Arkansas Fishing Report December 10 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report December 10, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 12-10-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is at normal winter pool elevation. Bream are biting well on redworms fished 1 foot deep. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs early and late in the day around the Highway 89 Bridge and in Gold Creek. Bass are fair on jigs and jerk baits fished along the edges of creek channels. Catfishing is good on trotline minnows and nightcrawlers around the Highway 89 Bridge.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are still biting well around woddy cover and lily pad stem patches from 2 to 9 feet deep on lime and chartreuse-colored jigs, shiners and rosey reds. Bream are biting fairly well on redworms fished deep off the banks. Bass fishing is extremely slow. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and livers pole fishing, or on shiners and cut bait on yo-yo’s.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the river is receiving very little generation during the week. Midges, egg patterns, sowbugs and woolly buggers continue to work well for fly-fishermen. When fly-fishing with low water, use long leaders and fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink, red and chartreuse bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads. Try “twitching” the Trout Magnet without a float to increase your catches in low-water conditions. 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.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing has been good. Fly-fishing, in particular, has been good. The best fly to use lately has been an olive green woolly bugger.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.14 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.41 feet below normal pool and is falling. The surface water temperature is in the low 50s and is dropping. Bass fishing is good all over the lake with some shallow and deep, they are changing with the weather conditions and the presence of shad. Try spinnerbaits and small crankbaits shallow, then move out to deeper water and fish swim baits and Alabama rigs to find scattered suspended fish over 50 feet of water. Crappie are biting well around any woody cover close to shad schools. The crappie are suspending in 15 to 25 feet of water. Hybrid and white bass are biting well anywhere from 35 to 70 feet deep where you can find the shad. Spoons, inline spinners and swim baits are the best bets for the hybrids.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are excellent right now as the shad are balling up in the shallow bays. Be sure to fish a Bobby Garland Baby Shad or a minnow around the docks and planted brush. Catfish are biting well on worms and minnows. Bass are biting well.

(Updated 12-10-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Brewer Lake

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

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whisker’s Sporting Goods (201-889-2011) said crappie are biting well. White bass are biting well.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 54 degrees and The water level is about 2.5 feet below the spillway. Fishing is good overall. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater baits early and late in the day and on suspending jerk baits in 5 to 8 feet of water during the middle of the day. Spotted bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. They are mixed in with crappie. White bass are fair and mixed in with the crappie at the edges of the main channel. Crappie are biting well in 20 to 25 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in channel turns. Bream are very slow. Catfishing is very slow, with a few being caught on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Lake Winona

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 12-10-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said few anglers are out. Catfish are moving to deeper holes and coming in to feed on shad in the late afternoon. The bite has been good on cut shad. Spotted bass are moving in to the jetties in the afternoons around rocky areas where the sun has warmed the rocks. Finesse worms have been the best bet for the spotted bass.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 12-10-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Its perfect for fishing. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well in the Little Maumelle River. Catfishing is fair. A few white bass are still biting well around the mouth of the river. Bream are slow.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said fishing has been fair for catfish and crappie in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle rivers. Crappie have been biting on minnows and the catfish have been biting best on chicken hearts, shad and skipjack.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report for the main channel, but crappie and catfish have been biting fair in the feeder rivers and creeks like the Maumelle, Palarm and Little Maumelle.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no report due to lack of anglers this week.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie and catfish are fair below Murray Lock and Dam. The crappie are biting on double-jig rigs with white jigs and catfishing has been best on skipjack and shad.
(Updated 12-10-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the river below Terry Lock and Dam has been flowing at normal levels and the water is clear. Bream are fair. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs, but mostly minnows. The best place to find the crappie is on the edges of the backwaters. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around rock jetties. Catfishing is good on shad and cut bait.

