Arkansas Fishing Report December 4 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report December 4 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 12-3-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said is normal clarity for Conway and the water level is 1 foot low. Bream are fair on redworms fished 3 to 4 feet deep about 10 feet off the banks. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around the Highway 89 Bridge and at Gold Creek. Bass are fair on jigs and soft-plastics fished in about 6 feet of water around turns and bends in creeks. Catfishing is good on yo-yos and limblines baited with minnows and goldfish set in 6 feet of water.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are biting well early and late in the day on chartreuse speckled jigs and pink minnows fished 3 to 9 feet deep. Bass are slow. Bream are biting fairly well on redworms fished 4 to 7 feet deep. Catfishing is still good on nightcrawlers and stink bait.

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 12-3-2014) 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 455.98 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.57 feet below normal pool and is falling. Bass fishing is good with some fish shallow and some deep. The shallow fish can be caught right on the bank on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. The deeper fish can be caught on an Alabama rig and Carolina rig fished slowly anywhere from 25 to 50 feet deep. Stay around the shad and you’ll find the deep fish. Crappie are suspended in about 15 feet of water over 25 feet and are biting well on jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and Road Runners. Hybrid and white bass fishing is good out to 60 feet of water using spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. No report on catfish, bream or walleye.
(Updated 11-19-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperatures have reached the upper 50s and low 60s across the reservoir. Fish of all species are feeding daily regardless of conditions. Prefrontal days with a little wind are great on steeper banks with rock and wood close to channel swings. Brush piles are still producing, however sunny days seem to be much better as the fish will really relate to the cover and are much more likely to be schooled tightly. Hybrids and white bass are staging and feeding with the shad that are pushed upriver on the north end and off the spawning flats on the south end. There’s very little traffic on the lake and a great bite leading into the winter.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Bream picked up again, and are biting well on crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting well on live minnows. No report on bass or catfish.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Overcup

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

Brewer Lake

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

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 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.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair on pink minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish or bream.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 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 10-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the flow ha slowed down, and the water is clearing up. Fish are beginning to move shallower. Black bass are biting well on green-pumpkin colored worms fished around wood in 2 to 6 feet of water. White bass are chasing shad early and late in the day. White or shad-colored, shallow-diving crankbaits are working well. Catfishing is good on the front side of levvies in 4 to 10 feet of water on whole shad. Crappie are biting well in Point Remove Creek, the Petit Jean River and Cypress Creek on crappie jigs in 6 to 15 feet of water.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 12-3-2014) 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 12-3-2014) 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 12-3-2014) 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. Not enough anglers have been on the water to give a good report this week.

Clear Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. No one is fishing the lake lately.

