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 landowners NOT to water to use the lawn or garden with Lake Conway water until March 1, 2020. For more information, contact the AGFC Fish Bureau at Mayflower at ( 877) 470-3309.
(updated 7-3-2019) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said that the clarity is tinted and that the water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. The breams are good. The red worms and crickets will work, of course, but they will also try templates to tie the hair. The fishermen report that they are also effective. Crappie are good; Use big fish pacifiers or small templates. The black bass is good. Spinnerbaits and plastic worms are great to use, but almost anything is reacting, they say: buzzbaits, frogs, small fish, etc. Fish fishing is good on trotlines with goldfish, smelly baits and dough baits.
(updated on 7-3-2019) Hatchet Jack's in Crystal Hill (501-758-4958) reports that the bream returns to good this week. They are hitting red worms and crickets. The catfish are good in trotlines and lees fattened with sea bream or sea bream. There are no other reports.
Small red river
(updated 7-3-2019) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said that the river is clear and that the 12-hour generation continues. The lake level is 472.7 feet msl, which is more than 10 feet above normal. The Body has informed me that the launches will be the same until Friday, with a possible slight increase from Saturday. This increase will probably amount to one or two hours of generation. This will gradually increase to a launch time of 18 hours, as will be allowed by the lower rivers, until the lake is at the normal level of 462.04. Since all forecasts are subject to change due to rain and lower river levels, one should verify the anticipated generation before planning their fishing trip.
The bite has been good in May fly nymphs and pupa midge.
Please be careful and courtesy on the river during the holidays as many people will be in the water. Watch your wake while passing anchored or drifting fishermen, small boats and busy docks. Try to go through the opposite side of the one that fishermen face. This courtesy causes less discomfort to the fish in the area. Also, try not to anchor in boat lanes in banks where shallow water only allows boats to cross in certain areas.
Plan your kayak and canoe trips in the low water sections of the river and exit before the high water level arrives. If you get caught at high tide, avoid obstructions and springs, as the current will carry you and your boat. These suggestions are intended to increase your enjoyment and that of others. Have a happy and safe fourth of July!
(updated 7-3-2019) Lowell Myers, of Dore Lip'em All Guide Service, said that the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing 12 hours per 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. Lake Greers Ferry continues high since the last months of rain. It is expected that an increase in generation in the Little Red River will bring the lake down to the seasonal pool as soon as possible. The amount of an increase and duration will depend on the rainfall and possible floods downstream during the time they are lowering the lake. Until then, Lowell recommends mosquitoes, sowbugs, emergents, blue-winged olives and stingrays for fly fishing. For trout magnet fishing, use bright pink bodies at the head of the cards. Always check before going to Little Red River by calling the Little Rock District Water Data System of the Corps of Engineers (501-362-5150) for information on the Greers Ferry Dam water discharge 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 472.73 feet msl (normal conservation group: 462.54 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Tommy Cauley of the Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said that the water level at Lake Greers Ferry is 472.75 feet msl and is mostly falling. The level went up a bit after the last rain, but in general it is falling with around 12 hours of generation, and the word is that they go to 24/7 generation at some point. The level of the lake is 10.21 feet above the normal pool of 462.54 feet msl. The catch in general is good with the forecast that the catch is good, since everything is healthy and we have many options for them to eat. It seems that we have left a good shading, which will greatly help the level of forage. The black bass is from low to deep and in the middle, and some are roaming, studying in the open sea. The shallow fish are chasing the gilthead since they have been spawning. Fluke's, surface water baits, small cranks and spinnerbaits working. In addition, drag something will catch all the depths today. Vertical fishing and trolling fish are being gathered around, as well as 30 feet of water in turns of beetles, jigs, minnows and crankbaits. Walleye has been acting crazy. Everything we have been experiencing in recent months has played a role in the way they want to configure themselves. Try dragging trackers on jigheads or a shot at 12-40 feet of water on chunk rock floors. Fishing with fish is good and will improve even more as the water falls, as they will be more enclosed, so to speak. The high water only has the fisherman thrown by a loop that is not the fish. All the styles and ways of catching them will work now, just go out. It is a very underutilized resource that we have. The hybrid bass and the white bass eat if you can stay with them, since they are wandering a lot. And if it continues to hit other fishermen's places, as the old code of ethics is still in force, it will scare them away. Find your own shadow and places with them and you can catch them there until they move again when the water cools again this fall. And you can learn much more by reading your electronic devices and it will give you confidence to find and reach your own destiny. Try spoons, line spinners and swimbaits, as well as surface water baits, at 25-55 feet.
Harris Brake Lake
(updated on 7-3-2019) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says the clarity is murky and that the water has warmed to its hottest level of the year, reaching 91-92 degrees on Tuesday. The level is low. The bream bite is good on red worms and crickets. Crappie's reports are poor. The contrabass is good in a variety of baits: spinnerbaits, plastic worms, surface and small water lures. Catfishing is good at trotlines. Goldfish is the preferred bait this week. A 25-pound catfish was captured this week.
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 water the lawn or garden until March 1, 2020. For more information, contact the AGFC Fishing Office 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."
