Arkansas Fishing Report July 23 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 7-15-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream fishing is excellent on worms and crickets around the banks. Crappie are biting fairly well around green cypress trees on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Bass are responding best to spinnerbaits, topwater chuggers and buzzbaits. Catfishing is good on limblines and trotlines baited with goldfish.
(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 7-15-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low and clarity is good. Trout fishing is excellent on nightcrawlers during the low water. When the water is high, switch to a spinner or Rapala minnow.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said with the later afternoon generation, the upper river is wadable during the mornings and the lower river in the afternoons. Fly-fishing has been excellent with midges being the fly of choice in low water. Hackled pheasant tails, hares ears, soft hackles and sowbugs are producing successful trips on the middle and lower river. Hot pink Trout Magnet bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads are working well. With low clear water, remember to use fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 7-23-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 1.4 feet below normal pool and falling slowly. Hybrid and white bass continue to feed well early in the morning and during different times throughout the day. Find the shad and the fish will be close; use swim baits, spoons and inline spinners in 25-50 feet of water for the best results. Crappie are biting well on jigs and jigs tipped with minnows in brush about 15-30 feet deep. Catfishing has slowed; try live or prepared bait on jugs, trotlines and rod-and-reel on flats close to deep water. Bream areout on brush in 20-25 feet of water, and will bite well on tightlined crickets. Bass fishing is good on topwater lures, Texas-rigged worms, jigs and drop-shot worms as well as Alabama rigs.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the cooler days been nice to enjoy the water. Six to eight different species of fish are being boated every trip out on my live bait trips. Bass and crappie are biting well on artificial lures, too. Some fish are starting to really suspend with the bait while others are still relating to the bottom and brush piles in 14 to 20 feet of water. Very small shad are finally coming off the shore and out of there spawning locations. Surface-breaking fish can be found in limited windows, but the deeper bite is much more consistent. Walleyes are really starting to transition into mid depths, focusing heavily on the tiny, 1/2-inch shad.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Jeff Mays at Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said the lake is at normal pool and the water temperature is 82 to 84 degrees. Stable conditions made for good fishing and the development of a deep thermocline at 35 feet in the upper lake. Long line trolling with deep-diving cranks above the cooler water is producing on all suspended species, with good success on crappies. Look for walleyes on flats in 15-25 feet with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. Whites and hybrids will be anywhere you can find the bait balls on your sonar. Try topwater baits early and late for bass, and Carolina-rigged lizards on drop-offs in 40 feet during the day.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 7-15-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said crappie are biting well on small white crappie spinner jigs. Catfishing is excellent on chicken liver fished near the bottom. A few over 10 lbs. were caught last week.
(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 7-23-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the water is still a little high and fishing has been slow. Crappie are still biting on live minnows in deep water at 12 to 15 feet deep. Channel cats are very good on stink bait, worms and liver; blues and flatheads are slow. Bass are not biting well, but some are being caught on nightcrawlers, large minnows and bream. Bream are very slow and most are small.(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 7-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting fairly well on crickets. A few catfish were caught this week on chicken livers and worms. Some small bass have been caught lately by crappie anglers. Crappie fishing has been poor.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting fairly well on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and bait shrimp. Bream fishing is good with crickets and redworms around the bank. Bass are biting minnows and small plastic lizards and worms. Crappie fishing has been slow but some are still biting No. 6 minnows and pink minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with small Texas-rigged plastics, small spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Crappie have been biting slowly with a few being caught on minnows fished around brush and logs right at dark. Catfish have been biting good on minnows, goldfish and black salties on trotlines. Bream will keep you busy fishing with crickets or redworms. If you just want to have some fun on the river, rig up with some medium/heavy gear and good strong line, get some No. 12 minnows and go after some gar. They’re hard to catch and not pretty, but when you get a good one on you’ve got a fight on your hands.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on redworms and crickets fished around docks and deep brush. Bass have been fair to slow with Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics and topwater baits early in the mornings and at night. Catfish are biting live minnows and nightcrawlers.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting crickets and redworms. Catfish have been going for WildCat Full Stringer stink bait and nightcrawlers. Bass are biting fairly well on live minnows and some Texas-rigged plastics in watermelon seed and watermelon/red colors. Crappie are hit and miss but some are being caught on No. 6 minnows.

