Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using air boats will carry out foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicides that will not cause damage to wildlife, people or aquatic life such as fish, to treat alligator grass at Lake Conway in 2019. By federal law, these herbicides have an irrigation restriction of up to 120 days after application. The AGFC asks adjacent owners to NOT water for the lawn or garden with water from Lake Conway until March 1, 2020. For more information, contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470- 3309
(updated 07/31/2019) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) reports that the lake has its normal spot and a level that is "just a little low, but quite normal." The surface temperature was not recorded. Goldfish are good for red worms and crickets, as well as for templates. The type of fish is fair and bites small templates and little fish. Black bass are good at spinnerbaits, crankbaits, worms and hard baits. Cat fishing is good with worms, goldfish, goldfish and nighttime crawlers.
Small red river
(updated on 7/31/2019) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the river remains clear after the lack of rain in recent days. The lake is approximately 4.5 feet tall and they are seeing a generation of two 6 a.m. units. at 11 p.m. With this generation, the lake should return to normal levels in mid or late August. Because the generation continues until 11 p.m., the river never reaches low water levels before the new water arrives. This shortens the time to fish the water fall. Greg says that during this period, his best flies are still size 14, May fly nymphs and mosquito pupae.
Greg urges fishermen to be careful and watch out for the increase in water. All fishermen should be cautious when drifting, especially in small boats, kayaks and canoes. "In my opinion, the risk is too high for the pleasure you want from your trip," he said. “If you decide to fish in high waters, a guide is a good investment because he will maneuver the boat, monitor the obstacles while fishing and have a good knowledge of the river. Be safe while enjoying the river. "
(Updated 7-31-2019) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip & # 39; in All Guide Service said Wednesday morning that the Corps of Engineers is launching 18 hours of two generation units a day, usually starting the generation at 6 Midges, sowbugs, emergers, ear hares and streamers are recommended for fly fishing. For trout magnet fishing, use red and white bodies in holsters and golden jigheads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Little Rock District water data system of the Corps of Engineers (501-362-5150) for information on the release of water from Greers Ferry Dam or check the website of the Corps of Engineers (swl-wc.usace.army .mil) for real-time water release and the Southwest Energy Administration website (swpa.gov) to view the planned generation schedule.
Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports that the elevation of the lake is 468.08 feet above sea level (normal conservation group: 462.54 feet above sea level).
(updated July 31, 2019) Tommy Cauley, of the Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318), said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is 468.08 feet above sea level and falls. It is 5.54 feet above the normal group of 462.54 feet above sea level. Summer patterns continue; Keep that in mind when you venture, and also wear your life jacket and the kill switch. Sabalos abound throughout the lake and the rivers that lead to it. All species eat and eat all day and night. For the type of fish, try trolling or fishing from top to bottom in 30-45 feet with jigs or fish. The bream is eating crickets, trackers, spinners in line and small crankbaits from very shallow to 30 feet. Catfish feed at will throughout the lake; anyway, they will usually catch them, either in plains and beds of streams or rivers. Walleye are more active in the ambush points of the corners and in the contours of the endpoints. Drag the trackers in a drop-shot or jighead at 18-28 feet. The black bass is dispersed as usual up to 60 feet. Drag something or throw reaction baits. The hybrid bass and the white bass are also eaten in 25-60 feet of water; use in-line spinners, spoons, hair templates or swimsuits.
Harris Brake Lake
(Updated 7-31-2019) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says that the clarity of the water is clear and the surface water temperature is 94.1 degrees. The water level has dropped; They say it's low now. Bream fishing is excellent. Fish around the piles of bushes to get the best success with worms or crickets. The type of fish is fair and the best bite comes mainly early in the morning. Use little fish or templates. The largemouth bass is good both early in the morning and late at night. The fishermen report that they caught large mouths of good size, with the brush the areas to hit. Catfishing is good. "They are eating everything now," they tell us.
NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using air boats will carry out foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicides that will not cause damage to wildlife, people or aquatic life, such as fish, to treat grass from Crocodile in Lake Overcup in 2019. By federal law, these herbicides have an irrigation restriction of up to 120 days after application. The AGFC asks adjacent owners to NOT water the lawn or garden water until March 1, 2020. For more information, contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470-3309.
(Updated 7-31-2019) Johnny "Catfish" Banks in Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) had no report.
(update 7-31-2019) Fisherman Larry Walters had no report.
(updated July 31, 2019) Westrock Landing (501-658-5598) on Highway 10 near Roland says that the surface water temperature is in the mid-1980s. The low mouths are fair. Most of them can be found in 16-20 feet of water at sunset and dawn biting a variety of lures. Some reports that arrive this week say that the black bass can be found at 8-12 feet and 16-20 feet. Try using charlatans, crankbaits, jerkbaits, drop-shots and swimbaits. Kentucky basses are slow. Some reports that they are in 10-15 feet of water outside the grass line at sunset and sunrise. They can also be found 18-22 feet from falls and rocky banks. White basses are slow. Some can be found mixed with the type of fish on the floors or near piles of thickets at 8-12 feet. Try using cocktails, jerkbaits and rattlesnake baits. The type of fish is fair. Reports that they found themselves stacking in and around thickets of 15-18 feet of water. Some can still be found scattered mixed with whites. Try using templates and fishes. Bream are good. They can be found shallow. They are in their shallow beds around 8 feet or less. Try using crickets and worms. The catfish is slow. Reports are coming that the channel cats are in shallow water. Try using chicken liver, crayfish or worms.
(Updated 7-31-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said early in the morning that the type of fish has been pretty good for a couple of its customers. They've been hitting it in a boat, using crappie minnows, going out to those deeper places in the lake. "A man said that the biggest thing he caught was more than 17 inches long," said Lisa. "I know I've seen some great types of shit that came out of there before." Apparently, the catfish has also been on. Some fishermen are catching them in red worms, cut tarpon, shrimp with bait and fresh chicken livers. The bass has also done well with red worms and small fish. The bream has been good with crickets and super worms. "I've seen moments when I would catch many more and bigger supers," she says.
