Arkansas Fishing Report August 20 2104

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
(Updated 8-20-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished next to the bank around logjams and lily pads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around the Highway 89 bridge and in Caney Creek. Bass are biting fairly well early in the morning and late in the evening on soft-plastics and frogs fished around the lily pads near shore.Catfishing is excellent on yo-yos, limb lines and trotlines baited with goldfish, large minnows and small bream.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) had no report.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) saidthe river is low until about mid-afternoon. Trout are biting well on Power Bait and marshmallows.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said The Little Red is still in a summer generation pattern with afternoon/early evening generation. We expect this to continue. With this pattern, the upper river is wadable during the mornings and the lower river is wadable in the afternoons. Midges, BWO emergers, pheasant tails, hares ears, soft hackles and sowbugs are producing successful trips. Mealworm- and hot pink-colored bodies on gold and black jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Fluorocarbon tippet is almost required in the low, clear water. Please remember to handle your trout carefully and quickly get them back in the water to help protect and maintain our fishery. 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 458.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 3.84 feet below normal pool and is falling. The surface water temperature is rising. Bream fishing is good on crickets and crawlers all over the lake and will get better when the weather gets cooler. No report on walleye. Crappie are slow but can be caught over brush tops and in pole timber 15-50 feet deep on minnows. Catfishing is slowing with the higher water temperatures; try cut and live bait close to deep water on the edges of channels. Bass fishing is a grind, but they are finally relating to woody cover, whether it’s shallow or as deep as 50 feet. Texas-rigged worms, Alabama rigs, Carolina rigs and football head jigs are working deep. Topwater lures are still taking a few shallow fish early and late in the day. Hybrids and white bass are still hitting well throughout the day all over the lake; just stay near the shad. When the water temperature starts to drop in about 3 weeks, the hybrid bite should boom.
(Updated 8-6-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said Greers Ferry Lake remains close to normal pool with water temperatures at 82-84 degrees. As with last year, the shad are small and not much surface activity is occurring from the white and hybrid bass population. Finding schools of shad with sonar is difficult due to their small size. Main lake points, drop-offs, creek and river channels, and standing timber in 40-75 feet of water are holding fish during the day, with fish moving to shallower flats at dark. Suspended fish can be found in the river channel from 25-50 feet deep in 70-80 feet of water. Nice catches of crappie can made trolling over standing timber with jigs or crankbaits.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Fishing on Greers Ferry has been moderate to good, depending on species targeted. The topwater bite early for schooling fish is finally starting to get some consistency. The groups of surface feeding fish are smaller than in years past, but there is still some good action beginning to be seen. The crappie bite is excellent in the main channel near baitfish. A strong thermocline is set up across the north end of the lake helping to concentrate and position fish. Walleye are on the move every day and are really hard to stay on top of for a consistent bite.
Harris Brake Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said bass fishing has been good along the shoreline in grassy areas. Catfishing is good mostly at night on stinkbait and bream.
(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-20-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.
Brewer Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie are biting well in 10 to 15 feet of water on live minnows, and white, clear or sparkle-colored jigs in combination with an orange or pink jighead. They are still on brush piles but are more active on the south side of the lake and in the Cypress Creek inlet area. Bass are hitting topwater lures around the banks early mornings and late afternoons. Channel catfish and blue catfish are active early afternoon through midnight using liver, nightcrawlers and large minnows on jugs and poles. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms around the shore.

Lake Maumelle
(Updated 8-20-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina had no new report.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no new report.

Benton City Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no recent reports.

Sunset Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said fishing has been slow. Some catfish have been caught on chicken liver and minnows. A few bream have been biting crickets and worms. Bass and crappie fishing have been poor.

Saline River Access in Benton
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfishing has been good on brood minnows and goldfish on trotlines. Bass are biting minnows and Texas-rigged lizards well. Crappie fishing has been fair around logs near deep water on no. 6 crappie minnows. Brem are bitin well on crickets and worms fished on light line and small hooks almost anywhere on the river.