Lake Winona

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie fishing is fair for some customers that know where to find them. No. 6 and 12 minnows fished 10-14 feet under a slip cork have put some nice ones in the boat. Bass fishing is slow, but some are biting live minnows and Carolina-rigged lizards. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish have been biting fairly well on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and minnows.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 7-23-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said fishing continues to be very good on the river. Catfishing is good around the jetties early and late in the day on live shad or bream. Drift-fishing and hitting the tips of the jetties during the middle of the day is working as well. Bream are biting well around woody cover and grass near sandbars. Bass are biting topwater lures early and late in the day, but when the sun is up, switch to a finesse worm for the best results. White bass and spotted bass are holding around jetty tips most of the day and can be caught on CC spoons.

Little Maumelle River

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

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

​(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 7-23-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bass are biting well in backwater areas on topwater lures early in the morning and on finesse worms and trick worms later on rocky areas and jetties. Catfishing is good on worms and cut bait near the main river.
​(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are biting excellently on jetty points and in backwaters on black/blue jigs, square-billed crankbaits and Zara Spooks. Catfishing is good on skipjack, shad, minnows and green sunfish. Below Murray Lock and Dam, crappie and white bass are biting well on jigs and minnows. Catfishing below the dam is excellent on skipjack. Flatheads are good on trotlines baited with live green sunfish near jetties.
(Updated 7-23-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said below Terry lock and dam, bream are biting fairly well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on skipjack and shad fished near the main channel.

Clear Lake

(Updated 7-23-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Crappie are slow, but one or two have been caught on minnows. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is slow.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 7-23-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets throughout the lake. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well. Catfishing is good lately.

Lake Pickthorne

​(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 7-15-2014) 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 660.49 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 7-2-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said it’s fair to say the dog days of summer are upon us. Don’t expect lots of change from week to week in the foreseeable future. The water continues to warm and the fish are relating to the thermocline. Early mornings, evenings and after dark are going to be the best times to catch walleyes moving to shallower water. Primary points and structure along bluffs will produce the best chances to catch a bite during the day. Getting bait to their depth zone of 35+ feet and keeping it there is paramount to triggering a strike. Jigs, trolling lead core line and downriggers will certainly help getting bait to those depths. Try flats and break lines along flats as well as primary points during the evening and early morning hours. Look for smallmouths in 6 to 12 foot depths along bluffs during twilight hours as well as shaded areas during the day. Crappie are hitting near deeper brush piles in 35 to 45 feet of water. Spotted bass and largemouth bass are working shad near the surface along bluffs and primary points in the mornings and evenings, however, you’ll have to chase them around a bit with the electric motor to stay with them. Trotlines along the main lake have been hit and miss the last week, mostly miss, so expect to move them a time or two until you find a location producing a consistent catch.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 7-23-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low water in the mornings and higher water in the afternoons. 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 7-23-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said rainbow trout have been caught on Power Bait, corn, and wax worms. Two good brown trout (one 25 lbs. and one 12 lbs. were caught on live sculpin.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies are 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 beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). The sulphur hatch has been sparse. Several anglers have reported success fishing this hatch. It is time begin fishing grasshoppers. There is a bumper crop of them this year and the trout are already keying in on them. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western foam varieties. Increase hook ups with a dropper. A flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph in size 16 works well.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 556.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 7-9-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the high-70s. The water visibility is stained. We have seen rain each day with lots of cloud cover. The stripers and hybrids continue to be found suspended in the river channels, off the main lake and secondary points. They are feeding on 1-inch long baby shad and crawdads in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are now being caught trolling umbrella and Alabama rigs. Spoons also have produced a few stripers. I caught stripers near the dam, the Brushy Creek area, and the Robinson Point flat. The method was free lines 50 to 70 feet deep between the boat and down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. Now is the time to get out on the lake. The stripers are moving out of the creeks and setting up for their summer feed fest. The walleye have moved to their summer pattern and can be caught trolling crankbaits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons. The walleye are staying between 25 and 30 feet of water on the flats and rounded points. Look at East Pigeon, Panther area, Hand Cove, and the flats leading into Float Creek.
(Updated 6-11-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing continues to be the best bite on the lake. Striped bass fishing is the next best bite. Catfishing has been very good and crappie fishing has been fair. There is still a good top water bite for bass at sunrise and sunset. Once the sun comes up, the fish stay down, but can still be caught in the sunken brush down through 20 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working well on windy days and soft plastics are working when it is windy or calm. Look for bass off of secondary points back in creeks and coves, close to submerged brush piles or on shallow flats. Spots can be found on the deeper rock bluff walls. Striper fishing keeps getting better. I have only been using artificial baits. I have had luck with top water baits as well as flukes and jerk baits (when it is still dark). Top water action for stripers has been spotty, but when you find the fish it can be a blast. I have found fish half way back in major creeks. At this time of year and with this water temperature you will be able to find stripers on the surface down to around 30 feet of water. We should start to see schooling fish so get your spoons ready as it will soon be vertical jigging time for stripers. You can also troll umbrella rigs or Alabama rigs to catch some of these strong fish. If you find fish down 30 feet you may need to add in-line weights to get your artificial bait down to the right depth. Catfish are hitting really well on trotlines and jugs baited with live bluegill, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shad. Set your trotlines in 10-25 feet of water. Jug fishing works the best if you weight the jug to the bottom. This way you will be able to find them when you are checking them. Crawler harnesses are also working very well for catfish. Crappie fishing is starting to slow down. You can still catch some nice fish on brush piles in 20-30 feet of water. The crappie will be inside of brush or suspended as the water warms.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the lake level is 556.5 and the water temperature is warming up just like the weather. The surface temperature is in the low 80s. Stripers are staring to group up suspended 35-40 feet deep and will start going deeper as the water continues to warm. They were hitting on live bait and jigging spoons. The bass are starting to get more active early in the mornings, chasing bait to the surface. Throw a Zara Puppy or a Spook or a soft jerkbait. After the sun gets high, switch to a worm, jig or a drop-shot rig with a small worm or plastic minnow type bait.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 7-23-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork Tailwater has fished poorly recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on 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 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. There has been a lot of action on Dry Run Creek. It has been crowded at times. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). The creek is located in a narrow valley and is surprisingly cool during hot weather. It is a great place to beat the heat with a youth.

