Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

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Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using aerial boats will perform foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicides, which will not cause harm to wildlife, people or aquatic life such as fish, to treat the crocodile in the lake Conway in 2019. By federal law, these herbicides have an irrigation restriction of up to 120 days after application. The AGFC asks adjacent land owners NOT to irrigate Lake Conway water for lawn or garden use until March 1, 2020. For more information, contact the AGFC Fish Bureau at Mayflower at (877) 470-3309.

(updated on 6-19-2019) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said that the clarity of the lake is being clarified. The water level is "quite normal", they report. No surface temperature was recorded. The gilthead breams are excellent. Use red worms or crickets. Crappie's reports are fair. Children and small templates are better now. The black bass is good. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and topwater decoys are receiving good reactions. The catfish are good. Use bait paste, golden fish, goldfish and small live fish in their lines.

(updated 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack's in Crystal Hill (501-758-4958) reports that the bream is lying down with the full moon and that the bite is good. Use red worms or crickets. There are no reports on crappie. Black basses are good for spinnerbaits and surface waters. Fish around the brush. The catfish are good. Use cut bait, kite and nighttime thieves.

Small red river

(updated 6-19-2019) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the river is clear with a generation of two units of 10 a.m. at 10 p.m. The Army Corps of Engineers says that the White River is falling to a level that may allow it to increase release at Greers Ferry Dam. It would be good to check the generation schedules daily to see when this happens. A full generation is expected 24/7 in the future because the lake is 12 feet above normal.

The snack is good when it stays ahead of the new generation. The Mayan fly nymphs and the midge pupae are working well. Please be safe and polite on the river. When sailing in a boat, slow down to a minimum without waking up when passing through a boat that is anchored or drifting and, when possible, move to the opposite side of the direction in which you are fishing.

(updated 6-19-2019) Lowell Myers of Sour Lip'em All Guide Service said Wednesday morning that the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing 12 hours a day of two generation units. This generation pattern provides small windows of wading opportunities in the upper sections of the river mornings and in the middle and lower sections later in the day and good drift fishing in all sections. An increase in generation at the Little Red River is expected from next week to start lowering the Greers Ferry Lake to the seasonal reserve. The amount of an increase and duration will depend on rain and possible floods downstream. Currently, mosquitoes, mosquitoes, emergents, BWOs and streamers are recommended for fly fishing. For fishing with trout magnet, use intense pink bodies in the chartreuse headers. 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 releasing Greers Ferry Dam water or visit the website of the Engineers Corps (swl-wc.usace). army.mil) for real-time water discharge and the Southwestern Power 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 473.96 feet msl (normal conservation group: 462.54 feet msl).

(updated 6-19-2019) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said that the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is 474.05 feet msl. That's 11.51 feet above the normal pool of 462.54 feet msl. The catch is good in general. The golden ones are spawning around the lake; use crickets, trackers, line spinners and small crankbaits from very shallow to 20 feet. Crappie still eats well with water temperatures still in the low 80's; Use templates, small fish and beetles 18 to 30 feet deep. Walleye are preparing for the summer snack. They are 18-45 feet. Use trackers for the most part for the best bit. Black seabass are eating well while roaming and some fish are still super shallow and some are in between. A bait glove works if you do not bite it moving. Drag something. The hybrid bass and the white bass are also eating, 25-55 feet today. When you can mark them, 41-43 feet, but the size of the place to catch them is the size of a 5 gallon bucket. Use spoons or spinners online: the game is also vertical for some school children.

Harris Brake Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says that the lake is clear and the water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Crappie are good, but they have moved deeper. Throw the minnows or strips your way. The black bass is good. Use soft plastic worms or a higher water bait. Fishing with fish is good with the worms of chicken livers. There are no reports of sea bream.

Overcup Lake

NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using aerial boats will perform foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicides that will not harm wildlife, people or aquatic life such as fish, to treat the 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 land owners NOT to irrigate Lake Conway water for lawn or garden use until March 1, 2020. For more information, contact the AGFC Fish Bureau at Mayflower at (877) 470-3309.

(updated on 6-19-2019) Johnny "Catfish" Banks in Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said black bass is working well with buzzbaits and black plastic worms and some spinners. A la dorada is doing well with crickets and worms 18 to 24 inches deep; They are in their beds. "We're catching some of the biggest bream I've seen in years," says Johnny. Crappie fish are being trapped in 12 to 14 feet of water about 8 feet deep on brushes with stencils and small small fish. Not catching any limit but catching some good ones. The catfish are being caught in jars and trotting with bream, jumping cat and catalpa worms. The water level is almost normal and the surface temperature is around 81 degrees. "Come visit us at the bait shop, near Highway 9."

Brewer Lake

(update 6-19-2019) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) rates fishing as 9 out of 10 at Brewer. The clarity is clear and the water level is 2 feet tall. The surface water temperature on Tuesday morning was 73-74 degrees. Sea breams are good for red worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent. Use small fish or jigs around the brush stacks. The black basses are spawning and the bite is good. Catfish are good using worms and chicken livers.

Lake maumelle

(updated 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack's on Crystal Hill (501-758-4948) said that gilthead bream is good for red worms and crickets. Black bass is good at spinnerbaits; Fish the brush. Fishing with fish is good using cut baits, kites and night fishermen.

(updated 6-19-2019) Westrock Landing (501-658-5598) on Highway 10 near Roland reports that the water temperature is in the upper 70s. The largemouth bass is good. Most of them can be found shallow at sunset and at dawn biting a variety of lures. Some reports have arrived this week and say that the bass can be found at 8-12 feet and at 16-20 feet. Try using chatter chats, crankbaits, jerkbaits, drop-shots and swimbaits. Bracker Cobb and Dalton Norris connected a 5.13 pound Big Bass on the way to winning the black double bass tournament this Tuesday night with a total of 12.81 pounds. Meanwhile, as for other black basses, the Kentucky bass is good. Some reports that were found in 10-15 feet of water off the grass line at sunset and at sunrise. They can also be found in falls from 18 to 22 feet and in rocky banks. The white bass is slow. Some can be found mixed with the type of fish on the floors or near piles of bushes at 8-12 feet deep. Try using rooster tails, jerkbaits and rattle style baits. Crappie are fair. Reports that were found stacked in and around the bushes at 15-18 feet of water. Some can still be found scattered, mixed with whites. Try using templates and small fish. The breams are good. They can be found in little depth. They are moving in their shallow beds around 8 feet or less. Try using crickets and worms. The catfish are slow. There are reports that the channel cats are moving into shallow water. Try using stinky bait, crayfish or worms.