Lake Norrell
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been fair on crickets and redworms. Bass have been biting live minnows and Texas-rigged plastic worms and lizards. Catfishing is good at night on noodles baited with minnows and black salties. No report on crappie.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) saidbream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Catfishing has been slow, but a few have been caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bass have been biting fairly well on minnows. Some small crappie have been biting well on pink and no. 6 crappie minnows.

Lake Winona
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few good crappie and more small ones have been caught lately fishing deep brush with minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Electric Chicken and Devil’s Grin have been good colors for a couple of fishing partners. Bass have been hitting topwater baits at daylight and Texas- and Carolina-rigged lizards and Baby Brush Hawgs later in the morning. Catfish are biting big wads of nightcrawlers and no. 12 bass minnows right at dark. Bream are biting crickets and worms.

Arkansas River at Morrilton
(Updated 7-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said fishing is very good overall. Drift fishing is the way to go for catfish. Shad and nightcrawlers are the best bets around jetty tips and below dams nine and 10. White bass are biting very well on jetty tips around Point Remove Creek, Coppers Gap and Flagg Lake Cutoff on shad-colored crankbaits. Bream are biting very well in the backwater around overhangs on crickets. Largemouth bass are biting well on black Jitterbugs in the mornings and on green pumpkin tubes fished around the grasslines in 4 to 10 feet of water.

Little Maumelle River
​(Updated 8-20-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said it’s been too hot for most anglers to go to the river. No report.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
​(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-20-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said bream are biting well on crickets fished around grass in the backwaters. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around brush. Bass are biting well on Carolina rigs, jigs and crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water around the main river. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and cut shad near the main river.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-2471) said white bass are excellent below Murray Lock and dam on white/chartreuse jigs and twister tails below Murray Lock and Dam. Catfishing is excellent below the dam on cut shad, brood minnows, bream and skipjack.
(Updated 8-20-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no report.

Clear Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no new report.

Peckerwood Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is clear and at normal level. The lake is perfect for fishing. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on chicken livers. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. No report on crappie.

