Arkansas Fishing Report for 10 29 14

Arkansas Fishing Report for October 29, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 10-29-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around 10 feet off the docks at Pierce Creek. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished 6 to 8 feet deep around the Highway 89 Bridge and the cove in Gold Creek. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around creek channels. Catfishing is good on yo-yos and trotlines hung from trees in 6 to 8 feet of water and baited with minnows.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bass are slow, but a few are biting on soft plastics. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and redworms. Crappie biting fairly well on jigs and minnows (including pink minnows). Catfishing is good.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low with normal clarity. Trout are biting well on PowerBait and wax worms with marshmallows.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Little Red is only receiving small amounts of generation each week. We are starting to see some color changes along the river, providing a beautiful backdrop for fishing your favorite shoal in the low water. Expect low-water conditions to continue. Currently for fly fishermen, midges, egg patterns, soft hackles and small woolly buggers are working well. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink, chartreuse and “Gainer” colored bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.38 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is holding pretty steady. The hybrids and white bass are biting well; you have to stay around the bait using your electronics and they will come up and school at different periods during the day. The upcoming cooldown should key in the topwater bite, so be prepared with topwater baits, in-line spinners , Rinky Dinks, Alabama rigs and spoons. Crappie are biting well around any kind of wood 15-25 feet deep on minnows and jigs. A few reports are coming in with trolled crankbaits working as well. A few walleye are being caught, but most are scattered at different depths; try dragging crawlers until water temps get into the low 60s for the bottom-hugging fish. For the suspended fish, try dropping a minnow straight down to them and/or a jigging spoon or drop-shot rig. Bream, most have been caught out in about 27 feet of water, getting ready for the winter, try crickets and crawlers on the bottom and a drop-shot rigged with the same baits. All three species of bass are eating well all around the lake as they put on a great feed before winter. The bite will be very good on spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, Carolina rigs and Alabama rigs for all three species.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temps have finally reached the upper 60s and low 70s. This has put the fish in a feeding mode. Spawning shad have some fish shallow, while suspended bluegills over brush are keeping the deeper fish fed. Until we get some major runoff and inflow into the reservoir look for game fish to be really spread out over the top 25 feet of the reservoir. Shad imitations are taking all types of game fish from sunup until mid-morning. The afternoon bite seems slower than the morning bite, but starts to pick up around 4 p.m. and increases until dark.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Bream picked up again, and are biting well on crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting well on live minnows. No report on bass or catfish.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie were biting well, but no report on any particular bait being most productive.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 10-22-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 10-21-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 71 degrees and the water level is about 2 feet below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day and on suspending jerkbaits in 8 to 10 feet of water during midday. Spotted bass are biting well, and some are schooling. Small spoons are working well for spots. White bass have stopped schooling, but can be caught on crankbaits trolled in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Bream are biting excellently on crickets and redworms fished in 10 to 15 feet of water around brush and artificial fishing structures. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair on pink minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish or bream.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some catfish and bream have been biting worms and crickets. No other reports of fish being caught.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting pretty well for customers using chicken livers, nightcrawlers, shrimp and minnows. Bream fishing has been fair on crickets and redworms. A few small crappie were caught last week on pink minnows. Bass fishing has been kind of slow but some have bit on minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are being caught on trotlines baited with minnows, black salties, goldfish and small bream. Bass fishing has been fair on minnows, small plastic worms and lizards and crawdad-colored crankbaits. Crappie have been few and scattered but some have been caught on no. 6 minnows. Bream are quick to bite and fun to catch on crickets and worms with light line and a small hook.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting well for a customer or two using crickets, redworms and Trout Magnets fished on tight lines around various deep structure. Catfish have been biting at night on lines baited with brood minnows and black salties. Bass are biting fairly well on minnows, soft plastics like trick worms and lizards and spinnerbaits on windy days. No reports of crappie being caught recently.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said Lake Charles has been the hot spot for great eating-sized catfish. Minnows, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and even crickets have been helping customers take home some good stringers. Bream have been biting the crickets and worms also. Bass will hit minnows and soft-plastic worms, lizards and grubs. No recent crappie reports.