Clear Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. Bream are fair. Crappie are biting well on minnows and a few are being caught on jigs. Bass are fair, but are slower than last week. They are biting shallow-running crankbaits and spinnerbaits. No report on catfish.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is closed until spring.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.52 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock had no report.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service had no report.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said during the past week, we have had rain and sleet (just trace amounts here in Cotter), colder temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals remained steady at six feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. On the White, we had moderate generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with some wadable water. The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31, 2015 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal catch and release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was Wildcat Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8 and 10), Y2Ks (size 14 and 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, size 16 and 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). 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). Many anglers say hopper fishing ends with the first frost (we had several heavy frosts this past week). I reject this idea and fish them during the winter. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers (size 10) and the western pink lady (size 8). To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size 18 on a -3-foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing). The higher flows on some afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers. You need a fast-sinking sink-tip line and an 8 weight or better rod. This is a heavy lift that requires casting skills and patience.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout are biting well on spinners. Almost all the trout caught lately have been rainbows. Very few reports of good browns coming in yet.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals Dam had no report.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 548.99 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said lake surface water temperature is hanging around 53 degrees. The main lake is relatively clear and the creeks and coves are still stained. Norfork Lake’s winter fishing pattern is slowly arriving. The bait has moved into the deep water channels, and electronics are very helpful to find bait in deep water and fish (striped and hybrid bass) inside of the bait. One of my friends was fishing yesterday afternoon and found lots of bait and big schools of stripers. He ended up landing eight stripers, the largest was 14 pounds. During winter the fish will also go very shallow to feed early in the morning and after dark, but the easiest fish to find are the deep ones. Areas to start looking for stripers are from the U.S. Highway 62 Bridge to the 101 Boat Dock area; back in the major creeks such as Float, Fall, Panther and Bennetts; and deep flats to check out are the Robinson flats, Cranfield, Mallard, Highway 101 Bridge and Big Sandy. I have mainly been vertical jigging with a spoon, but live shiners and shad are a great bait to use especially when you cannot find schools of fish, but are just finding loners. The largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass bite is picking up. I am finding big fish off of bluff lines in 40-50 feet of water. This is very typical for this time of year. The fish will be on the bottom and on occasion you will find schooling bass. It is also the time of year you will need to start slowing your presentation. I am starting to find crappie back on the sunken brush piles. A couple of days ago I fished a brush pile in 35 to 40 feet of water outside of Hummingbird Hideaway cove and caught five crappie in about 30 minutes. They were not huge slabs, but all were keeper size.

(Updated 12-10-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the weather has been cold, rainy and windy. The water temperature continues to hover in the mid-50s. The stripers, hybrids and white bass bite has slowed. Stripers continue to bite in Float Creek, but they have moved off the 101 Bridge flats, Blue Lady flats and the Mallard Point flats. The fish are moving a little deeper each week, but until the bait moves out into the river channel the stripers will continue to roam the edges of the creeks and occasionally move onto the flats to feed. Just keep moving around the area and you will hookup with them. The most effective technique some days is letting a spoon flutter to the bottom and letting it sit still for a second or two and then ripping it back up. Most of time the fish are picking up the spoon on the bottom. You have to be ready to set the hook right away using this technique. Look for stripers in 50 to 60 feet of water near or in the shad. Another technique to finding stripers is watching the wind. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the wind blew very hard from the west into Float Creek. The bass fishermen were catching stripers in the back end of the Float Creek in water less than 5 feet. The bait was blown back into the shallow water, so play the wind, find the shad and you will catch stripers.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to upper 50s. The stripers are hitting stick baits at night. Just remember while retrieving your lure reel it SLOWLY and hang on. There have been a few walleye hitting these as well. Throw them on flats right at dark. During the day look for them close to the creek channels in the major creeks and up in the river section of the lake. Find the shad and they will be close. There are whites mixed in with some of the schools. Always keep a topwater rod rigged with a Zara Spook Jr. Bass anglers are doign well throwing crankbaits and slow rolling spinnerbaits along the banks. The better banks will have wind blowing on them. For the deeper bass try a jig, a grub on a 1/4-oz. jighead or a jigging spoon.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said Norfork Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at four and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.7 feet and thirty and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork tailwater, we had wadable water every day with limited generation most mornings. With the holidays, there has been more pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18-22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14-16) like the green butt. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise, size 10). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. With the holidays, there has been more fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Fish it early or late to avoid the crowds. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise, size 10).

Buffalo River

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. 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 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. 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 1,112.89 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 11-26-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperature is in the mid-50s. Stripers are moving around the lake looking for clean water and feeding intermittently throughout the day. Most stripers are making their way into the creek arms. Fishing is fair to good on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep. You can also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolling Rapala Husky Jerks, Bomber 15As and 16As and 5- to 6- inch Smithwick Rattling Rogues. Bink pro scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are still producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight jigging spoons are also producing walleye. Stripers are currently found in the mouths of large arms and are making their way up them in search of food. Small stripers and white bass are schooling all over the lake, so have a ½-oz. Kastmaster spoon ready for surface feeding fish. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10ft deep using the following methods: Three-way rigs with a no. 11 Rapala, flat line trolling Hot-n-Tot’s, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks, slow death rigs, shakee blades and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches, Gulp or Power Bait. Check the following hot spots on the lake this week: at Lost Bridge North, Walleye and white bass are being caught here in numbers, and stripers are scattered and being caught as well; At Big Clifty, check the channel that skirts the humps between the Big Clifty and Henry Hollow arms. Walleye and stripers are being caught around Point 5 and Point 6 (be sure to check the back of van hollow and main lake structures and secondary points in the area); in the Rambo Creek Arm, check in the back as well as main lake structures and secondary points in the area for Beaver Lake stripers. Ford and Cedar Creek are also a hot spot, as is Goat Island at Larue.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is several feet low and clear. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 10 to 20 feet of water in the river sections of the lake. Bass are fair, with drop-shotted finesse worms and slow-rolled spinnerbaits fished in 25 to 30 feet of water bringing in a few fish. Very few anglers are on the water. No report on stripers, catfish or bream.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 12-10-2014) Beaver Dam Store said small midges on very light tippet or a pheasant tail or gray scud in no. 14 to 18 sizes should do the trick this week on the rainbow trout. There are still some reports of big fish in the river. The Corps of Engineers has been generating most mornings. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can launch there. With a spinning rod, the best lures are still the Trout Magnet or Colorado spoon. White and yellow Power Bait with a wax worm will always catch a fish or two as well.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the bait shop is closed until spring. No report.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 12-10-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is muddy and no anglers have been on the water this week. The dock will be closing Dec. 23 and remain closed until Jan. 15, 2015.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) had no report.