Sunset Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's bait shop (501-778-6944) said she has been really good with catfish. It was stored on June 13. And, most likely, it was probably stored again for the children who fished in the derby they had on June 19. They're being caught in almost anything, from chicken livers to stinky baits, minnows and worms. Crappie has been slow but better early in the morning with small fish type 6 and small pink colors. The bream has been good with the crickets and the super worms of the flour, and also with the red worms. The basses have been hitting the basses and the spinnerbaits.

Bishop Park Ponds

(updated 6-19-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that they usually hear more about Lake Back, Lake Charles. But recently the front, Lake Norma, has been improving, especially in the sea bream that uses crickets. Sea bass and catfish have been fair in small birds. There is no word in crappie.

Access to Saline River in Benton

(updated on 6-19-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the bass has been good with the small basses, the beetle turns and the spinnerbaits and the live crawdads. Crappie are fair in the number 6 of small crappie fish. The bream has been excellent in crickets and red worms. The catfish have done well with the black sauces, especially with the trotlines.

Lake Norrell

(updated 6-19-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's bait shop (501-778-6944) said that the bream has done very well in the crickets that are caught in the bottom. This lake is well known for its great sea bream. The basses have been fair with the plastic worms and the small basses. The catfish has been good at night fishermen, shrimp bait and live crabs. Crappie slows down with crappie n mines. ° 6 and those of crapie rosa.

Pickthorne Lake

(updated on 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack (501-758-4948) had no report.

Valencia Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack (501-758-4948) said that gilthead bream is good when using red worms and crickets. The basses are good and hit the spinnerbaits. Fishing with fish is good in cut baits, kites and night fishermen. There are no other reports.

Lake Willastein

(updated 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack & # 39; s (501-758-4948) said that the bream has a good bite on red worms and crickets. The black bass is good; Use spinnerbaits around brushing areas. Fishing with fish is good with bait, skipjack and night fishermen. There are no other reports.

Winona Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's Bait Shop store (501-778-6944) said the shit had been fair with the little basses. The bream is good in the crickets. The catfish are excellent at crawdads live. Bass has been good at small fish and topwater baits.

Arkansas River in Morrilton

(updated 6-19-2019) The hidden port of Charley in Oppelo (501-354-8080) had no reports.

Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)

There are no reports.

Small river maumelle

(updated on 6-19-2019) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) had no reports. He says that the water is almost black and that there seemed to be dead fish on the surface after the flooding situation in recent weeks.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(updated 6-19-2019) Exxon de Zimmerman (501-944-2527) says that sea bream is good for red worms and crickets. Fishing with fish is good with worms or chicken livers. There are no other reports.

(updated on 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack & # 39; s (501-758-4948) said that in the Maumelle River area that leads to the river, the gilthead bream is good. They lie down with the full moon. Fishermen are using redworms and crickets. Black basses are good for spinnerbaits and high water lures around the brush. Fishing with fish is good using cut baits, kites or pirates. There are no reports on crappie. Alex urges the fishermen to stay away from the main river. In addition, the small Maumelle is black with dead fish, reports.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(updated 6-19-2019) Fish 'N' Stuff (501-834-5733) continues to urge all fishermen and fishermen to stay out of the river until flood conditions diminish (water moving very fast). The current has dropped, but it is still a swift 185,000 cfs as of Monday afternoon. The water level is high and the clarity is muddy. There are no capture reports.

(updated 6-19-2019) Exxon de Zimmerman (501-944-2527) says that fishermen must still avoid the river. The level is going down, but there is still a lot of current. The clarity is muddy. There are no reports from the fishermen about any catch in the main pool of Little Rock. However, under Terry Lock and Dam, here are good reports on sea bream and crappie. The golden ones are spawning and are in 3-4 feet of water. Good reports of catches of red worms and crickets. Crappie are good trotlining, in jars and baits with black salties. Fish piers and backwaters. The shit is at a depth of 15-20 feet.

(updated 6-19-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) says the river is muddy and tall. There are no reports.

(updated on 6-19-2019) Hatchet Jack & # 39; s (501-758-4948) has no reports.

Clear Lake (outside Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)

(updated 6-19-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said that the water level is normal and that Clear Lake has cleared. The bream bream is just in worms and crickets. Crappie is biting well in small and jigs. The black bass is fair; Use a soft plastic worm. No report on the catfish.

Peckerwood Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Donna Mulherin at Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said that the clarity is a bit tainted while the water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Sea breams are good for red worms and crickets. Crappie improved to good week, with trolling and spider-rigging still working well. Children or templates as baits, she says. Meanwhile, crankbaits are the way to go for black bass. The snack for the bass is good. Fishing with fish is good with worms.

North Arkansas

White River

(updated 6-19-2019) Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) says that unusually warm temperatures last week improved everyone's trout fishing experience, and the quality and quantity of trout exceeded expectations. This week's favorite technique was, by far, the fishing of artificial baits. The Vibrax Blue Fox Spinner, 3/16 ounces of gold and 3/16 ounces of rainbow trout, led the package, with the olive and brown / orange insoles (Maribou and White River Zig Jigs) a close second. "Six, seven and even nine browns have been rolled up daily in several boats this week; Small fish were the main bait for larger fish, but we heard that more than one brown was hooked with shrimp and PowerBait. Water rises in the late afternoon are a good time to bring out your nightly thieves and awaken some memories of fishing with grandma and grandpa. Come to the river and catch a trout or two with us. "

(updated on 6-19-2019) The White River Sportsman complex (870-453-2424) said the clarity is horrible, with lots of light green moss in the water. The river level is low. Fishing is frustrating, but still good for trout. Small lures and sculptures are a good bait option: they captured a 24-inch fish and a 6-pound fish. Waxworms and PowerBait will also work.

(updated 6-12-2019) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said last Friday that during the previous week they had an inch and a half of rain, warm temperatures and moderate winds. The level of the lake at Bull Shoals increased 0.5 feet to rest at 22.4 feet above the seasonal energy pool of 662 feet msl. This is 10.6 feet below the top of the flood pool.