Lake Pickthorne
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is fair on chicken livers, minnows and green sunfish.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle
​(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are fair on trick worms and Rebel Creature cranks. Catfishing is good on chicken hearts, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are fair around the piers on redworms and crickets.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 658.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service had no new report on Bull Shoals as he’s been concentrating on the river for trout.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock saidot Much has changed in the past month since my last fishing report. The lake is around the 659 level and dropping slowly. The water temperature at the surface is in the 80’s around the lake. The thermocline is down around the 30-35 foot level depending on where you go in the lake. The visibility is still great on the main lake. The fishing hasn’t changed much since last report except the fish seem to be a little deeper in the day. Most of the reports say they are in the 30 to 35 to 40 foot level just past the thermocline. That is where they are usually are this time of year. You might be able to catch some of them shallow early as the sun rises or late as the sun sets. But the other times of the day you would need to fish deeper . this goes for most species of fish. I have seen largemouth bass hang shallow all day if they have some type of crock ledge, brush or cover to get in. Especially if they are trying to eat bluegill which can also be shallow all day. The smallmouth and spotted bass usually like the cooler non sun water. The walleye are rarely shallow this time of the year due to the water temperature. They need cooler water to survive in. Most of the reports I have gotten are that they are in the 35 to 40 foot range.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and high flows in the afternoons, with Sunday being a bit lower. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleos. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water level is low in teh mornings, but rises as teh afternoon sun sets in. Fly-fishermen are doing well in the mornigns on black-and-white zebra midges, grasshoppers and San Juan worms. Spin fishermen are doing well on Little Cleos and Buoyant Spoons in the mornings and on stick baits like Rapala Original Floating Minnows and Rattling Rogues when the water is high.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said during the past week, we have had a few minor rain events (for a combined total of a quarter inch here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one tenth of a foot to rest at two and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool. On the White, the hot spot was the section from White Hole 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 flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). It is time to be fishing grasshoppers. There is a bumper crop of them this year and the trout are already keying on them. Favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western foam varieties. To increase hook ups use a dropper like a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph in size 16. The higher flows that we have been getting in the afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers.
Lake Norfork
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 551.69 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is dropping but still in the normal pool range for the summer. The water temperature is in the low-80s. The water visibility is stained. Stripers and hybrids are still feeding on crawdads and shad. The striper bite continues to be best before 5 a.m. in 35 to 40 feet of water on the flats near the dam and mouths of creeks. Stripers are starting to school near the dam. After first light the stripers are moving deeper. Look for them in 50 to 100 feet of water at the 40-foot level. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught trolling using swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs. If you find a school of stripers drop a spoon, they will hit it if correctly presented. Look at Point 1, Barron, Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb Point and the Backbone.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said fishing has been slightly different from normal summers. The fish are just now in their early summer pattern. We are still finding stripers and hybrids starting around the 62 Bridge and Robinson flat area all the way down to the dam. All species are still shallower than normal, which is good. I have been fishing the Robinson Point flat area and the dam area catching hybrids and stripers from 38-50 feet of water sitting on the bottom. Today I fished in the dam area and the fish erupted all around me. Big whites and medium to small size stripers were flying out of the water chasing small shad. I also spooned up several stripers in 48 feet of water on the bottom. While spooning I noticed that the fish were not hitting the spoon on the jerk up or the fall, so I started letting it sit on the bottom and twitch it a little. I could feel a light bite then would set the hook. If you are live bait fisherman get out on the lake by 4:30 a.m. as the bite is really strong in the dark. Spooning for stripers is just starting to take off so have a spoon ready to vertical jig. Crappie fishing has been good, which is very unusual for this time of year. They are still sitting in brush that is at the 30 feet level. Also you can find them under docks especially if the dock has brush under it. My dock is just stacked with them, 4 – 6 feet down. Live minnows are working very well as are small jigs tipped with a minnow. Catfish are also being caught on jugs, trotlines and pole fishing. Flatheads are hitting the best. You will find them around brush in 30 feet of water during the day and in the shallow water feeding at night. White bass are starting to school. You can find some good top water action early in the morning or at sunset. This action can be found at all ends of the lake. Black bass are hanging out around the 30 foot deep brush as well as along the deep bluff lines. You will find them on the bottom or suspended 30 down. Early and late in the day they will be up closer to the shore line in shallow water feeding. There is also a good topwater bite early and late in the day. Check back in the major creeks.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface wter temperature is in the mid-80s. The bite has been hot. Stripers are hitting live bait, trolled umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. Look for them suspended 40 feet deep in open water. They can also be on the bottom in 40 feet. Hybrids and some white bass are running at the same depth as the stripers. There are a few small stripers and hybrids chasing baitfish early in the morning that will hit a topwater bait. My choice of a topwater is Zara Spook. There is also a good topwater bite for largemouth bass from around 6 a.m. until about 9 a.m. I had some clients out this week and we quit around 9:45 and when we got back they asked if I would care if they went out in their boat back to where we were catching fish. I told them that is one of the reasons that people hire a guide to know where to look for the fish and what is going on that time of the year and what to use for lures. They called me the next day and said that the topwater fish were still coming up when they got back there and it lasted until 1 p.m. They also sent me a picture of one of the stripers they caught in the same area and it was in the upper teens. There also are fish coming up in the evenings just before the sun goes down.
North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there’s been wadable water every day on the Norfork, but it has fished poorly because of increased angling pressure. 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 bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen 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 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth 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 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth 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 1,116.75 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said bass fishing has been good. Night fishing continues to be the best option. Dark-colored crawdad-imitating soft plastics, black spinnerbaits and large Texas-rigged worms are working well along sloping gravel and chunk rock banks with brush. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day by using topwater plugs and buzzbaits in and around the brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard, worm or brush hog fished over points and flats works well. You can also try a drop-shot or shaky head Gambler Webo or Shaky Shad. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good for bass. 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. Minnows, small curly tailed grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jig head worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tot or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats also has been effective. Night fishing has 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 12 bridge. During the day they can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught on Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.er the 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. Catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperatures are in the low 80s. Early morning and the night bite have been best for stripers. Most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Stripers are being taken on live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolled Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks, Bomber 15A-16A or spoons. Beaver Lake striped bass are still being caught in Prairie Creek past lost bridge and the Dry Creek area. Also try Honey Creek, points 3, 4, 5, 6, Ford Creek, Cedar Creek and Rocky Branch. White bass and walleye are being caught on medium-diving crankbaits trolled around Lost Bridge North. Check the large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek. Also look on the back side of the island and in the cut between the island. Walleye also are around the channel and islands in front of Larue boat ramp in Rocky Branch and in Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and War Eagle. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep on flatline trolled Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners and Ripstiks. Spinner rigs with orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or 3 way rigs are working when tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches or Gulp and Power Bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange or black are good options as well.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around deep brush piles. Bass are fair on topwater lures and large black spinnerbaits at night and on spoons and drop-shot rigs fished deep during the day.

