Arkansas Fishing Report August 6 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report August 6 2014 – Provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 8-6-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets around lily pads near the shore. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and yo-yos baited with large minnows and goldfish. Bass are biting well on topwater frogs, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around lily pad fields. Crappie fishign is fair on minnows and jigs around deeper cypress trees.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said all species are fair at best.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and generation is running in the afternoons. Wax worms, marshmallows and nightcrawlers all seem to be working well on the rainbows.
(Updated 8-6-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said we continue to see a summer generation schedule with late afternoon/early evening generation. The upper river is wadable during the mornings and the lower river is accessible in the afternoons. Midges, Blue-winged olives, 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 a must in low clear water when fly and Trout Magnet fishing.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.59 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 8-6-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.57 feet below normal pool and falling. The bream fishing is good up shallow and out to 27 feet; try crickets for the best results. Catfishing has picked back up again after a little lull; try setting trotlines and jugs at the edge of deep, main lake flats. Bass fishing is a little slow; stay around the shad on drops and ledges out to 50 feet deep. Crappie are a little slow but will eat jigs and minnows in and around brush piles out to 25 feet. Hybrid and white bass are still going strong on spoons,spinners and topwater baits all over the lake near shad.
(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 7-30-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperatures are ranging from 79 to 84 degrees. With moderate summer temperatures our fish are well ahead of pace for the early fall bite. Many baitfish are still only halfway to a third of the way out of the creeks and tributaries. Looking at the extended forecast, I don’t believe they are ever going to make it out on the main lake in earnest. Some fish are in the brush feeding on bluegills and crawfish while others are suspended and hanging in pole timber and structure breaks adjacent to the bulk of our shad. Live bait offerings with a vertical presentation are working well with the suspended fish. Glitter Spinners and small swim baits are producing.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 7-30-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said bream are fair to good on worms and crickets. Bass are slow. Catfish are slow. No report on crappie.
(Updated 7-30-2014) 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 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said normal water level and the cooler weather have improved fishing. Crappie are excellent on minnows at 8 to 12 feet deep. Bass are still in deep water and hitting dark colored plastics and live minnows. Channel cats are very good on jugs baited with stink bait; flathead and blue catfish are fair on bream, goldfish and large shiners. Bream are still small but are biting well in 2 to 4 feet of water on crickets and worms. (Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 7-15-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 86 degrees and the water level is even with the spillway. Largemouth bass are excellent in 5 to 10 feet of water around the grass. They are hitting on black/red spinnerbaits, floating worms and topwater baits. The Tuesday night tournaments continue to have great weights, with almost everyone coming in with limits. Spotted bass are excellent on jigs fished in the same places as the largemouths. White bass are biting well at the west end of the lake on Rooster Tails, crappie jigs and clear topwater lures. There has been a lot of schooling activity and fish caught trolling. Crappie are good in 10 to 15 feet of water. They’re still not as good as last year but are improving; try using minnows. Bream are excellent around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water on crickets and live worms. Many catfish are being caught on trotlines bated with small bream.
(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish have been biting worms and crickets. Some small bass are biting minnows. No reports of crappie being caught.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Catfish have been biting fairly well on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass have been biting fairly well on live minnows and soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow but a few small ones have been caught on pink minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with big minnows, Texas-rigged lizards and small spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are biting minnows, goldfish, black salties and small bream on trotlines and limb lines. Bream are always willing to bite a crickets or worm. Crappie fishing is slow but you can catch one or two here and there on a good lively minnow.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are still being caught around deep structure and docks on crickets and redworms. Bass are biting Texas-rigged worms and lizards fished on fast dropping bottoms and around rock walls. Catfish are being caught on jugs and noodles baited with minnows and goldfish. No recent reports of crappie being caught.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been great for some customers using crickets all around the ponds. Catfish have been off and on with chicken liver, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bass have been biting live minnows and some small soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow.

Lake Winona

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie have been deep and biting fairly well on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bream are biting crickets and redworms. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bait shrimp. Bass have been biting fair on live minnows and plastic worms and lizards.

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 7-15-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) had no report.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

​(Updated 7-30-2014) 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 8-6-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 5 to 10 feet of water. Bass are biting fairly well on finesse worms and jigs fished around sandbars and drops near the main river. Catfishing is good on worms and cut shad in the main river.
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are excellent on large minnows and white/chartreuse jigs below Murray Lock and Dam. Catfish are biting very well below the dam on nightcrawlers, skipjack and shad.
(Updated 8-6-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said catfishing has been good below Terry Lock and Dam on worms and cut bait.

