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 12-12-2019) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is mostly cloudy but clear in some places. The level is high but it is going down. Sea breams are good for red worms and crickets. Crappie are fair; Use big fish pacifiers or small templates. The black basses are good for plastic worms, buzzbaits and small basses. Fishing with fish is good with worms, night fishermen, bait and live bait.

(updated on 12.6.2019) Hatchet Jack's in Crystal Hill (501-758-4958) reports that the bream bite is good. Red worms or crickets will work. Also, fly fishing is good in limblins.

Small red river

(updated on 12-12-2019) Lowell Myers, of the All Sore Lip'em 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. With the release of water from two complete generation units, the river will rise rapidly. If you wade, pay attention to changes in water levels and be aware of your surroundings for your safety. This pattern also provides excellent drift fishing in all sections. Use mosquitoes, sowbugs, poppers, blue winged olives and stingrays for fly fishing. For magnetic trout fishing, go with intense pink bodies in chartreuse jigheads. 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.

(updated 12-12-2019) 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. Wading is available at early prey and at Winkley Shoal until approximately 1:30 p.m. The bite has been good adrift before the new generation that uses Mayfly, emerging and pupa midge nymphs. Verify the generation every day because the start time changes during the week. Remember that you have approximately 3 and a half hours in Winkley Shoal before the new water arrives from the moment of start.
Greg adds that there is a blue-winged olive hatch in the afternoon.

Greers Ferry Lake

Until Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the elevation of the lake to 474.97 feet msl (normal conservation group 461.44 feet msl).

(updated 12-12-2019) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said that the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is 474.96 feet above sea level and remains almost the same as it has been lately. It is 12.42 feet above the normal pool of 462.54 feet msl. The level will begin to fall soon, but there is more rain in the forecasts, so we'll see. The walleye eat if you can find them, since they are wandering a lot. Test the crankbaits and / or drag the trackers in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are eating during the day and night. They are biting 18-30 feet deep in small and jigs. The bream will breed during this moon. They can be caught with crawlers and crickets, small crankbaits and spinners in line from super shallow to 15 feet. Catfish are eating, only in different places than usual with high water. Flatheads will beget this month. Your usual baits will work for all three species. The black sea bass is everywhere in the bushes, chasing the shad in open sea and in between. A laundry list of baits will operate from super shallow to 43 feet. The fishing and capture of hybrid and white sea bass is very good throughout the lake; try not to crowd people, since fish are everywhere eating shade on the floors. Use your electronic devices and find the shad, and the fish will be close. It's a great month to catch big hybrids in swimbaits, spoons and spinners online, and some action is taking place in high waters, from 25 feet up to 45 feet.

Harris Brake Lake

(updated 12-12-2019) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says the lake is fairly clear, while the surface water temperature is 79.7 degrees. The water level is normal. The golden ones are good in worms and crickets. Crappie are good and small bites and jigs. Black sea bass are good for crankbaits and topwater lures. Fishing with fish is good, with the goldfish working better.

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 5-29-2019) Johnny "Catfish" Banks in Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said the basses are doing well around the brushes and the structure with water baits and plastic worms. A la dorada is doing well in crickets and red worms. They are in their beds around the grass and the chestnut. Crappie is being trapped in 8 to 14 feet of water, fishing about 6 feet deep, mainly with stencils. Catfish are slow but they should start collecting any day now. The water level is high at approximately 2 feet and the clarity is good. The water temperature is around 86 degrees. "Come and see me, Catfish Banks, at the bait shop, near Highway 9."

Brewer Lake

(update 6-12-2019) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the lake is clear and slightly high. Larry said he would rate things an 8 or 9 on a 10-point scale for fishing. The temperature of the surface is 78 degrees. The bite of the bream is good, but they are not in bed. They are biting the red worms and the crickets. Crappie are excellent. A fisherman who fished on Tuesday morning caught 14 shit, Larry said. They are at a depth of 12 to 15 feet and are biting staves and templates. Work the brush stacks to get better results. The black bass is good. Shallow crankbaits are working. Fish the rocky wells. Fishing with fish is good in worms and chicken livers.