Upstream, Table Rock dropped 0.3 feet to rest in the seasonal pool and 14 feet below the top of the flood pool. Beaver Lake rose 1.6 feet to rest 6.6 feet above the seasonal pool and 2 feet below the top of the flood pool. The whites had electricity generation and drinking water. Lake Norfork rose 1.7 feet to rest at 16.2 feet above the seasonal energy group of 556.75 feet msl and 7 feet below the top of the flood pool. The Norforks had less generation and reliable drinking water every day. The seasonal energy group has been restored for lakes in the Blanco River system. All the lakes in the Blanco River System are well above the energy pool, with light generation and some transitable water. This will end when the flood recedes downstream. Expect heavy generation in the near future.

White has fished well. The hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive trees Woolly Buggers (sizes 8, 10), Y2Ks (sizes 14, 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra mosquitoes (black with silver wire and silver or red cord with silver wire and silver cord sizes) 16, 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby ​​flies (size 18), root beer flies (size 18), pink and cerise de San Juan worms (size 10) and bedbugs (size 16) ). The double flight nymph platforms have been very effective. (John's current favorite combination is a 14-pheasant-tailed nymph with a ruby-sized midge suspended beneath it, use lead to lower its flies.)

John also said: "Last week I took Jack, a retired ophthalmologist, fishing. Jack spends spring and autumn here. He recently took the fly fishing class that my wife Lori and I teach twice a year. Every time he has a visit from friends or relatives, he hires me to take them out in the boat. Last week, his old friend, John, was in town and we hit the target.

"We met at McDonald's and went to Rim Shoals." We arrived a little after 7:30 am It was still cool, but the weather forecast was for sunny conditions and a high temperature of 87 degrees. on the river that kept things cool until midmorning, the fog was so heavy that navigation was difficult, so I kept the speed low until it went out, the water was quite low, 2,750 cfs, or less than a full generator. This water level weighs well and was programmed to last all day.

"We started the day with a casting class. John never caught a fly and I taught him the basics, as fast as I could, so we could get into the water. We got on the boat and started fishing. Jack is an experienced fly fisherman, but John was the first to hook and land a trout. In fact, he landed three fish before Jack entered the game. John was a native. I was worried a bit because Jack was not hunting trout. They were rigged exactly the same. They had the same rod, reel, fly line, leader, tippet, flies (a pheasant nymph of size 14 with a dropper of brown size 18), indicator of division beat. They were placed at the same depth and floating on the same water. Why was John catching trout while Jack was not there?

"I thought it was a coincidence and he was right." Suddenly, Jack started trout fishing and quickly caught up with John.It was explained by my theory that catching occurs in the stingrays.This is when one fisherman catches a few and then the other It catches a few, over time it usually levels out, the trick is to rely on the basic strategy, you should concentrate on achieving a perfect drift without drag and on setting the hook quickly when you receive a strike.

"At lunch, we had around 25 trout to the network. The largest was a fat 18-inch throat on the west side. We sat in the shade and enjoyed our lunch. We relaxed for a minute before returning to the river. At first, the march was a little slow, but soon we were hunting trout. It started to heat up. Jack and John had captured many trout. We end the day with between 45-50 trout to the network. There was no clear leader. Both had landed on the same amount of trout. We disconnected and headed home.

"When your fishing partner is on a good run, do not worry, you could start your streak soon."

Bull Shoals Lake

Until Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the elevation of the lake to 684.80 feet msl (normal conservation group: 661.00 feet msl).

(updated 12-12-2019) Del Colvin at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said that the lake level has risen 26 feet above normal and that overall clarity remains murky. The surface water temperature is higher than 70s. The black bass is good. Topwaters are working better in the morning. Fish the ancient coasts and pockets dragged by the wind. Crappie are good. Templates are a good bait option, or anything that can go through the bushes. Focus on the brush stacks. The catfish are good. You will find them at the back of streams with limbs to catch them. Walleye are good at bottom porters caught on the ancient coasts. There are no reports of sea bream. Check out Del's YouTube channel to see his video fishing report updated regularly.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the elevation of the lake to 573.56 feet msl (normal conservation group: September-April, 552.00 feet msl, April-September 555.75 feet msl).

(updated 6-19-2019) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the stripers at Norfork Lake are now in their summer pattern. We have been catching fish from 30 to 60 feet in large schools in the canals near the cliff walls. The best bait has been the medium-sized gizzard, 4-7 inches, in a descending line just above the fish. The cold weather of the night has lowered the lake from 82 degrees to 77 degrees, but should rise quickly unless the rainfall that is predicted this week is cold, then it will remain the same. The thermocline is around 20 feet and the water below is very cloudy. It will remain that way until the lake returns to its normal pool. The fishing has been good last week. Sean and I have been limited every day. Sean's client caught a 42-inch stripper that was very thin and only weighed 22 pounds. I should have been in the range of 30 pounds. The fish could not be released because the fight took too long. It was a shame to have to clean a big fish, but that's what happens at this time of year. "

"On Tuesday I had new clients who had not caught fish for stripers. Nick is 13 years old and at the end of the trip he was fishing like a pro. We had some luck in our first place, but the bite slowed down, so I had previously found fish that fed at 7:30 in the morning. I moved there and set up my normal fishing rod routine of two floating rods and five rods down. Jeff's rod came down, and just as I caught his fish, the front stick came down and that continued around the boat; When each rod came down, I was catching another fish. At the same time, the two floating bars were hit, but we were too busy fighting the other fish. The floats were 30 meters from the boat and when we started to fight with those fish, they had reached the boat. In total we boarded the seven fish. We were lucky because some were hybrids and we were able to free them and the others stayed to fill their limit. It was an experience that both Jeff and Nick will never forget, and neither will I. "
Tom says he is now fishing on the main lake from Thumb Point to Hand Cove and the Dam area. This pattern will remain true until September. He adds that the walleye have moved to their summer pattern. They will feed in the range of 28 to 32 feet. The best bite is usually from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Longline trawl crankshafts and bottom gorillas placed right next to the lower career spinners with nightcrawlers.