(update 6-26-2019) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) says that fishing is almost as good as last week, with Tuesday's results likely rated at 8 or 9 on a scale of 10 points. The clarity is clear and the lake is at a normal level. The surface water temperature is 78 degrees. The breams are good. The red worms and crickets are working, and the bream has a depth of 8 to 10 feet. Crappie is 13-18 feet deep and the bite is good. Fish the brush stacks. The basses are good. The white double bass is the school and "chasing big shad," he said, adding that he saw about 200 or more white double bass classes. Fish in the streams for the best success with the bass. The black bass is also good. Catfishing is good on small fish.
(updated on 7-3-2019) Hatchet Jack's on Crystal Hill (501-758-4948) said that gilthead bream is good for red worms and crickets. The black bass is good using spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Nothing reported in crappie. Fishing with fish is good with catalpa worms.
(updated 7-3-2019) Westrock Landing (501-658-5598) on Highway 10 near Roland reports that the water temperature is from the mid-80s. The largemouth bass is slow. Many of them can be found in 16-20 feet of water at sunset and at dawn. They will be a variety of decoys. Some reports arrive this week saying that black seabass can be found in 8-12 feet of water and also in 16-20 feet. Try using chatter chats, crankbaits, jerkbaits, drop-shots and swimbaits. Even with a slow slow activity, Cameron Nesterenko and Andrew Wooley managed to catch a fan who added 14.5 pounds, including a 5.01-pound Big Bass, to win the Tuesday Night Low Black Tournament by 5.5 pounds more than second place.
Kentucky bass is as slow as the big ones. Reports have been received that they have been found in 10-15 feet of water outside the grass line, both at dusk and at dawn. 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 and near piles of bushes at 8-12 feet. Try using rooster tails, jerkbaits and rattle style baits. Crappie are fair. They are stacking in and around the brush in 15-18 feet of water. Some can still be found scattered and mixed with whites. Try using templates and small fish. The breams are good. They rise shallow, and others are moving in their shallow beds about 8 feet or less. Use crickets or worms. Fishing with fish is slow. However, the channel cats continue to move into shallow water. Use stinky baits, crabs or earthworms.
(updated 7-3-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's bait shop (501-778-6944) said that customers are still catching the fairly stable catfish with chicken livers, night fishermen, small fish and shrimp bait. Bream has also been biting well. Red worms, crickets and worms of flour are working for both redears and bluegills. Crappie fishing has been good for some. Those who are catching them say that you need a number 6 of small fish and patience, but they are there to catch them. The basses have been playing early in the mornings and in the dark thirty in small fish, surface water baits and soft plastic baits.
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated on 3/7/2019) Lisa Spencer, Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944), said bass has been good for some customers who use minnows, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Crappie has been slow, but some have reported catching a few at number 6 and at the rosés. The bream fishery has been good with crickets and worms. Catfish are stinging minnows, chicken livers and night fishermen.
Access to Saline River in Benton
(updated 7-3-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the river is at a good level at this time and that fishing is good. The basses are chopping nuts, live bugs, colored crankbaits, soft plastics and small spinnerbaits. Catfish eat golden fish, black salties, chicken chicks, night fishermen and chicken livers. Crappie is biting in some deep holes and deep water in the small fish No. 6 and in the larvae of Tennessee Shad of Kalin. A couple of clients recently reported catching some pike perch in small fish number 12 and black salties. Garfish fishing can be very fun on the river at this time of year. They are easy to see and if you bring them a small fish, they are likely to eat it. Catching them is a challenge and, at times, it can be frustrating, but the fight they give you when you hit a hook is worth it. Sea bream fishing can be an explosion in the river, too. If you only want to fish all day, take a trip in the saline with some light tackle and many crickets or red worms. You will catch all sizes of many different species of moonfish. See if you can keep an accurate count.
Be safe, have fun, take a youth bath if you can, and please, do not litter.
(updated 7-3-2019) Lisa Spencer, of Lisa & Bates Shop (501-778-6944), said that the bream fishery is as hot as the weather at this time. Drop a cricket or red worm near the bottom around the deep structure. If you can not snack very fast, move it a little and stop, you'll find some good ones. Catfish are also biting well. Colorful fish, baby minnows and black salties have been working on the lines at night. Chicken livers and night fishermen seem to be better at daytime. Low fishing has been fair with small fish, soft plastics, surface water baits and buzzbaits early in the morning and at night. Crappie is still biting for a couple of customers who fish hard for them. Most of their catches are in small fish No. 6 or Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim & # 39; r in the color of live small fish.
(updated on 7-3-2019) Hatchet Jack's (501-758-4948) had no report.
(updated 7-3-2019) Hatchet Jack's (501-758-4948) said that fly fishing is good using nightcrawlers. There are no other reports.
(updated on 7-3-2019) Hatchet Jack's (501-758-4948) said that the bream continues to bite well here in the red worms or in the crickets. Fishing with fish is good with catalpa worms. The big mouth contrabass is also well reported, with spinnerbaits and plastic worms that generate many responses. There are no reports of shit.
(updated 7-3-2019) Lisa Spencer, Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944), said crappie fishing has been fair for some Winona regulars who use knots No. 6 and No. 12 and some different templates. Basses hit larger small fish, soft plastic bait and high water bait early in the morning. The catfish bite better at nightfall and for a time after nightfall. Chicken livers, night crawlers, baby fish, golden fish and black sauces that are fished in the bottom are working for some good cats. The breams are biting crickets and red worms.
(updated 6-26-2019) Hatchet Jack (501-758-4948) at Crystal Hill said that fly fishing is good. Fishermen are using cut bait, skipjack and small small fish. The white bass is good using crankbaits and twister tails.