Lake maumelle

(updated on 12.6.2019) Hatchet Jack's on Crystal Hill (501-758-4948) said that gilthead bream is good for red worms and crickets. The black bass is biting well. Fishing with fish is good using limblins.

(updated on 12-12-2019) 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 came this week saying that black bass can be found at 8-12 feet and 16-20 feet. Try using chatter chats, crankbaits, jerkbaits, drop-shots and swimbaits. Lee Brizzolara and Wes Lowder captured 14 pounds of bass, with a Big Bass of 4.77 pounds, to win the Low Black Tournament on Tuesday night, beating Keeton Blaylock and Kyle Wise, who had a feature film of 13.49 pounds. Kentucky bass in Maumelle is good. Some reports have been received that they 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. Reports continue of the race decelerating. Some whites can be found mixed with the type of fish on the floors or near piles of brush at 8-12 feet. Try using rooster tails, jerkbaits and rattle style baits. Crappie are fair. Reports that were found stacked in and around a brush of 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. Reports that the channel cats are moving into shallow water. Try using stinky bait, crayfish or worms.

Sunset Lake

(updated 12-12-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's bait shop (501-778-6944) said several customers are still catching catfish in chicken livers, night fishermen and small fish. The bream is biting crickets and worms. Fishing around the lake and you'll find bigger ones. Crappie has been slow this week and only a few report catches around the dock in No. 6 fish. The bass have been biting early in the morning on small fish, surface water baits, floating worms and lizards moored in Carolina.

Bishop Park Ponds

(updated 6-12-2019) Lisa Spencer, Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944), said that fishing with sea bream has been good for some customers in both ponds. Red crickets and worms have been working well fish near the bottom in 3-5 feet of water. The catfish is being caught in crickets and worms, as well as in chicken livers and shrimp bait. The bass have been more active in the early hours of the morning and have attacked deepwater baits, live small fish and floating worms. Crappie is biting from very good to good in the mins. ° 6, but most of them are small or just size.

Access to Saline River in Benton

(updated 12-12-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's bait shop (501-778-6944) said bass fishing is good in the river at this time. Minnows, green squash, watermelon seed, pumpkin, watermelon / red or one of many other colors of lizards, worms or Brush Hogs will work, as will small spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The catfish are stinging black sauces and golden fish in trotlines and limbs and nightcrawlers, chicken livers and baby fish lined with cane and reel. Crappie is biting the fair of the small fish of the n. 6 and a few different jigs fished near the brush and the trunks in deep pools and backwaters. Fishing for walleye has declined and Lisa has not received any reports of catches this week. Fishing with sea bream can be very fun in the river if you just want to fish. Use crickets or worms on a small hook and a line of light. You will catch many fish and a good one from time to time. Gars are also good for a fun fight, but you'll want heavier tackle and a strong line, and small fish number 12 work well as bait. Hard fish Have fun. Take care. Leave the banks and the waters clean. Please.

Lake Norrell

(updated 12-12-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa's bait shop (501-778-6944) said that the bream fishery is good. Red crickets and worms are live baits to use. Try a rock hopper if you want to catch them in a jig or fly bait. Fish around docks, walls and anything in the water. Look for beds in shallow coves, but do not forget to fish around some deep structure, too. Get your bait near the bottom for the bigger ones. The bass are biting the fair at night and early in the morning. Topwater baits, buzzbaits, floating worms and shallow crankbaits will work and good small fish will do the same. Catfish are stung chicken livers, small fish, night fishermen and colorful fish. Crappie was slow to bite something this week at Norrell.

Pickthorne Lake

(updated 12-12-2019) Hatchet Jack (501-758-4948) had no report.

Valencia Lake

(updated 12-12-2019) Hatchet Jack (501-758-4948) had no report.

Lake Willastein

(updated on 12-12-2019) Hatchet Jack's (501-758-4948) said that the bream is now biting; the fishermen have had good reports and are using red worms and crickets. The black bass is also biting, with good reports. The spinnerbaits and the crankbaits are in action.