(updated 6-12-2019) Lou Gabric, of Hummingbird Hideway Resort, said: "Whoever wants striped bass fish! The double bass bite has been pretty good in recent weeks. If you like to fish in the dark, when it is cool, calm and calm, there are several good areas near our resort. I've had guests fishing all night, and others fishing from sunset until around midnight. Other guests enjoy the snack early in the morning and climb the lake around 4 a.m. and fish until 9 a.m. The best bait has been the live tarpon or the great lustres, but the vertical jigging of a spoon has also picked up a good fish.

"This morning I had a hard time finding fresh baits, but I had some leftovers, so I went to my first area and started fishing around 4:30 a.m. I dropped a bait about 30 feet, while sitting on 100 feet of water. I also started to vertically place a 1-ounce white spoon at the same depth. It did not take more than 10 minutes before the bait rod began to sing and I got a nice striped bass of more than 9 kilos. I continued to jig and I was bitten on the spoon, but I lost it halfway. For the next 45 minutes, I put two stripers on my spoon and two more on live bait. Not bad for a short time.

"Once the light started to come out, the bait and the fish dispersed. I went to a large main lake and found fish, but they did not hit my spoon. I moved from one place to another to a main stream and found more fish scattered at depths of 10 feet to 40 feet, and was mostly in 50-80 feet of water. My only shooter was hooked by throwing my Kastmaster. I was making a fast and steady recovery and stopped short with a big fish taking off in the other direction. To say the least, I could only fight this fish for about a minute before it stopped. " Lou says that walleye fishing has been very good, whether you're fishing on the dock or fishing in the lake. There have been many walleye caught in their dock during the past two weeks. The small fish that live in the type of fish have worked well, or are smaller. The best time has been after dark. The fish that are under your dock have detached from the bottom in approximately 30 feet of water. The other place that has been producing some nice fish is in the normal line of the edge of the pool, which is just outside the tanned sunken brush. The depth of the water will vary, but varies between 20 and 30 feet deep. The slow crawling of a crawler harness with a lower bounce weight has worked very well. You can also cast a brightness at the same depth. The large mouth, the small mouth and the spotted bass are shown in the same areas as the walleye. This morning, when the sun was rising, says Lou, he stopped to see some main points of the lake. While on his way back to a stream, he had his master Kast tied up, so he threw it to the shore, letting the bait sink about 10 feet, and began to retrieve the bait, moving it slightly. It was not long before he sailed a small and a good big mouth. They were probably in about 20-25 feet of water, he said. He adds that it has been difficult to find crappie. With a water level above normal, the fish have enough coverage throughout the lake. The best areas to find confined crappie are under docks. Live bait or small templates are working. También puede trolear crankbaits pequeños como un Minnow Flicker o Shad en unos 20-25 pies de agua. La temperatura del agua superficial del lago Norfork el martes por la mañana fue de 78-79 grados. El nivel del agua finalmente se estabilizó con un ligero aumento diario y actualmente se encuentra a 573.81 pies msl. El lago es claro con algunas áreas con una ligera mancha. El lago es alto, pero en excelentes condiciones para todos sus deportes acuáticos de verano.

Agua de cola de Norfork

(actualizado el 12-12-2019) John Berry de Berry Brothers Servicio de guía en Cotter (870-435-2169) dijo el fin de semana pasado que durante la semana anterior el lago Norfork subió 1.7 pies para descansar a 16.2 pies por encima del grupo de energía estacional de 556.75 pies msl y 7 pies por debajo de la parte superior de la piscina de inundación. Los Norfork tenían menos generación y agua potable confiable todos los días. El grupo de energía estacional se ha restablecido para los lagos en el sistema del río Blanco. Todos los lagos en el Sistema del Río Blanco están muy por encima de la piscina de energía, con generación de luz y algo de agua transitable. Esto terminará cuando la inundación retroceda río abajo. Espere generación pesada en un futuro próximo.

El Norfork ha sido lento. Navegue por este arroyo con precaución, ya que ha habido un importante reclutamiento de grava en el fondo de Mill Pond y el agujero del muelle. Las moscas más productivas han sido los patrones de mosquitos pequeños (tamaños 18, 20, 22) como los mosquitos de rubí, los mosquitos de la cerveza de raíz, los mosquitos de la cebra (negro o rojo con alambre de plata y la cuenta de plata) y los jirones suaves (tamaños 14, 16) como el verde Extremo. Los patrones de huevo también han sido productivos. Las plataformas de ninfa de doble vuelo han sido muy efectivas. Pruebe un pequeño midge de rubí (tamaño 18) suspendido 18 pulgadas debajo de una ardilla zorro rojo y cobre (tamaño 14). La pesca es mejor por la mañana. Dry Run Creek está pescando bien. Con la escuela fuera, estará lleno. Las moscas calientes han sido chinches (tamaño 14), Y2Ks (tamaño 12), gusanos de varios colores de San Juan (gusano marrón, rojo, rosa fluorescente caliente y tamaño de cerise 10) y moscas blancas. Recuerde que los ríos White y Norfork y Dry Run Creek están infectados con didymo, un alga invasor. Asegúrese y limpie y seque completamente sus botas (especialmente las suelas de fieltro en las botas para niños) antes de usarlas en cualquier otra agua. Muchos fabricantes ahora están fabricando suelas de goma que son más fáciles de limpiar y no tienen la misma probabilidad de albergar didymo.

Buffalo National River / Crooked Creek

(actualizado el 6-12-2019) John Berry de Berry Brothers Guide Service en Cotter (870-435-2169) dijo que el río Buffalo National y Crooked Creek son altos y de colores apagados. Las bocinas son más activas con las condiciones cálidas. La mosca favorita de John es un pez pequeño Clouser. Verifique cuidadosamente el nivel del agua antes de ingresar a Crooked Creek o al río Buffalo. No hay represas en estos arroyos. Ambos tienen grandes drenajes y son propensos a inundarse durante y después de cualquier evento de lluvia. El agua puede subir muy rápidamente.

Arkansas del noroeste

Lago de los castores

A partir del miércoles, el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército informa la elevación del lago a 1.129,41 pies msl (grupo de conservación normal: 1.121,00 pies ms).

