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Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 6-25-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets around the shore. Crappie are fair around cypress trees in 6 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits fished right next to the bank and on topwater frogs. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and yo-yos baited with goldfish, bream and minnows.
(Updated 6-17-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bream are biting excellently on crickets and worms. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Catfishing is very good with livers and nightcrawlers. Yo-yos, trotlines and limb lines baited with bream or shiners are working as well.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is low in the morning, until about 1 p.m. A combination of wax worms and marshmallows or orange and white Power Bait are working on Carolina rigs. There haven’t been any reports from fly-fishermen, but the fishing has been excellent in the mornings for bait anglers.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the river is receiving a few hours of generation each afternoon. Expect this to continue in the coming days unless there is a significant amount of rainfall. With low water, remember to use thin fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers. Midges, soft hackles, sowbugs and small San Juan worms are working well for fly anglers. Hot pink and Dreamsicle-colored Trout Magnet bodies on chartreuse jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Always check the Corps of Engineers and Southwest Power Administration websites and the Greers Ferry Dam Powerhouse phone recording for current and future water release before planning your fishing trip.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.52 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 6-25-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.02 feet below normal pool and rising slightly. Hybrid and white bass are eating well, but they are getting scattered in places because of pressure. The shad they are eating are very small and they are hard to find on your electronics, some are schooling at certain times during the day; use live bait, swim baits, in-line spinners, and spoons 25-44 feet deep. Crappies are in and around brush piles and pole timber; try using jigs and minnows in 15-25 feet of water. Bass are biting Texas-rigged worms, jigs, Carolina rigs, swim baits and Alabama rigs out deep. Shallow fish are hitting topwater baits, spinner baits and jighead worms.Walleye are scattered as well, they are eating crawlers and crankbaits slow trolled in 15-44 feet of water. Catfish are are biting well on rod and reel, jugs and trotlines. Bream are biting well on crickets and crawlers.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Cody Smith of said water surface temperature have reached 78 degrees and are slowly rising with average seasonal temps. Most all game fish have settled into their summer pattern with the exception of the catfish, which seems to be pushing to spawn later than usual. Walleyes have slid out to 19-26 feet. Most bass and bluegills are in the 14-18 foot range around planted brushpiles. The shad population seems low compared to the last few years, so the topwater action of surfacing hybrids to be minimal over the next month.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Jeff Mays at Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said the lake is at normal pool and the water temperature is 82 to 84 degrees. Stable conditions made for good fishing and the development of a deep thermocline at 35 feet in the upper lake. Long line trolling with deep-diving cranks above the cooler water is producing on all suspended species, with good success on crappies. Look for walleyes on flats in 15-25 feet with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. Whites and hybrids will be anywhere you can find the bait balls on your sonar. Try topwater baits early and late for bass, and Carolina-rigged lizards on drop-offs in 40 feet during the day.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 6-25-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said bream are biting very well on crickets and decently on worms. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs Bass are biting well on Purple Rain-colored soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on crickets in the cove about 4 feet deep.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well on worms, crickets and Rock Hopper jigs. Crappie are fair to good in deep water. Bass are chasing shad and are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair to good on worms, minnows and stinkbait.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 6-25-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said high water and heat have slowed the fishing. Bass are fair around the banks on soft plastics and topwater lures. Crappie are good, but you have to move around to find them over brush in 10 to 12 feet of water. Live minnows work best, but clear and pearl-colored stinger jigs and stinger shad jigs are also productive. Catfish are still slow, as are the bream; nightcrawlers are the best bait.
(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Lake Cargile

(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 6-18-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 81 degrees. Largemouth bass are excellent back in the grass and trees on black/red spinnerbaits, floating worms and topwater lures. Spotted bass are excellenton jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water and are mixed in with the largemouth. White bass are fair and most are on the east end of the lake. They are hitting Rooster Tails, crappie jigs and clear topwater baits. Crappie are fair in about 10 to 15 feet of water. Minnows are the best bet lately. Bream are excellent on crickets and live worms fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines baited with small bream.