Arkansas River in Morrilton
(updated 7-3-2019) 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 7-3-2019) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) had no reports.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
(updated 6-26-2019) Zimmerman's Exxon (501-944-2527) says that black bass is good in the backwaters of the Maumelle pool and the Little Maumelle river. Try the black hums, like an irritant, to get bass reactions. It seems that the breams seem to be biting the area very well now, Tony 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 7-3-2019) Zimmerman's Exxon (501-944-2527) had no report.
(updated on 7-3-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) did not have a report.
(updated on 7-3-2019) Hatchet Jack & # 39; s (501-758-4948) has no reports.
(updated on 7-3-2019) Fish 'N' Stuff (501-834-5733) had no report.
Clear Lake (outside Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)
(updated 7-3-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said that the clarity is clear and that the water level is normal. The golden ones are fair in the crickets. Crappie's reports are good; use templates The black basses are poor, while the catfish bite is also poor.
(updated 7-3-2019) Donna Mulherin at Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said that the clarity of the water is clear and that the water level is normal. Bream's reports were fair; Use red worms or crickets. The Crappies are fair, with fishermen of cane / rigging of spiders. The double bass is good at spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The catfish bite is good if you use hot dogs, chicken liver "and almost anything," said Donna.
White River (Augusta-Des Arc section)
(updated on 7-3-2019) Fisherman William McCoy says he fished all weekend at the White River in Des Arc and also talked to many fishermen on the ramp. The water temperature is 73.8 degrees and the clarity is very muddy. The current is not very strong and the river is quite stable. The catfish are directed to the shores of the creek and the shallow shores. The bait to use is the small golden and some shading, since the tarpon is running in the mouth of Des Arc Bayou.
(updated 7-3-2019) Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) says that holiday weekends are busy times on the river; We have a big river and there is space for everyone who loves to fish trout (or who loves to be in or near the water). Put on an extra layer of patience: there will be some newbies who need help or more space, and remember that the natural resources with which we are blessed here in Arkansas belong to all of us. Our people at Game & Fish have worked to ensure that White River is well stocked and ready for holiday and summer traffic. It seems that we have a few more days of low water levels in the White River before the big releases of Bull Shoals Lake Catch, so we can still resort to the proven combination of egg / shrimp pattern. Browns never tire of hitting a small fish and sculptures abound in the river at this time, so browns are looking for them. Enjoy celebrating this 4th of July, be careful and grateful!
(updated 7-3-2019) Sportsman's White River complex (870-453-2424) said the water had cleared, while the level is now low. There is some generation in the afternoons, but the identification of water goes down most of the day, they report. The trout bite from last week was fair. Fishermen fish some rainbows and a pair of brown trout. In addition, six murderers were captured last week, none were captured here last year. They were captured on river platforms, PowerBait, Power Worms and shrimp. In addition, a 16-inch rainbow was caught in a flying rod: "He jumped 3 feet out of the water," they tell us.
(updated 7-3-2019) John Berry of the Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said last Friday that during the previous week they had a quarter inch of rain, warm temperatures and moderate winds. The level of the lake in Bull Shoals rose 2.9 feet to rest at 27.7 feet above the seasonal energy group of 661.47 feet msl. This is 6.8 feet below the top of the flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock climbed 4 feet to rest 4 feet above the seasonal pool and 10 feet below the top of the flood pool. Beaver Lake climbed 0.8 feet to rest 8.5 feet above the seasonal pool and 1.1 feet below the top of the flood pool. The whites had reliable light and water generation. Lake Norfork rose 2.1 feet to rest at 18.4 feet above the seasonal energy group of 556.22 feet msl and 5.3 feet below the top of the flood pool. The Norfork had low-generation water and 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. We are currently having light generation and wadable water. This will end when the flood recedes downstream. We can expect a great generation in the near future.
White has fished very well. The hot spot has been Roundhouse Shoals. There have been some good hatches of sulfur flies that have created a great action in the water. 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-fly nymph platforms have been very effective (John's current favorite combination is a pheasant tail nymph size 14 with a ruby size 18 midge suspended below it, use lead to lower its flies).
John also said: "We are blessed here for a diversity of trout species without equal in the United States and possibly in the world. For years, the Grand Slam has been the epitome of a great day on the river. A Grand Slam is when you catch the four species of trout: rainbow, brown throat and stream in a day. I have achieved this goal several times and I even did it once with dry flies. One day I did it twice and I have had young clients who did it a couple of times in Dry Run Creek. It is a remarkable achievement.
"Over the past few years I have been thinking about how the standard has been raised with the introduction of new species of trout. Recently I have been discussing this with T.L. Lauerman, the President of Conservation of Chapter 698 of White River of Trout Unlimited. He has spearheaded the introduction of the Bonneville Gorge trout to the Norfork and White rivers. Before this program, our species of degolladora was the fine spotted splint of the Snake River.
The introduction of the Bonneville killer is an important program to introduce a species of degoller that will reproduce naturally in our rivers, such as brown trout. This would give us two wild species. The jury is still deliberating on whether they will reproduce successfully, but in the meantime there has been a great fishing for this fine species. The last current capture is a "Bonny" trophy. Personally I caught them up to 23 inches and I consider them an excellent fighter and first class trout. The Bonnevilles have larger spots that concentrate on the back of the trout.