Beaver Tailwater
(Updated 8-20-2014) Beaver Dam Store said white or pink Trout Magnets below a bobber have worked very well lately. White/yellow and pink Power Bait is getting the most good reports to the store. Use the lightest line possible. Table Rock Lake levels are still a bit high and you are able to cross the river at Cane break. The old standby midges are working well. Try a small white woolly, soft hackle or jig. With the bright sun get a disco midge or something bright colored. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. PJ’s jigs or micro jigs under a casting bubble are working. Outside of the special regulation area add a wax worm behind the jig.

Lake Elmdale
(Updated 8-6-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said fishing has slowed a bit. Catfishing is showing a little improvement. Limb lines baited with cut perch produced a 7.5-lb. blue cat last week. Chumming the area and baiting with liver brought resulted in some big fish hooked but not landed and some broken rods for three local anglers last week. Bass are biting well at night on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Soft-plastic worms and jigs with frog trailers are working fairly well in 10 to 15 feet of water during the day. Crappie are fair in the morning, and fishing slows to a crawl by 9 a.m. Minnows fished at 8 feet around any brush piles have worked best. Small jigs tipped with crappie nibbles will work in a pinch. Redear and bluegill slow by mid-day as well. There are still many are being caught with redworms and crickets in the mornings.

Lake Fayetteville
(Updated on 8-20-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said crappie are biting well on crappie jigs. One angler reported catching 18 keeper crappie slow trolling jigs. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps..

Lake Sequoyah
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are slow. Largemouth bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Catfishing is good on chicken liver and shad.

Prairie Grove Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said fishing has picked up with the best bite coming in the mornings. Bass are good early on buzzbaits and other topwater presentations; then go to spinnerbaits later in the morning. Bream are active through much of the morning, with most catches coming on crickets and worms. Good catches of catfish are coming in on both live bait and cut bait.

Crystal Lake
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Lake SWEPCO
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Northeast Arkansas

Lake Poinsett

(Updated 8-20-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said anglers will need plenty of shade and sunscreen with these sunny days. Some are venturing out early and late. The bait of choice is crickets for the bream. We are selling a fair amount of minnows and other fishing supplies, but overall, fishing has been slow.

Crown Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said bream fishing is fair on crickets. Crappie can be found in 10 to 50 feet of water on minnows. Early morning has been good for bass, with them hitting topwaters lures fairly well. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

Lake Frierson
(Updated 8-6-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels continue to drop, exposing more timber and stumps. Bream have been good on crickets, redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers. Channel catfish have been poor to good on dip baits and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water near the dam. There is a lot of surface activity early and late, with few anglers on the water to report. Topwaters early and late should produce bass this time of year. Follow the schooling shad. No report of crappie, saugeye or flatheads.

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 8-20-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said The water level is running 290 CFS and water clarity has been clear. It’s going to be a hot week, so the trout will be looking for the deeper green pools. Try some guppies or big mayfly emergers stripped back slowly through deeper pools. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver Little Cleo’s have been hot. Smallmouth have been biting well with the hot weather as well.

Southeast Arkansas

Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 8-20-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water surface temperature is in the upper 80s. Water clarity is around 1 foot in most places. Largemouth bass have improved lately. Good fish are being caught from woody cover along shorelines and on sandbars away from shore. Shad-colored crankbaits are catching a few, but the bulk of the fish are being caught on soft-plastic worms worked methodically through the woody cover.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said crappie are biting well. The last cold front turned them on, and they were biting minnows and artificial baits well. Bass are slow on topwater lures at the edge of lily pads. Bream are biting well at the edge of shallow water bedding areas. No report on catfish.