(actualizado el 6-19-2019) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) dijo que la claridad está manchada pero los brazos del río están embarrados. El acceso es muy difícil debido a la gran cantidad de agua; El nivel de Beaver Lake era 10 pies más alto de lo normal a partir del lunes por la tarde, y hasta el miércoles era de 2 pies más que la medición de la semana pasada. Los informes de Crappie son buenos. Los pescadores pescan de noche con las luces con buen éxito. La mierda es profunda (15-20 pies). Trolling con cebos de buceo profundo es la mejor apuesta. Golpearán pequeños y jigs. El bajo negro es bueno. La pesca poco profunda con gusanos tendrá una buena reacción. En las mañanas, ir con un señuelo de aguas superiores. También apunta el pincel. Buenos informes de capturas de bajos cerca de la carretera 12 de Arkansas. Los bagres están picando bien. Ahora están alrededor de las rocas y están desovando. No hay informes de besugo.

(actualizado el 6-19-2019) Jon Conklin con el servicio de guía de FishOn (479-233-3474) dice que Beaver Lake sigue siendo muy alto y parece mantenerse por encima de lo normal durante algún tiempo, lo que dará dividendos en los próximos años. Mientras tanto, el agua aún tiene que crear una termoclina importante y eso tiene peces aún dispersos de lo profundo a lo superficial. Los stripers son buenos siguiendo el shad; Mira en todos los brazos principales para ellos. Hay un bocado nocturno mientras Jon dice que ha escuchado algunos informes. Golpear pisos adyacentes a los puntos principales y lanzar grandes jerkbaits. Los leucomas son buenos bofetones para bucear, como los buzos o los arneses de oruga lenta. El bajo manchado y el bajo marrón son buenos para los puntos de rock en 15-30 pies de agua. Los bocabundos todavía están en madera / cepillo inundados – Whopper Plopper, Flukes, buzzbaits y spinnerbaits están funcionando. Hit muelles, como los peces siempre se relacionan con los muelles en Beaver. Crappie es bueno para las buenas manivelas de trolling, y las plantillas están trabajando para los límites. Los bagres son buenos y la dorada es excelente. Esté seguro cuando corra, ya que los escombros están ahí fuera. Bowfishing is good at the clear end of the lake back in coves.

Beaver Tailwater

(updated 6-19-2019) Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said, “I apologize for not sending out last week’s fishing report, folks. I was extremely busy running a trip and dealing with fire department business. So I will kind of give you a two-week report. The trout have been really active with the different weather systems moving in and out. They have been hitting spoons really hard the past week or so. PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle have also brought in nice numbers. It seems the trout have been hanging in the deeper water, 8-10 feet this past week. The ‘hot spot’ has been between Parker Bottoms and the Bertran launch ramp. There are still some walleye in the area, most of them have been small males, biting on live minnow, fished with various jigs. The Kentucky bass have been hitting on 2-inch grubs, fished in structure and on bottom. Not much to report on with the smallmouths; however, fish the drop-offs, humps and chunk rock. A crawler bait or suspended soft plastic should do the trick. Like always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on my Facebook page (Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service) or send me an email or text. Stay safe, have fun and catch some fish!”

Lake Fayetteville

(updated 6-19-2019) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) reports the lake has a murky green color. The water level is normal. No temperature was recorded. Bream are good using worms. Crappie are good. Fish the tree lines and the brush piles with minnows or jigs. Black bass are good; use a soft plastic worms. Catfishing appear to be spawning on the rocks. The bite is good on worms.

Lake Fort Smith

(updated 6-12-2019) Ralph Donnangelo, superintendent at Lake Fort Smith State Park, said Heather Hula and the park staff gathered a lot of fishing information from their youth fishing derby held last Saturday (June 8). The kids were all catching sunfish left and right. The bream are at 2-3 feet depth A couple of children were catching channel catfish, and a few largemouth bass were caught. The fish were pretty active all throughout the morning and into the afternoon before the heat of the day. The sunfish are spawning so the bass are harassing the nesting beds of those sunfish. Catfish are at a depth of 10-15 feet, while the black bass appear to be at a depth of 5-6 feet. Heather recommends using crankbaits to mimic sunfish in shallow inlets of the lake if you’re trying to catch bass. The clarity Tuesday was fairly clear, with a visibility of 2 feet. Surface temperature is 74 degrees.

Lake Sequoyah

(updated 6-19-2019) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear and the water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Bream are fair on redworms. Crappie also still shallow and the bite is fair with minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass are good. Black/blue chatterbaits and chartreuse jigs fished during hte morning your best bets. Catfish are excellent on stink bait, but the bite is best in late afternoon.


Lake Charles

(updated 6-19-2019) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) says the bream and catfish have been active from the shoreline out into the lake for those anglers in a boat. The bream bite is excellent taking both approaches. Use worms or crickets. Fish near the brush piles, stumps or rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs. Black bass are good in spinnerbaits, plastic worms, live worms or topwater lures. The excellent catfishing is spurred on by anglers using worms, blood bait, stink bait, chicken livers and the Catfish Pro chicken liver flavor. No reports on white bass. Surface temperature Sunday at 11 a.m. was 61 degrees. The lake is above normal level. Clarity is murky.

Lake Poinsett

(updated 6-19-2019) Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “Beautiful weather for fishing. While the lake is being repaired, Lake Poinsett State Park still maintains a supply of both live and frozen bait as well as other fishing supplies. Yes, and we are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day for your fishing needs.” 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.

Crown Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water clarity is clear while the water level is normal. No surface temperature was reported. Bream are good. Use red wigglers and crickets. Bass are fair. Catfishing is good with chicken livers. No report on crappie.

Spring River

(updated 6-19-2019) Mark Crawford with springriverfliesandguides.com (870-955-8300) said water levels are running at 415 cfs at the spring and water clarity is clear. Lack of rain over the last week and a half has the river looking great. A dry spell is much needed. On overcast days an olive or brown Woolly Bugger is hot. Just use a simple swing of the fly with a slow strip back. On the sunny slow days the trout have been eating up small nymphs – about a size 14 prince, pheasant tail or a hares ear nymph can be very productive. Don't be afraid to use a small split shot in deep and fast areas. For spin fishers a black, white or red Trout Magnet works great. With smallmouth a simple Ned rig on a 1/8 jig works well. Watermelon or pumpkin colors most days work the best.

(updated 6-12-2019) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said the Spring River is a high and stained. 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).