Bishop Park ponds
(updated July 31, 2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the type of fish was not mentioned from here. However, the bass has been hitting the small and plastic fish of n. 12. 12. The catfish has been hitting fresh chicken livers and night crawlers. The bream has been abundant in crickets and red worms. "I've also received reports that the rear pond is black, which I'm not sure what that means!" Said Lisa.
Access to the saline river in Benton
(updated July 31, 2019) Lisa Spencer in Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said: “Well, if you haven't heard it yet, one of the boat ramps is closed for about two years approximately. I-30 bridge construction. Many people call it Jackmon Trail, the gravel road that passes through Sunset Lake and under the I-30 bridge to the boat ramp. But it has to be done and there are two other boat ramps for fishing in the Saline River. So think about it this way: once all the construction has been done that way, it will also be a much better place to fish. Since it is a little harder to go down that area to fish and everything, it will rebuild it. "
But fishermen can still enter Lyle Park and Peeler Bend. Bass has done well with Zing Tails. They are like Cocktails but much cheaper and they also spin much better. In addition, they are biting the small fish No. 12 and the larger fish. The type of fish has been right in the fish of fish number 6 and the turns of beetles. The bream has been good with red worms and crickets. Catfish are being caught in breeders, goldfish and black salted fish, especially in trotlines.
(updated July 31, 2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that the type of fish has been slow, but it will bite the fish fishes number 6. The bream has been good with the crickets fishing in the background. Bass has been good in small fish No. 12 and surface baits. The catfish has been good with red and black salty worms and night crawlers.
(Updated 7-31-2019) Lisa Spencer in Lisa & # 39; s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that lately she had not heard any report about the type of fish from there, but adds that does not mean that it is not I have captured none. The catfish has been fine in goldfish and has also cut the shad. The bream is good on crickets. Graves bite small fish and surface baits.
Arkansas River in Morrilton
(updated on July 31, 2019) Charley's hidden port in Oppelo (501-354-8080) says: "I have started some basic operations. I have gasoline, a transit place for navigators to the dock, and my ramp for boats is clear.
“This has been one of the five best adventures of my life. Please, when you go up the river, go slowly and see if there are logs and other garbage that could damage the boat and the engine. ”
“No fisherman has been out. The best place to fish is where there are ponds behind the docks. These will be tons of fish of all kinds that have been caught. Better yet, you can walk to most of these ponds. Use worms, take it out and / or a wobbly spoon. "
Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)
Little Maumelle River
(Updated 7-24-2019) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said conditions have changed dramatically there. Now, the water is very low, he said, and the clarity is tense. Bream fishing has been poor, but throw a red worm or cricket to see what happens. In addition, bad reports have been received about the bite of the type of fish. However, things get great with black bass and catfish. The basses are excellent in spinnerbaits, live worms and plastic worms. Cat fishing is excellent mainly with chicken livers but also with worms.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
(Updated 7-31-2019) Zimmerman's Exxon (501-944-2527) says that this group, like Little Rock, is clearing. The surface water temperature is in the 80s and the level has finally returned to normal. The bream is fair with worms and crickets. Fish type reports vary from poor to fair, and minnows are your best bet. The black bass is excellent early in the day. Launches upper waters, particularly frogs, as well as black / red Speed Worm buzzbaits. Catfish is good with worms or skipjack.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 07/31/2019) Fish Fish N ’Stuff (501-834-5733) says the water is a little high now. They have received black bass reports that say "very impressive." The excellent bite can be obtained with chartreuse and black back crankbaits, as well as black buzzbaits early in the morning. Change to black / blue templates later in the day. Cat fishing is good with the stinky bait Catfish Pro. There are no reports of sea bream and nothing is heard about the type of fish.
(updated July 31, 2019) Zimmerman's Exxon (501-944-2527) said the river is clearing. They receive reports that gold is biting red worms and crickets. A good number of fish types are being caught using small fish. The black bass is excellent if you arrive early in the morning or try again later at night. Surface baits are working, as well as buzzing and black / red frogs. Catfishing is good using worms and skipjack. In the pool below Terry Lock and Dam, bream reports are just about worms and crickets. Bad reports on the type of fish. The black bass is good early in the morning and late at night with surface lures. Cat fishing is hitting worms and skipjack with good results.
(updated July 31, 2019) The McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no reports on the river this week.
Clear Lake (outside the Arkansas-Little Rock River Pool)
(updated July 31, 2019) The McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clean and the lever has returned to normal. The conditions are favorable for the bream again, with a good bite of worms or crickets. Cat fishing has been fair with worms or chicken liver. However, there are no reports on the type of fish or black bass.
(updated July 31, 2019) Donna Mulherin at Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) says that the clarity of the lake is clear and the water level is normal. The surface water temperature was not recorded. Goldfish are good for red worms and crickets. Fish types are fair drag jigs and spider rigs. Try also the little fish. Black bass is good in surface baits. Cat fishing is good with worms, chicken liver and hot dogs.
White River (Augusta-Des Arc section)
(Updated 7-31-2019) Fisherman William McCoy had no report.
(Updated 7-31-2019) Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) says: “We are excited: water releases have finally begun (and in such a reasonable format!) and fishing improves every day. Mornings begin with approximately one and a half generator running (between 4,000 and 6,000 cfs), an almost perfect floating level. A fisherman can anchor in his favorite places or can drift without hanging too often. There are fewer places to safely fish ford, but fishing in the bank is not ruled out. Both navigators and fishermen on land can catch a gang full of rainbows with red hairdressers or night trackers. Higher launches are planned for evenings with up to six units (18,000 cfs) or more emitted through the Bull Shoals Dam.
They say that the best bait is Berkley's pink worm, best when drifting from a boat. You can also try the Orange Power Worm to attract the most curious. “We are still succeeding with the scented egg pattern and shrimp, but the faster water bites the hook before the trout can reach it. Spinnerbaits are a good option in the morning before top pitches. You may have heard that Arkansas Game and Fish stored some golden rainbow trouts; They are hovering around Cotter and appear to be partial to purple baits. I would try the little purple magnet trout template (add some weight to the high water). Stay distressed and stay tuned to the surroundings with the highest water. ”
(updated 07/31/2019) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear. There hasn't been much fishing, but they say the fishing there has been excellent. The water level is normal: it rises during the day and falls again at night. Trouts are good in PowerBait. Small lures and small stick baits will catch larger rainbows, while the PowerBait will bring smaller rainbows. In general, rainbow fishing is excellent and a very good size. Brown trout has slowed down a bit, but the fishing is still fair. Some moss remains, but the general clarity is good. "This is the best fishing in the 15 years I've been here," they report.