Clear Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said crappie fishing is very slow. Bream are fair on worms.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 7-30-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said bream are biting well. Crappie are slow. Catfishing is good on cut bait. No report on bass.

Lake Pickthorne

​(Updated 7-30-2014) 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 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are excellent on trick worms and Rebel Creature cranks. Catfishing is excellent 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 659.47 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said the water in the mid-lake area has warmed to 84 degrees on the surface, with a well defined thermocline established at the 30-foot level, and the fish are very much relating to it. Shad remain scarce; however, there have been a few sightings of small schools of small shad near the mouths of larger creek arms. Concentrate your efforts in the early mornings and evenings fishing deep structure near primary points. Crappie, walleye and catfish can all be found at 35 to 55 foot level over cribs and standing timber in 60 to 100 feet of water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are making a showing in shallower water near brushy shoreline structure and points in the mornings and evenings, providing it has immediate access to deep water. Spotted bass are holding near bottom at the 55-foot range near the sides of primary points. (Updated 7-30-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said fish have moved into summer patterns. The lake is dropping slowly, but there is still plenty of brush around the shoreline. In the morning, topwater lures are working fairly well. But during the day, look for bass between 20 to 30 feet, where the thermocline has formed. Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and french fries have worked well. Watermelon, pumpkinseed, and green pumpkin have all been good colors. Soft plastic tubes and jigs fished along the bottom also have worked well. When you come across some brush on the bank, be sure to fish a spinnerbait if it’s windy. A few crappie are being caught in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz jigs and small minnows and spoons. White bass are way up the creeks in anywhere from 0 to 15 feet of water. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs and Rapalas are working well. Walleye are still biting fairly well on nightcrawlers split-shotted or drug on a bottom bouncer in 30 feet of water.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 8-6-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and high flows in the afternoons, including the weekends. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site. (Updated 8-6-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low in the mornings and high in the afternoons. On low water, fish pink Power Worms, and Power Bait. On high water, switch to small Rattling Rogues and Rapalas for a chance at a good brown trout.
(Updated 8-6-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said 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, 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 grasshopper time. 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.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 553.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is dropping but still in normal range for summer. The water temperature is in the high 80s and the water visibility is stained. Stripers and hybrids continue feeding on crayfish in 35 to 40 feet of water in the mouths of creeks near the old river channel. Live bait is still the most effective method to catch stripers, but they are now being caught trolling swim baits, umbrella rigs and spoons. Shad are schooling in the main lake and creeks. Find the shad and you will find the stripers. I found feeding fish in the mouth of a major creek by Georges Cove, lots of shad and the stripers were feeding on them. The method was down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. The walleye bite has slowed; they are in their summer pattern and can be caught by trolling crankbaits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons on flats in 40 feet of water. Look at Diamond Bay, the Panther Bay area, Hand Cove and Hudson point.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the mid 80s. The bass are hitting topwater lures early and just before dark. There are a lot of short fish, but some good fish are mixed in with them. Throw a white or clear Zara Spook Jr. After that you will need to fish with a worm, jig, drop-shot rig or drop a jigging spoon. Most of this activity is in the creeks on points and channel swings. Start looking for stripers around 40 feet deep. Look in the Big Creek area, Diamond Bay and down around the dam. There have been some white bass hitting jigging spoons in the creeks and in some coves around 34 feet deep.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 8-6-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said The Norfork River has fished poorly recently. With little no 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 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 7-30-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. 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 7-30-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. 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 1,118.29 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 8-6-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said night fishing continues to be the best option for bass. Dark-colored crawdad-imitating soft plastics and large worms Texas-rigged or on a shaky head have worked well along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day on topwater plugs or buzz baits in and around the 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. Minnows, small curly tailed grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jighead worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas have been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tot 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 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 8-6-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said surface water temperatures are in the low 80s. Beaver lake striper are on the prowl for food. Early morning and the night bite has been best. Due to slow warming water this year and the current bait situation most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet deep are working the best for stripers. Fish are scattered and in search of food. Try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or running a downrigger with Rapalas, Bomber 15As or spoons. Indian creek, Lost Bridge North and points 4, 5 and 6 have been hot spots lately. In the Rocky Branch arm, try the channel between the front of the marina and the goad bed that extends to the island. Also check the channel around the small islands in front of Larue boat ramp. Walleye are being caught around Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Prairie Creek and Beaver Shores on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with minnow or nightcrawler trailers. Be sure to check War Eagle and the junction of the White and War Eagle for walleye and white bass, as they are thick in these areas.
(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 8-6-2014) 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 8-6-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is dingy and the fishing shut down last week. There haven’t been any good reports on any species.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said bream are still biting worms and crickets near bedding areas. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows fished in 8 feet of water. Bass fishing is only fair, but catfishing is excellent on bluegill and shad. A 51-lb. blue cat was caught at Sequoyah last week.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 7-30-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said there haven’t been many anglers on the water in the last week.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been good on brush hogs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 3-7 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are hitting crickets in shallow water around cover. Catfish can be caught on stink bait and chicken liver. Crappie are slow, but hitting minnows at dawn and dusk.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bluegill and redear are hitting crickets near brush in 3-10 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on topwater lures and Texas-rigged worms. Catfishing has been good on nightcrawlers, small bluegill and chicken liver.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said there hasn’t been much change except for missing the comfortable weather. There is still a steady stream of anglers visiting Poinsett. Most are buying goldfish and nightcrawlers for the catfish. Crickets, redworms and small minnows are producing some decent bream. No report on the bass.