Lake Chicot
(Updated 8-20-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said Lake Chicot continues to lower, with another foot or so to go. As of August 16, the ramsp at Connerly Bayou and Lake Chicot State Park were still usable. We have seen quite a few noodles and jigs being used on various areas of teh lake, mostly with cut bait. Catfishing has been good with the noodles lately. Be sure to check with the state park when you arrive for any possible updated limits on Lake Chicot during the drawdown. The drawdown will continue through Jan. 1, 2015.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 258.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said As of Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun a 15-iunch drawdown on Millwood. The lake level is 10 inches below normal conservation pool and falling. There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 3,200 CFS. Surface water temperatures range from 82 to 90 degrees, depending on location and time of day. Clarity improved slightly to 5-10 inches in the lake away from current. Little River’s visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current. The oxbows have 15-20 inches of visibility depending on location. Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy with lots of current. Bass are biting well on topwaters early and late in lily pad stands and shallow vegetation away from current. Look for the clearest water you can find in the backs of creeks and oxbows and cast Spit’n Images, Spooks, plastic frogs, Ken Pops, and Bass Assassins. Focus on vegetation next to deeper sections of the creek channels. Johnson chrome spoons with curly tail grub trailers are taking some good fish in the lily pads. Best colors for Bass Assassins are Baby Bass, Chartreuse Diamond and Native Shiner. Upriver, in the oxbows as far from river current and in any remaining clearer water, around 8-9 feet flats with stumps and laydowns, Real Deal Custom Tackle Jigs in Watermelon Candy, Texas Craw and Peanut Butter and Jelly are taking a few nice keeper size bass. White bass and hybrids continue roaming the oxbows, and continue hitting Tennessee Shad or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the Whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows, but have not been seen surface breaking this week with the increase in stained water. No report on crappie because of the muddy water and current. Blue catfish and channel catfish remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trotlines set 9-14 feet deep, in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. Fall on Millwood Lake is coming soon, and that means fishing trips full of schooling bass where 75 to 100 fish per day are common. Book with Millwood Lake Guide Service now for October and November action.

Lake Greeson
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.17 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com said crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The crappie are holding at 10 to 18 feet deep around the cover.

Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)

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DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 403.25 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with many spotted bass showing in the upper end between Yancey Creek and Point Cedar, with Shrouse Ford one of the better areas. The fish are are feeding on the new crop of abundant shad. Look for surface feeding schools and throw topwaters such as small Zara Spooks, Pop R’s, Flukes and 3-inch swim baits. Small 1/2-ounce spoons are working as well. Early morning and late evening are the best times to catch the schoolers. A few largemouths are showing on secondary points at mid-lake around Arlie Moore and Caddo Drive. Throw a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard to the deep side of the point. Another good pattern is a heavy jig with a craw trailer in a crawfish pattern. Hybrid fishing remains slow with only a few small fish coming from the backs of coves early in the morning. The summer deep water pattern never developed, probably due to the prolonged cool weather. Quite a few white bass are schooling in the big coves along the state park early in the morning. Throw small surface plugs, spoons or in-line spinners. Bream fishing is very good with some nice fish taken off secondary points at mid-lake. The best bet for the bigger bluegills and redears is to fish on or near the bottom with redworms. Use a no. 8 hook with a couple of split shot about a foot above the hook. Either tight line the rig just off the bottom or fish it directly on the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Keep moving until you find the fish because they travel in schools. Cafishing is fair with some catches on trotlines set in Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy creeks. Set the lines at night and bait with cut shad, night crawlers, chicken livers, Catfish Charlie or hot dogs. For live bait try big minnows or small bream.

South-Central Arkansas

Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 8-20-2014) Jaret Rushing had no new report.

Tri-County Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Jaret Rushinghad no new report.

White Oak Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said bass (catch-release-only in the lower lake) are hitting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits around areas with vegetation. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in the mornings and late in the evenings. Catfish are biting well on trotlines with live and prepared catfish bait, and tight lining using worms, prepared catfish bait and crickets.