(updated July 31, 2019) John Berry, of the Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169), said that during the previous week they had a minor rain event (just a trail in Cotter), temperatures high (to include heat index warnings) and moderate winds. The lake level in Bull Shoals fell 1.2 feet to rest at 24.5 feet above the seasonal power group of 661 feet above sea level. This is 9.5 feet below the top of the flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell 2.1 feet to rest 0.9 feet above the seasonal energy group and 13.1 feet below the top of the flood group. Beaver Lake fell 0.5 feet to rest 6.1 feet above the seasonal energy group and 2.5 feet below the top of the flood group. The white had a great generation at the beginning of the week without water that could be eliminated. Lake Norfork fell 1.3 feet to rest 14 feet above the seasonal energy group of 555.75 feet msl and 10.2 feet below the top of the flood group. The Norfork saw a strong generation in the afternoon and water in the morning. The seasonal energy group has been restarted for lakes in the White River system. All the lakes in the White River System are well above the energy source. Expect a great generation in the foreseeable future.
White has fished very well. The hot spot has been the Strait. The spicy flies were Woolly Buggers olives (sizes 8, 10), Y2K (sizes 14, 12), princely nymphs (size 14), zebra mosquitoes (black with silver wire and silver cord or red with silver wire and cord silver sizes 16, 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby mosquitoes (size 18), root beer mosquitoes (size 18), pink worms and San Juan cherry (size 10) and bed bugs (size 16 ). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (John's current favorite combination is a San Juan cherry worm with a size 14 pheasant tail nymph suspended beneath it. Use lead to lower your flies).
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported raising the lake to 685.12 feet above sea level (normal conservation pool: 661.00 feet msl).
(Updated 7-24-2019) Del Colvin in Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the lake level is 27 feet above normal, while the clarity is cloudy. The surface temperature on Tuesday afternoon was 86 degrees. Black bass is right on surface baits. Catfishing is just using trotlines or limblines. Some pike perch is being trapped, he says. Check out Del's YouTube channel to see his regularly updated video fishing report with several baits and patterns he is using for bass, including a new report he submitted late last week.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the elevation of the lake to 569.48 feet above sea level (normal conservation group: September-April, 552.00 feet above sea level; April-September 555.75 feet above sea level).
(updated July 31, 2019) Lou Gabric at Hummingbird Hideway Resort said that fishing on Lake Norfork is in his summer fishing pattern. “This means that the fish have deepened and will remain deep until the lake begins to cool. My fishing time has reduced considerably this summer. I have only been able to go out once or twice a week. I will return to my daily fishing habit shortly. I will do my best to start making more frequent fishing reports too. "
Lou says that most species of fish are in or around the thermocline, 25 to 35 feet deep. “I spent Tuesday morning fishing at this depth of water. He was throwing bathing suits, letting them sink to the bottom, taking spoons from the bottom and at the same time dragging several live shadles in the bottom. I moved slowly in 25-35 feet of water and caught many different species of fish. I was fishing mainly on the shallow sloping banks. I was looking for pike perch, but the catfish and bass were spinning and I liked the shad alive. I caught many walleye, but I could only find the farmed fish. The pike perch I caught was only 12-15 inches long. The catfish was a good size and really fought hard. In fact, I broke two, but not before seeing them several times before they threw themselves to the bottom again. All the cats I caught weighed more than 8 pounds. My live bait caught most of the fish, but hitting the spoon caught all the pike perch. ”
Fishing for striped sea bass has been a bit difficult, says Lou. At this time of the year, once the water temperature reaches 80 degrees, many of the scratched lows are directed towards the dam area. Lou says he caught the striped bass on Monday. “I went out to the light to search. I looked at several typical areas but found very few fish. In the fourth area, I started marking fish 60 feet down and deeper. It was about 6 a.m. and it was getting light. I put our four shad bars alive, two at 60 feet and the other two at 70 feet, and I was moving in 60-90 feet of water. It wasn't long until a fish hit one of the baits, and once I caught it, a second rod took off. I thought the bite was on! I kept marking many scattered fish, but it took another hour before reaching my limit. The strippers that I have caught in recent weeks have been feeding mainly on crabs. The stripers need to go deeper to get to the colder water, which takes them away from the shad, since most of the shad stays around the thermocline. ”
The surface water temperature of Lake Norfork has been in the mid-80s in the morning and has increased slightly in the heat of the day. The water level drops approximately 2 inches per day with both generators running 50% of the time. The current depth of the lake is 569.48 feet above sea level. The main lake is clear and some streams and coves are slightly spotted. "Happy fishing and see you at the lake," says Lou.
(updated July 31, 2019) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said: “The Norfork Lake plotters are not acting normally this year. Since July 4 they have deepened and we are catching them from 60 to 80 feet using both the thread and the gizzard shad. In the last years during the month of July we were going to fish the floors in 50-60 feet of water and the strippers would be studying and feeding on crabs. Usually, thinkers enter mid-August and stop biting after Labor Day at the lower end of the lake until the water cools. This year they feed on crabs, but we can't find any school and they stay in deep water along the cliffs in the canal and open the water from the canals.
“This has been the most frustrating year of fishing I can remember. No matter how good the baits we have, it is difficult to meet a quality limit of plotters on a regular basis.
“All methods are used in the lake and each method produces fish, but not every day. Online spinners, spoons, trolling and live bait are producing catches. Every day you can find markers, but getting them to hit is another story. We continue to look for new places to catch active fish on our days off to make sure our customers have the best opportunities to catch a marker. The best places to look is the main channel to the dam, the area around the cell tower, Koso in front and back, the Hand Cove to Dam channel, Shoal Creek and Dam Cove. ”
(updated July 31, 2019) John Berry of the Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said last weekend that during the previous week Lake Norfork fell 1.3 feet to rest at 14 feet above the seasonal energy group of 555.75 feet msl and 10.2 feet below the top of the flood pool. The Norfork saw a strong generation in the afternoon and water in the morning. The seasonal energy group has been restarted for lakes in the White River system. All the lakes in the White River System are well above the energy source. Expect a great generation in the foreseeable future.