Buffalo River

(Updated 7-23-2014) 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 7-23-2014) 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 1,119.58 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 Texas-rigged or shaky head worms have worked well along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day using topwater plugs or buzzbaits 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 suspend under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been down 15 to 20 feet over 25 to 35 feet of water. Small curly tailed grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jighead worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tots or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats has also been effective. Night fishing has also been good under lights close to channel bends or bluff lines in 25 to 50 feet of water. White River, Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend and Monte-Ne have all been good places to fish. White bass have been biting well at night under lights on minnows or shad along bluff lines close to the channel and under the 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 7-15-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are on the prowl for food. Early morning and at night have been the best bets. Slow warming water and the current bait situation have put most of the stripers in the mid-section of the lake still. Stripers are being caught on live shad fished 10 to 60 feet deep and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs, Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15A-16A lures and spoons on downriggers. Be sure to check the mouth of Indian Creek and Dry Creek area. Stripers are also scattered through the Lost Bridge North area and are being caught in numbers.Points Four, Five and Six have all been good for stripers, as well as Rocky Branck and Cedar Creek. Walleye are being caught on trolled crankbaits, jigs and spinner rigs with crawler harnesses around Copper Mine, Indian Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, War Eagle and the White River/War Eagle junction. The walleye are holding at around 5 to 10 feet deep.
(Updated 7-23-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bream fishing is good on crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows slow-trolled around brush piles. Bass are starting to show some good reactions toward topwaters early in the morning, then drop-shot or shaky head worms in deep water after the sun comes up. Night fishing with large soft-plastic worms and spinnerbaits is very productive for bass right now. Catfishing is good on live bait and prepared dough bait.

Beaver Tailwater

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

Lake Elmdale

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the cold front really changed things up and brought out some good action. All the bass seemed to go to Preachers Point. Nothing over 3 lbs. was caught but a tomato-colored Culprit worm fished in deep water or a black/blue,black/red spinnerbait worked around isolated grass accounted for a lot of fish. Crappie fishing was good Tuesday One angler casting a green/yellow jig from the public access dock caught 28 Tuesday. Minnows fished at 7-8 feet around the brush piles is working early in the day. Redear and bluegill are still being caught on redworms. Not much activity reported on the catfish. Mostly a few small ones. Night crawlers and chicken liver was the bait used.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 7-23-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said bream are biting on worms and crickets. Bass are biting well on green pumpkin and watermelonseed colored soft-plastics. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken livers.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear and is running 2 inches over the dam. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well in deep water on jigs tipped with a minnow. Bass are biting early and late in the day on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on chicken livers and live bream.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 7-15-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said many catfish are being caught on live bait and cut bait. Bluegill and redear sunfish are going for crickets and worms fished in shallow water, between the moss beds and bank. Bass are doing well in the morning on topwater baits such as spooks and buzzbaits.

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 7-23-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said the fish are still biting at Lake Poinsett. Catfish are the most likely bet if you are out to catch a mess. They seem to be hitting best on stink bait, but are also biting on minnows and a variety of other baits at times. Bream are still biting off and on; crickets appear to be the best option for bait. Things are a little slow with the bass and crappie, but a few are being caught in deeper water.