(Updated 6-25-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent on redworms fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Crappie are excellent on medium-sized minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water. Bass are fair on shallow-diving crankbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said fishing has been slow with only a few reports of bream being caught on redworms and crickets.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some customers are catching good eating-sized catfish on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. Bream fishing has been fair for some using crickets and redworms. Bass have been fun to catch and release with live minnows, plastic worms and lizards and small spinnerbaits. Some topwater baits have been working early in the mornings. Crappie have been slow, but some small ones are still biting pink minnows very early in the morning.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are biting well on big live minnows, small Texas-rigged worms and lizards, crawdad-colored crankbaits and small spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers and live minnows at night. Crappie fishing is slow but some are still being caught on No. 6 minnows in backwaters and coves. Bream are almost always willing to bite a cricket or redworm on the river. Use light line and tackle for increased success and fun.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been great for customers using crickets and redworms fishing on bottom around deep or shallow brush. Catfish have been biting on minnows, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass fishing has been fair around docks and other structure with Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics or spinnerbaits. Crappie fishing has been very slow.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good for some using crickets and redworms. Catfish have been biting well on chicken livers, minnows, nightcrawlers and stink baits. Crappie have been slow to bite but a few have been caught on No. 6 minnows and pink minnows. Bass are hitting minnows, Texas-rigged or floating worms and lizards, and small spinners and crankbaits.

Lake Winona

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie are biting well for some customers on No. 6 and No. 12 minnows. Some good ones are being caught, but they are difficult to locate. Bream seem to be easier to find and are biting well on crickets, redworms and nightcrawlers. Catfish are biting well as the sun goes down and for a bit after dark. Tightlining around underwater humps with nightcrawlers and chicken livers has been working well. Bass fishing has been good with Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics, crankbaits and some topwater baits early in the mornings.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 6-18-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the fishing is really starting to come on now that the bad weather has pushed through. Black bass are getting strong on the jetties and are biting well on green pumpkin-colored brush hogs with rattles worked along the current break. White bass are schooling and chasing shad around jetty tips. Fish a citrus shad-colored crankbait on the front side of jetties early and late in the day. Spotted bass are mixed in with the white bass on the fronts of jetties. Catfishing is good in the shallows early on nightcrawler/shad combinations. At mid-day move to 15 to 20 feet of water off the jetties. Bream are in the grass on riprap and are biting well on crickets and black/gold blade Mepps and Rooster Tail spinners.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 6-25-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie can be found by fishing minnows 6 feet deep over deep water near the channel. Bass fishing is excellent on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft-plastic worms.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

​(Updated 6-25-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle, but they are excellent on crickets and redworms up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are excellent up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 6-25-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said bream are biting well on crickets around the edge of grass. Bass are biting well on crankbaits, topwater lures, jigs and creature baits on brush and rocks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 6 to 8 feet of water. Catfishing is good at night on nightcrawlers fished around sandbars and rocky areas.

​(Updated 6-25-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are biting excellently on jetty points and in backwaters on black and blue lizards, jigs and shallow-diving crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on skipjack, shad, minnows and green sunfish. Below Murray Lock and Dam, crappie and white bass are biting well on jigs and minnows. Catfishing below the dam is excellent on skipjack.

(Updated 6-18-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Bass are biting well on topwater frogs. Catfishing is good on skipjack.

Clear Lake

(Updated 6-18-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream fishing is good on crickets and worms. Bass fishing is good on topwater frogs. Skipjack are working best on catfish.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 6-11-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is still cool. Some fish are biting, Just not very much. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good as well.