Norfork fishing has been slow. Navigate this stream with caution as there has been significant gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the pier hole due to flooding. The most productive flies have been small mosquito patterns (sizes 18, 20, 22) such as ruby mosquitoes, root beer mosquitoes, zebra mosquitoes (black or red with silver wire and silver beads) and soft hairs (sizes 14, 16) as the Extreme green. Egg patterns have also been productive. The double fly nymph platforms have been very effective. Try a small ruby mosquito (size 18) suspended 18 inches below a red and copper fox squirrel (size 14). Fishing is better in the morning. Dry Run Creek is fishing well. With the school out, it can be filled. Some work is being done on the hatchery that has affected access to the upper areas of the stream and some of the discharge pipes of the hatchery are not working, resulting in lower stream flows. The hot flies have been bed bugs (size 14), Y2K (size 12), San Juan worms of various colors (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cherry color size 10) and mop flies.
Remember that the White and Norfork and Dry Run Creek rivers are infected with didymo, an invasive algae. Be sure to clean and dry your boots thoroughly (especially felt soles in wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soles that are easier to clean and are not as likely to house didymo.
John also said: “During the weekend of July 4, my wife, Lori, and I lead Steve and Binky and their children, Fulton and Eva, on the White River and Dry Run Creek. The children caught trophy trout at Dry Run Creek and the parents had a spectacular morning at Rim Shoals. The only problem was that his eldest daughter, Lily, had missed the trip due to a road trip with her lacrosse team. Once he learned how good fishing was, he wanted to get involved. The problem was that he will turn 16 next month, when he is too old to fish for Dry Run Creek, and the weather marked.
“Steve asked me to call him the next time we get a good wadable water. He wanted to put Lily on Dry Run Creek before his birthday and wanted to fish himself. I saw a window of opportunity, due to Hurricane Barry. Due to the flooding downstream, the Army Corps of Engineers had reduced the generation. I called Steve and asked if he was interested. He was excited. Eva and Binky couldn't make the trip because Eva was doing serious dental work. Fulton and Lily were ready to fish. The purpose of the trip was to put Lily in a trophy trout.
“They arrived Friday afternoon and I met them at Dry Run Creek. The march was a bit slow, but Lily caught some trout, including a stream, to Fulton's disgust. He had been trying to catch one. He had landed rainbow, killer and brown trout to achieve his great blow, but the stream had eluded him. He set his goal of landing a brook trout.
“The next day, in the cool of the morning, we fished for Blanco and we did well. That day there was a heat warning and we headed to Dry Run Creek to get Lily's trophy and escape the heat. Pescaba con Lily, mientras Steve y Fulton visitaban una tienda de moscas local para comprar algunos recuerdos del viaje. Había pocos pescadores allí y teníamos muchos lugares para pescar.
“Fuimos a un lugar probable y comenzamos a pescar. Capturamos un par de truchas pequeñas pero nada grande. Comenzamos a trabajar camino arriba. Continuamos pescando, pero sin trofeos. Terminamos en un lugar favorito. En el primer reparto, Lily enganchó un enorme arcoíris. Me deslicé en el arroyo para prepararme para atraparlo. Se acercó y empujé la red debajo de ella. Se las arregló para escaparse. Me relajé y tranquilamente entrené a Lily para acercarlo. Una vez más traté de atraparlo y esta vez lo logré. Habíamos logrado nuestro objetivo: Lily había conseguido una trucha trofeo. Era un arcoiris de 24 pulgadas con una gran circunferencia. Posamos algunas fotos y lamentamos que su padre y su hermano echaran de menos verlo. Habíamos soltado la trucha pero se quedó cerca. Alrededor de ese tiempo, se acercaron y pudieron ver bien a los peces.
“La vista del trofeo sirvió para entusiasmar a Fulton y comenzó a pescar en serio. Vio una trucha de arroyo y comenzó a lanzarla. Estaba emocionado cuando tuvo una toma. Fue especial para él, ya que fue su primer arroyo. Fue una excelente manera de terminar el día. Lily y Fulton habían logrado su objetivo. ¡La vida es buena!"
Buffalo National River / Crooked Creek
(actualizado el 31 de julio de 2019) John Berry, del Servicio de Guías de Berry Brothers en Cotter (870-435-2169), dijo que Buffalo National River y Crooked Creek son bajos y claros. Las bocas pequeñas son más activas con las condiciones cálidas. La mosca favorita de John es un pececillo Clouser. Revise cuidadosamente el nivel del agua antes de ingresar a Crooked Creek o al río Buffalo. No hay represas en estas corrientes. Ambos tienen grandes drenajes y son propensos a inundaciones durante y después de cualquier evento de lluvia. El agua puede subir muy rápidamente.
ARKANSAS DEL NOROESTE
A partir del miércoles, el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército informa que la elevación del lago es de 1,127.49 pies msnm (grupo de conservación normal: 1,121.00 pies msnm).
(actualizado el 31 de julio de 2019) Jon Conklin con el servicio de guía FishOn (479-233-3474) dice que Beaver Lake está por encima de los niveles normales y es muy cálido, típico de pleno verano. Y típico para el verano también es el patrón que los pescadores de Beaver Lake tienen, por lo tanto, el patrón de verano. La pesca es una propuesta de día temprano / tardío. Los peces son arrastrados por el calor y / o el tráfico de botes, y ambos están en plena vigencia. Todas las especies son justas. Bass muestra algunos estudios muy temprano y tarde algunos días. Mira más profundo más tarde en el día. “Usa tu electrónica, como predico esto en casi todos los informes. Es esencial ubicar los peces en relación con la termoclina ”, dice Jon. El tipo de pez es justo / bueno en las bielas de arrastre. Hot / n / tot y Bandits funcionan bien ahora. Los leucomas tienen entre 25 y 35 pies de profundidad en los arneses de gusanos. Mire el punto 5 y el punto 4 para ver el leucomas. Troll LENTO. Los stripers recorren todas las áreas principales y son profundos en esta época del año. Tenga cuidado con ellos, el verano es un momento difícil para liberar a los strippers, por lo que si los pesca y son de tamaño legal, es casi mejor conservarlos. No siga pescando y liberándolos porque las tasas de mortalidad aumentan mucho en verano. Besugo son buenos. Catfishing en la noche ha sido productivo en todos los métodos habituales. Tenga cuidado, beba mucha agua. Los peces están allí solo los primeros / últimos tiempos y puedes poner algunos en el bote.