Peckerwood Lake

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

Lake Pickthorne

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

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

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

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

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

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the only major changes in fishing have been water temperature and thermocline. The water temp is in the mid to upper 60s around the lake. The thermocline is falling fast; it seems to be around the 50-60 foot level. With the thermocline around the 60 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some topwater baits, other than that try spoons in 50 to 60 feet of water, Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and French fry worms, swim baits in 5 to 15 feet of water around any shallow shad balls. Topwater baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Some crappie are being caught around brush in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz. or 1/64-oz. jigs if the wind will allow it. Otherwise, a minnow or a small spoon will work. White bass are being caught up the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs, Rapalas and anything that looks like a minnow will work. Walleye are biting fairly well on nightcrawlers fished in 40 to 60 feet of water on a split-shot rig or trolled on a bottom bouncer and crawler harness. Vertically jigging a spoon in 40-60 feet of water is producing some walleye as well.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said the surface temperature at mid-lake has dropped to 69 degrees after last week’s rain, however the lake elevation has stayed fairly consistent. There is still a thermocline starting at about the 50 foot level but it is starting to deteriorate. With consistent temperatures in the top 50 feet of the water column fish that were once relating to the top of the thermocline can now move freely within the top 50 feet without temperature concerns. Kentucky bass are again showing up near docks in less than 15 feet of water. The best bite has been right before dark for both crappies and walleyes coming from about the 25 to 35 foot level over wood in creek arms that are not too far from the main lake on jigs. Smallmouths are coming from primary points in the main lake on jigs as well.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 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 11-26-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are fluctuating between low flows and medium flows. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Lil’ Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 11-5-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there was moderate generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with abundant wadable water. All of the lakes in the system are well below seasonal power pool. With temperatures moderating, we should receive more 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 area is catch-and-release fishing only for the same period. Night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was the section from Rim Shoals downstream to Ranchette. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, root beer midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). It is still hopper time. Try a Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady. The higher flows that we have been getting on some afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers as well.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 549.03 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 11-26-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said winter can be one of the most productive periods of striper fishing. Beginning in Mid-December through February,stripers will stick close to the old river channels near or mixed in with the shad schools. The old river channels are the outlines of the Noth Fork River and major creeks such as Big Creek and Bennett’s Bayou before they were flooded and covered by the lake. You will find the old river channels clearly marked on the better lake maps. Once the lake water gets colder, the shad will move into deeper water to find their comfort zone. Sometimes that is depths of 40 feet, other times I have seen shad hover at 80 feet. The stripers will stay with the shad schools all winter. The two most productive methods to catch stripers are live shiners and threadfin shad and 1/2- or 3/4-ounce jigging spoons. Shiners approved for use by Arkansas Game and Fish in Norfork Lake are available at most better Norfork Lake bait and tackle shops. Shad are not sold commercially. Shad used as bait in Norfork Lake must be caught in Norfork Lake by net. Wild bait from any other body of water is strictly prohibited by law. This is to prevent the introduction of foreign or invasive species of plants, animals, and water life into Norfork Lake. A good fish/depth finder is a must have to find fish during this time of year. Good electronics will help you find the shad and stripers and keep you on them. Begin by looking at the old river channel between the US62 and AR101 bridges and move toward the Howard’s Cove area. Somewhere in this area you will find the shad and stripers. Float creek is one other area that will typically hold stripers. The great part of winter striper fishing is that the bite can last all day or begin mid-day. There is no set time when the stripers will bite. Always keep your live bait above the shad school. Be ready for that topwater bite to erupt at any moment and have a Super Spook Jr tied on and at the ready.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said Norfork Lake’s fall fishing is on fire. If you like to catch lots of fish, November is prime time. Striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass have been biting all day long. The size of the fish varies, but I have caught five stripers in the 10- to 14-pound range and four hybrids in the 6- to 8- pound range over the last week. The white bass are huge and most being caught are in the 2- to 3-pound range. You will catch a lot of medium to small stripers and hybrids along with the bigger fish as well. Fish have been found in two different types of areas. They are either halfway back in major creeks at a channel swing or they are on large flats. In both areas, they seem to be holding anywhere from 30 to 48 feet deep. Most are being caught off of the bottom, but a few of the bigger stripers and hybrids are suspended at 30 feet over 45 to 50 feet. Vertical jigging with a ½- to 1-ounce spoon has been the best bet. Check in the Cranfield area, 101 Bridge area, 101 Boat Dock area, Float Creek, Panther Creek and Fall Creek.
(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 11-5-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said on the
Norfork, we had wadable water every day with limited generation in the afternoon. With more wadable water on the White, there has been less angling pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. The siphon at Norfork Dam for minimum flow has malfunctioned due to the failure of a sensor on the lake side. It will take three to four weeks to repair it. In the meantime, the powerhouse personnel will run a no-load operation to achieve minimum flow.

Buffalo River

Berry Brothers Guide Service had no report.

Crooked Creek

Berry Brothers Guide Service had no report.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,112.97 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 11-26-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said 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 12-3-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are fair on jigs tipped with minnows fished 10 to 14 feet deep. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits fished around shallow areas in the warmest part of the day and on deep-running jerkbaits. Some good stripers have been caught around Rocky Branch on a variety of live and artifical baits.

Beaver Tailwater

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

Lake Elmdale

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

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 12-3-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting on and off, but overall the bite has picked up fairly well. Bass are fair. No report on bream or catifsh.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows. No report on any other species.

Prairie Grove Lake

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

Crystal Lake

Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Lake SWEPCO

Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 11-26-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said fishing is a little slow right now at Lake Poinsett. We haven’t had many people in with reports lately. The lake is low enough that only small boats can put in at the state park boat ramp. Larger boats with heavy motors must go around to the dam site to put in. We are still selling a few minnows, nightcrawlers, and gold fish. We are told that the crappie are biting occasionally on both the minnows and the jigs. The catfish seem to be the most likely catch right now. Goldfish are being used to catch flatheads, and nightcrawlers seem to be the bait of choice for channel catfish. Don’t forget that we at Lake Poinsett State Park continue to stock bait through the winter months and we sell both fishing and hunting licenses at the park.

Crown Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said very few anglers were on the water last week. No report.

Lake Frierson

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

Spring River

(Updated 12-3-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 290 cfs at the spring, and water clarity is clear. Y2Ks have been catching high numbers of trout, but bigger trout are hitting woolly buggers and emerger patterns. On sunny days the trout have been picky, and getting the fly deep has been very important. On overcast days the trout will feed heavily. Hot pink and purple haze Trout Magnets fished just off the bottom and silver and rainbow-colored spinners have been hot for spin fishers.