"Now, I've heard about the introduction of another kind of killer, the Yellowstone killer. I have caught them several times in Yellowstone Park and I have captured them up to 23 inches. My wife, Lori, surpassed me by capturing a 24-inch vehicle the first day of our trip a few years ago. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has planted several thousand Yellowstone cutthroats on the White and Norfork rivers earlier this year and plans to do so later this year. The Yellowstone Choker has large spots and a yellowish tan and the vivid bar marks on its throat like all other throats.
"These two new species give us a total of six different species on the White and Norfork rivers and give us the opportunity to capture a Super Grand Slam. That would be to catch a rainbow, brown, stream claw, fine point from the west side, one from Bonneville and another from Yellowstone in one day. That's a challenge and I'm ready to take it on. T.L. He told me that he will persecute him.
"If you succeed, write to me. It would be a big blow to be the first fisherman to do it. "
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the elevation of the lake to 688.22 feet msl (normal conservation group: 661.00 feet msl).
(updated 6-26-2019) Del Colvin at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said that the lake level continues to rise, and on Monday morning it was 27 feet tall. The surface water temperature was 79 degrees. The bite of the bream is poor, but he says that the fish are beginning to be suspended. Crappie, likewise, are poor. The black bass, however, is providing good answers for fishermen. Use your surface water in the morning and come back with templates for the night. Also try a swimbait for some action. The catfish is biting right in the limbles, he says. As for the walleye, trolling is good for people. Visit Del's YouTube channel to see his video fishing report that is regularly updated with various baits and patterns he uses for bass, including a new report he published late last week.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the elevation of the lake to 573.74 feet msl (normal conservation group: September-April, 552.00 feet msl, April-September 555.75 feet msl).
(updated on 7-3-2019) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the stripers are still inconsistent. One of the main causes is the thermocline, which usually now is around 32 feet this year; This summer is 25 feet and the bait remains high and the stripers are not yet in the big schools. They are feeding on hatchlings on the floors, but they are difficult to find. Tom says he has been doing very well catching strippers from the cliffs in 125-150 feet of water. Some early fish are being caught at the 30-foot level and later in the morning have seen them in the 60-foot range. "The bites start around 5:45 a.m. and last about an hour I've been fishing," he says. "At 7:30 at the southern end of the lake, the sting for the most part is over. If you do not have your limit by then, you will not get it. " Some fish are being caught using large umbrella platforms, but Tom says he has not seen any fish caught with a spoon. The best bait at this time is gizzard shad in the range of 4 to 10 inches. "The extension of my bar is two floats with 2-ounce weights set at 38 feet and 42 feet, and seven down bars placed 30 to 60 feet; each rod is set at a different depth. I continue to fish the lower end of the lake from the cliffs, but some guides are catching them in the deep planes early. You need to go out and use your deep seeker to find some fishing in the apartments; otherwise, find a fish on a cliff and start fishing; if there is one, there will be others around.
"Sigo pescando el lago principal desde Thumb Point hasta Hand Cove y el área de la presa, este patrón se mantendrá hasta septiembre", dijo. Tom agrega que los leucomas se han movido a su patrón de verano. Se están alimentando justo debajo de la línea de barro, que está a 22 pies. También puede atraparlos en el rango de 28 a 32 pies. El mejor bocado suele ser de 8 a 11 a.m. Vaya con los crankbaits de arrastre de palangre y los gorilas de fondo colocados justo en la parte inferior o haciendo girar a los hilanderos con los nightcrawlers.
(actualizado el 7-3-2019) Lou Gabric en Hummingbird Hideway Resort dijo: “Feliz Cuatro de julio para todos. Tener un período de vacaciones seguro y agradable. El lago Norfork se encuentra principalmente en su patrón de verano. Esto significa que los peces están comenzando a profundizar. La mayoría de las especies de peces se encuentran en el rango de 20-30 pies. El lago Norfork ha formado una termoclina a unos 20-25 pies y los peces cuelgan muy cerca de él ".
El mejor bocado en el lago en este momento, es para boca grande, boca pequeña y manchada. Al amanecer, puede encontrar algo de acción de aguas arriba cerca de la costa y en puntos más largos y menos profundos. Ayer mi hija y yo nos divertimos lanzando Zara Spooks y Whopper Ploppers. Los peces son muy agresivos. Cuando veas un pequeño remolino en el agua, lanza tu cebo al remolino y dale una sacudida, el pez lo martillará. A medida que el sol supera la línea de árboles, los peces comienzan a ir más profundo. Una vez que vayan a lo profundo, empiecen a mirar afuera del cepillo hundido sobre los puntos de viento, que estarán en aproximadamente 20 a 25 pies de agua. Comience a lanzar una comida o casi cualquier plástico oscuro, y trabaje a lo largo de la parte inferior. No es necesario que trabaje rápido, pero tendrá que prestar atención ya que la mordida en este momento ha sido muy ligera.
El bajo rayado ha ido más profundo de lo normal este año. Encontrará stripers en cualquier lugar de 30 a 70 pies, ya sea suspendidos o en la parte inferior. He tenido dificultades para encontrar un gran número de stripers en cualquier área. Se encuentran dispersos por todo el lago. El cebo vivo ha estado funcionando mejor, pero tienes que trabajar en ello. Cuando encuentre el pez, también puede jig vertical y una cuchara y recogerá algunos peces agradables. Trolling swimbaits grandes también está recogiendo algunos peces agradables manteniendo el cebo a unos 50 pies de profundidad en algunos de los principales arroyos. Los mejores lugares para comenzar a buscar esta especie son desde el área de Robinson hasta la represa y también de regreso al área de Big Creek. Estarán en el rango de 30 pies temprano en la mañana, luego irán más profundo a medida que salga el sol.