White River

(updated 6-19-2019) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) finally had some good news of catches to report. The water is clear and the the level is still a little high but it has dropped down. Reports of crappie catches were good. Minnows and jigs are working around the brush piles. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and jigs. Walleye are being caught in fair numbers with a jig/minnow combination. No reports on bream or catfish.


Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(updated 5-29-2019) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team said all ramps are flooded. Stay off the river until further notice.

Arkansas River (Pool 2)

No reports.

Cane Creek Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, said the fishing at Cane Creek has been somewhat steady in the past week. Bream are still biting aggressively on both crickets and worms fished away from the boat in 3-5 foot of water. Bass are biting on topwaters and shallow-swimming lipless cranks in the morning and early evening. The darker it gets, the better chance you’ll have with using a dark spinnerbait or buzzbait. The bass are aggressive, but are having a little trouble committing to a bite. If you use a hard bait and miss a bite, have a backup soft plastic waiting. Use a Texas-rigged baby Brush Hog or craw in a dark color like pumpkinseed with dark red or blue flecks. Throw it in the same spot and you might get a second chance. Catfish are doing better on trotlines than poles at the moment. They’re hungry but reluctant to bite right off. Use bream or minnows for a flathead and chicken liver for blues and channels. If the weather turns and we get rain, your chances of catching a big cat on a pole go up. Use the same bait, but fish in 10 feet of water or shallower, all the way up to the shoreline, especially where water has run into the lake. It’s snake season, so be careful of cottonmouths when pulling up to these backwater banks and sloughs.

Lake Chicot

(updated 6-5-2019) Brian Whitson, park interpreter at Lake Chicot State Park (870-265-5480), says lake level is just a bit higher than normal, but no bad. Bream are biting very well on crickets. Catfish are also biting well on crickets and worms.

Lake Monticello

(updated 6-12-2019) Angler Chris Duren at Lucky’s (870-224-6747) had no report.


Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 260.31 feet msl (normal pool: 259.20 feet msl).

(updated 6-19-2019) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said that will the lake settled down (about 1 foot above normal pool as of Wednesday), they have been seeing nice numbers of largemouth bass busting Heddon Moss Bosses and the Yum Tip Toads in lily pads near bases of cypress trees for the past several weeks. The cass are once again feeding great early in the mornings from just before dawn until around 10 a.m. The best reactions seen lately are “up in the thick of it,” he said, where lily pads and hydrilla or coontail grass converge over primary or secondary points and humps. “Those are things heart attacks are made of,” Mike says. “I am typically starting the dawn hours with a Snot Rocket or bullfrog color Tip Toad, skipping it to the back of cypress trees where ridges extend out onto points. I am letting the frog and the water ripples settle to still, and kill it either side of the base of the cypress tree back under low branches. Many mornings, we have had largemouth bass hammer this presentation knocking the Tip Toad 1-2 feet in the air and crushing it. Some days, of course, are different, and after I kill the Tip Toad on the base of the cypress tree, i just notice my line swimming off in one direction or the other. Be sure to retie frequently and check line abrasion all day because of this jungle we fish in on Millwood Lake.”
Mike adds that if the water has heavy stain, he is dipping the feet of the Tip Toad in chartreuse JJ's Magic Dye. The Heddon Moss Boss his is throwing is the Black Shad or the White Scaled colors. If it’s a relatively dark morning, heavy cloud cover, or showers Mike will typically start with the Black Shad. If the morning is cloud-free, clear and bright, he is throwing the White Scaled version as far back into pads as he can reach, move it fast for 3-5 feet of distance, and kill it on top of a lily pad, and let it sit. If that doesn't initiate a reaction, he will "quiver" his rod tip and make the Moss Boss shimmy, shake and vibrate on top of the lily pad. “Some of these silly acrobatic largemouths are coming up underneath a lily pad that the Moss Boss is resting or sitting on, and bust the bottom of the pad knocking the Moss Boss 2-3 feet in the air. It's crazy insane to watch, even when we miss a few bass when they knock it 2-3 feet away another direction. Many times you will see the wake of the bass running to where the Moss Boss landed, and they will come completely out of the water next to a pad and crash down on top of the Moss Boss. Yes, Moss Bosses work well in grass and moss, too, but to see the Moss Boss in action in the pads is heart stopping stuff!”

If Mike and his anglers are fishing in a calm/no wind day, they are still throwing Arbogast Jitterbugs or Arborgast Jointed Jitterbugs to create a subtle crawl wake at dawn for a good reaction. Best retrieve on tabletop calm water he has had is to cast the Jitterbug parallel to the lily pad line, over deeper water from 7-12 feet where points extend, and hydrilla or coontail moss is growing near stumps or laydowns. “I slowly wake the Jitterbug much much slower than a buzzbait, almost just a crawl, to put off a tail-walking wake behind it. I am constantly scanning 5-10 feet of surrounding water for any movement. If I see any type of subsurface activity or motion wakes, I kill the Jitterbug and just let it sit, sometimes 1-3 minutes without any motion or lateral movement at all. If after sitting a couple minutes there is no reaction, I will slowly twitch the Jitterbug like a struggling bird, or injured bream, just for 2-4 feet and kill it again. Many times, this will initiate an immediate response from nice 3-5 pound largemouths. If they are finicky or picky eaters, I just wake the Jitterbug back to the boat changing rhythm until I get a reaction and then repeat the action in similar areas.

“I like to let the bass tell me how they want it, and I keep changing up the cadence and the retrieve until I make one react on it. For the past several weeks, the best colors we are using to get best reaction with on stained Millwood Lake are the Coach Dog, Firetiger or Perch.”

He says Yum Dingers are still working, also wacky rigged. Millwood Lake has so much vegetation, Mike says, one has to be semi-selective about where you throw the wacky rigs or you “will be dragging salad on every cast. I like throwing the Yum Dingers wacky rigged in the same locations as the Jitterbugs, on lily pad edges over grass, just not letting it sink all the way into the grass 6-9 feet below, but along edges of the lily pads. Best retrieve on the wacky rigs is simply cast parallel to the edges of the pad lines, and short, hard, jerking twitches following the pad edges. Many times, bass will run out from underneath the pads, snatch the Yum Dinger and immediately turn 180 degrees and run back under the lily pad edges. I have found its better to pause on the hook set a few seconds, until the bass has swam 2-4 feet with the Dinger before setting the hook. Yes, sometimes that means that they have swam back into the pads, but setting too fast before he has entire Dinger and hook in his mouth will result in a swing and a miss by not allowing him enough time after he grabs the Dinger and swim off. I typically try to pause long enough that the bass has taken all the slack out of my line, and I begin to feel him pulling my rod. That's typically when I hit him hard and even if he's back inside the pad line, I have enough good hookset, that I can horse him out, or hold him long enough to go into the pads 3-5 feet and lip the bass out of the salad. Lots of folks miss lots of bass with this presentation by setting hooks far too early and quick.”