Lake Winona

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few crappie bit for some last week on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bass fishing has been fair with Texas-rigged worms and lizards, spinnerbaits and live minnows. Catfish are being caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bream are biting worms and crickets.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 10-7-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said largemouth bass are biting well around teh edges of grass and around the rocks on jig-and-pig combos. Largemouths are also being caught at the edge of the grass on buzzing toads fished through the vegetation and allowed to drop as soon as the bait clears the grass. Kentucky bass are biting jigs, worms and crankbaits fished around jetties on the downstream side. White bass are biting well on jetty tips on CC spoons. Catfishing is good on shad and worm combos fished in 20 to 30 feet of water during the day and about 2 to 6 feet deep on the downstream sides of jetties in the early morning and late evening.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 10-29-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said crappie are biting wlel on minnows. Bass are fair. White bass are fair in the creek, chasing a few shad. No report on bream or catfish.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 10-29-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said fishing has slowed recently. Crappie are biting well in 10 feet of water around woody cover. Bass are biting well on jigs and crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing below Murray Lock and Dam was good on cut shad and skipjack.
(Updated 10-29-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said below Terry Lock and Dam, crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in the backwater areas. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastics fished around rocky wingdams and jetties. Catfishing is good behind jetties. No report on bream.

Clear Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on cut bait.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake will close to fishing soon and will reopen in February. Crappie, bream and catfish have all been biting well.