Lake Pickthorne

​(Updated 6-25-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is good on chicken livers, minnows and trotlines baited with green sunfish.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

​(Updated 6-18-2014) 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 661.58 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
(Updated 6-25-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said fish are hitting fairly well on Bull Shoals. The main lake temperature in the mid-lake area is up several degrees from last week, and is now averaging 81 degrees. With warmer surface temperatures, the fish are relating more and more to the thermocline, which is at approximately 30 feet. Mornings and evenings are going to produce the most consistent catches, as the fish will move deeper when the sun gets overhead. Look for both spotted and largemouth bass schooling on shad in the evenings near main lake points. Cast just past the surface swirls with a shad imitation, and retrieve it fast, expect hard fast hits as these fish mean business. Smallmouths are coming from both the inside, and main lake side, of primary points in 8 to 12 feet of water in the evenings. Crankbaits and jigs worked close to the bottom will produce the most strikes. Crappies are coming from main lake brush piles in 25 to 40 feet of water. Walleyes have been a bit harder to find this week, as I expect they are moving to deeper water. Trolling crankbaits in the evening and after dark along main lake points and deeper flats should do the trick. Trotlines set along the main lake are doing well for flatheads and channel cats, as well as largemouth bass, although keeping the gar off them is a full time job. Bluegills in the two to three inch range are, as usual, the best bait.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 6-25-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward the higher side through the week, with 4-7 generators all day. Weekends are more toward minimum flow. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas, Little Cleos. Be sure to visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water has been running high during the week, then shut almost completely off on the weekends. During low water, anglers have done very well on olive woolly buggers, zebra midges and black-and-silver midges. Spin fishermen have had the best success with Rooster Tails and Little Cleo spoons. Early in the mornings and during overcast days, white jigs have produced some 18- to 24-inch brown trout.

(Updated 6-25-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot was the section from Wildcat Shoals down to Cotter. 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, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a cerise or pink San Juan worm with a caddis pattern (prince nymph) suspended below it). The sulphur hatch has been sparse. It normally occurs in May and June. It seems to be late, possibly due to the brutal weather last winter. This is our most reliable mayfly hatch of the year. It is a size 14 or 16 insect and it is yellowish orange. Before the hatch, fish copper Johns and flashback pheasant tails. As the insects begin their emergence, I switch over to a partridge and orange or partridge and yellow soft hackle. This is often the most productive tactic. When you observe the adults on the top of the water, switch to a sulphur parachute dry fly.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 556.86 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).
(Updated 6-17-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the high 70s. The water visibility is stained. There has been rain each day with lots of cloud cover. Stripers and hybrids continue to be found suspended in the river channels, off the main lake and secondary points. They are feeding on 1-inch baby shad and crayfish in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper right now. The Big Creek area and Robinson Point flat have produced on free lines and downlines set at 50 to 70 feet.
(Updated 6-11-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing continues to be the best bite on the lake. Striped bass fishing is the next best bite. Catfishing has been very good and crappie fishing has been fair. There is still a good top water bite for bass at sunrise and sunset. Once the sun comes up, the fish stay down, but can still be caught in the sunken brush down through 20 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working well on windy days and soft plastics are working when it is windy or calm. Look for bass off of secondary points back in creeks and coves, close to submerged brush piles or on shallow flats. Spots can be found on the deeper rock bluff walls. Striper fishing keeps getting better. I have only been using artificial baits. I have had luck with top water baits as well as flukes and jerk baits (when it is still dark). Top water action for stripers has been spotty, but when you find the fish it can be a blast. I have found fish half way back in major creeks. At this time of year and with this water temperature you will be able to find stripers on the surface down to around 30 feet of water. We should start to see schooling fish so get your spoons ready as it will soon be vertical jigging time for stripers. You can also troll umbrella rigs or Alabama rigs to catch some of these strong fish. If you find fish down 30 feet you may need to add in-line weights to get your artificial bait down to the right depth. Catfish are hitting really well on trotlines and jugs baited with live bluegill, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shad. Set your trotlines in 10-25 feet of water. Jug fishing works the best if you weight the jug to the bottom. This way you will be able to find them when you are checking them. Crawler harnesses are also working very well for catfish. Crappie fishing is starting to slow down. You can still catch some nice fish on brush piles in 20-30 feet of water. The crappie will be inside of brush or suspended as the water warms.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the lake level is 556.5 and the water temperature is warming up just like the weather. The surface temperature is in the low 80s. Stripers are staring to group up suspended 35-40 feet deep and will start going deeper as the water continues to warm. They were hitting on live bait and jigging spoons. The bass are starting to get more active early in the mornings, chasing bait to the surface. Throw a Zara Puppy or a Spook or a soft jerkbait. After the sun gets high, switch to a worm, jig or a drop-shot rig with a small worm or plastic minnow type bait.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 6-25-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork River has fished poorly. 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 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 beadheaded 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.

