channel bends have been good places to look. Blue/pearl, black/chartreuse and gray have all been good colors. Clifty Arms, Rambo and Van Winkle creeks are good places to fish. For bass, try Rat-L-Traps or Kastmaster spoons along points or in mouths of small coves in the Clifty arms or Indian Creek. Catfishing is good from the bank using liver or stink bait late in the day.

 

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is high and muddy. Crappie are biting fairly well near Mud Landing using crickets. No report on crappie, however, anglers are buying a lot of minnows. Bass are fair in shallow water near brush using spinnerbaits and plastic worms.  

 




Beaver Tailwater


 



Just Fishing Guides

 said the lake level is 0.81 foot below top of flood pool. Generation was heavy with two full units but has leveled off with one unit now. Fishing from a boat using high-water nymphing tactics or fast sinking lines with streamers is your only choice now. Even if generation ceases, the tailwater level is too deep to wade fish effectively because of Table Rock’s lake level of 930 feet, which is backed up into the Beaver tailwater. There are reports of some campground closures so check with Corps of Engineers parks before planning a camping trip.

 




Kings River


 



Just Fishing Guides

 said water level is a bit high for fly-fishing, but try crawdad patterns such as Crazy Dads, Sparkle Grubs and Near Nuff Craw in the Trigger Gap area and above. The lower river will be good with tube baits, hula grubs and brush hogs in shades of brown and green on spinning rods.

 




Lake Fayetteville


 

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is a little murky and is at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets and micro-jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on crankbaits. Catfishing is poor.  

 




Lake Sequoyah


 

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is very clear and at normal level. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent when fishing 6 inches to 1 foot deep around the bank. Bass are excellent. Catfishing is excellent; several large catfish have been caught in the weeds. A few spoonbills have been caught.  

 

 



Northeast Arkansas



 




Lake Charles


 



Lake Charles State Park

 had no report.

 




Lake Poinsett


 



Lake Poinsett State Park

 had no report.

 




Crown Lake


 



Boxhound Marina

 (870-670-4496) said the water is dingy and at normal level. Surface temperature is about 70 degrees. Bream are good on worms. Crappie are excellent. Bass are excellent on Spooks and plastic worms. Catfishing is good using chicken liver.  

 




Lake Frierson


 



Lake Frierson State Park

 said the water is murky and about a foot higher than normal. Catfishing is good.  




Spring River


 

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the water has started to clear but remains slightly cloudy. The spring is putting out 600 cubic feet per second but is decreasing daily. The river can be waded and the trout have been hitting hard. Split shot is needed to get the fly to the bottom and a heavy tippet (3x) will land the big trout. Mark’s Emergers and Grandma’s Brownies’ are working very well. Very slow retrieves give the trout a chance to see the fly and can entice a bite. Bait anglers have been using gold spoons and fluorescent orange/pink trout magnets to wear the rainbows out. Trout Magnets must be dead drifted and fished on the bottom for best results.

 



Spring River Fly Shop

 had no report.

 

 



Southeast Arkansas



 




Lake Chicot


 



Lake Chicot State Park

 had no report.

 




Cane Creek Lake


 



Cane Creek State Park

 had no report.  

 




Lake Monticello


 

Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of MonticelloBigBass.com had no report.

 

 



Southwest Arkansas



 




Millwood Lake


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was not available. (Normal conservation pool – 259.2 MSL).

 