Winona Lake

(updated 6-12-2019) Lisa Spencer, Lisa's Bait Shop (501-778-6944), said that catfish and bream are what she has been hearing about Winona in recent days. Both have been biting the red worms, the night fishermen and the crickets while the clients fished for gold. The bass fishing has been "OK", as a client says. He reported catching several fish but only a couple of good ones. After trying several baits, a floating red / black trick worm worked better. Crappie's fishing has been slow and some of those who normally catch them here have only caught five or six on recent trips.

Arkansas River in Morrilton

(updated 12-12-2019) 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 12-12-2019) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said reports were deficient for all species last week. The water there is 5 feet tall and the clarity is muddy.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(updated on 12-12-2019) Exxon de Zimmerman (501-944-2527) says it's worth taking a look at the backwaters now; Stay away from the main channel of the river. In those backwaters, Tony Zimmerman hears that the bite of the bream is good in red worms and crickets. Crappie is good at small fish and jigs and they are hanging around brush stacks. The black bass is good; use crankbaits or superficial water baits, and work with the brush. Fishing with fish is good with worms or chicken livers.

(updated 12-12-2019) Hatchet Jack (501-758-4948) had no report.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(updated 6-12-2019) 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).

(updated 6-12-2019) Exxon de Zimmerman (501-944-2527) says fishermen should stay away from the main river, but can find good fishing in the backwaters far from the fast current. The water is still high, but as of Tuesday morning it had dropped 8 feet. The clarity is muddy.

(updated on 12-12-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) says it is best that everyone stay away from the river.

(updated 12-12-2019) Hatchet Jack & # 39; s (501-758-4948) has no reports.

Clear Lake (outside Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)

(updated on 12-12-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said that the water level is still high and that the clarity is murky. The bite of the bream remained good last week; Use crickets Crappie is biting the fair of small fish and jigs. The black bass is good at spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The catfish are good; Fish a trotline with kite.

Peckerwood Lake

(updated 12-12-2019) Donna Mulherin at Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said that the clarity is still a little stained and that the water level is normal. Sea breams are good for red worms and crickets. The types of fish are fair with the minnows, the templates, the drag and the manipulation of spiders. The black basses are good, but nobody shares bait information. Fishing with fish is good with worms.

North Arkansas

White River

(updated on 12-12-2019) Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) says: "What is highly contagious and generally harmless, and happens when you are exposed to a large catch? Trout Fever "We have stories (and photos to back them up) of many trophy trout captured and released in the last two weeks, as well as excellent rainbow, brown and throats that may not be considered trophies but, nevertheless, fight for the title" . Water releases have remained constant in just under one unit of water emitted from the Bull Shoals Dam (approximately 2,400 cfs) for most of each day, with an increase in afternoon and evening. "We hope that important water discharges will occur soon, and we can not wait to catch that big water with large baits, but now we are taking advantage of the little water with our baits for eggs with shrimp aroma. Last week, we found success with templates (brown / orange, ginger / orange and tri-olive), Little Cleos of a quarter of an ounce, both gold and silver and small for browns. Come visit the river and catch the fever. "

(updated 6-12-2019) Sportsman's White River complex (870-453-2424) said the clarity is clear and that there are now 1-3 generators in operation. The river level is low. The trout bite is excellent. Brown trout sting 2-inch long sculptures and stick baits. The rainbows are outstanding and are getting bigger.

(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 684.78 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 at 573.86 ft.sl.l (normal conservation group: September-April, 552.00 ft.l., April-September 555.75 ft.l.).