(actualizado el 31 de julio de 2019) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) dijo que el agua es clara y alta, a 1.127 pies msl a partir del martes por la tarde. La temperatura del agua superficial es de mediados de los 80. Los informes de besugo van de pobres a justos. Los informes de basura también son justos, con pescadores que pescan bajo las luces. Están usando pececillos y trabajando las pilas de pincel. El bajo negro varía de pobre a justo. Los graves se han trasladado a aguas profundas, pero a veces se acercan para tocar señuelos de superficie. La pesca del gato también llega de pobre a justo durante la última semana. Están siendo atrapados en jarras y trotlines.
(actualizado el 31 de julio de 2019) El guía Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) dijo que la pesca ha sido excelente esta semana. Las truchas están golpeando casi cualquier cosa, sin embargo, dice Austin, ha obtenido la mejor respuesta con cucharas y jigs esta semana. El punto caliente ha estado en el área de acceso de Spider Creek y Bertrand.
Walleye are still being caught between Beaver and Holiday Island jigging minnows and soft plastics. You may need a graph to locate them; fish below the thermocline. Kentucky bass and smallmouths are still on points and around structure. Fishing with hard crankbaits and suspended soft plastics is the way to go. Follow the bait and you will find the fish. “Hope you all have a safe week and catch some fish!”
(updated 7-24-2019) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) says the clarity remains murky and the water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Bream are fair on worms. Nothing reported on crappie over the past week. Black bass are good using soft plastic worms. Catfishing is fair with live worms or stink bait.
Lake Fort Smith
(updated 7-31-2019) Ralph Donnangelo, superintendent at Lake Fort Smith State Park, had no report.
(updated 7-24-2019) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake clarity is clear and the water level is normal. No temperature was reported. Bream are found in the shallows and are biting well on redworms. They are still bedding. Crappie is active around structures and biting artificial baits. The bite is reported good. Black bass are good on topwaters and swimbaits. Catfishing is good using stink bait, cut bait and worms. They also have moved up shallow with the cooler weather.
(updated 7-31-2019) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) says they are still getting reports of bream, crappie and catfish biting well off the shoreline or in the boat on the lake. No reports on bass. Best moon times for fishing fall on July 29 through Aug. 4, she said. Use worms and crickets for bream. Crappie are biting worms and jigs. Now is the time to use crankbaits or plastic worms for bass. Catfish are favoring Catfish Pro blood bait and worms.
(updated 7-24-2019) Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “Thank you, Lord, for cooler weather. Lake Poinsett State Park has seen a greater number of fishermen stop in to get their live bait and other supplies. Some are going for goldfish to catch some nice catfish. Others are just wanting to relax and enjoy putting the crickets on their hook to have fun with the bream. We don’t have any rice slicks, but we are keeping plenty of minnows, redworms and nightcrawlers (as well as frozen bait) on hand. Hopefully, this cooler weather will stay around for a while.” While Lake Poinsett is closed for repairs through early 2020, check out other neighboring lakes such as Lake Charles and Lake Hogue, as well as the AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program pond at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
(updated 7-31-2019) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the lake remains clear and at a normal level. Bream are good on mainly crickets, but they’ll bite redworms, too. No report on crappie. The black bass bite has improved and has been good of late, with early mornings and late evenings being the best times. Fish with a topwater lure. Catfishing is good on stink bait and chicken livers.
(updated 7-24-2019) Mark Crawford with springriverfliesandguides.com (870-955-8300) said water levels at the spring are running at 370 cfs and water clarity has been clear. The river is looking great and with the nice temps this week, and the catching has been great. On the overcast days olive and brown Woollies are working great. The sunny days are all about getting the fly down to the bottom of the river. Y2Ks and White Lightnings are working well on the sunny days. As water levels start to get back to average flows, the fishing just keeps getting better. High water all year has the trout stacked up and the lower water flows have the trout feeding more. Mayflies and caddis are hatching well, too. “Prince nymphs and pheasant tail can be very productive fished Euro-nymphing style. And it’s is a fun way to fish, also. We usually run two nymphs for maximum effect,” Mark says.
(updated 7-31-2019) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said The Spring River is a navigable and greatly cleared. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork rivers. Canoe season is here and the river can be crowded especially on the weekends. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive Woolly Buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10).
Walcott Lake (Crowley’s Ridge State Park)
(updated 7-24-2019) Walcott Lake (Crowley’s Ridge State Park) is cloudy and the water is warm with the hot air temperature around it. Water level is high. The largemouth bass bite is fair. Bass are about 8 feet deep and will hit a topwater. No other reports.
(updated 7-31-2019) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no reports.
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)
(updated 7-31-2019) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team had no report.
Arkansas River (Pool 2)
Cane Creek Lake
(updated 7-31-2019) Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, said a week of cool and stable weather followed by a few rain showers has caused the fishing at Cane Creek Lake to once again become unpredictable. Bream are reacting to the cooler water temperatures by going a little deeper in the water (5-7 feet). Worms have been the bait of choice for enticing them to bite. Fish tight line over the side of the boat in about 6 feet of water, give or take a foot, using a nightcrawler or red wiggler. As usual, crappie are still deep and are only caught by people who know where to find them. Fishing over deep holes that have structure on the bottom give you the best chance at catching a slab. Use a shiner on your hook, and suspend your line at about 9 feet to increase your chances. Bass will enjoy the cooler water and may ease out into the more open areas near lily pad fields. Find a good transition zone where a lily pad or lotus field turns back into open water, and fish around the edge. Topwater will still be your best bet in low-light conditions, while an earth-colored soft plastic played around plant stems or a bright-colored spinnerbait burned just under the surface of the water will cover your bases during the majority of the day. Catfish will be reacting to recent rains and will gather up in the shallows to catch any food that has run off into the water. Fish anywhere between 4-10 feet, around structure, with shiners (alive or dead) drug along the bottom. The recent conditions even have blue and channel cats eating other small fish alongside flatheads.