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the bite is slow due to muddy water and high current. Surface temperatures rose to low 70s. The lake was at 18.7 inches above normal pool as of Monday. Discharge at the dam is 20,548 cubic feet per second. The bass bite over the last few weeks remain slow to fair, with all the muddy incoming water. The spawn upriver is finished. The bass bite varies throughout the day. The increased current over the last few weeks retarded the bite, which had been gaining momentum as many female, postspawn bass were recovering and getting hungry again. Female largemouths are slow to fair with best baits being jigs, Southern Pro Magnum Gitzits, lizards and large thumping spinnerbaits or Rat-L-Traps. War Eagle Spinnerbaits in firetiger color, Rat-L-Traps in red coach dog, chartreuse shad, fire tiger, and shad pattern colors seem to draw the best reactions from bass, unless clear water can be located. Lizards and jigs are landing fair quality largemouths on the main lake. Best colors of jigs are black/blue or Texas Craw for those bass that have moved to deeper ditches and secondary drops in creek channels. Pro Magnum Gitzits in black/blue tail, pumpkinseed/chart tail, or lizards in June bug, black & blue, or chartreuse-pumpkin continue working. Bass Assassin trick worms in Merthiolate or lemon lime colors, Shads in salt and pepper or black shad colors, Senkos and Salty Rat Tails in green pumpkin or watermelon red, are beginning to take some keeper bass on a light wire hook. Look for the clearest water as far back from the river as possible for the best bites. The clearest water holding these newly formed pad growths are the best spots to work your topwater frogs. Buzzbaits are beginning to catch a few unsuspecting bass around grass like pondweed, coontail, and hydrilla. Bowfin and longnose gar are spawning, creating good opportunities for bow fishermen. Crappie continue to move up and spawn around cypress trees and are biting well on tiny jigs worked vertically in the clear water. The best bite is during mid- or late morning. Try Southern Pro tubes or hair jigs in white, chartreuse, or hot pink or small Rocket Shads and Roadrunners. Channel and blue catfish continue to bite very well on trotlines, yo-yos, and noodles along Little River because of the increase in current. They are biting well on redworms, Catfish Charlie and chicken livers in 15-20 feet of water in Little River on outer break lines in current or with the yo-yos tied underneath cypress trees with live shiners in 6-9 feet depths.

 




Lake Columbia


 

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said water is at normal level. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well. Catfishing is good on stink bait.  

 




Lake Erling


 

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said the water is not very clear and is at normal level. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well. Catfishing is good on stink bait, live bait, bream and shiners.  

 




Lake Greeson


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 557.58 MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).

 

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is high and muddy. No report. Water is dropping about one foot per day.

 

For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit Jerry Blake’s website,www.actionfishingtrips.com/tripreports.htm.

 




Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)


 

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

 




Cossatot River


 



Cossatot River State Park

 said the water is well over 3 feet to begin May. The water quality is very good with clear, well oxygenated water that should be making the fish hungry and active. I’ve talked with some people who said that the big smallmouth are biting in the Ed Banks area of the river. The nights are starting to warm up and with the added length of day light the waters should be prime for good fishing. Soft-plastic lures are always good for smallmouth, but with these perfect conditions and warming water, I might try some fast-moving, shallow-running baits first. My favorite crankbait is a gold floating Rebel minnow fished in the pools or the shoals. The best and easiest bait to always catch a wide variety of fish is the Beetle Spin.

 




DeGray Lake


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 413.6 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).

 

Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear from Caddo Bend to the dam and discolored in the upper end. The water is slowly receding and most ramps are now open with the exception of Caddo Drive, Arlie Moore and the State Park at Caddo Bend. The spillway ramp now has good slope for launching and the parking lot is dry. Bass fishing has been good in flooded timber, coves and flooded brush deep in the lake. Dark-colored jigs with plastic trailers and floating trick worms have been working best. Zoom brush hogs in any dark red pattern have been producing. Try coves from Arlie Moore to the dam. Bass will begin to move back to the banks once the water drops. Crappie are poor because of extreme water level change. When the lake stabilizes, try fishing the attractors outside the spawning coves in 20 to 25 feet of water. Use a 1/16-ounce jig head in chartreuse for discolored water and plain jig in clear water. The best lure is still Kalin’s 2 inch Tennessee shad grub or a smoke/silver flake tube. Be sure to fish as close to the brush as possible and just above it. Best area for crappie is at mid lake, from Alpine Ridge to Shouse Ford early in the morning and late in the evening. Nice schools of hybrids have been reported from DeRoche Ridge to the spillway area alongside the bank. Surface activity is difficult to detect. The best lures have been ½-ounce spoons in chrome or chartreuse. Bream fishing is good in shallow areas and deep attractors. Use a float and crickets or worms on a number 8 hook for shallow fishing. Tight line a worm or cricket with a split shot just above the brush for deep fishing. Try around the state park for the shallow bream. Catfish are being caught on trotlines and noodles at night using live bream or big minnows. Use nightcrawlers or stink bait on main lake points at mid-lake.

 

 



West-Central Arkansas



 




Lake Nimrod


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 368.69 feet MSL.