Lake Pickthorne

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.77 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the only major changes in fishing have been water temperature and thermocline. The water temp is in the mid to upper 60s around the lake. The thermocline is falling fast; it seems to be around the 50-60 foot level. With the thermocline around the 60 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some topwater baits, other than that try spoons in 50 to 60 feet of water, Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and French fry worms, swim baits in 5 to 15 feet of water around any shallow shad balls. Topwater baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Some crappie are being caught around brush in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz. or 1/64-oz. jigs if the wind will allow it. Otherwise, a minnow or a small spoon will work. White bass are being caught up the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs, Rapalas and anything that looks like a minnow will work. Walleye are biting fairly well on nightcrawlers fished in 40 to 60 feet of water on a split-shot rig or trolled on a bottom bouncer and crawler harness. Vertically jigging a spoon in 40-60 feet of water is producing some walleye as well.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said the surface temperature at mid-lake has dropped to 69 degrees after last week’s rain, however the lake elevation has stayed fairly consistent. There is still a thermocline starting at about the 50 foot level but it is starting to deteriorate. With consistent temperatures in the top 50 feet of the water column fish that were once relating to the top of the thermocline can now move freely within the top 50 feet without temperature concerns. Kentucky bass are again showing up near docks in less than 15 feet of water. The best bite has been right before dark for both crappies and walleyes coming from about the 25 to 35 foot level over wood in creek arms that are not too far from the main lake on jigs. Smallmouths are coming from primary points in the main lake on jigs as well.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 10-29-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and higher flows in the late afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, pink artificial worms, Original Rapala Floating Minnows and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said several rain events, cooler temperatures and heavy winds were the norm the last week or so. On the White, we had significant generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with no wadable water over the weekend. The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. On the White, the hot spot was Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, root beer midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). There is a bumper crop of grasshoppers this year and the trout are already keying in on them. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady. To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size 18 on a 3-foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is fairly low with zero to two generators running. There haven’t been many anglers on the water. Bait anglers are doing the best on cocktail shrimp and pink worms. Small stickbaits and Rooster Tails are working well on brown trout. Fly-fishermen are doing well on grasshopper patterns.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 550.57 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the water temperature ranges from the mid- to low 60s and is dropping. The water visibility is stained. Stripers are very active right now. You can find topwater action near Robinson Point and Cranfield Island. Stripers are now schooling all over the lake. You can find them along the bluff walls, flats and river channels in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers are holding in 38 to 55 feet with some deeper fish at 60 feet. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid-lake area, look for stripers on Robinson Point, in Float Creek, Panther Bay, and Fall Creek areas. I fished the Robinson Point area along a bluff wall. We were over schools of stripers and hybrids for over 2½ hours and had over 50 bites and caught at least 20 hybrids and stripers. Most of the fish were small but we did manage to keep five. The stripers, bass, crappies, and other species will be very active for the next several weeks. With the water cooling, crappie have moved to the shallows in the brush, look for them in Bennett’s Bayou, Pigeon Creek, Big and Brushy Creeks, and Red Bank.
(Updated 10-18-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said the water temperature is around 70 degree and is falling with the cool evenings. The fall fishing pattern on Norfork Lake is in full swing. The water is cooling and the fish are healthy and becoming very active. Striper fishing continues to be very good. Look for the stripers and hybrids on large deep flats. You will find them from 38-55 feet deep and they will be feeding on the bottom. The best bite in this type of area is about an hour before sunrise to about an hour after sunrise. Live bait is a good choice, or you can vertical jig with a spoon. Large schools of stripers also are along deep bluff lines, typically at the ends of the bluff where the deep channel swings close to the point. The fish have been suspended 40 to 60 feet deep in 50 to 100 feet of water. Trolling should also work, but you will need to get your baits very deep (40 to 50 feet). If you are a panfisherman, big bluegills are biting and there are hundreds of them hanging around brush piles. Crickets have been the best baits, but small minnows and worms also work. Small jigs tipped with a wax worm is also producing some nice fish. Bass fishing has also been very good; the topwater action has slowed, but expect this to take off again very soon with the cooling water. You will find some fish along the banks early and late, but the best fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water feeding on the bottom. The bite after dark is also very good so get your spinners ready or your jig and pigs. Crappie and walleye fishing has been slow, but should start up soon. The water temperature continues to fall which will concentrate these fish back to the brush. Catfishing has been good on jugs and trotlines set in 10 to 30 feet of water. Live bait is the best, but cut bait also is working. Large schools of cats are also starting to roam the flats.
(Updated 10-20-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said The water temp in the southern portion of Norfork Lake has cooled down to around 70. There is a topwater bite early in the morning for a couple hours. We caught some whites, small stripers (2-3lbs), largemouth, spotted bass and a few smallmouth on clear and white Zara Spook Jr.’s on points close to deep water. We also found big schools of fish suspended 40 to 50 feet deep in 60 to 100 feet of water that would nail a jigging spoon. You had to get them while they were feeding, when they stopped biting, it shut down. Later we found some fish shallower close to the bottom in 36 feet of water. We were using a spoon that was silver on one side and white on the other. When the water temp gets into the low 60’s the night bite should start to get going.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork tailwater has fished better recently. With little wadable water on the White, there has been more angling pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. With school back in session and conclave over, there is less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it with a kid. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise).

Buffalo River

(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is stained. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are still active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. 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.