Buffalo River

(Updated 6-25-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are a bit high and clear. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are 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 6-25-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are a bit high and clear. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are 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 1,120.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 6-25-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said night fishing has been the best option for bass lately. Dark-colored crawdad-imitating soft plastics and large worms either Texas rigged or on a shaky head have worked well fished along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day by using topwater plugs or buzzbaits in and around the flooded brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to be suspending under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been down 15 to 20 feet over 25 to 35 feet of water. Small curly tail grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jighead worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tots or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats has also been effective. Night fishing has also been good under lights close to channel bends or bluff lines in 25 to 50 feet of water. White River, Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend and Monte-Ne have all been good places to fish. White bass have been biting well at night under lights on minnows or shad along bluff lines close to the channel and under the Highway 12 bridge. During the day they can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught using Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfishing has picked up and catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at Highway 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are biting throughout the day with peaks at dusk and dawn. The topwater action is dying down, so most are being caught on live shad fished 10 to 60 feet deep. Trolled umbrella rigs and Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15As trolled with planer boards to spread out and cover water also are working. Indian Creek is still a hot spot as well as Dry Creek, Rocky Branch, Larue, Copper Mine Ventris and Shaddox Hollow. The mouth of Coose Hollow is holding a lot of stripers lately. Walleye are being caught about 5 to 10 feet deep on 3-way rigs and trolled Hot-N-Tots Wiggle Warts, Reef Runners and Ripstiks. Slow death rigs ans spinner rigs with orange and chartreuse beads are working well with minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches. Berkley Gulp or Power Bait will work in place of live bait in a pinch. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange and black also are good options. Check War Eagle, the junction of War Eagle and the White River, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and Hickory Creek for the walleye.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake is clear and in the low 80s. The smaller bream are biting well on cricket.s Crappie seem to be the best at night under lights. Bass are biting well at night on dark-colored spinnerbaits, jigs and soft-plastics. Some walleye are being caught. Catfishing is excellent.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 6-25-2014) Beaver Dam Store said fishing conditions are changing. There’s very little current and warm water temperatures. Look for deeper pockets of shade, as the trout will be looking for cooler water. Midges and pheasant tails behind a peacock herl soft hackle and woolly buggers are great for the still water. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. PJ’s jigs or micro jigs under a casting bubble will work as well. GULP maggots that will work when nothing else will.

Lake Elmdale

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said last week was another good week of fishing. Bass are biting just about anything you put in front of them; but black/blue or black/chartruese spinnerbaits have produced very well. Topwater frogs have been the ticket early in the morning, late in the evening and during cloudy or rainy conditions.Limits of redear sunfish are being caught on the old road bed on tightlined redworms. Crickets were catching bluegill very well in bedding areas. Use a long-shanked cricket hook with no bobber or sinker. Lob it over and let it sink. Crappie are being caught on minnows fished 8 feet deep under a bobber. They’re also biting small crappie jigs tied on 3-4 ft below a cigar bobber and slowly retrieved over shallow grass. Catfish are spawning. The best baits are chicken liver, worms, cut perch and stink bait.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 6-25-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water temperature is 83 degrees at the surface and the water is clear. Bluegill are biting well on crickets and a few redear are biting on worms. Black bass are biting well on topwater lures during cloudy weather. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers fished as shallow as 2 feet of water.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is dark in color and at normal level. Bream are being caught on worms and crickets under a bobber. Black bass are responding best to topwater lures early and late in the day, especially where you can find schools of shad. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 6-17-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said fish are easing into their summer patterns as the temperature warms up. Look for bass to be most active early in the morning; try topwater lures before the sun is up, then switch to spinnerbaits and jerkbaits later in the day. Jig-and-pig combos and soft-plastic worms fished on deep points will work during the day as well. Bream remain active throughout the warmer weather, with crickets and worms taking the most bream. Catfish are starting to congregate around the mouths of coves, as they prepare for their spawn.Try cut bait, worms and dough bait in these locations.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 6-25-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bluegill and redear are being caught on crickets fished around brush in 3-8 feet of water. Bass are being caught on shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish are hitting chicken liver, cut shad and stink bait. The crappie bite is slow, but they can be caught on minnows in deeper water.