(updated 7-31-2019) Brian Whitson, park interpreter at Lake Chicot State Park (870-265-5480), says the Lake Chicot drawdown continues, with gradually more lakeshore being exposed. Fishing has stalled, with very little activity reported. Chances of scatter thunderstorms expected through Wednesday night and on into the week. Remember Daily Creel Limits are half of what they normally are during the drawdown. The boat ramp at Lake Chicot State Park should remain accessible during most if not all of the drawdown; but, some of the other area docks will prove inaccessible as the lake level continues to drops.
(updated 7-31-2019) No reports. Lake Monticello is being drawn down completely for repairs. During that time, there are no limits on any fish caught in the lake.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 257.32 feet msl (normal pool: 259.20 feet msl).
(updated 7-31-2019) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said that as of Monday, they continue to see a slight relief from all this heat and humidity in southwest Arkansas. Millwood Lake is undergoing a 2-foot drawdown according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The lake on Monday was 23" inches BELOW normal conservation pool and falling at 257.3 feet msl; the discharge was near 1,620 cfs in Little River according to the Corps. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday, is around 227 feet msl. Water temps have been stable over the past week (81-88 degrees). Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website linked above, or at the Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels, especially during drawdown conditions. Use extreme caution navigating on Millwood Lake during affected drawdown conditions –stumps, timber and debris will be at or near surface pool, and river buoys are missing. Clarity and visibility continued improving over the past week, but remain stained in places, especially upriver.
Mike says largemouths continue in their typical, full-blown summer patterns. There’s been little change over the past week or so. The best level of topwater activity continues to be early morning, best from dawn to around 9-10 a.m. Once the the sun climbs and begins intense surface penetration, the surface temp will climb several degrees, and the largemouths retreat to the first and second drops out of the flats and deeper sections of the creeks or the river behind primary and secondary points out of river current. Over the past few mornings, cloud cover mornings have bveen best for overall surface activity. The bite slows considerably during the heat of the day. Best baits drawing early morning reactions over the past few weeks have been buzzbaits, plastic frogs and Johnson spoons in new lily pad growth.
“Cloudy mornings we are using a gold spoon with a 3- to 4-inch tail-thumping Bang Die Dapper swimbait on the single hook. On bright mornings we simply change from gold Johnson spoon to a chrome version with the same Bang Die Dapper trailer. At daylight, throw the spoon and trailer as far back in the pads near creek channels and work it out to the creek over the tops of the lily pads. This presentation has drawn some ferocious topwater explosions lately in the pads from 1- to 3-pound largemouth bass cruising shallow just before daylight and meandering their way back to the creeks as the sun rises and heats up the surface temps,” Mike said.
Heddon Dying Flutters, Baby Torpedoes and Moss Bosses are still good for a few reactions, also working at daybreak. Best color of frogs in the new lily pads have been Snot Rocket or Black. Hot Firecracker or Hot Mouse-colored buzzbaits are still randomly working at dawn. StutterSteps and Spit'n Images continue to draw random reactions around grass, vegetation and lily pads from largemouths.
Numerous anglers have been chasing the random, schooling yearling black bass and white bass near daybreak in the oxbows over the past few weeks. These mostly, juvenile bass are randomly breaking for 10-30 seconds at a time, just after dawn in the backs of several oxbows up Little River. “We have been catching those schooling yearling largemouths and whites with Bomber Fat Free Shads and Fat Free Guppys in Citrus Shad, along with a Cordell hammered spoons, clear Baby Torpedoes, tail spinner Rat-L-Traps, and Cordell Crazy Shads in chrome/black, Clear/Blue Nose or Moon-Eyed Shad colors.
“At daybreak, we continue to see juvenile largemouths from 1-3 pounds surface-breaking and schooling on threadfin shad with the white bass in the oxbows up Little River – like Horseshoe Lake, Mud Lake and McGuire Lake – all along Little River. These aggressively feeding bass are pushing shad to the surface just after daylight, and surface-breaking for 15 seconds to a minute at random intervals. You have to be on point and location when they begin pushing shad to the surface or you miss it. A requirement is to have a Bomber Fat Free Shad, Fat Free Guppy or Fat Free Fry, Rat-L-Trap, a hammered CC Spoon with a bucktail, Spit'n Image, Clear Baby Torpedo, Heddon Dying Flutter or Cordell Crazy Shad in chrome/black back to get a fast reaction from these juvenile surface-breakers. In addition, a Cordell Red Fin, Boy Howdy, Super Spot or Gay Blade will be able to cast and reach these fast surface-breakers very easily. We keep a CC Spoon rigged up and ready, on a 6.5-foot MH CastAway casting rod, for when the melee begins unexpectedly, and maybe anywhere from 30-50 yards out from the boat. A clear Heddon Baby Torpedo or Baby Lucky 13, Heddon Spit'n Image and Chrome/Black Cordell Crazy Shad, we have found, are the best surface-breaking baits to hit the school with. But many times the school is just out of casting range with those surface lures, the exception being the Heddon Spit'n Image, since its body is more aerodynamically designed and will cast long distances to the school of surface breakers.
“We expect this trend to continue well into the fall and become more frequent in nature as the photoperiod is reduced and cold fronts begin arriving by September. There are days right now where two anglers can catch 25-30 surface schooling, breaking fish, largemouths and white bass together, in just 15-20 minutes if one is prepared with a rod rigged up and on standby, on deck, and anglers are on constant watch and listening for the action to fire up just after dawn.