Prairie Grove Lake

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

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said had no report due to lack of anglers.

Crown Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said very few anglers were on the water last week. No report.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Frierson State Park had no report.

Spring River

(Updated 12-10-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the Spring River is looking great. Water clarity is clear and the spring is running at about 300 cfs. Y2Ks, guppies and olive woolly buggers have been the hot flies all week. Swinging the fly, fishing below an indicator, or stripping upstream with a sink tip have all been productive patterns. Just remember to be easy on the hook set and don’t break that big one off. Hot pink Trout Magnets below an indicator and Rooster Tails are working great with spinning rods. Bundle up and get out and fish.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the water on the Spring River has cleared somewhat. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over and there are fewer boats on the river to interfere with your fishing. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10).

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said surface water temperatures are around 50 degrees with visibility from half of a foot to one foot in places. The bass are in to their winter holding spots and shouldn’t move around much until spring. If you get a bite, work the area diligently because there are more fish around. Suspending jerkbaits are working well off of rock banks with long pauses between jerks. Keep an eye out for baitfish activity, the bass are not far from them.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 11-19-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City bass are in deeper water early in the day and shallow water later. There’s still some good action in the shallows during the warmest part of the day on a topwater popper. Otherwise, a jig or a spoon are the best bets for bass right now. Crappie are still biting fairly well on shiners fished in the deeper channels of the lake. Catfish are biting very well on live bream at night. Bream are biting fairly well on worms.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 11-19-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said that although the water is very low, the ramp is still usable. Very few anglers are on the lake.
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 259.79 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 6.5 inches above normal conservation pool and rising. There is reduced current of Little River with the gates releasing around 439 CFS. Several river buoy markers are missing in Little River, use caution during navigation at low light conditions. Surface water temperature ranges from 48 to 53 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved with approximately 10 to 15 inches of visibility in the lake. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake is heavy stain from recent high winds. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. Largemouth bass improved slightly this week with the warmer weather trends. There were a few more fishermen on the lake over the past few days with the improved weather as well. Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs in Black/Blue, VooDoo, or Texas Craw were catching some decent largemouths over the past week. Using a black/blue flake Larew Hawg Craw trailer or Berkley Craw Fatty on either skirt color appears not to make any difference. Pitch the jigs to cypress trees in 8-9 feet of water near creek bends and hop it rather than crawling it. Several bass over 4 pounds were caught in Mud Lake and Cemetary Slough this way. Johnson chrome/blue Splinter Spoons, Thinfisher, or Cordell jigging spoons with bucktails have been taking some good fish on primary and secondary points in Little River over planted brush and stumps in 10-12 feet of water near drop offs into Little River. Magnum tubes and Gitzits with rattles continue to get a reaction on cypress knees in 6-9 feet of water in the backs of the oxbows. Black/blue tail, smoke/black/red flake, and pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail colors continue to be best color selections. Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps, or Pro-Traps in Millwood Magic, Zombie Shad, and Red Shad are catching random, solid size Largemouths and White Bass also in back of creek channels, across ditches, and points in Little River. White bass were hitting Tennessee shad, citrus shad and threadfin shad-colored crankbaits in Little River and the backs of the oxbows. White Zombie Rat-L-Traps were working as well. Search for the whites upriver where ditches dump into Little River where you see large wads of shad on your electronics. Jigging vertical spoons behind points and out of current was also catching some white bass. Crappie are beginning to stack vertically again this week in and around planted brush. Cordell smoke-colored paddletail grubs on light wire jig heads continue catching some nice slabs around mid-day by vertical jigging in the brush between 10-11 feet deep. Johnson Crappie Buster Beetle Spins and Blakemore Roadrunners are also taking a few good slabs of nice size Crappie over the past week. No report on catfish with reduced current of Little River this week.
Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 539.39 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com had no report.

Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)

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

DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 398.38 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is mostly clear with the exception of the river above Cox Creek, which is a bit muddy. Bass fishing is fair with most fish now being caught off deeper points, bluffs and ledges because the colder water has moved the shad down. One of the better patterns has been a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard in red shad worked down the steep side of points or ledges. Also try a deep-running crankbait or a heavy lipless crankbait worked down in the deep shad schools. Quite a few spotted bass are coming from the bluff banks between points 14 and 15. Try a 4-inch Texas-rigged finesse worm in green pumpkin. Crappie fishing remains slow with the exception of a few fish coming from the Shouse Ford/Point Cedar areas. Look for brush cover on the main lake at 18 to 25 feet and drop a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head to just above the brush. Add a crappie nibble for a little better action. Don’t jig the lure, just hold it still and move slowly around the cover with the trolling motor. Hybrid fishing is good with the fish suspended over deeper water next to the channel edge. Look for fish with your sonar at 15 to 20 feet down in 30 to 40 feet of water. The cold water has moved the shad to deep water and that’s where the hybrids will be. Trolling with a five-arm umbrella rig loaded with 4-inch curly tail grubs or swim baits has been the best bet. Use light jig heads (1/8-ounce on the arms and ¼-ounce for the center jig). Run the lure about 100 feet behind the boat at about 1.5 mph. Look for fish between Point 15 and the west end of Goat Island. No report on bream or catfish.

South-Central Arkansas

White Oak Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. No report on bass at this time. Due to the colder weather bream are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and commercial catfish baits, and tightlining using worms and commercial catfish baits.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.76 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said very few anglers have been on the water. The only thing to report is a few crappie anglers having fair success on minnows.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the crappie are biting excellently on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows around shallow brush. Catfish are biting well on worms and minnows.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said catfish are biting fairly well on worms and minnows.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 12-10-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature ranges from 45 to 52 degrees, depending on what stretch of river you’re on. The river has good clarity and the creeks are very clear. Bass fishing is good deep and shallow. Alabama rigs and jigs have been the ticket for deep-water anglers. Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits have been good along any remaining vegetation as well as on rock jetties. Jerk baits are producing well around the jetties too. Crappie have been biting very well in creeks and the river on jigs and minnows. White bass have been excellent with jigs, small Rat-L-Traps and tailspinners. Stripers are excellent up the river around dikes and beneath the dam and outlet of the nuclear plant on bucktail jigs, grubs, spinnerbaits and swim baits. Catfish are good in the creeks on live minnows.

Blue Mountain Lake

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

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.72 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface water temperature ranges from 50 to 55 degrees. Black bass are still biting well near structure on a jig-and-pig combo or finesse worm. Walleye are still slow, but a few have been caught on a vertically jigged spoon or drop-shotted nightcrawler. Stripers are biting well on Alabama rigs fished around major creek basins. No report on bream. Crappie are excellent near brush in 12 to 16 feet of water on minnows and crappie jigs. Catfishing is fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Hamilton

According to Entergy, Blakely Mountain Dam is releasing about 350 CFS from the flood tunnel. This release will continue until sometime in February. For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Catherine

Carpenter Dam will release for a few short hours every few days as needed to maintain the level of Lake Catherine. Remmel Dam will be releasing only the minimum flow of about 250 CFS. For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 51 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently scheduling generation times every few days to maintain lake levels. These flows are unannounced and are short in duration. Rainbow trout are in the tailrace and being caught by bank fishermen and boaters alike. Live bait presentations such as nightcrawlers, redworms and wax worms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater have accounted for many limits of trout. Artificial lures cast around rock structure and sandbars are working well when the turbines are running. Small jigs, Super Dupers, Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in white or brown have taken quality trout around shoal areas in the late evening. Trout tend to congregate close to the banks in times of current flow so it is important to remember not to overcast your presentations. Spin fishermen should concentrate on areas protected from direct current flow such as eddies and backwater bays. Fly-fishermen can easily wade to areas that hold good numbers of fish and are having success casting olive-colored woolly buggers, San Juan worms in red, and small white streamers around sand bars and rock structure. Caution is advised when navigating the tailrace, which is filled with underwater obstructions and slick rocks.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing has been good around the piers with some very good slabs coming in during the last week. No report on any other species.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

White River

(Updated 12-10-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report this week.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 12-10-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing has been very slow with very few anglers on the water. The only report of any fish being caught during the last week was from one angler that managed five crappie in a few hours.

White River

​(Updated 12-10-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been very slow, and very few anglers are out. The only thing to really report are a few crappie caught on minnows, but it was very slow for them as well.

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