​(Updated 6-25-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass are hitting spinnerbaits, topwater lures and brush hogs. Bluegill and redear are hitting crickets between 5-10 feet of water. Catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers and chicken liver.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said bream are the most sought after fish right now and crickets are the bait of choice. Crappie are back in the deep water, and several large ones are being caught on minnows.Catfish are being caught on a variety of baits (stink bait, liver, goldfish and nightcrawlers). No report on the bass fishing.

Crown Lake

(Updated 6-25-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) had no report.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 6-25-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels are still slightly high, but dropping. Bass have been fair on topwaters early and late. During the day, crankbaits and dark-colored soft plastics cast repeatedly to heavy cover will grind out a few fish. Channel and blue catfish have been good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, dip bait and hot dogs. Flatheads have been poor to fair on lines baited with goldfish or minnows. Several saugeye were caught last week with two over 5 pounds. One was caught with a medium-diving crankbait, and one was caught with a nightcrawler fished near the bottom. Bream have been fair to good on redworms or pieces of nightcrawlers. No report on crappie.

Spring River

The renovation of Dam No. 3 on the Spring River is underway. Accesses at Lassiters, Cold Spring and Bayou are available for the Spring River, and anglers may have better success launching at these places during heavy traffic periods.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are at 350 cfs at the spring, but the feeder creeks that run into the river muddied up from heavy rains Monday night. The river will clear quickly and should be looking great in a few days. Guppies, Y2Ks and Sanmerger’s have been working well. Hot pink and red Trout Magnets are working great with spinning rods.