White bass were found several weeks ago schooling with juvenile largemouths on shad in the oxbows at dawn, and surface-breaking on shad and bait in Horseshoe and McGuire lakes in the oxbows up Little River, where water clarity is best. Hammered Cordell Spoons with red/white bucktails, chrome/black or chrome/blue, and Millwood Magic-colored Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps and Bomber Fat Free Guppy cranks in Citrus Shad were catching these surface schoolers breaking on shad along with a host of topwater in the middle of the mayhem, like chrome/black or clear-blue nose Cordell Crazy Shads, clear Baby Torpedoes, Cordell hammered spoons and Heddon Dying Flutters. Crappie have been consistently biting jigs and minnows for the past few weeks in the standing timber of the oxbows and planted brush piles along Little River, just out of river current behind primary or secondary points. Minnows have been seeing the best bite over the past week. Good slabs up to 3 pounds are biting well. “It’s a HOT SPOT!” Channel cats and blues are still feeding in Little River up to 3-4 pounds on trotlines and yo-yos set 10-15 feet deep in Little River. Use cut bait or spoiled chicken livers. Yo-yos set under cypress trees in Mud Lake from 9-10 feet, using cut shad and buffalo, were catching some decent blues over the past few weeks. Bluegills and Mason bream were biting again over the past week, especially at the Millwood State Park off the bank, and at Jack's Isle on the floating dock with picnic tables. “Redworms, crickets, waxworms, and bread were catching some nice, good-sized bluegills bigger than your hand this past weekend,” Mike says.
(updated 7-31-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) had no reports.
Lake Greeson Tailwater
Visit www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com for a daily update on fishing conditions.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Narrows Dam was 549.20 feet msl (full pool: 548.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-24-2019) Tamara Lunsford, park superintendent at Daisy State Park near Kirby, said Lake Greeson’s surface water temperature Sunday was ranging 85-90 degrees, and the water was very turbid. The lake is 9.21 feet above full pool as of 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Bream are poor, but there is a little bite on worms at 5-10 feet depth. Crappie are reported fair. They are in 10-25 feet and are biting minnows and jigs. Fish the brush piles or rocky points. Black bass are fair, and they appear to be in depth of 10-20 feet. Use spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms and fish near brush. Catfishing is poor. The best bite is on worms or blood bait. White bass reports are poor, with the water level too high. Flood waters have really affected the fishing over the past weekend, Tamara reports.
(updated 7-31-2019) Jason Lenderman of JL Guide Service (870-490-0804) had no report.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 401.80 feet msl (full pool: 408.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-31-2019) Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said schooling bass are going crazy at when dawn breaks on spoons to topwaters. After that, you should see success trolling crankbaits.
(updated 7-24-2019) John Duncan of yoyoguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina says, “Wow, what a weather change, 60s at night and 80s in the day? This must be Arkansas.” Water level is 404.29 feet msl and water surface temperature mid-80s. “I think the best fishing is in the schooling fish. Whites have been surfacing a lot lately all over the lake. Rooster-tailed jigs and spoons are great baits. The wind is the issue. Look for schooling fish in smoother water. Reports are from Iron Mountain to Shouse Ford that schooling fish can be seen.” Bream have been on the beds with the full moon. Electronics using side scan are used to find beds then back off and cast to them with slip sinker and cricket. Crappie fishing is slow. Trolling crankbaits or spider-rigging is your best bet. Remember to stay above the thermocline. No report on black bass or catfish. “Enjoy the cooler weather while you can. Go early or late and look for schooling fish in smoother water. Good luck.”
De Queen Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 437.46 feet msl (full pool: 437.00 feet msl).
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 541.68 feet msl (full pool: 526.00 feet msl).
White Oak Lake
(updated 7-31-2019) Angler John Gulley, CEO of Lone Sportsman Outfitters, had no report.
(updated 7-17-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop (870-863-7248) in El Dorado said a few bass, bream and catfish are being caught. No report on crappie. The river is back on the rise.
(updated 7-31-2019) Sharon at Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the lake looks good. It’s clear and at a normal level. And, as such, the bream bite is good, she said. Worms and crickets are both working. Crappie are biting fair on jigs. Black bass are doing better this week, with anglers reporting good results. Plastic worms and soft baits (Beaver in particular) are the way to go. Catfishing is good on the limblines with bream or perch as bait.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro
(updated 7-31-2019) Steve Donahou at Lake Catherine State Park (501-844-4176) relates that Lake Catherine State Park Marina Manager Tosha Walker says the lake clarity is clear with a surface temperature of 75.7 degrees. Water level is normal. The bream bite is excellent. Find the bream in depth of 5-8 feet and use worms and crickets. “Crappie are very slow to bite,” Tosha says. “You’ll have your best luck with minnows or jigs.” Poor reports on crappie over the past week. But bass are fair. Tosha says, “Black bass have been resting near the banks and shoreline to about 10 feet out.” Anglers are having best success with plastic worms, lizards, Brush Hogs and creature baits. Catfishing is good using stink bait and chicken liver. As for white bass, there are no reports of late.
Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro
(updated 7-31-2019) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that water temperature is 62 degrees below the dam with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has regulated the generation schedules so the Carpenter Dam tailrace can be safely navigated and fished, as Lake Ouachita is now a full 3 feet below flood stage. Numbers of quality rainbow trout are still present in the area because of the heavy flooding early in the year; however, these trout will be gone through migration and predation in the next several weeks. Boaters can anchor in areas holding good numbers of trout and will have success casting Rooster Tails in white or brown around rock structure and sandbars. The months of May and June brought huge numbers of shad toward the dam to spawn. Trout feed heavily on these baitfish and will strike artificial lures that imitate live minnows. Small jigs in gray or white will also work well in the same areas in slack or current situations. Trolling against the current with shallow-running crankbaits imitating shad or crawfish will attract larger trout that seek bigger prey. Bank fishermen should take advantage of slack water periods by presenting trout with nightcrawlers and redworms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Waxworms and mealworms used in the same manner will allow anglers to catch limits of rainbows that are actively searching for food. Live bait presentations cannot be overemphasized because trout become much more wary as their environment warms and the summer heat sets in. June brought white bass by the thousands into the Carpenter Dam tailrace to begin the spawn. July still holds numbers of whites, although the size is smaller than in a normal year. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and jig presentations will all draw strikes from these temperate bass from the dam to the bridge as they feed on shad for months. Hybrid bass also run alongside these fish and will feed on the same prey items. Stripers always migrate into the area in the summer months in search of food and cooler temperatures. Balloon rigs with gizzard shad give anglers a good chance to hook a big striper, but artificial lures such as Super Spooks and Alabama rigs should not be overlooked. Strong rods and lines are recommended for these predator fish that possess great power and are often in the 20- to 40-pound range. Anyone navigating Lake Catherine should always wear a life jacket and be aware of the generation schedules. All park rules and regulations must be followed in the Carpenter Dam tailrace.
