Arkansas Fishing Report June 18 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report June 18 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 6-18-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the bream are biting very well on redworms, crickets and Dynamax jigs around the shoreline anywhere from 10-inches to 3 feet deep. Crappie fishing is not very good right now, but a few can be caught on small minnows and jigs in 4 to 6 feet of water around green cypress trees and at Adams and Greens lakes. Bass fishing is good on chartreuse and black spinnerbaits along the banks. Catfishing is good on green sunfish, nightcrawlers and Magic Bait.
(Updated 6-17-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bream are biting excellently on crickets and worms. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Catfishing is very good with livers and nightcrawlers. Yo-yos, trotlines and limb lines baited with bream or shiners are working as well.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is low in the morning, until about 1 p.m. A combination of wax worms and marshmallows or orange and white Power Bait are working on Carolina rigs. There haven’t been any reports from fly-fishermen, but the fishing has been excellent in the mornings for bait anglers.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said with Greers Ferry Lake level at top pool, we should see a more typical summer generation schedule on the Little Red River of a few hours each afternoon. Expect this to continue in the coming days unless we receive a significant amount of rainfall. With the lower water conditions, warmer weather and higher humidity, we can begin thinking about putting away the waders for the summer and enjoying the cool water of the Little Red by wet wading your favorite shoals. We are seeing a lot of mayflies and blue wings coming off the water in late afternoon, with a few caddis. Pheasant tails, midges, soft hackles, “bushy” tan sowbugs and small San Juan worms are working well. Hot pink and purple haze-colored Trout Magnet bodies on chartreuse jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 6-18-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.15 feet below normal pool and falling. Summertime bass season is here with some fish grouped up out deep and some loner fish up shallow. The deeper fish can be caught with a Texas rig,Carolina rig, football head jig and Alabama rig, the shallow fish can be caught on jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater baits. Crappie are out on deep brush piles and suspended in the pole timber from 15-40 feet deep; use jigs tipped with a minnow. The bream are up shallow and eating , and bedding every month, some head out to deeper water after they bed until next time around and all can be caught on crickets and crawlers, and even some on small in-line spinners and crankbaits. Walleye are grouped up on the edges of pea gravel flats and biting well on crankbaits and crawlers trolled about 1-3 mph. Hybrids and white bass are in 25-45 feet of water and biting well on spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits, just find the bait and the fish will be close.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperature have reached 78 degrees and are slowly rising with average seasonal temps. Most all game fish have settled into their summer pattern with the exception of the catfish, which seems to be pushing to spawn later than usual. Walleyes have slid out to 19-26 feet. Most bass and bluegills are in the 14-18 foot range around planted brushpiles. The shad population seems low compared to the last few years, so the topwater action of surfacing hybrids to be minimal over the next month.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 6-18-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the lake is high and clear. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets early in the morning and late in the evening. Just after sunrise is best for crappie fishing and bass fishing. The bass are right along the shoreline on any cover you can finde. Try a spinnerbait or buzzbait. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and rod-and-reel.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting, but nothing else is biting well enough for a report.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

(Updated 6-18-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 6-18-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the water level is high. Bass have finally started up again and anglers are doing very good around the shore using white or chartreuse buzzbaits or Culprit worms in fire and ice, black/chartreuse and watermelon. Crappie are biting well with limits being caught over brush piles at 10-12 feet using minnows and brightly colored jigs. Catfish have slowed some since the rain, but are still being taken at night on jugs and lines with large minnows, bream and chicken hearts. Bream have moved out of the shallows into deeper water, but are still being caught with crickets at 5-6 feet.
(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Lake Cargile