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 6-17-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the low 80s. Water clarity is up to one foot in parts of Lake Langhofer and closer to half a foot everywhere else. The river has been flowing strongly for several days. Bass are biting well in Lake Langhofer and in parts of the river, but the sizes have been down. Jigs are still producing well.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 6-25-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said fishing is great at Cane Creek for all species. Bream are biting excellently on crickets and worms. Bass are biting well on live worms and soft-plastic frogs. Catfish are biting well on minnows and small bait fish. Crappie are biting on minnows.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 6-4-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said fishing is still good at Lake Chicot. Catfish are excellent, being caught night and day on crickets, minnows, worms, hot dogs, and everything else. Limblines and yo-yos are particularly effective. There have been some decent bass catches over the last couple of weeks. Bream are proving hard to find right now, and there have been very few crappie pulled in.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.44 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 6-18-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 3.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. Discharge at the dam was around 2,024 cfs on Monday. Surface temperatures range from 70 to 88 degrees. Continue to use caution during navigation on Little River and Millwood, watching for floating debris and limbs. Clarity and visibility ranges from 10 to 12 inches. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake have improved, but are still stained. Little River’s visibility ranges 8-10 inches depending on location and current. Bass are biting well on topwater lures fished at dawn around lily pads, cypress trees and vegetation. Buzzbaits, buzzing frogs, Spit’n Images, and Jitterbugs are drawing good strikes early and late. Good topwater explosions continue on plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find away from current in Little River. Bass Assassin Shads in salt and pepper, and gold pepper shiner colors continue working around vegetation. Bomber crankbaits in Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad continue working around deeper drops into the creek channels. Magnum-sized, 4-inch salty tubes in black/blue tail, or Ozark Craw colors continue working this week. Rat-L-Traps in Fathead Minnow, Oxbow, and Blueberry Perch were working around 5-10 feet deep around drops near creek channel swings. White bass and hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and continue hitting jigging spoons behind primary points in the river, just out of the current and on Tenneessee Shad Bomber crankbaits in the oxbows of McGuire and Mud Lake. Crappie improved this week and have been located back in their planted brush pile homes between 8-12 feet deep in tops of trees/bushes. Live shiners, tube jigs in green or blue/white and Blakemore Roadrunners were taking some nice slabs early this week. Blue and channel cats continue biting well in the current in Little River over the past week on trotlines set 10-12 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits were Catfish Charlie, cut buffalo and shad, and blood bait dough balls. Yo-yos were taking some 2-4 pound blues in Mud Lake oxbow up Little River using live shiners over the past couple weeks under cypress trees in 8-12 feet depths.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.27 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
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DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 407.18 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 6-25-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Fishing has slowed somewhat with the hot weather. Early and late are about the only times for action in summer. Bass fishing is fair with most fish coming early in the morning and up shallow on secondary points. Throw a spinnerbait, shallow-running crankbait or big Texas-rigged worm into the flooded shoreline brush or grass. A few fish are feeding on the shad in the coves on the south side between points 2 and 4. Use a topwater such as a Zara Spook, buzzbait, Fluke or 4-inch swim bait. However most action is in the upper end between Edgewood and Shouse Ford. Hybrid fishing has slowed, but the guys in the know are still catching fish. The best bet is to “run and gun” until fish are located. There isn’t much schooling activity, so you will have to search to find fish. When fish are found, throw a heavy spoon, big in-line spinner or swim bait. White or chartreuse are the best colors. Look for fish along the south side in coves between points 2 and 6, and along the State Park between Caddo Bend and the marina. Also try the big flat at Point 10. The deep thermocline is starting to set up at about 30 feet. The fish will school and suspend in that cool water. A good area for this fishing is off DeRoche Ridge in 100 to 130 feet of water. Use the sonar to find the schools and drop a jigging spoon or 3-inch grub to just above the fish. Summer hybrid fishing is early morning, even before sunrise. Bream fishing is good with lots of bedding fish in most every cove with some cover. Look for the beds and use crickets or redworms. Bream will bite most of the day, so you can sleep in. Catfish are fair on trotlines set at night. Also a few fish are showing in deep water, and some catches coming on noodles. Use chicken livers, cut shad, nigh crawlers, Catfish Charlie or hot dogs. Also try live small bream and big minnows. Best areas for both noodles and trot lines are Brushy Creek and Point 10.

South-Central Arkansas
Moro Bay

Moro Bay State Park at the junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay, had no report this week.

Ouachita River Oxbows

Jaret Rushing said successful fishing is widely based on the rise and fall of the Ouachita River in these lakes and tributaries. Due to the amount of rain we have had over the past several weeks, fishing is spotty at best. Some bass anglers are catching decent sacks of bass when the river on the rise on topwaters and spinnerbaits in the mornings and crankbaits and soft plastics in the heat of the day. Water temperatures have been on a steady rise, so fish are less aggressive during the heat of the day. Anglers are catching a few crappie. The latest reports show that slow trolling chartruese/blue jigs at about 5 feet deep in lake channels is producing a few good stringers.