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Catfish are biting on minnows, crickets, worms and stinkbait. Crappie are biting on Bobby Garland Baby Shads and Hot Grubs in dark colors.  

 




Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)


 

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the water is high. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are fair on minnows and worms.  

 




Fourche La Fave River


 

Greer’s Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Yo-yos, trotlines and jugs are producing catfish well. Crappie are biting well.  

 




Lake Hinkle


 

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) said the water is just right and at normal level. Bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on bass minnows and spinners. Catfishing is good using worms, bass minnows and hot dogs.  

 




Lake Dardanelle


 

Regina Olson at Spadra Marina said bream have been biting well on crickets and are a good size. Small crappie have started biting a little after all the flooding; they are biting best on minnows. Largemouth bass have still been slow. Catfish have been biting extremely well on shad, Danny King’s Punch Bait and worms.

 




Blue Mountain Lake


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 413.08 feet MSL.

 




Lake Ouachita


 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 585.95 MSL (Flood pool – 578 MSL).

 

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service said bass fishing is excellent with a lot of postspawn bass pulling out to the points. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerk baits are working the best. Stripers are fair with some good fish being caught on live shad and swimbaits in the 15 to 20 foot range on the west end of the lake. 

 



Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports

 the lake level is very high and the water is muddy to stained. Bass are being caught on Texas-rigged soft plastics and jigs in the flooded woods. Also try a spinnerbait or fluke in running creeks. Crappie are biting on jigs and minnows in 5 to 8 feet of water at the edge of flooded brush.

 



Mountain Harbor Resort

 had no report.  

 




Lake Hamilton


 



Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports

 said the water temperature is in the 60s, and the water color is muddy. The lake is full and has a lot of floating trash from all the rain. Bass are being caught in creeks and pockets on a jig head worm, and in the guts of the pockets on a Carolina rig. Also, try a jerk bait on the rocks with the sun shining on them or a lipless lure on the sunny flats in the afternoon. After a rain don’t forget a spinnerbait in a creek. Crappie are being caught in 5 to 7 feet of water on jigs or minnows.

For a daily fishing report from Darryl Morris, visit Family Fishing Trips.

 




Lake Catherine


 

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

 

Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, said water temperature has risen to 58 degrees in the tailrace below Carpenter Dam. Water level is a foot high and muddy resulting in few trout caught. Conditions are slowly clearing and some heavy generation in the afternoons has helped considerably. Fishing is expected to improve with clearing water. Trout numbers are beginning to decline, and will disappear by August. Wax worms, redworms, nightcrawlers or meal worms combined with a marshmallow floater are good baits. Trolling will not be as effective because huge numbers of threadfin shad are moving into the tailrace to spawn. Power Bait and live bait presentations will be best for trout. White bass are beginning to feed on live minnows tightlined around visible structure or 1/8-ounce white jigs. Large soft plastics without weight will attract stripers as they feed topside. Brood or gizzard shad fished with a balloon rig will catch the largest bass on a consistent basis. Drum are abundant in the tailrace and will feed on shad, crayfish and worms.

 

Rick Sawyer at Dozhier’s Rainbow Landing (501-262-2825) had no report. 

 




Lake Atkins


 

Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.

 

 



South-Central Arkansas



 




Moro Bay


 



Moro Bay State Park

 at the junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay had no report.

 




Ouachita River Oxbows


 

Jaret Rushing had no report.

 




Tri-County Lake


 

Jaret Rushing had no report.

 

 



East Arkansas



 




Bear Creek Lake


 



Mississippi River State Park

 said the water is high but not flooded. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows. Bass have been biting well on crankbaits and jigs in shallow coves.

 




Storm Creek Lake


 



Mississippi River State Park

 said the water is high and muddy. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting well on minnows. Catfishing is fair on chicken liver and minnows.

 




Arkansas River at Pine Bluff


 

The Tackle Box (870-534-1498) had no report.

 




White River


 

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is very high and muddy. No fishing report. 

 




Maddox Bay


 

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) had no report because of flooding.  

 




Island 40 Chute


 

Daily’s Boat Dock (870-739-3478) had no report because of flooding.

 




Horseshoe Lake


 

Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is dingy and boat ramps can be accessed. Bream are biting well on redworms in shallow areas around piers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits around lily pads and cypress trees. Catfishing is good on yo-yos using cut bait and on poles using stinkbait.  

 

 

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