(updated on 12-12-2019) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said that water is everywhere. "We had a rain of 4½ inches this week and the lake continues to rise. Lake Norfork is 573 feet, which is 7 feet from the top of the pool. This is very late in the year to see such an increase, but this year has been extraordinary in the weather. The water temperature is now 80 degrees and most stripers are now under the thermocline. The stripers are finally moving into deeper water; however, they are still being trapped just below the thermocline, but I have seen stripers feeding at 60 feet and deeper. We are catching the stripers constantly in the range of 35 to 50 feet in depths of water over 100 feet.
"Last week I've been fishing in Big Creek, going through Woods Point and fishing fish constantly, but not many numbers. One day the bite is strong, and the next we just caught a couple of fish. I have pre-fished in all the lower half of the lake in search of consistent fish to catch, but I'm not having much luck.
"I was scheduled to go to a four-person party on Saturday morning, but I gave them my results from last week and they decided to take a pass." I was glad because it was going to be the first time they were fishing stripers and I wanted to make sure they had a good time. It has no value for me to simply take a client for the money and have a bad experience. I made small fish and found some fish where they were supposed to be at this time of year. We took one and failed four. I felt good that the fish were there and I will be able to catch them this week. My client would have had fun but not much action, so we were both winners on Saturday.
"Now I'm fishing the main lake from Thumb Point to Hand Cove and the dam area. This pattern will remain true until September. The walleye have moved to their summer pattern. They will feed in the range of 28 to 32 feet. The best snack is usually from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The long-line drag crankbaits and the lower fenders are located right next to the lower career spinners with the 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 only had to fight against this fish for about a minute before it stopped. "
Lou says that walleye fishing has been very good whether you are 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. Esta mañana, cuando el sol estaba saliendo, dice Lou, se detuvo para ver algunos puntos principales del lago. Mientras se dirigía de regreso a un arroyo, tenía atado a su maestro de Kast, así que lo tiró a la costa, dejando que el cebo se hundiera unos 10 pies, y comenzó a recuperar el cebo, moviéndolo ligeramente. No pasó mucho tiempo antes de que él navegaba un pequeño y un buen boca grande. Probablemente estaban en unos 20-25 pies de agua, dijo. Añade que ha sido difícil encontrar crappie. Con un nivel de agua superior al normal, los peces tienen suficiente cobertura en todo el lago. Las mejores áreas para encontrar crappie confinado son bajo muelles. Cebo vivo o pequeñas plantillas están trabajando. 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 1.129,38 pies msl (grupo de conservación normal: 1.121,00 pies ms).

(actualizado el 6-12-2019) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) dijo que la claridad está manchada / embarrada con escombros y que el nivel de agua es "muy alto". Sin embargo, la dorada está picando, con buenos resultados en gusanos rojos o grillos . Crappie es bueno, pero parece que se está moviendo más profundo. Los pescadores están haciendo trolling en las pilas de maleza profunda con éxito. Minnows o plantillas funcionarán. El bajo negro es bueno. Ahora, parece que los patrones nocturnos han comenzado. Más tarde en el día están trabajando los grandes spinnerbaits, los grandes gusanos de plástico y las grandes plantillas de Brush Hog. En la madrugada, lanza un señuelo de aguas altas. Catfishing ha sido excelente. Ir con gusanos, cebo apestoso, hígados de pollo y cebo vivo en los trotlines. Walleye está siendo atrapado en el extremo grande del lago. Los aparejos de lucioperca de arrastre lento están ayudando a los pescadores a atrapar algunos peces bonitos.

(actualizado el 12-12-2019) Jon Conklin con el servicio de guía de FishOn (479-233-3474) dice que Beaver Lake está aproximadamente medio pie por debajo de los niveles máximos. El lago se encuentra a 1.129,29 pies msn. El lago está pescando bastante bien para todas las especies. Los stripers se encuentran dispersos, siguiendo el shad. Como de costumbre, encuentra el cebo y encontrarás a los stripers. Mire alrededor del punto 5, Rambo Arm, Little Clifty y Big Clifty arms. La boca pequeña y las manchas se encuentran en las áreas usuales de patrones de wummer: los puntos principales del lago y los puntos secundarios en 20 a 30 pies de agua. Hay un poco de acción de aguas tempranas de la mañana. Los graves de boca grande están en el pincel y se pueden atrapar en Flukes, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits y plásticos. Robo gusanos en 4.5 pulgadas en calabaza verde están trabajando en manchas y brownies. Downsize your line to 6- or 8-pound flouro if you’re fishing the clear end of the lake. Crappie are setting up in main channels at 12-17 feet depth. A Bandit 300 is a good choice trolled at 2.3 mph. Walleye are good using crawler harnesses. All main lake points hold fish now. Look for clear water. Bream are good. Hit the docks They hold all species in summertime. Be safe and watch for debris.