(updated 7-31-2019) Jason Baumgartner, park aquarist at Lake Dardanelle State Park (479-890-7495), said they have experienced mostly sunshine with tolerable heat and humidity. Mostly cloudy skies are forecasted until afternoon rain chances arrive for the weekend. There is limited visibility in the water; water continues to clear up in several areas, he reports. Surface temperature is 85 degrees. As of Tuesday (July 30) the river at Ozark Lock & Dam 12 has risen slowly from 345 feet to 350 feet. The pool has finally receded below the small craft advisory mark of 70,000 cfs. Release held steady above 100,000 cfs last Wednesday and rapidly dropped below 70,000 cfs. There has been no power generation. Water has receded some around the islands and bottoms at the Arkansas Highway 109 bridge and near Spadra. Some dikes may still be submerged and new sandbars are emerging, so please use caution. Access to Shoal Bay and Dublin from the river channel has been silted in and is difficult to navigate. Two dredge barges are working the channel between Shoal Bay and Spadra near river miles 221 and 225. Downriver, pool elevation near Lake Dardanelle State Park has been near normal and doesn’t fluctuate much. The Dardanelle tailwater has fell below 10 feet. Release has also rapidly fallen from over 100,000 cfs to about 60,000 cfs. Power generation has been consistent for several weeks.
For those fishing: Please use caution when on the water as the river bottom has changed in many areas. Lake Dardanelle State Park has no scheduled tournament events until Aug. 23-25. For tournament updates, please contact the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center at (479) 967-5516.
(updated 7-31-2019) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred all-welded aluminum Xpress fishing boats in Hot Springs, reports lake temps in the high 80s at the surface and throughout the lake. Clarity is good with visibility at 3-5 feet. Bass species are semi-shallow around grass and rocky bottomed areas in the early mornings and late afternoons where the shade lays on the water until the sun is high. During that day, bass are mostly suspended at the openings of pockets and off-shore on inclines and declines of lake bottom. Target the shallow fish with topwaters like frogs, spooks and poppers and the suspended fish with drop-shot rigs, jigs and spoons. Catfish are good everywhere as usual this time of year, but bigger fish will remain near structure that blocks or disrupts current on the main channels. Bream and also very good on crickets and worms in 15 feet of water and near docks. Good luck and Go Greeson!
(updated 7-31-2019) Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said schooling bass are going crazy at Hamilton (and at DeGray) at first-light on spoons to topwaters. After that, trolling crankbaits have produced.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 360.18 feet msl (normal pool: 345.0 feet msl).
(updated 7-31-2019) Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) said their bass tournament last week produced a lot of bass caught, though they were not “super big.” Bass fishing overall is fair. Bream are good on crickets. Like the bass, the bream are not “super big” but two anglers caught 80 bream together in one outing. Crappie are good and are in 8-10 feet depth of water. They’re favoring minnows and black/chartreuse jigs, as well as Arkansas Shad. Catfishing is good on limblimes and noodling with hot dogs. The clarity of the lake is muddy and as of Tuesday it was still 17.5 feet above normal.
(updated 7-31-2019) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) reports the clarity is muddy and the level is still high. They say anglers are starting to fish, finally, though the water is still high. It appears to be dropping about 4-5 inches each day. Water was over the dam at one point. No specific catches were reported.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 573.40 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-31-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are still fair. Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot rigs fished over points are working. Walleye are still good. Three-quarter-ounce CC Spoons jigged vertically and nightcrawlers on drop-shot rigs are producing good stringers. Stripers are good. These fish have moved primarily to the eastern part of the lake and are being caught on live bait or big hair jigs. Bream are still good, with reports of fish being caught with grubs and worms in 15-25 feet of water near brush. Crappie are slow and being caught with jigs or minnows in 20-30 feet of water near brush. Catfish are very good and anglers are having luck with rod-and-reel using live nightcrawlers around brush piles. Water temperature is ranging 84-88 degrees. Water clarity is clear. Lake level has dropped to 573.38 feet msl. Contact the Mountain Harbor fishing guides (Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717, and Chris Darby, 870-867-7822) for more information.
Blue Mountain Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 399.32 feet msl (full pool: 384.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-31-2019) Angler Dane Goodwin had no report.
(updated 7-31-2019) Professional fishing guide Ronnie Tice (901-687-6800) said Tuesday that the lake is clear and the water level is normal. Crappie are fair on jigs. It’s best to try for them with jigs under piers or shooting the docks. Bass are fair, but Ronnie reports catching 30 fish in four hours. Crankbaits will get their attention. Catfishing is poor, and bream fishing also is poor. Check out Ronnie’s Facebook page for the latest information and photos of his excursions with clients.
(updated 7-31-2019) The AGFC’s Wil Hafner at Cook’s Lake Conservation Education Center (870-241-3373) said the water is high but dropping and the action has been picking up. Your best bet would be to target bluegill. These tasty panfish are being caught on crickets fished about 3 feet under a cork near laydowns. For black bass try green pumpkin or black and blue jigs around cypress trees and laydowns. Shad have spawned so a swimbait would also be a great way to cover water and search for a bite. Crappie should be biting on jigs and minnows around the cypress trees and channel.
Cook’s Lake is a 2.5-mile-long oxbow off of the White River, nestled in the heart of the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge near Casscoe in Arkansas County. This fertile oxbow receives very little fishing pressure due to being used only for education purposes and youth and mobility-impaired fishing. The scenic lake is full of slab crappie, giant bluegills, largemouth bass and catfish of all species. Cook’s Lake will be open to fishing during normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through October, water level pending. Cook’s Lake is open to fishing for youth under 16 or mobility-impaired, and up to two helpers (who may also fish). Fish from the 140-foot mobility-impaired accessible dock or launch a boat, but we ask for trolling motors only. Before launching, please check in at the Conservation Education Center, and report back before leaving. For information or unscheduled closures, please contact the center at 870-241-3373.
Bear Creek Lake
(updated 7-31-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.
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