Norfork Lake ha aumentado a 573.78, pero actualmente está empezando a disminuir con los dos generadores funcionando constantemente. Ambos generadores que funcionan durante todo el día dejarán caer el lago aproximadamente 3 pulgadas por día. El lago principal es bastante claro, con las calas y calas ligeramente manchadas. La temperatura actual del agua superficial es de mediados de los 80s.
Agua de cola de Norfork
(actualizado el 7-3-2019) 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 2.1 pies para descansar a 18.4 pies por encima del grupo de energía estacional de 556.22 pies ms y 5.3 pies debajo de la parte superior de la piscina de inundación. Los Norfork tenían agua de baja generación y agua potable 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. Actualmente estamos teniendo generación de luz y agua wadable. Esto terminará cuando la inundación retroceda río abajo. Podemos esperar una gran generación en el futuro cercano.
El Norfork ha sido lento. Navegue por este arroyo con precaución, 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. Se está realizando algún trabajo en el criadero que ha afectado el acceso a las áreas superiores del arroyo. 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.
Buffalo National River / Crooked Creek
(actualizado el 7-3-2019) John Berry de Berry Brothers Guide Service en Cotter (870-435-2169) dijo que el río Buffalo National y Crooked Creek son navegables y están muy despejados. The smallmouths are more active with the warm conditions. John’s favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,128.93 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 1,121.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Jon Conklin with FishOn Guide Service (479-233-3474) says Beaver Lake is high and starting to warm up into a range that should finally set up a summer pattern. Which also means the wake boats and everyday pleasure boaters will be in force. You need to be out on the lake early or late in the evening to get onto the bite. Fishing has been slow to good for most all species. Stripers will be roaming main lake arms following shad. There still is some topwater early, and as boat traffic picks up, the fish drop back down. Walleye are good on crawler harnesses and snap weight rigs trolling Flicker shad in 25-35 feet of water. Largemouth bass are good; hit the flooded brush/laydowns early or late and you should catch some. Spotted bass and smallmouth are on chunk rock points at the clear end of lake. Crappie are scattered; look for docks and main channels. Trolling cranks at 15-20 feet or spider-rigging minnows or jigs will put a limit in your boat. Fishing for all species is fair to good overall. Go early or late to get on best bite. It’s a holiday week this week so be extra alert to all boat traffic. Be safe.
(updated 7-3-2019) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the river arms are stained but look like they’re trying to clear. The overall lake level is very high for this time of year. No surface temperature was recorded. Bream are fair. Fish the brush piles or around the edges of the lake. Crappie are good, mainly at night under lights. Minnows and jigs will both work. Troll the bridge area during the daytime. Black bass are good, with topwaters working nicely in the mornings. Also, try a spinnerbait or plastic worm, as well as jigs, the rest of the day. Catfishing is fair on worms or chicken livers. Walleye appear to be 25 feet deep and will for a deep-diving crankbait and trolling for any success.
(updated 7-3-2019) Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said the gates are closed on the dam, the water is high “and the fish are hungry!” Trout are spread out throughout the tailwater; you need to check several areas, but once you are on them, you are on them. The trout have been biting on various PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle. Spoons of various colors have produced nice numbers as well. If you can find an available spot (shore fishing), the area between Parker Bottoms and Spider Creek has been the hot spot this past week. “We are still getting some rain,” Austin says. “Try fishing some darker colors when reaching for the PowerBait. I have not tried for walleye or bass this past week. There is still quite a bit of debris floating around, so be careful if you are in a boat. As for the holiday coming up, if you hit the hot spot area, you should do just fine. I will have more to report after the Fourth. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. Get out and catch some fish!”
(updated 7-3-2019) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) reports that the water is mostly clear, though there are areas that are a little murky. The water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Bream are good on worms nad jigs. Crappie are biting well. The crappie are reported 6-10 feet deep and are being caught by anglers trolling with crankbaits. Black bass are good. Topwaters are working best. Catfish are good on cut bait.
Lake Fort Smith
(updated 6-26-2019) Ralph Donnangelo, superintendent at Lake Fort Smith State Park, said Heather Hula and the park staff report they’ve been fishing regularly this week and the bite is good, but only after the sun goes behind the mountains. Once the sun goes down, the bass are hitting lures that are moving nonstop across the bottom. It seems like that is the only presentation that they are going for right now. Heather and another staffer also spent a few hours fishing for sunfish. It was a bit slow, but once they figured out the right bait (nightcrawlers), they caught quite a few with some little children at our fishing program. Bream reports from anglers are good with the fish in 2-3 feet depth around rocky points. Use worms. Black bass have been reported in 2-6 feet depth and biting plastic worms and jigs. Work the rocky points. Clarity and visibility is 1.5 feet. Surface temperature is 74 degrees.
(updated 7-3-2019) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is stained but the lake is at a normal level. Bream reports were fair, with redworms or crickets working equally. Crappie reports are poor. Black bass are good, and they appear to be in the shallows. They’re biting well on crankbaits or topwater lures. Catfishing is good using stink bait or cut bait.