Beaver Tailwater

(updated 6-5-2019) Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said fishing has been really good this past week. The trout have been very active with all these different weather conditions. Trout have been biting well on various PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle. Once again, quarter-ounce spoons have done really well. This week’s hot spot has been the Houseman area, down to the second bend. A few white bass were caught between Houseman and Beaver; X-Raps were the plug of choice for these fish. The bass stayed suspended about 10 feet the entire stretch. A few male walleye were caught again this past week. They are still very spread out, but they are there. Jigging live minnows and fishing soft plastics seemed to work the best. Try looking for them off of points and in structure and weed lines. Austin says he did not get a chance to fish for Kentucky bass or smallmouth this week. “I will have more to report on that later. I sure hope you all find some time, between the rain showers, to get out there and catch some fish. Like always, if you have any additional questions, please reach out to me on me cell or my fishing Facebook page (Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service). Have fun, be safe and go catch some FISH!”

Lake Fayetteville

(updated 6-12-2019) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) reports the clarity is ranging between clear and murky. Water level is normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Bream are good on redworms. Crappie are goos with minnows and jigs. Fish the shorelines by the trees, brush piles or stumps. Black bass are good, with soft plastic worms working best. Catfishing is good. The catfish are spawning and they’re biting worms and chicken livers.

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 6-12-2019) 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 good on redworms or crickets. The bream are shallow. Crappie also are shallow and the bite is good with minnows. Largemouth bass are good on chatterbaits. Catfish are good with stink bait or cut shad.


Lake Charles

(updated 6-12-2019) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) says the fishing derby last weekend was a success, with 45 participants and 96 fish caught. Shelly had a guest catch a 5-pound largemouth bass from the shore using Catfish Pro. She says anglers report that the bass bite is good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. The catfish are good on Catfish Pro (when a bass isn’t hitting it), worms, blood bait and chicken liver. Crappie are still biting, with good reports coming in. Minnows or jigs will work. Use worms and crickets (especially!) for bream, which she rates excellent over the past week. Surface water temperature early Sunday was 64 degrees and the clarity was murky. Water level is high, which it has been for weeks now.

Lake Poinsett

(updated 6-12-2019) Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “While Lake Poinsett is being repaired, we’re open and selling more bait, gearing more for catching catfish in the area. But, we are also selling the minnows, crickets and worms for the bream, bass and crappie. A big shipment of other fishing supplies came in last week.” 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 6-12-2019) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water clarity is “pretty clear” and the water level is up a foot and high. Bream are biting well, with red wigglers working nicely, as well as redworms and crickets. No report on crappie. Black bass are good on plastic worms. Catfish are good on chicken livers.

Spring River

(updated 6-5-2019) Mark Crawford with springriverfliesandguides.com (870-955-8300) said water levels are flowing at 450 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been good the last several days. Heavy rains, it seems like weekly, have kept the river up and at times muddy. Because the river is spring-fed, it clears quickly. At the springriverfliesandguides.com blog page, up-to-date water conditions are posted when the river’s fishing conditions become poor due to high muddy water. It has been changing weekly lately. On average, 2-3 days has been the amount of time for hte river to clear up. Clear skies are ahead, we hope.
The trout have been biting well, but there is a lot of work to get a bite. The use of heavier jigs or a split shot 1 foot above the fly will help a lot when trying to get down to the fish. Olive and brown Woolies have been the hot flies in size 10-8 with a small split shot. An olive or yellow jig can work well, also. On the tough days when a bite is hard to get, downsize to a size 14-16 tungsten bead-head Woolly Bugger or nymph. Orange, black and white Trout Magnets are working well. Just get it down deep! Be safe wading, the river is flowing strong. Wading staffs can be a lifesaver.

(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 6-12-2019) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the clarity is muddy and the water is very high. Therefore, everything is poor about the fishing right now on all species.