Crown Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said bream fishing is excellent on crickets and worms. Some bass can be caught in the deep waters and can be caught on topwaters early in the morning. Catfishing is still good when using stink bait and chicken livers.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels are dropping at the lake and submerged timber is closer to the surface. Care should be exercised when under power. Bream have been fair to good on crickets and small pieces of nightcrawlers or redworms. All other species slow.

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 8-6-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the river is low and clear. Y2Ks and olive woolly buggers are hot for fly-fishermen. For spin-fishing hot pink Trout Magnets and silver Rooster Tails are working well..

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 8-6-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team had no report.

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 8-6-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said Lake Chicot is dropping pretty quickly from the drawdown. At least 2 feet has been drained in most areas, meaning the shoreline is much farther out than when the lake is at normal level. That being said, fish are still being caught. We have heard of bream catches in the 20-25 range and have seen some very large catfish caught with cut shad on noodles or jugs.
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 259.30 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 8-6-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said As of Monday, Aug. 4, the lake level is approx 12.4 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increase current of Little River with the gates releasing around 10,000 CFS. Navigation is hazardous for Little River, extreme caution urged with the debris, limbs, logs and broken vegetation in the river with the fast current. Surface temperatures range from 74 to 85 degrees, depending on location. Clarity and visibility is diminished compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River due to increase of rain and incoming muddy water. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.Bass remain good on topwaters early, away from muddy current in Little River. Bass Assassins, buzz baits, plastic frogs, and Arborghast Jitterbugs remain a good bet, early and late. Working top waters around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels and soft plastic frogs pads in the clearest water you can find away from heavy current is working. Bass Assassin Shads in Chartreuse Pepper Shad are working best in the heavy stained or muddy water, and Watermelon – red flake colors continue working around any semi-clear water and vegetation. Rat-L-Traps and cranks are working along vegetation growth and weed lines near deep water drops. Chartreuse Shad or Citrus Shad Bomber crankbaits continue to be best reaction colors over the past week by Largemouths and White Bass alike. Crappie have disappeared with the increase of current and muddy water in Little River. White bass continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and continue hitting the Tenneessee Shad or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the back of the oxbows away from current. Blue and channel catfish remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trotlines set 6-9 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. Best trotline baits have been chicken livers, cut shad and buffalo.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.97 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)