Mike says he continues to have a Yum 10-inch Ribbon Tail on deck. He is rigging up the worm with the 3/16-ounce slip sinker ahead of a glass clacker bead, not pegged for the clicking and ticking sound of the bullet weight on the glass bead. Less resistance that comes through all this vegetation, the better. Best colors he has been using on for the last 3-4 weeks in the Ribbon Tail worm have been the Blue Fleck, Black/Blue Flake, Red Shad and Plum. “We are throwing the Yum 10-inch Ribbon Tail in nearly the same water as the Yum Dingers and swimming it just off the bottom over the tops of the hydrilla and coontail grass. This will tease the bass into some of the most violent worm strikes we have ever experienced. If you are not ready on point, the ferocity with which some of these 3-to 5-pound largemouth bass strike a swimming 10-inch Yum Dinger is something to behold. They will literally almost rip the rod out of your hands with this methodology. Another good thing about having a Yum 10-inch Ribbon Tail on deck is, if one of the bass hits or slaps at the Jitterbug or Moss Boss and miss the bait, I will immediately lay down my topwater rod, leaving the bait where the vass missed it, and pitch the Ribbon Tail to the swirl of the missed strike. I cannot tell you how many times the bass has grabbed the Ribbon Tail on the fall, not even 2-5 seconds after the miss, before it has dropped more than 1-2 feet of depth. It works, and I always have a Yum 10-inch worm rigged, ready and on deck year-round!”
Crappie are beginning to recover and are best near standing timber and planted brush piles, as long as they are located out of Little River current and flow. Persistence is the best factor right now, and vertical jigging minnows can get you bit if you are patient, from 9-15 feet of depth away from current. Blue and channel cats continue biting well in Little River current on trotlines. King's Punch bait and homemade bait with spoiled chicken livers and gizzards have been working on trotlines set from 8-15 feet in river current. No reports on white bass. Water temps were stable over the past week. 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 and conditions. Watch for sudden gate changes and debris, which will increase with current in Little River. Navigation is cautioned again this week, and numerous trees/logs and river debris are still visible this week.

Lake Columbia

(updated 6-12-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) had nore reports.

Lake Greeson Tailwater

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Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Narrows Dam was 546.75 feet msl (full pool: 548.00 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) Jason Lenderman of JL Guide Service (870-490-0804) says the lake level is almost 2 feet above full pool of 548 feet msl and falling until the rain this week. Water temps have made it the 80s. The bass are in their summer patterns. Bass have moved to the post-spawn and summer patterns and can be caught on Yum Pulse swimbaits and Super Spook Jr’s. Shaky head-rigged Yum finesse worms working OK on main lake and secondary points leading into spawning areas. Concentrate on main lake points. Crappie are REALLY good lately. They can be caught in brush 15-25 feet deep on minnows and jigs. Catches of 50-100 per day are not uncommon right now.

(updated 6-12-2019) Tamara Lunsford, park superintendent at Daisy State Park near Kirby, said Lake Greeson’s surface water temperature Sunday was 85 degrees. The lake level is at normal pool., 548 feet msl. Bream are good. Use worms or jigs and fish the brush piles and around stumps. The bream are in 2-5 feet depth. Crappie are good and can be found in 10-20 feet depth. Use minnows or jigs, and work your bait around the brush piles, stumps or rocky points. Black bass are good. They’ve been biting in 10-15 feet depth on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and will come up for some topwater action. Focus on the brush areas or at rocky points. Catfish are good on worms, blood bait and chicke liver. Fair reports on white bass.

DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 406.33 feet msl (full pool: 408.00 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) John Duncan of yoyoguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said, “Let’s go fishing! Hurry up, because the rain is coming again.” White bass are schooling from Brushy Creek to Point Cedar, he says. If the will will give you a break, they will surface. Arlie Moore near the Boy Scout Camp has been a good area. Hybrids are also active. Again, if the wind will give you a break, try surface lures for school fish very early and late. Whopper Plooper and Zara Spooks work well. If they go down, switch to crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps or spoons. Black bass are turning to the summer pattern. Worms and soft plastics. Catfish reports are fair on noodles. Bream beds are showing up since the full moon. Use your side imaging to locate the beds in 4-6 feet of water, then stand off and cast to the beds. Crappie is another story. Brush piles 12-20 feet deep are producing best. Minnows over jigs for summer fishing. The big ones are holding close to cover. Fish slow. Good fishing and be safe.

(updated 6-12-2019) Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips says it's pretty simple since the rains have stopped – the crappie are still biting and the whites are schooling.

De Queen Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 437.36 feet msl (full pool: 437.00 feet msl).

Dierks Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 526.06 feet msl (full pool: 526.00 feet msl).

No reports.


White Oak Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Angler John Gulley, CEO of Lone Sportsman Outfitters, had no report.


(updated 6-19-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop (870-863-7248) in El Dorado had no report.


Lake Atkins

(updated 6-19-2019) Sharon at Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the clarity is clear and the water level is up about 1-1.5 feet over normal. Bream are good on redworms and crickets. Crappie reports are poor. Black bass are fair on spinnerbait; fish around the brush. Catfish are good on trotlines and yo-yos.

Lake Catherine
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(updated 6-19-2019) Steve Donahou at Lake Catherine State Park (501-844-4176) checked with Tosha Walker, manager of the Lake Catherine State Park Marina, Lake Catherine State Park Marina, who reports that clarity is clear and the surface temperature earlier this week was 64.8 degrees. Water level and current are normal. Bream are excellent, use worms and crickets. Crappie are poor. Jigs were working best. Black bass are good. Use plastic worms, lizards, frogs and topwater lures. Focus on rocky points. Catfishing is good. Use worms, stink bait and chicken liver. No reports on white bass.