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 6-12-2019) Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, said stable weather means good fishing at Cane Creek Lake. Bass have been reported biting topwater baits early in the morning and early afternoon. During the evening, as the light begins to fail, throw a black spinnerbait or buzzbait to attract a big largemouth from under cover along the shoreline. Many anglers are also fishing for suspended bass at the moment. Use a crankbait or swimbait to fish in open water for suspended Kentucky bass. Bream are still biting mostly on crickets, although the sale of worms has increased quite drastically from the last week. Fish with a nightcrawler cast out from your position, using a slip bobber to suspend it in 3-6 feet of water. Crappie are still only biting in a few choice holes across the lake. Happen upon a deep spot with a brush pile at the bottom, and fish a shiner at about 6 feet to catch the crappie that are avoiding the warming water. Catfish have become more active with the amount of food that has been in the water as of late. Pungent, salty/sour baits seem to be doing great right now. Try soaking chicken skin in a mixture of crushed garlic, garlic salt and cheap beer and letting it set in the sun for a day or two to really drive the big blues crazy.

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 260.33 feet msl normal conservation pool: 259.20 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said Millwood Lake pool continues falling and as of Monday was 6 inches above normal pool. The Army Corps of Engineers made gate changes at the dam Monday and began releasing around 13,000 cfs, which could change again by midweek. The tailwater below the dam is also beginning to fall after its recent rise when the Red River backed up, and with USACE gates release at the dam it is around 244 feet msl. Water temps rose over the past week. Surface temps as of Monday ranged 74-83. 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. Clarity and visibility conditions continue improving away from Little River current. Further upriver finds highest turbidity rates. On main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility Monday was moderate stain, ranging 3-5 inches. Little River is muddy current and visibility ranges 0-5 inches, stained conditions, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity slightly stained up with most recent lake level rising, and stain is obvious in the mouths of the oxbows. Currently, the oxbow clarity ranges 12-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location.
Good reactions from largemouth bass have occurred over the past few weeks early near dawn to mid-morning, and best activity is in the oxbows away from river current, on topwaters. Lily pads and grass convergences over primary or secondary underwater points and humps continue to provide respectable reactions and ambush points for bass. Buzzbaits, plastic frogs, Bass Assassin Shads, Magnum Pop-R's and StutterSteps are all drawing topwater explosions at dawn up until near 9-10 a.m., in pads on the flats and in the creeks between 5-7 feet of depth. The best locations over the past few weeks have been in the back of the oxbows where water conditions and clarity are best. The further away from Little River muddy current, seems to find the best Largemouth activity. Anywhere you find fresh lily pads, new grass, and stumps being prime locations. Bass Assassin Skunk Apes and Johnson chrome spoons fished in the pads continue to get good reactions. Chrome spoons with a white 3-inch curly tail grub trailer are catching 2-4 pound largemouths in the pads as long as you have 20- to 50-pound braid line. Heddon Moss Boss in white scale or leopard frog colors continue getting good, solid hits in the pads. Ten-inch worms in peanut butter 'n jelly and Real Deal Custom Tackle jigs in Texas Craw or black/purple are working on trees in 5-9 feet deph, and on stumps from 6-8 feet depth. Peanut butter/jelly, blackberry, Grey Ghost, pumpkinseed/chartreuse and Salt'N Pepper Silver Phantom continue to be good colors for soft plastics. Wacky-rigged Bang XX Fat Jobs are getting great reactions in the oxbows in 2-5 feet depth of water in fresh hydrilla, coontail grass, deertongue grass and new lily pad growth. Best colors for buzzbaits have been Casper Ghost, Bleeding Blue Glimmer, Spot Remover or Hot Spot Remover, and Firecracker.
Also, War Eagle spinnerbaits and Brazalo Custom chatterbaits in Spot Remover, Hot Bream or Hot Dirty Shad colors are still working since last week and getting good reactions in the oxbows. If the water clarity is stained and dirty, Mike says they are switching over to a FireTiger color near where Little River still has swift current, behind primary points. Brazalo chatterbaits in FireTiger, chartreuse/orange bream and Hot Dirty Shad colors (using a Bang Boss Shiner swimbait trailer) are catching solid, random bass from 2-4 pounds. Floating Rat-L-Traps that you can stop and go without hanging up in the hydrilla will get a good reaction when the bass follow the bait only a few feet and it stops and pauses in their face. Tennessee Shad, Red Shad and Stumpknocker colors are the most effective on the pause with a stop-and-go/stop-and-float presentation using the Floating Rat-L-Traps.
Mike had no reports on white bass. Crappie, though, are beginning to recover and reposition themselves after the recent muddy rise and high current of Little River. Brush piles and standing timber are starting to attract the crappie again, as long as they are out of Little River current and flow. Persistence is key, and vertical-jigging minnows can get you bites if you are patient. Fish in 9-15 feet depth away from current. Blue catfish 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. This presentation has been working the last couple of weeks.