West-Central Arkansas

Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.80 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
The Corps of Engineers has closed all swim beaches at Nimrod until further notice. Fishing and camping remain open.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said bream crappie and catfishing are all excellent. Bream are biting crickets, and the occasional worm. Catfishing is best on chicken livers, bass minnows and stink bait. Bass are hitting best on soft-plastics and crankbaits fished near deep drops.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well in 10 to 14 feet of water on trolled crankbaits and on slow-trolled minnows and jigs.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)
(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-20-2014) 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 Dardanelle
(Updated 8-20-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said surface water temperature is 88 degrees and visibility is as good as 3 feet away from current. Stripers are holding on the ends of the jetties upriver and will hit swim baits, large white crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. The topwater bite has slowed. Largemouth bass have been hit-and-miss, depending on current. Jigs, worms, deep-diving crankbaits, drop-shot rigged finesse worms and Carolina-rigged lizards are working on the deep side of jetties and sandbars. Frogs and jigs fished in vegetation from mid-river to the lower river are working well, as are crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms at the mouths of creeks. White bass and small stripers are schooling in the creeks and the backwater of the river; spoons, tailspinners and small Rat-L-Traps are working well. Crappie are biting on white jigs, small minnows and trolled crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet of water around brush. Catfish are biting well on cut skipjack and shad at the mouths of creeks. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in the main river around rocks with grass in the creeks around brush piles and stumps.

Blue Mountain Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 385.42 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Jeremy Wells at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said crappie are still being caught in 10-25 feet of water mostly along the river channel around structure using minnows and various colored jigs. Bream are being caught using worms and crickets in the shallows and in some deeper water. A few catfish are being caught on livers, worms and perch.
Lake Ouachita
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 573.90 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no new report.

(Updated 8-20-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort saids urface water temperature is 84 to 88 degrees. The water clarity is clear. Largemouth bass are still biting well on Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop-Rs in the morning and on drop-shotted or Texas-rigged worms during the day. Walleye are biting well on nightcrawlers dragged on bottom bouncers and drop-shot rigs. Trolling crankbaits near main lake points with cover has been good for walleye as well. Striped bass are fair on live bait and jigging spoons around main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and crappie jigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is good on rod-and-reel baited with live or prepared bait in large bays and major creek basins.
Lake Hamilton
(Updated 8-20-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no new report.
Lake Catherine
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is running 16-hour generation periods each day keeping temperatures low and providing an oxygenated water supply for all area fish. Very small numbers of rainbow trout are living in the tailrace with the majority of fish caught or moved away from the dam. Live bait presentations are a must as artificial lures are largely ignored. Rainbows as large as 21 inches have been caught and released this past week by area guides. Threadfin shad are migrating in and out of the tailrace attracting small numbers of white bass and walleye. These fish are always present close to the dam in the summer and can be caught on small, 1/16-oz or 1/8-oz. gray or white jigs. Trolling shallow running crankbaits below the dam has produced some walleye in the 4-pound range in the late evening while the turbines are running. Large stripers have been seen chasing shad in the evening below the bridge in the main channel. Fish over 30 pounds have been observed and hooked by experienced fishermen. Gizzard shad or brood minnows fished with a balloon rig offer the best chance for success. Alabama rigs are an excellent artifical lure to cast toward feeding fish and over deep channels below the bridge. Freshwater drum frequent the shallows near the dam in August and feed on crawfish and shad around sandbars.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream fishing is slow. Crappie are fair on jigs fished in the pads. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good in deeper water at teh ends of piers on minnows. are biting well around the docks. Catfishing is good on shad and cut bait on jugs and limb lines.

Mississippi River Oxbows
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie are excellent on crankbaits trolled in deep water, longlined jigs and spider rigged minnow/jig combinations in Bacus Lake, Midway Lake and Mound City Chute. Catfishing is good on limb lines in the same oxbows..

Wapanocca Lake
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs slow-trolled on spider rigs near the middle of the lake. Some small bass have been caught by trollers as well.

Bear Creek Lake
​(Updated 7-30-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

White River
(Updated 7-30-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.

Maddox Bay
(Updated 8-13-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream are slow. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits fished around woody cover. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

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