Crooked Creek

(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is stained. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are still active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. 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.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,115.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
The annual Beaver Lake Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) event will be held on Beaver Lake Nov. 25. Coordinators are looking for volunteers with boats to take kids fishing on this day. There are more than 300 kids in the HOFNOD program in this area, so every boat helps. For more information please contact Mike Bailey (479)366-8664 or email him at the link in his fishing report below.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake is rising and the water temperature is dropping from all the recent rain. Stripers are on the move due to lake turnover and are looking for clean water. Stripers they are feeding intermittently, with only fair success by anglers during turnover. Most are still in the mid-section of the lake. Fishing is fair on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs, Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15As. Bink Pro Scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are producing fish when worked through a school found on your electronics. The spoons also are producing walleye. Striper are currently found in the mouths of large arms and coves a typical fall pattern. Small striper and white bass are schooling all over the lake so have a 1/2oz Kastmaster ready for surface feeding fish. Check the following hot spots this week: The large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek, The backside of the island at Lost Bridge North, Honey Creek, the cedar thicket at Point 4, the channel that skirts the humps between Big Clifty and Henry Hollow Arms, the Van Hollow Area, Ford and Cedar Creeks, Larue and Copper Mine. Walleye are being caught at Prairie Creek, Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and Horseshoe Bend on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with a minnow or nightcrawler trailer. Be sure to check out Escapalia Hollow, Falls Hollow and Horseshoe bend, as stripers and white bass are feeding on the surface and walleye are being caught below them in big numbers.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said had no new report.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is slightly low and clearing up a little bit. The surface water temperature is around 70 degrees. Crappie are biting well, with many large crappie coming on minnows and soft-plastic jigs. Bass are fair on drop-shotted worms and smaller baits fished in 25 to 30 feet of water. White bass are biting fairly well on spoons fished around shad schools. No report on catfish or bream.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 10-29-2014) Beaver Dam Store said last Saturday at the one fly/lure contest we had 27 entrants. Thank you to everyone that participated. The weather was great and the trout fishing was fast. Very few days on this river can you say that catching 30 fish in less than 4 hours was slow. Our winner caught 58 trout on an olive micro jig. There are still a lot of fish and lots of wadable water. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. A Quazimoto worked well, as did midge patterns and especially pheasant tails, for fly-anglers. On spinning tackle, try a Trout Magnet or PJ’s Jig below a bobber with light line. White and yellow power bait with a wax worm will always catch fish.

Lake Elmdale

(Updated 10-21-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said recent rains brought the lake up a foot and a half. This makes fishing for bass along the grassy shore line areas a smart move. Use white spinnerbaits on sunny days and dark spinnerbaits on cloudy days. Flukes, Rat-L-Traps and brown, green or electric blue plastic worms have also been good. Crappie are still active. Minnows, fished 8 feet deep, or jigs cast and retrieved slowly, have worked well. Fish around any brush piles. The depth of the crappie will vary with cloud cover. Redear sunfish are biting very well on redworms fished a foot off the bottom in 8 to 10 feet of water; try tight lining instead of using a bobber. Bluegill are biting best on crickets, but nightcrawlers also will work. Try 3 feet deep, and use a bobber; keep that hook point covered, and don’t use the whole worm.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 10-29-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is very clear and fishing has been very slow lately. A few bass, bluegill and crappie are biting, but there’s no real pattern emerging right now.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well around brush in 5 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits all over the lake. Catfishing is good on shad and chicken livers.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been decent on Zoom Brush Hogs and other soft-plastics worked slowly. Bluegill have been biting well on nightcrawlers. Catfishing is slow.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said the water temperature is around 90 degrees. Bass fishing is good on chatterbaits fished a few feet off the bottom and on slow-sinking Senko-style worms. Catfishing has been decent on liver.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said great weather brought out the anglers last week. We are still selling bait, but are not getting any reports back. Anglers are still buying quite a few minnows for crappie, but the bream fishing has slowed a bit, with fewer people purchasing crickets and worms.

Crown Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said crappie are biting well in 20 feet of water and deeper. Bass are biting well early and late in the day on topwater lures. No report on catfish and bream.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake level is still slightly higher than usual for this time of year. Shad are schooling in the evenings with fish breaking the surface around the schools. Channel catfish and blue catfish have been slow on nightcrawlers and dip bait. There have been no reports of flathead catfish lately. Bass have been slow to fair with the better bite nearing dusk as the shad are schooling. Crankbaits apper to be the best option with a few being caught with topwater baits. Bream continue to bite redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers all around the lake. No reports of saugeye, but the cooler temperatures should get them going soon.

Spring River

(Updated 10-29-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said Water levels are running 360 cfs and water clarity has been clearing. The river has been clearing up nicely over the last week. Brown trout have been hitting hard over the last week. Size 12 nymphs fished with a dropper below an indicator and sink tip fly lines have been the way to get into the nice brown trout that have been biting. With the sink tip, stripping upstream has been the ticket. Leaves have been falling and the added debris in the water can cause false strikes. The season to be fly-fishing the Spring River is just beginning and will only get better as the days become colder. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver spinners are working well for spin-fishermen.