(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 6-18-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 81 degrees. Largemouth bass are excellent back in the grass and trees on black/red spinnerbaits, floating worms and topwater lures. Spotted bass are excellenton jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water and are mixed in with the largemouth. White bass are fair and most are on the east end of the lake. They are hitting Rooster Tails, crappie jigs and clear topwater baits. Crappie are fair in about 10 to 15 feet of water. Minnows are the best bet lately. Bream are excellent on crickets and live worms fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines baited with small bream.
​(Updated 6-18-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting crickets and redworms. Catfish have been biting nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass fishing is slow with some small ones biting live minnows. No reports of crappie.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are biting chicken livers, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Bass have been biting live minnows and Texas-rigged plastic worms and lizards. Crappie have been scattered, but a few have been caught on No. 6 minnows and pink crappie minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said the water level is about to return to normal and fishing has been good. Bass are biting small Texas-rigged plastics, small spinnerbaits, crawdad-colored crankbaits and big live minnows. Crappie fishing has been fair using live minnows in some back waters and coves. Catfish have been caught on trotlines baited with minnows and black salties. Bream fishing is always fun with crickets or red worms fished on a small hook and light line.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing is great with crickets and redworms fished around docks and brush piles. The bigger one always seem to be in the deeper water around brush or logs. Bass fishing is fair with Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics, spinnerbaits or live minnows. Catfish are biting minnows, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Crappie fishing has been slow but some small ones have been biting pink minnows for a couple of customers.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish have been hitting redworms and nightcrawlers. Catfish have been biting chicken livers and Wild Cat Full Stringer stink bait as well. Crappie fishing has been fair on No. 6 minnows and pink minnows. Bass have been hitting live minnows, small spinnerbaits, and Texas-rigged and floating plastic worms.

Lake Winona

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some very nice crappie were caught recently by one customer using No. 6 crappie minnows. Some smaller bass were mixed in and caught on minnows as well. Bream have been biting crickets and redworms. Catfish have been feeding right at dark and eating up chicken livers, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 6-18-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the fishing is really starting to come on now that the bad weather has pushed through. Black bass are getting strong on the jetties and are biting well on green pumpkin-colored brush hogs with rattles worked along the current break. White bass are schooling and chasing shad around jetty tips. Fish a citrus shad-colored crankbait on the front side of jetties early and late in the day. Spotted bass are mixed in with the white bass on the fronts of jetties. Catfishing is good in the shallows early on nightcrawler/shad combinations. At mid-day move to 15 to 20 feet of water off the jetties. Bream are in the grass on riprap and are biting well on crickets and black/gold blade Mepps and Rooster Tail spinners.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 6-18-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said crappie are slow. Bream are biting well in the backwater on worms and crickets. No report on bass or catfish.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 6-18-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished on the edges of grass mats in backwaters. Bass are biting well on topwater lures, crankbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around rocky outcroppings and jetties. Catfishing is good on cut bait and nightcrawlers around eddies in the current.

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

(Updated 6-18-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Bass are biting well on topwater frogs. Catfishing is good on skipjack.

Clear Lake

(Updated 6-18-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream fishing is good on crickets and worms. Bass fishing is good on topwater frogs. Skipjack are working best on catfish.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 6-11-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is still cool. Some fish are biting, Just not very much. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good as well.

Lake Pickthorne

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

​(Updated 6-18-2014) 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 662.43 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
(Updated 6-18-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said midlake temperatures remain in the mid-70s. The main lake structure continues to be producing the most consistent catches. Look for schools of spotted bass along primary points on the main lake side, in depths of 45 to 55 feet. Shad- and crayfish-colored jigs will produce the best results at those depths. Walleye are hitting well just after dark along main lake structure where points or flats meet deeper standing timber. Crappie can be found near deeper brush piles in 25 to 40 feet or water, in the main lake as well as deep creek arms. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting along main lake bluffs in 25 to 45 feet of water. Catfish are spawning and nice catches are coming from trotline fishermen with sets in the backs of shallower creek arms.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 6-17-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward lower generation in mornings, with 4-5 generators in afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleo spoons. Be sure to visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is still pretty clear. Fishing is fairly good on yellow and pink Power Bait. Rapala floating minnows also are working well. Buoyant spoons, Little Cleos and Blue Fox spinners have all produced well. White jigs have been the best bet for brown trout lately.

(Updated 6-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a cerise or pink San Juan worm with a caddis pattern suspended below it). The sulphur hatch should begin any day. It normally occurs in May and June. It seems to be late, possibly due to the brutal weather last winter. This is our most reliable mayfly hatch of the year. It is a size 14 to 16 insect and it is yellowish orange. Before the hatch, fish mayfly nymphs. Favorites are copper Johns and pheasant tails. As the insects begin their emergence, switch to a partridge-and-orange or partridge-and-yellow soft hackle. This often is the most productive tactic.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 556.91 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).
(Updated 6-17-2014) 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. There has been rain each day with lots of cloud cover. 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 baby shad and crayfish in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper right now. The Big Creek area and Robinson Point flat have produced on free lines and downlines set at 50 to 70 feet.
(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 6-17-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the mid-70s. There was a little topwater for stripers and hybrids this week when we had cloudy skies. If it was sunny they didn’t come up. They were hitting Zara Spooks, soft jerkbaits and a few hit on swimbaits. They were hitting live bait very well this week as well; look for them suspended 35-40 feet deep and get your bait down to them. Bass were hitting Spooks and soft jerkbaits as well. Throw a Texas-rigged worm, drop-shot with a small worm or a jig in 5-25 feet of water. Look for crappie in the deep brush piles. No report on walleye.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 6-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the siphon to accommodate minimum flow has been repaired and is back online. The Norfork River has fished poorly recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 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. With warmer weather, 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).