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 259.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 3.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is reduced current of Little River with the gates releasing around 433 CFS. Water temperatures continued dropping to 47 to 55 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved with visibility of 10-15 inches on the lake. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake has a heavy stain from recent high winds. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy. Largemouth bass have improved slightly this week with the warmer weather. Not many fishermen are on the lake. Kastmaster and Cordell hammered jigging spoons with bucktails have been taking some good fish in the pockets and coves out of the current in Little River this past week over planted brush and stumps in 10-12 feet of water near drop offs into Little River. Magnum-sized 3- to 4-inch tubes and gitzits with rattles continue to get a reaction on stumps in 8-10 feet of water along secondary points and stumps. Black/blue fleck, smoke/black/red flake and pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail colors continue to be best color selections. Bomber and XCalibur crankbaits in Citrus Shad, Threadfin Shad or Ghost, seem to be preferred crankbait colors of the largemouths and white bass over the past few weeks, worked extremely slow from 8-10 feet depth. 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. Search for the white bass upriver where creeks and ditches dump into Little River where you see large wads of shad on your electronics. Jigging spoons were also catching some whites behind points and out of current. Crappie are beginning to stack vertically in and around planted brush. Cordell paddletail, smoke-colored grubs on light wire jigheads were catching some nice slabs around midday by vertical jigging in the brush between 10-11 feet deep. 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 538.89 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 398.17 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with most of the fish now off secondary points in the big coves and creeks. One of the better patterns has been working a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard down the steep side of points to about 20 feet. A lot of spotted bass are being caught this way on 4-inch finesse worms. Several nice fish are coming on medium-running crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Just about all the bass action has been upriver between Arlie Moore and Cox Creek. A few big hybrids are still up shallow, so don’t be surprised if one tries to separate you from your Rat-L-Trap. There’s not much to report on crappie. Only a few anglers are even fishing for them because they remain scarce. Hybrid fishing is good with lots of nice catches reported. The best bet is up the creeks such as Beaton and Big Hill. Look for fish up shallow in the shad schools in the morning. Throw a 1/2-ounce Rat-L-Trap in a natural shad pattern or a big in-line spinner in white or chrome. Use the sonar to locate the schools which will be about 15 feet down. Also try trolling an umbrella rig with white grubs or swim baits around 15 feet deep around the Shouse Ford area as well.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

Jaret Rushing had no report.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing had no report.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 11-26-2014) 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 fair, biting on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with live bait and commercial catfish baits, and tightlining using worms, commercial catfish baits and crickets.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.42 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said very few anglers have been on the water. Crappie are fair with some anglers finding a few crappie in 15 to 20 feet of water.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

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

Fourche La Fave River

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

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 11-26-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the surface water temperature is in the upper 40s to low 50s. Bass fishing has been very good. The jerkbait bite has been getting better and better in creeks and channel swings. You can also yo-yo a Rat-L-Trap on drops, slow roll a spinnerbait around flats with any remaining vegetation or work jigs off of rocky drops and bluffs. Swimbaits also have worked well over brush piles in the backwater areas. Crappie have been biting very well around woody cover in 10 to 17 feet of water in the main river and creeks on dark-colored jigs and minnows. White bass have been biting very well on small Rat-L-Traps, jigs with grubs, tailspins and spoons at the mouths of creeks and the river backwater areas. Striper fishing has been very good on swimbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish have been good on cut shad and skipjack around the mouths of the creeks and along bluffs and big riprap walls. Find the larger shad and you will find the fish.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.42 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.59 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 52 to 56 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are biting well on jigs and drop-shot rigs near structure. Walleye are slow but a few have been caught on live nightcrawlers and jigging spoons. Stripers are biting very well on Alabama rigs fished in major creek basin areas. Crappie are still excellent near brush around 12 to 16 feet deep on minnows or crappie jigs. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
(Updated 10-21-2014) 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.
(Updated 10-29-2014) 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 12-3-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said watertemperature below Carpenter Dam has fallen to 50 degrees with the bitter cold conditions of the last several days. Clear conditions exist from the dam to the bridge and for several miles downstream as Entergy has scheduled a minimum flow pattern the last two weeks. A 3-foot drawdown is now in place on Lake Catherine and will remain until early March 2015. Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked into the lake this week. These early stockers are always scattered but can be caught on basic live bait presentations and artificial lures that imitate injured shad. Wax or mealworms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater will hook hungry trout searching for prey. Redworms and nightcrawlers cut into small sections also work well presented in the same manner. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails in white or brown will be successful in slack or current conditions. Super Dupers in silver or gold perfectly imitate injured baitfish and are a quality lure for catching and releasing trout unharmed. Boaters can anchor and cast over sand bars and rock structure with all of these presentations and expect to catch fish. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits below the bridge tends to hook larger trout that prefer deeper water downstream. As shad migrate toward the dam, white bass and crappie congregate in the tailrace and feed heavily when the turbines are running. Jigs and crankbaits are sure-fire lures to find and catch these game fish which are targeting baitfish in shallow water. Trout stocking will increase in the coming months which attracts big stripers and hybrids that tend to stay below the bridge in the deeper water. Brood or gizzard shad fished under a balloon rig is a mainstay technique for live bait fishermen. Large soft plastics hooked weightless and cast into feeding schools produce strikes from wary stripers looking to feed on trout and shad.

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 11-19-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report this week.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 12-3-2014) 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 12-3-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been very slow lately. Only a few duck hunters have been by the store. There have been hardly any anglers through the store recently.

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