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 10-29-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water temperature is in the upper 60s and visibility is around half a foot with a green tint to the water. The main channel is not moving much and this weekend the water was a few inches higher than normal. Largemouth appear to have moved off their offshore brushpiles (in Lake Langhofer) and to the shorelines. They are relating to woody and rocky cover and are biting well on shallow-running, shad-colored crankbaits and natural-colored jigs.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bream are biting well on crickets and worms. The bass are biting well on soft-plastics toward dusk. Crappie are biting well on minnows in deep water where streams are running into the main lake. Catfish are biting well on stink bait and chicken liver fished near the old boating lanes.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 9-17-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said there haven’t been many reports in this week. Catfish are being caught here and there, but there weren’t many visitors to the lake last week.
Lake Chicot is currently undergoing a drawdown that will continue through Jan. 1, 2015, to mimic natural low water years necessary to keep production levels high. Click here for more information about the drawdown,

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.53 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 3.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is decreased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 782 CFS. Water temps continued dropping to 67 to 73 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved since last week; visibility ranges 3-5 inches in most of the lake, with Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake still muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 3-6 inches depending on location and current. Largemouth bass remain fair, and are slow to recover from recent pool fluctuations and muddy water. They’ve been biting best on crankbaits, Bass Assassin Shads, and Rat-L-Traps around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels from mid-morning until noon. Johnson spoons were still taking some good fish in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. White bass disappeared with the recent 18-inch muddy rise late last week, and are still recovering. Find the shad schools up Little River and you will find the whites. They were hitting Tennessee shad or citrus or threadfin shad-colored crankbaits in Little River, and the back of the oxbows prior to the muddy rise and increase in current of Little River. Crappie disappeared with all the recent muddy inflow and increase in Little River, and are still recovering this week also. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 9 to 11 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits are cut shad or buffalo, homemade blood bait and chicken livers.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 538.11 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
(Updated 9-3-2014) Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com had no report.

Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)

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

DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 399.10 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Fishing is good right now with lots of fish in the vast shad schools mostly in the big coves and creeks. Bass fishing is good with lots of double-digit catches reported. However most fish are small or in the slot (13 to 16 inches, which must be released). Don’t be too surprised if a big hybrid tries to relieve you of your plug as well. The best bet for bass has been the upper portion of the lake between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar. Look for schooling shad, which will be in the coves, and throw medium-running crankbaits or Rat-L-Traps in a shad pattern. Many spotted bass are in the same locations and will hit 1/4-oz. Rooster Tails and small spoons. Some big spots have been coming from the bluff banks in the point 14 and 15 areas; work a 4-inch finesse worm on a Texas-rig down the bank to about 20 feet. Try green pumpkin/red flake. A few crappies are coming from the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar areas. Look for brush or cover in 18 to 20 feet of water on the main lake. Drop a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-oz. jighead to just above the brush. Shad patterns, such as Tennessee Shad, are some of the best colors. Also try minnows fished in the same manner as the jig. Hybrid fishing is good when a school is located. Look for fish in the major creeks and big coves where there are abundant shad. There are not too many breaking fish, because most are feeding deeper. Troll a small umbrella rig and watch the sonar for schools of hybrids. When a school is located, throw a 1/2-ounce silver spoon or a big in-line spinner. Be sure to let the lure sink below the fish and work it up through them. Lots of white bass are also mixed in with the hybrids. Look for fish in the upper part of the lake between Big Hill Creek and Point Cedar. Bream fishing is good for big shellcrackers. Look for small points in big coves and fish a redworm on the bottom at about 10 to 15 feet. One of the better areas for bream are the small points on the east side of the big cove between the Caddo Drive boat ramp and Point 28. No report on catfish.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 9-17-2014) Jaret Rushing said the cool front that moved through slowed the fishing down. Bass, crappie and bream all slowed, but should move into their fall patterns and begin moving to shallower water and be a little more aggressive toward topwater. Try to downsize and slow your presentation a bit as the water becomes cooler.