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 547.96 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 408.00 feet msl (full pool: 408.00 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) John Duncan of yoyoguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said, “It’s fishing time, my friends. The water looks great throughout and it’s time.” John says water temperature is in the mid-80s and the water level is 408.1 feet ms. “I think the best way to start is with the schooling fish. Hybrid fishing is on the upswing. If you can get a calm day, they are working the surface from Shouse Ford to Iron Mountain. Whopper Ploppers for surface fishing or Tiny Torpedoes or even Zara Spooks. If it is not calm, look in the river channels and jig vertically for them. White bass are mixed with black bass, and Kentucky bass also are working the surface early and late. Rooster-tailed jigs or spoons are great for surfacing fish. Crappie fishing has been doing well. Fish the brush piles that are 16-20 feet deep. Minnows are prevailing over jigs. Drop-shot seems to bring out the bigger ones. No report on bream or catfish. This is the best fishing, get it while you can with rain coming.”

(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 440.04 feet msl (full pool: 437.00 feet msl).

Dierks Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 529.44 feet msl (full pool: 526.00 feet msl).

No reports.


White Oak Lake

(updated 6-12-2019) Angler John Gulley, CEO of Lone Sportsman Outfitters, had no report.


(updated 6-12-2019) Sportsman’s One Stop (870-863-7248) in El Dorado had no report.


Lake Atkins

(updated 6-12-2019) Sharon at Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said Lake Atkins is cloudy in some areas but overall is pretty clear. The water level is high by about 1-1.5 feet. No surface temperature was reported. No reports on bream and nothing reported on crappie, either. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good using worms or chicken livers.

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

(updated 6-12-2019) Steve Donahou at Lake Catherine State Park (501-844-4176) checked with Austin Owens of the Lake Catherine State Park Marina, who reports that clarity is dirty from recent rains, though the water level is normal. Bream are good. They can be caught from the shoreline out to 7-8 feet depth. Worms and crickets are being used. Crappie reports are poor. Black bass are good, with the fish found in 5-10 feet depth. Plastic worms, topwater baits, Brush Hogs and lizards are all working well. Find the bass around the brush. Catfishing is good on worms and blood bait. No report on white bass.

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

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

(updated 6-12-2019) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that Lake Ouachita has risen slightly back into flood pool as more rainfall continues to plague our state. Carpenter Dam had been unsafe to navigate for weeks, but Entergy has scheduled time the last week for no generation until noon for the public to fish. This move has made it possible for anglers to safely and effectively target a virtually untouched trout population These fish are presently being caught in good numbers. 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 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 fishermen 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 2 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 6-12-2019) Jason Baumgartner, park aquarist at Lake Dardanelle State Park (479-890-7495), said the area has experienced mostly sunshine and breezy winds the past week. A sunny and dry week is forecasted until the weekend, when more humid air and showers arrive. The lake has no visibility, the water remains muddy. Surface temperature is 79 degrees. Boat ramps inside Lake Dardanelle State Park remain closed until further notice. However, please contact the Visitor Center (479) 967-5516 ext. 2 for updated boat ramp status. According to National Weather Service preliminary values, the river crested at the Ozark Lock & Dam 12 on May 30 at 374.99 feet msl with a flow around 560,000 cfs. As of Tuesday, June 11, the river at Ozark Lock & Dam 12 is forecasted to recede below flood stage (357 feet) Thursday morning. Currently, the tailwater elevation is 359 feet and falling. Release at Ozark L&D 12 has been steadily slowing and is currently 204,000 cfs. There has been no power generation. The islands and bottoms at the Arkansas 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. NWS preliminary values show the Lake Dardanelle tailwater crested on May 30 at 45.91 feet msl with a flow around 587,000 cfs. If official, this level will have exceeded the record established in 1943. It has since receded below flood stage to 28 feet. Release is currently 194,000 cfs and slowing. There has been no power generation. Anglers: Please use caution when on the water. Tournaments at Lake Dardanelle State Park have been cancelled or rescheduled due to dangerous river conditions. For tournament updates, please contact the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center at (479) 967-5516 ext. 2.