(updated 7-3-2019) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) says fishing has been good! Water is high. Best moon times will be July 1-5. Good days are July 13, July 19, and again the bvest days to fish are July 29-Aug. 4. “Stop by and tell us your fishing story,” Shelly asks. She says the surface temperature Sunday morning was 70 degrees. Water clarity is murky. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are good on jigs. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms; fish around brush or rocky points. Catfishing is good using worms, blood bait, stink bait, Catfish Pro blood and chicken liver.
(updated 7-3-2019) Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “Summer is here and we can tell it is so … ‘hot.’ That hasn’t slowed the fishermen at all. We are keeping all your preferred live bait in stock and other supplies you will need here at Lake Poinsett State Park. I hear about some very nice catfish and bream being caught in the area. It doesn’t matter if they are fishing at private ponds or lakes.” 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 7-3-2019) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water clarity is clear and the water level is normal. Bream are good on crickets and red wigglers. Black bass are biting well early in the day and late in the evening. Throw a topwater lure. Lots of catfish are being caught now, as the bite is excellent. Use cut bait or shad. Boxhound Marina wanted everyone to know that while e. coli has been reported by the Arkansas Department of Health at another lake in northeast Arkansas, there is none at Crown Lake.
(updated 7-3-2019) Mark Crawford with springriverfliesandguides.com (870-955-8300) said water levels are running at 400 cfs at the Spring and water clarity has been stained with a heavy green tint this week. The river has been looking great. Not as much rain has the river coming down from recent higher flows. The trout have been biting great on olive and brown Woollies on cloudy days, while on the hot sunny days, downsizing the fly to a small nymph can really get the trout hitting hard. Sometimes a small split shot above the fly will help get it down. A black or hot pink Trout Magnet can be hot most days. Once again it’s all about getting just off the bottom of the river for the best bites.
(updated 7-3-2019) 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).
(updated 7-3-2019) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no reports.
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)
(updated 6-26-2019) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team reports that all the ramps on the Arkansas River in this area remain closed.
Arkansas River (Pool 2)
Cane Creek Lake
(updated 6-26-2019) Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, said mild weather, with periodic showers and storms, has caused the fish in Cane Creek Lake to fall into a relatively predictable pattern. Bream are still the most prevalent fish biting at the moment. The warm, calm water is making for great fishing in the shallows. Cast away from the boat or shore with a cricket tied below a sinker on a slip bobber. Vary the depth at about 5 foot and drag the cricket through the water just above the lake bed to get some aggressive bites from big bluegill and sunfish. As always, catfish are biting steady. Fish later in the afternoon on into night, using small bream (under 4 inches) as bait. Use a trotline strung across trees in 10 feet or so of water to bring out the big flatheads. Pole fishing is still doing well with fresh chicken liver. Crappie are being reported in some deeper holes toward the middle of the lake on the north end. Fish above structure in water no less than 12 foot deep. Suspend a shiner at about 7 feet for your best chance. Bass are taking advantage of this mild weather and are actually being reported breaking topwater in the shallows. Dragonflies just had a big hatch, so fish will be looking to the top of the water for an easy meal. Fish with light-colored topwater baits mid- to late afternoon, then switch to a dark-colored frog, spinner or buzzbait as the light begins to fade. Now is a good time for fish the shoreline at Cane Creek, which is rare because usually you need a boat to catch anything good. Cane Creek State Park and the park’s public brush piles are now featured on the “fishing spots” app, which you can find for free on the Appstore of your smartphone. For any question, contact Austin Davidson at the park.
(updated 7-3-2019) Brian Whitson, park interpreter at Lake Chicot State Park (870-265-5480), says fish are biting and the weather has been pleasant. Some thunderstorms are expected later on this week, but as of now definitely worth finding a chance to get on the lake and do some fishing.
(updated 7-3-2019) Angler Chris Duren at Lucky’s (870-224-6747) had no report.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 260.43 feet msl (normal pool: 259.20 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said that as of Monday, “IT’S HOT and the lake level on Millwood continues falling.” The level Monday was about 5.5 inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.7 feet msl, and the discharge was near 10,225 cfs in Little River, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The COE has a planned drawdown for Millwood to begin in mid-July. You’re advised to use caution navigating Millwood Lake during the drawdown period, when stumps, timber and debris will be at or near the surface.
The best largemouth bass bite over the past several weeks has been early morning and late afternoon around dusk. Largemouth bass have been very active before dawn to around 9 a.m.; cloud cover mornings have provided the best conditions, and activity levels slow during the heat of the day with the increase of surface temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s range of late. Best baits over the past week or so have been plastic frogs and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook working in new lily pad growth, as well as Jitterbugs, buzzbaits and Baby Torpedoes at daybreak. Best colors for frogs around the new lily pads have been Snot Rocket, black and June Bug. Firecracker and Firetiger buzzbaits are also working at dawn. Slow-rolling chatterbaits near flooded bushes and stumps will draw random strikes, with Firecracker and Hot Mouse being good colors in stained water. StutterSteps, Spit'n Images, Ken Pops, Pop-Rs and Moss Bosses continue to draw random reactions from largemouths around vegetation and new pads. Topwater activity levels have slowed later in the day when it gets hotter. Topwater activity is still very good at dawn.