Tri-County Lake

(Updated 9-17-2014) Jaret Rushing said the cool front that moved through slowed the fishing down. Bass, crappie and bream all slowed, but should move into their fall patterns and begin moving to shallower water and be a little more aggressive toward topwater. Try to downsize and slow your presentation a bit as the water becomes cooler.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Bass are schooling and biting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and tightlines baited with nightcrawlers, prepared catfish bait and the occasional cricket from a bream angler.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.40 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said fishing has been poor with high water lately.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are still biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting fairly well, but it’s hit and miss; fish worms and crickets around lily pads near the banks. Crappie are picking up. Bass are biting well on black/purple worms and spinnerbaits around lily pad stems. Catfishing is good on worms.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 10-8-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is low and muddy. Bream are biting well in some areas of the river on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on small spinners. Catfishing is good on trotlines and yo-yos baited with stink bait or minnows. No report on bass.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 10-21-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the water temperature in the river is in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Water clarity is 2 to 3 feet with some clear backwater areas. There’s been good flow, but bass have been hit-and-miss. Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, jigs, buzzbaits and frogs have been producing fish around vegetation. Crappie, white bass, stripers and bream have all been slow. Catfish are biting well on cut shad and skipjack.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.38 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.89 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort The water is 72 to 75 degrees and is clear. Black bass are still biting very well. The top water bite is very good on all areas of the lake; try a bone-colored Super Spook Jr. or run a 1/6-oz. white Roostertail through schooling fish for some great action. Walleye are biting well on C.C. spoons jigged vertically, or drop shotted live nightcrawlers. Stripers are still biting well on live shad and on slow-trolled shad-colored crankbaits. We will see the fall topwater bite very soon; be prepared with a big Zara Spook or C-10 Redfin. Bream are slow and being caught on crickets and worms fished around brush in the 20- to 25-foot range. Crappie are still excellent on minnows and crappie jigs fished near brush around 12 to 16 feet deep. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers fished near structure inside the creeks. Jug lines are effective in these same areas.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Hamilton

According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Hamilton will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Catherine

According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Catherine will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees and rises to 74 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions are the norm in the tailrace with a minimum flow release scheduled this week. Rainbow trout stocking will begin after November 16 with the fish typically in the lake the week of Thanksgiving. At present, trout fishing is extremely slow as the vast majority of fish migrated away from the dam or were caught by fishermen and area predators. The end of October normally has small schools of white and hybrid bass moving in and out of the trailrace feeding on threadfin shad. Bank fishermen have caught these fish on live minnows and jerkbaits cast into feeding schools. Action is best in the late evening and peaks in periods of generation. Striper activity has been observed below the bridge in the late evening with fish in the 10- to 14-pound range caught on C-10 Redfins in trout patterns. Walleye numbers are low in the tailrace but continue to be caught on jerkbaits in a black/silver pattern fished in the main channel in the early morning hours. When the trout stocking begins, overall fish activity will increase dramatically with crappie, white bass, and walleye staying longer to forage.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing for crappie is good with the cooler weather pushing them back toward shallow water. Minnows and jigs are working well. Bream are also biting well.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said the water is stabilizing and is slightly higher than normal. The fall bite is beginning to pick up. Quite a few crappie are being caught on the oxbows right now. Try spider rigging a live minnow or single-poling a jig near the edges of the channels near shallow water for some good results.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie and bass are both biting well, but there haven’t been many anglers taking advantage of the fishing. No report on lures used.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well. Not many anglers have been on the water to give a detailed report of lures used.

White River

(Updated 10-21-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is very low and there haven’t been many anglers on the water. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms and jigs. No report on any other species.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 10-29-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said crappie are biting well near the main channel. Bass are biting well along the channel edges. Catfishing is good on stink bait.

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