Tri-County Lake

No report.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 6-11-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said in the upper lake, bream are biting well on crickets and worms early in the morning and evening. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and tight lining using worms, minnows, crickets and catfish baits. Bass are a little slow but can be picked up in the mornings and evenings on artificial lures. Crappie are slow, but have been biting on minnows and jigs. In the lower lake, limits are strictly enforced, they are: 5 catfish, 50 bream and catch-and-release only on crappie and bass. Catfish are biting on trotlines and tight lining using worms, minnows, crickets, and catfish baits . Bream are biting well on crickets and worms.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 345.18 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 6-25-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) had no report.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are fair to good in deep water.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are excellent. Bass are chasing shad and are biting excellently on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on worms.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Bream are biting well, but you have to do a lot of looking to find the beds. Crappie are slow. White bass are biting well on dark-colored spinnerbaits and flukes. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and minnows.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) had no report this week.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 6-25-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said bass fishing has been good from dam to dam. Try topwater walking baits, jigs and crankbaits around jetties. Around sandbars use prop baits, crankbaits, Carolina rigs, drop-shot worms and jigs. Striper fishing has been very good with a lot of large stripers being caught on white topwater walking baits, prop baits and poppers. White bass have been very good on small white crankbaits, small swimbaits, inline spinners, tailspinners and spoons. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms. Catfish have been very good shallow on worms and liver in creeks. In the river, catfish have been good on cut bait, skipjack, shad and sunfish. Flatheads have been good on live sunfish, bream, goldfish and large shiners around the mouths of creeks and eddies.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 387.30 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 6-11-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said due to high water levels, there is no fishing report this week. The lake level is currently 5.74 feet above the normal stage for this time of the year and still rising. There’s just not much fishing going on. There is little to no discharge at the outlet channel in Outlet Area Park.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.42 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 6-4-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clearing from all the rains. Surface water temperature is 72 to 76 degrees. Black bass are still good on jighead worms, Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. Topwater action is good with Zara Spooks, Zoom super flukes and buzzbaits. Walleye are excellent on Shad Raps and swim baits fished on main lake points. Bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses are doing well lately as well. Stripers are very good on live bait and trolled hair jigs. Try main lake points and humps. Bream are excellent and being caught around brush 8 to 14 feet deep. Crappie are still good and being caught near brush 15 to 20 feet deep with minnows or crappie jigs. Catfish are very good and being caught on trotlines and jug lines fished in big bays and major creek basins.

Lake Hamilton

(Updated 6-11-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report due to rain and heavy current conditions.

Lake Catherine

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(Updated 6-25-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 55 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. June is a good month for rainbow trout fishing on Lake Catherine as high numbers of quality trout are thriving in the tailrace and feeding on shad. Bank fishermen are having success using redworms, meal worms, nightcrawlers, and wax worms under a bobber or fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Periods of slack water are best when no current is flowing from the dam. Spin fishermen casting small 1/16- and 1/8-ounce jigs in white or gray in times of current have taken limits of rainbows. Trolling small crankbaits against the current has also accounted for numbers of large trout around the bridge over deeper water. Overall, the trout bite is slower than earlier in the year, but the size is much greater. White bass are in the tailrace and being caught on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and live minnows. Large stripers have been observed chasing trout and shad with a few being caught on Alabama rigs and live shad.

Lake Atkins

(Updated 6-4-2014) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream fishing is good on wax worms and crickets fished in lily pads and near trees. You have to hunt for the beds, but they’re there. Crappie fishing is excellent around docks in 8 feet of water. It’s time to shoot jigs underneath the docks. The crappie are moving to their deeper summer patterns, so trolling crankbaits in deeper water should produce a few as well. Bass fishing is excellent on tubes and spinnerbaits fished early in the morning and late at night. Catfishing is excellent on limb lines in shallow water and yo-yos in the trees.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing has been good on jigs and minnows slow trolled near brush in deep water in all the oxbows, including Midway Lake. Catfishing has been good on trotlines, limb lines and yo-yos as well.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been getting better on overcast days, but overall has been only fair. Bluegill are scattered and anglers are having to do a lot of hunting to find keeper-sized fish. Crappie are biting fairly well in the middle of the lake on minnows and jigs. Bass fishing is fair at best. There just isn’t much happening at Wapanocca this week.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said shellcrackers are in the shallows and are biting well on small jigs cast and slow-rolled back to the boat in all coves and pockets of the lake. Bass are fair. Crappie are biting fairly well for anglers trolling by the dam in deep water.

White River

(Updated 6-18-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bass and catfish are slow. No report on bream or crappie.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 6-25-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing is still very slow, but a few folks are finding some fish here and there.



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