Crown Lake

(Updated 7-15-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water. No report.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 7-23-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels are finally dropping, which will put stumps just under the surface. Please use caution when under power. Bass have been poor to fair, with fish mainly hitting topwaters early and late, and crankbaits and soft plastics near some of the main lake points. Channel catfish and blue catfish have been fair to good on nightcrawlers, dip bait, and liver. No reports of flatheads in the last week or so. Bream are good and have been bedding around the lake; they can be caught with small pieces of nightcrawlers, redworms, small crankbaits or crickets. No report on crappie or saugeye.

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 7-23-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are low and clear. The cold front has passed and the temps are moving back up into the high 80s, not bad for the middle of summer. The trout turned off during the cold snap but are recovering nicely. We got out on a float Sunday with the temps warming up and caught a bunch. We mainly fished with Y2Ks below a Trout Magnet strike indicator and had a blast. Hot pink and candy corn Trout Magnets have been great for spin fishers.

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

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

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 7-9-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said the lake is slowly being drawn down. Creel Limits are cut in half with crappie limit at 7. Bream are still biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish were biting well on live bait, including but not limited to minnows and bream less than 4 inches. Bass are still biting well if you can get into the lily pads, if not try a gray jig next to standing timber. No report on crappie.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 7-2-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said catfishing is good at Lake Chicot on gizzard shad, minnows and hot dogs. Bream are biting well on crickets. No report on any other species.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.25 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 7-23-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is approx 1.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is increase current of Little River with the gates releasing around 4,721 CFS as of Monday. Surface temperatures range from 76 degrees to 85 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity improved to about 8-10 inches of visibility in the main lake. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake are still muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 5-7 inches depending on location and current. Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy with lots of current and Cossatot River is contributing lots of muddy inflow. Bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation. Buzzbaits continue working early, along with bucktail Pop-R’s, solid body frogs, and Arborghast Jitterbugs. Bass Assassin Shads in Gold Pepper Shiner, Chartreuse Pepper Shad, and Watermelon-red flake colors continue working around vegetation. Rat-L- Traps and cranks are working around deeper drops into the creek channels. Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad Bomber crankbaits continue working on largemouths and white bass alike. Four-inch salty tubes in pumpkinseed, black neon or purple smoke continue working as well. White bass continue roaming Little River and the oxbows and have been caught on Tenneessee shad or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past couple weeks, the whites were surface breaking on shad in Mud, and McGuire oxbows. These fish were hitting small, Smokey Joe Pop-R’s and Chug Bugs with a dressed rear hook or Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in red/white or chartreuse/white. Crappie disappeared with the incoming muddy water and high current in Little River over the past couple weeks. Blues and channel cats are good this week in the increased current of Little River on trotlines set 10-14 feet in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits have been cut shad, homemade dough bait, hot dogs and Catfish Charlie.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.43 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit www.actionfishingtrips.com/tripreports.htm.

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 405.66 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 7-23-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall, fishing is only fair and the only action is early morning and late evening. A few decent bass catches are coming early in the morning on surface feeding fish in the big coves along the south side of the lake. Look for breaking fish on points in the coves between the dam and Point 4. Throw surface plugs, such as Zara Spooks and Sammies. Also try 3-inch swim baits and flukes. A little action reported on the north side around the State Park, especially in the big coves. Here the best pattern is Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms fished over secondary points. Best colors on the plastics has been red shad and green pumpkin/red flake. Hybrid fishing is hit and miss with mostly miss. The only action now is on schooling fish busting shad in deep water. Look for breaking fish early in the morning on the main lake between the dam and Point 4. When a school is found, catching is easy, just throw a top water such as a Zara Puppy, swim bait or fluke. Bream fishing is good with lots of smaller fish, but not many big ones. Look for bream in most any cove with some cover. Bait with crickets or redworms. A few redears are coming from points on the bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water. Tightline redworms near the bottom for good results. Catfish are fair at night on both trotlines and noodles. Set the trot lines across points in 20 to 40 feet of water or drop the noodles over timber in deep water with the bait set about 25 feet down. Bait with night crawlers, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers, cut shad or hot dogs. Remember to pick up those noodles day break. The lake is getting cluttered with unclaimed noodles drifting ashore.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 7-2-2014) Jaret Rushing said due to the constant rise and fall of the Ouachita River, fishing the oxbows is all about timing right now. Anglers should monitor the river system to try and target subtle rises in the river. When water is falling, fish tend to stage rather than bite aggresively. Summer patterns are working well for bass. Buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are the best bets.Bream are in a transition stage and tend to be in cooler water temperatures (shaded areas or 3+ feet of water). Schools of large bluegill are still being targeted, but anglers shouldn’t be too quick to stay on a single spot for very long.