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 404.65 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 8-6-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is around 80 degrees and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is only fair with a few decent catches reported. Best time is early in the morning; look for feeding fish off major points on the main lake. Topwater lures, such as a Sammy or Zara Spooks, Flukes and 4-inch swim baits are working well on breaking fish. Throw a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard in red shad or green pumpkin if you don’t find breaking fish. Look for fish between Iron Mountain and Caddo Drive. Also try Brushy and Big Hill creeks. Hybrid fishing remains slow with the fish scattered between Iron Mountain and the mouth of Brush Creek with very little schooling activity. A few surface feeding fish were reported in the Iron Mountain area, but they are mostly white bass and small hybrids. The deep-water pattern has not developed and probably won’t because of the water being cooler than normal. Bream fishing is good for small fish with very few big ones showing. Most any cove with cover will produce bream. Bait with redworms or crickets. Catfishing is pretty good in the deep coves around standing timber. Fish over the heavy cover early in the morning or at night. Bait with cut shad, nightcrawlers, chicken liver, stink bait or hot dogs with soap. For the big guys, try large live minnows or small bream. Look for fish in the coves on the south side between Iron Mountain and Brushy Creek.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 7-30-2014) Jaret Rushing said fishing in the smaller oxbows has been very sporadic due to changing weather patterns and rainfall. Anglers are catching bass in channels of incoming water when the Ouachita River is on the rise. However, something to be wary of is to watch for coloration changes in the water as that will be a significant predictor of where fish will be. Anglers should try to stay on the upstream side of all water clarity changes and throw baits resembling shad/minnows as bass are still in summer staging patterns and tend to feed on shad in suspended water and crawdads in shallow waters. Anglers are still finding bream beds, but they are scarce and the size of the bream being caught has started to decrease.

Tri-County Lake

(Updated 7-30-2014) Jaret Rushing said with the sporadic weather patterns, bass anglers should focus on deeper channels running along the rock/sand bank on the south side of the lake. Reports are that some larger bass are being caught in these channels towards the end of the day and at night on black/blue crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie fishermen have reported that after 10 a.m. or so, their luck has basically been shot. So, crappie anglers should set their alarms and get on the lake early in the morning. Spider rigs tend to be working well rigged with black/chartreuse soft-plastic jigs and blue/white hair jigs.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 7-30-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said in the lower lake, the daily catfish limit is five and the daily bream limit is 50. All other species are catch and release only in the lower lake. Bass are biting well on flukes, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around vegetation. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms early in the mornings and late in the evenings, but the higher water has made it difficult to find them. Keep moving and you’ll run across the bream. Catfishing is good on trotlines bated with soap and on tightlines baited with nightcrawlers and crickets. In the upper lake, bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on soap. Bass are biting well on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits fished around vegetation.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 344.28 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 7-15-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water lately.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said there are reports of some sort of algae bloom or bacteria in the water that’s caused the Corps to shut down the swimming areas.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 7-30-2014) 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 7-30-2014) 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 7-30-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the water is dingy and the water temperature is in the upper 70s to low 80s. With the sporadic current, the upper river and midriver areas have been hit-or-miss. The lower river area has been producing the better fish on deep drops and brush piles. Crankbaits, swimbaits and large worms have produced well during the day. Night fishing has been good from dam to dam on black worms, black spinnerbaits and dark topwater lures. Stripers have been good in the creeks with schooling activity, but they are slow in the river. Tailspins and topwater baits have been producing. Flathead catfish have been biting well on live sunfish and shiners. Bream have been biting excellently on worms and crickets just about anywhere. Crappie have been good in 10 feet of water on dark jigs and minnows fished around any woody cover.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 386.26 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said anglers are catching crappie in 10-14 feet water around structure near the river channel on minnows and various colored jigs. They are catching a few catfish on perch, worms and cut bait near the shoreline. No report available on bream or bass.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 575.92 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is at full pool. Black bass are being caught on topwater along timber lines in creek chanel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. Many people are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on a Texas-rigged or jighead worm. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water in the guts of pockets.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 85 to 88 degrees and the water is clear. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. Buzzbaits, Zara Spooks and Zoom super flukes are working well in the mornings. Black, 3/4-oz. spinnerbaits are working well at night. Walleye are biting very well on nightcrawlers fished on a bottom bouncer or drop-shot rig. Trolling crankbaits near main lake points also is working very well on the walleye. A 3/4-oz. spoon comes in handy if you find a large school of walleye while drifting or trolling. Stripers are fair on live bait and jigging spoons fished around main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms fished around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 15 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is excellent on nightcrawlers and stinkbait in big bays and major creek basins.

Lake Hamilton

(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is full. The water color is stained to clear from the rains and is clearing slowly. Black bass are being caught on topwater early in the mornings. Try a chugger or a buzzbait around the boat docks. A Texas-rigged worm is also a good option, try brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bream are good on crickets and worms fished near the bottom.

Lake Catherine

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 8-6-2014) 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 sand bars.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said Bream are biting well around the docks. Catfishing is good on shad and cut bait on jugs and limb lines.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie are biting well in most of the oxbows in 7 to 8 feet of water on minnows and jigs slow-trolled around channel edges.

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 8-6-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on rod-and-reel with live or prepared baits.

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