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

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(updated 6-19-2019) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that Lake Ouachita has fallen out of flood pool as a drier weather pattern blessed the state the past week. Entergy has regulated the generation schedules, so the Carpenter Dam tailrace can be safely navigated and fished. Boaters can anchor in areas holding good numbers of trout and have success casting Rooster Tails in white or brown around rock structure and sandbars. The month of May and June brings huge numbers of shad toward the dam to spawn. Trout will 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 brings white bass by the thousands into the Carpenter Dam tailrace to begin the spawn. 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.

Lake Dardanelle

(updated 6-19-2019) Jason Baumgartner, park aquarist at Lake Dardanelle State Park (479-890-7495), said they have experienced mostly sunshine and breezy winds the past week A sunny and nice end to the week is forecasted and then humidity and the heat index rises over the weekend. There is no visibility to the lake; the water remains muddy. The surface temperature is about 80 degrees. Boat ramps inside Lake Dardanelle State Park are now open. As of Tuesday, June 18, the river at Ozark Lock & Dam 12 is forecast to remain just below flood stage (357 feet). Currently, the tailwater elevation is 356 feet and holding. Release at Ozark L&D 12 has been holding around 160,000 cfs for several days now. There has been no power generation. The islands and bottoms at the Highway 109 bridge and near Spadra are beginning to emerge as the water recedes. It is likely that much of the sandbars and points have changed in size or shifted in these areas. Dikes remain underwater so use caution. Downriver, pool elevation near Lake Dardanelle State Park has returned to normal and is currently at 24 feet. Release has been steady and is currently 163,000 cfs. The powerhouse began generating on Monday. Please use caution when on the water as the river has most likely changed in many areas. Most tournaments at Lake Dardanelle State Park were rescheduled due to the dangerous river conditions. For tournament updates, please contact the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center at (479) 967-5516 ext. 2.

(updated 6-19-2019) Charles Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-647-9945) had no report.

Lake Hamilton

(updated 6-19-2019) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred all-welded aluminum Xpress fishing boats in Hot Springs, reports Lake Hamilton at normal pool and temps in the mid-70s throughout with shallow water in the high 70s. Bass fishing has been stout lately! Good numbers and good sizes of spotted bass and largemouth are being recorded all over the lake. The catch to Lake Hamilton is that it is a pleasure boaters’ lake and that water gets churned up with regularity. Those bold enough to brave the wakes can do really well on main channel points with rocky bottoms. They key to fishing as it is always this time of year is to ADAPT. Breaking fish early in the mornings can be caught with swimbaits and fluke in shad colorations. When the sun comes up, it is essential to find shade. Docks, bridge pilings and overhanging timber and brush need to be focused on. If it isn’t shaded, just forget about it. Frogs, poppers and Texas-rigged big dark-colored worms are the way to go in shade. When evening comes on, flip back over to morning patterns but add a little Sammy or Whopper Plopper topwater to the mix. Crappie reports are still good as the water temps aren’t scorching hot yet. And catfish is always a crowd pleaser on drop-offs at creek channels. Be careful out there, and everyone keep a sharp eye for everyone else on the lake! Good luck and Go Greeson!

(updated 6-19-2019) Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips says white bass are schooling early in the morning hitting small spoons and Rooster Tails. Crappie are still biting on live bait fished 13-16 feet deep. Get on the water by first light and reap the results.

Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 371.22 feet msl (normal pool: 345.0 feet msl).

(updated 6-19-2019) Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) said the clarity is clear and the surface water temperature Tuesday morning was 83 degrees. The water level is still high (26 feet over normal pool) but appears to be dropping some. Bream can be caught off the parking lot, they report. Good catches, with redworms and crickets both working well. Crappie are good. They are biting at 3-7 feet depth on black/chartreuse jigs and minnows. Fish the brush piles. Black bass are excellent. Your best bet is fishing with a War Eagle spinnerbait with white skirt. Catfishing also is excellent. Like the bream, they’re being caught off the parking lot. Use nightcrawlers.

(updated 6-19-2019) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) had no report.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 577.24 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).

(updated 6-19-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are still good. Texas-rigged soft plastics and drop-shot rigs fished over points are working at this time. Walleye are very good. Small minnow-colored crankbaits and nightcrawlers on drop-shot rigs are producing good stringers. Stripers are still good. Most of these fish have moved to the eastern part of the lake and are being caught on live bait or big hair jigs. Bream are very good with reports of fish being caught with grubs and worms in 8-15 feet of water near brush. Crappie are good and being caught with jigs or minnows in 12-20 feet of water near brush. Catfish are excellent and anglers are having luck with rod and reel using live nightcrawlers around brush piles. Water temperature is ranging 80-84 degrees. The water clarity is clearing. Lake level is 577.46 feet msl. Contact the Mountain Harbor fishing guides (Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717; Chris Darby, 870-867-7822; and Jerry Bean, 501-282-6104) for more information.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 408.40 feet msl (full pool: 384.00 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) Angler Dane Goodwin said Blue Mountain Lake is still not producing well for crappie. Bream are on beds and good. No report on catfish. Water should continue to improve in coming weeks.


Horseshoe Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Professional fishing guide Ronnie Tice (901-687-6800) says lake clarity is clear and the water level is “just a little high.” Bream are good on worms and crickets. They are in their beds during the full moon. Crappie fishing remains excellent. Minnows and jigs, of course, but make sure to fish around the piers and that you’re shooting the docks in the morning. Ronnie says they are hitting limits every time the fish. Black bass are fair. With the bass at 4-12 feet, fish shallow water and fish the shallower shaded areas under the docks. Catfishing is fair. Jigging and limblining are the best methods. Ronnie said Monday this past week has been a great week for fishing Horseshoe Lake.

Bear Creek Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.

Storm Creek Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.

Cook’s Lake

(updated 6-19-2019) Wil Hafner, education program specialist at Potlatch Conservation Education Center on Cook’s Lake (870-241-3373), is hoping fishing for youths and mobility-impaired anglers can resume July 6. The two-mile oxbow lake off the White River offers fishing for youths under 16 and for mobility-impaired anglers every first and third Saturday of the month, when the lake is accessible (it hasn’t been all season). Call the CEC for more information or updates.


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