Tri-County Lake

(Updated 7-2-2014) Jaret Rushing said bass are in several different patterns. Early in the morning until mid-moring, fishing in the shallows on the north end of the lake has yeilded some good catches. Bass tend to be using the moss beds for cover so anglers should slow down their presentations and try keep their baits in the strike zones along the beds for as long as they can. During the heat of the day, anglers are targeting channels within the lake to catch bass suspended on 6-foot deep shelves. Anglers are also catching crappie in these channels, although it seems that crappie are more aggressive beore the heat of the day.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 7-23-2014) 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 344.64 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water lately.
(Updated 6-25-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are fair to good in deep water.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 7-15-2014) 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 7-15-2014) 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 7-23-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is in the upper 70s with good clarity and sporadic flow. Fishing has been very good from dam to dam. Bream have been excellent on crickets and worms on the main river in 2 feet of water. Bream also are holding around creeks and backwater areas near wood in 3 to 4 feet of water. Bass are holding around river banks with rip rap upriver near grass where bream are hanging out; jigs and crankbaits have been catching some nice bass in these areas. Topwater prop baits, poppers and walking baits are working well during overcast days and low-light hours. If the river flow is up, focus on the tips of the jetties with your topwater lures. At midriver and lower, bass have been very good in the vegetation on frogs and swim baits. Crankbaits and soft-plastic worms have worked well around ledges and drops, especially those with some cover nearby. Striper fishing has been excellent outside the buoy line and on some jetties with a strong current breaks from 5 p.m. until dark. Topwater lures are the way to go for the stripers. White bass have been excellent on small pearl white crankbaits small swimbaits and tailspinners. Crappie are fair in 10 feet of water on minnows and black/chartreuse jigs fished around wood. Catfish have been good around the mouth of the creeks on cut bait. Flathead catfish have been good on rocky banks with live perch.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 386.84 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 576.51 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 7-23-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 82 to 86 degrees. Black bass are still biting well on Texas-rigged worms and drop shot worms. Top water action is still good with Zara Spooks, Zoom super flukes and buzzbaits. Night fishing with a black, ¾-oz. spinnerbait is working as well. Walleye are still biting very well. Drop-shotting and bottom bouncing live nightcrawlers is the best method for these fish; make sure you have a ¾-oz. CC spoon for vertical jigging tied on to a baitcasting rod if you find a school of walleye on your electronics. Stripers are fair on live bait; try main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are fair and being caught near brush in 15 to 20 feet of water with minnows or crappie jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and jug lines fished 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 7-23-2014) 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 currently running 16-hour generation periods each day, which has kept the tailwaters cold and clean and alive with baitfish. Sadly, the rainbow trout season is almost over with very limited numbers of trout living near the dam. This occurs every July and August as the majority of rainbow’s have been caught or migrated away from the dam in search of cooler water. Live bait presentations give anglers the best opportunity to hook the remaining wary trout that will often ignore artificial presentations. Nightcrawlers, redworms, mealworms, wax worms, and live minnows tightlined over deep water or fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater are a best bet for results. Few white bass are still present, but schools of whites will move in and out of the tailrace chasing shad and can be in the area for weeks at a time or not at all. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current is a proven method of locating numbers of white bass along with casting 1/16 and 1/8 ounce jigs around visible rock structure. A few small walleye have been caught using these same methods below the bridge in periods of current. Striper activity has been slow with little topwater action observed this week. Alabama rigs and live shad presented with a balloon rig are a must when targeting these fish. Freshwater drum prowl the sand bars in the late evening searching for crawfish and shad. These fish are verocious fighters requiring heavy lines and rods for any chance of success.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 7-2-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing is fair to good on crankbaits trolled at 1.7 miles per hour and on a double-jig or double-minnow rig trolled at about 1 mile per hour. Catfishing is good on noodles and jugs.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 7-2-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said catfishing has been good on noodles and jugs.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 7-2-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has slowed everywhere with the up and down weather. Once the weather stabilizes, summer patterns should re-emerge.

Bear Creek Lake

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

White River

(Updated 7-23-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said crappie fishing is fair on minnows. Bass fishing is fair on soft-plastic worms and jigs.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 7-23-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream fishing is fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting minnows and jigs. Bass are responding best to crankbaits and standard soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is very good on trotlines and on rod-and-reel with live or prepared bait.

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