White bass were found again late last week surface-breaking and schooling on shad and bait in Horseshoe Lake oxbow up Little River. Hammered Cordell Spoons with red/white bucktails, chrome/black or chrome/blue, and Millwood Magic Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps and Bomber Fat Free Guppy cranks were catching these surface schoolers breaking on shad. Crappie have been consistently biting jigs and minnows 4-8 feet deep near cypress trees, and planted brush piles out of river current from 8-12 feet deep. Crappie for the past couple weeks have been transitioning to deeper drops, near standing timber or planted brush piles, but can still be caught early on the base of cypress trees. They have been best vertical-jigging minnows, Arkie Jigs and minnows. The best bite is early from dawn until around 10 a.m., fishing shallow on cypress trees with minnows. Channel cats and blues remain very good in Little River current and flow, up to 7-8 pounds, on trotlines and yo-yos set 8-12 feet deep in the river using spoiled chicken livers, gizzards and hearts. Yo-yos set under cypress trees in Mud Lake, using cut shad and buffalo, and set at 7-9 feet, were catching some decent blues. Mason bream and bluegills were biting very well, from a report we got from Millwood State Park late last week. Catalpa worms, crickets, redworms, nightcrawlers and bread were drawing best reactions for anglers fishing off the bank after dusk.
The tailwater below the dam and gates as of Monday was dropping and at 240 feet msl. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website linked above, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS and NUMEROUS RIVER BUOYS are MISSING along Little River from Yarborough to main lake clear-cut. The Corps is working to replacing missing buoy markers in Little River. The main lake and lower sections of Little River continue to improve and are not quite as stained or muddy as the upper regions of Little River and Saline River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility was moderate stain, ranging 10-15 inches. Little River's visibility ranged 2-4 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity ranged 15-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.
(updated 6-26-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said a few bass and bream are being caught. No reports on catfish or crappie.
Lake Greeson Tailwater
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Narrows Dam was 546.68 feet msl (full pool: 548.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Tamara Lunsford, park superintendent at Daisy State Park near Kirby, said Lake Greeson’s surface water temperature Monday was 85 degrees. The lake level is at normal pool. The bream bite fell off to just fair reports this week. The fish at in 2-5 feet of water and are biting worms. Find the fish around the brush piles or stumps. Crappie are good. They are being caught in 20-25 feet depth on minnows or jigs. Fish the brush piles or the rocky points. Black bass are good. Look for bass in 10-15 feet depth and fish with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, a Zara Spook-like bait or plastic worms. Catfish are fair on worms and blood bait. White bass reports are fair.
(updated 6-25-2019) 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.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 404.99 feet msl (full pool: 408.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) John Duncan of yoyoguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said, “Now is the time to go out and get em. Water temperature is 83 degrees. Water level is up 406.26 feet msl, up over a foot since the big rain we got this weekend. Wow! Water is slightly tinted from Lennox Marcus upriver and the fresh water has slowed down some of the bite until it stabilizes.” Bass are on their summer pattern of soft plastics on the points and early over brush with topwaters and buzzbaits. Hybrids are improving. “We can’t ever seem to get a still day for the surfacing fish do their thing. With the windy weather you have to use your electronics to find them and they are deep. Look for them in the deep pockets and river bends. Spoons do well for casting and vertical-jigging. They are showing up at Arlie Moore north and Caddo Bend.” Crappie have been slow after the rain, but with the lake stabilizing they are picking up again. Fish 12-16 feet deep in the brush piles. They are being caught all over the lake. John adds, “The Fourth of July is coming up, and now is a good time to polish our ‘boat manners.’ Good fishing.”
(updated 6-26-2019) Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips says white bass and hybrids are schooling and being caught on spoons early in the mornings. Mid-lake is your best bet.
De Queen Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 442.51 feet msl (full pool: 437.00 feet msl).
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 526.12 feet msl (full pool: 526.00 feet msl).
White Oak Lake
(updated 7-3-2019) Angler John Gulley, CEO of Lone Sportsman Outfitters, had no report.
(updated 6-26-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop (870-863-7248) in El Dorado said
bass are biting well on topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Nice bream and catfish are being caught. No report on crappie.
(updated 7-3-2019) Sharon at Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the clarity is clear and “looks really good,” while the water level just a little high. Surface water temperature on Tuesday midday was 80 degrees. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Anglers still found crappie fair; use minnows and jigs. Black bass are hitting topwater baits and reports are good. Catfish are good on the limblines and trotlines.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro
(updated 7-3-2019) Steve Donahou at Lake Catherine State Park (501-844-4176) spoke with Austin Owens of the Lake Catherine State Park Marina, who reported that the clarity is clearing, surface temperature was 82 degrees, and the water level and current are normal. Bream are fair and are being fished in 5-10 feet depth. Use worms and crickets, and focus on the rocky points. Crappie reports are poor. Black bass are fair. Baits used with success were spinnerbaits, plastic worms and topwater lures. Catfishing is fair with chicken liver. White bass reports were poor.
Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)
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(updated 7-3-2019) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that reports that Lake Ouachita has fallen out of flood pool, as 24/7 generation below Carpenter Dam last week was the norm. Entergy has regulated the generation schedules so the Carpenter Dam tailrace can be safely navigated and fished. It is very important to note that in normal rainfall years, the rainbow trout population has either been caught out or migrated away from the dam. Because of the constant flooding and high-water conditions, little trout fishing has taken place and good numbers of quality trout are thriving in the area. 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 months of May and June bring 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, as they 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 703-2019) Charles Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-647-9945) said water temperature is in the 80s. River is still swift and muddy. Some creeks are starting to clear, with others being dingy and off-colored. Fishing has been good. Largemouth bass are hitting small jigs and Bamboozie. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been working deep. Flipping crawls has been working around wood. Striped bass have been good on Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. White bass have been good on small crankbaits. Crappie have been good on jigs and minnows. Bream hare been good on jigs, crickets, worms and grasshoppers. Catfish have been good on worms and cut perch. The buoys in the river channel are off-station and some are diving. Sandbars are popping up everywhere; be extremely careful.