(updated 6-12-2019) Charles Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-647-9945) had no report.

Lake Hamilton

(updated 6-12-2019) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred all-welded aluminum Xpress fishing boats in Hot Springs, reports lake levels normalizing and temps in the mid-70s throughout. Bass fishing is really hot right now! The water is just barely off-color, which makes things much easier for anglers to imitate the natural prey of the fish. Bass are good all over right now and not just on Hamilton. Carolina-rigged worms and lizards along with Texas-rigged ribbon-tailed worms in darker colors like black, plum or June-bug are doing well all over. Topwater is doing really well in the mornings and evenings. Whopper Ploppers always work, along with frog and popper styles. Change it up every now and then. Fish have seen the typical presentations on these public lakes, so think outside the box and modify what you have or throw something with rusted-out hooks at the bottom of the box. Catfish are good as usual this time of year. You can find them on drop-offs and creek channel bends everywhere. Crappie are fair in most areas from what we have heard, but no real reports. ¡Buena suerte! And Go Greeson!

(updated 6-12-2019) Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips says that like at DeGray, the story is pretty simple after all the rainfall has moved on – the crappie are still biting and the whites are schooling.

Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 371.48 feet msl (normal pool: 345.0 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) said the clarity is “real clear” now and the surface temperature is 83 degrees. Water level is high. But that’s not hurting fishing for their anglers. Crappie are good. The fish are in 5-7 feet depth and are biting black/chartreuse crappie niblets, as well as minnows or jigs. Work the brush piles. Black bass are fair. Use a chatterbait or a War Eagle spinnerbait. Catfish are biting well around the brush piles. They say that anglers tell them they are catching a lot of bream elsewhere, just not at Nimrod. At Nimrod, the bream bite rates fair. Use crickets.

(updated 6-12-2019) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is muddy and at a high level. The area is “super flooded,” they say. Across the board, the results for fishing have been poor. “We’re playing dominoes,” the source joked.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 579.16 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).

(updated 6-12-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are good. Texas-rigged soft plastics and drop-shot rigs fished over points are working at this time. Walleye are still very good. Small minnow-colored crank baits and night crawlers on drop shot rigs are producing good stringers. Stripers are still good. Most of these fish have moved to the central part of the lake and are being caught on live bait or big hair jigs. Bream are still very 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 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. Surface water temperature is ranging 80-84 degrees. Lake level is 579.40 feet msl as of Tuesday and the clarity is clearing. 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 409.40 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 6-12-2019) Professional fishing guide Ronnie Tice (901-687-6800) says lake clarity is clear and the water level is up a couple of inches over normal. Bream are good on redworms and crickets. They are in their beds. Crappie are excellent. They’re found in 4-18 feet depth. Anglers are trolling in the channels at 15 feet. You’ll also have success fishing for them under piers, docks and around lily pads. Use minnows or jigs. Black bass are fair. There is a decent bite early in the morning, Ronnie says. Catfishing is fair. He says the bite has slowed down the last couple of weeks on cats.

Bear Creek Lake

(updated 6-12-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.

Storm Creek Lake

(updated 5-22-2019) Natalie Faughn, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.

Cook’s Lake

(updated 6-12-2019) Wil Hafner, education program specialist at Potlatch Conservation Education Center on Cook’s Lake (870-241-3373), said he really thought he might get to open for fishing this weekend; however, the fall of the White River has stalled, still leaving the boat ramp and parking area under water. Fingers are crossed that maybe it can open 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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