(updated 7-3-2019) Jason Baumgartner, park aquarist at Lake Dardanelle State Park (479-890-7495), said the area has seen mostly sunshine, heat and humidity the past week. Arkansas summer weather, along with pop-up showers, is forecasted for the next seven days. There is still no visibility; water remains muddy. The surface water temperature is 84 degrees. As of Tuesday (July 2) the river at Ozark Lock & Dam 12 has fallen below flood stage at a level of 356.4 feet msl. It is forecast to hold this level at least for the next day or so. Release has dropped since last report, from 235,000 cfs to 155,000 cfs, and is holding steady. There has been no power generation. Water has receded around the islands and bottoms at the Arkansas Highway 109 bridge and near Spadra. Some dikes may still be submerged. Anglers have reported that much of the sandbars and sloughs have changed from the Highway 109 bridge and down to Shoal Bay. Access to Shoal Bay and Dublin from the river channel has been silted in and is difficult to navigate. Downriver, pool elevation near Lake Dardanelle State Park is a little below normal. The Dardanelle tailwater has fallen from 32 feet to 23 feet since last report. Release has fallen from 245,000 cfs to around 155,000 cfs and is holding steady. There has been no power generation.
Please use caution when on the water as the river bottom has changed in many areas. Lake Dardanelle State Park hosted Arkansas Bassmasters High School Series on June 23. River conditions and thunderstorms made for tough conditions. A 5.81-pound Big Bass was weighed and a 14.40 pound creel was the heaviest overall. For tournament updates, please contact the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center at (479) 967-5516 ext. two.
(updated 6-26-2019) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred all-welded aluminum Xpress fishing boats in Hot Springs, reports that lake levels are up slightly and temperatures are on the rise. Pockets not on the main channel are approaching 90 degrees due to the heat and warm rainwater coming in. Bass have moved out to the main lake to find cooler and more oxygen-rich waters. Main lake points that drop of quickly, bridge pillars and deep docks are the only areas to go to this time of year. Areas in the shade during parts of the day are even better! Most people would call you crazy to throw topwater during the heat of the day in the summer, but it works! Target shade and cover with frogs, prop baits and wacky rigs (because they skip beautifully). On the main points try a drop-shot rig, a crankbait or a spoon. “We have heard very little on the crappie (most likely because the warm water is really driving them deeper). Catfish are outstanding on creek channel drop-offs bridges and dams. 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.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 373.15 feet msl (normal pool: 345.0 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) said the water clarity is clear, but the water is reported being 3 inches above the top of the dam. Surface water temperature Monday afternoon was 86 degrees. Even with the high water, they report good fishing for bream; use redworms or crickets. Crappie also are good. The crappie are at 10-12 feet depth and are favoring purple/chartreuse colors in the jigs. Also throw them minnows. Black bass are good. Carolina rigs are working, as well as jigs. One angler had a five-pound stringer totaling 19 pounds. Catfishing is poor. They report that it appears there is not enough oxygen in the water for the cats.
(updated 7-3-2019) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water clarity remains muddy and water is so high now, it’s going over the dam. They had no reports.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 576.88 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are fair. Texas-rigged soft plastics and drop-shot rigs fished over points are working at this time. Walleye are good. Three-quarter-ounce CC spoons jigged vertically 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 good with reports of fish being caught with grubs and worms in 8-15 feet of water near brush. Crappie are fair and being caught with jigs or minnows in 20-25 feet of water near brush. Catfish are good and anglers are having luck with rod and reel using live nightcrawlers around brush piles. The water temperature is ranging 80-84 degrees. Clarity is clearing. Lake level earlier this week was 577.10 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 412.82 feet msl (full pool: 384.00 feet msl).
(updated 7-3-2019) Angler Dane Goodwin said Blue Mountain is 31.5 feet high. No reports.
(updated 7-3-2019) Professional fishing guide Ronnie Tice (901-687-6800) says the lake’s clarity is a little dingy, while the lake level is 2 feet high. Bream were fair on redworms. Crappie have “really slowed down,” Ronnie said, adding that in one outing he caught five crappie in two hours. The bite is fair, he says, with best bet being dock-shooting for some response. Largemouth bass, though, are good. He said one angler caught a seven-fish stringer that totaled 23 pounds, 4 ounces. Topwater lures are the way to go; fish them near the lily pads. Catfish reports are poor.
Bear Creek Lake
(updated 7-3-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.
(updated 7-3-2019) The AGFC’s Wil Hafner at Cook’s Lake Conservation Education Center (870-241-3373) said fishing will open for the first time of the season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. The water is high and stained but looks great for bass, crappie and bluegill. A recent mayfly hatch indicates that topwater lures will be good for black bass around the cypress trees. Also try jigs and squarebill crankbaits. For bluegill try redworms or crickets 2 feet under a slip cork. Crappie should be biting on jigs and minnows around the cypress trees and in the 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.
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(updated 7-3-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.
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