Buffalo River

(Updated 6-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are a bit high and stained. 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 6-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are a bit high and stained. 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 1,120.78 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 6-18-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said bass are biting best at dawn and dusk on topwater lures, flukes, swim baits, and shallow crankbaits (Rapala DT 6- Green Shad) near main lake points with gravel. During the day, use a shaky head worm in watermelon seed color. Target transition areas on banks where gravel banks become chunk rock or bluff lines in 6-15 feet of water. Also, try a 3/8-oz. jig in black/blue with a black or crawdad-colored Zoom Super Chunk. Monte-Ne, Blackburn, Prairie Creek, Coose Hollow, Both Clifty’s and Van Winkle have all been good for bass. Crappie will be on the bottom or suspended over brush piles in 15-25 feet of water. A 1/32- or 1/16-oz. jig or minnow will work best. Most recent catches required fishing a shad-like jig or minnow 8-15 feet under a slip cork to trigger the strike. Fish can also be found suspended 8-15 feet under shaded docks in 30 feet of water. For deeper fish, target brush piles or timber in 15 to 30 feet of water along the main channel. A curly tail jig on a 1/16-oz. jig head will work in those areas. White River upstream from Point 12, Piney Creek, Monte Ne, Joes Creek and Blackburn, Prairie Creek, Coose Hollow, and Ventris have all been good for crappie. Night fishing is picking up under the 12 bridge for white bass. Catfishing will slow down until mid-June as catfish are starting to spawn. Trotlines, limb lines, jugs will be best.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are biting throughout the day with peaks at dusk and dawn. The topwater action is dying down, so most are being caught on live shad fished 20 to 30 feet deep. Trolled umbrella rigs and Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15As trolled with planer boards to spread out and cover water also are working. Indian Creek is still a hot spot as well as Dry Creek, Rocky Branch, Larue, Copper Mine Ventris and Shaddox Hollow. The mouth of Coose Hollow is holding a lot of stripers lately. Walleye are being caught about 5 to 10 feet deep on 3-way rigs and trolled Hot-N-Tots Wiggle Warts, Reef Runners and Ripstiks. Slow death rigs ans spinner rigs with orange and chartreuse beads are working well with minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches. Berkley Gulp or Power Bait will work in place of live bait in a pinch. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange and black also are good options. Check War Eagle, the junction of War Eagle and the White River, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and Hickory Creek for the walleye.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bream are fair on crickets. Bass are fair on topwater lures early in the morning and on jigs, drop-shot worms and deep-diving crankbaits during the day. Catfishing is good on live and prepared bait. Trolling a Storm Hot ‘N’ Tot has produced crappie, walleye and bass.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 6-6-2014) Beaver Dam Store said fishing has been very good between storms. Pearl white deep-diving crankbaits and woolly buggers have produced well. Midges, pheasant tails or peacock herl soft hackles will get some attention, too. Nickle and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. Spin fishermen also are having success using a PJ’s Jig or micro jig under a casting bubble. We have some GULP maggots that will work when nothing else will.

Lake Elmdale

(Updated 6-17-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said it seems like sometimes the fish go crazy on the bite, and that’s how it’s been here for the past several weeks. The redear and bluegill are having the best spawn in his 16 years on the lake. Use a cricket on a hook, with no weight or bobber. Just lob the cricket over to suspected bedding areas and hang on. Redworms will work too, but crickets have been better. Bass have been excellent on black/red spinnerbaits and black/blue or black/chartreuse buzzing frogs on a No. 2 screw-in worm hook. Crappie fishing is still good all over the lake on minnows fished under a bobber set a few feet deep near grass. A few jigs are working on the crappie, and there is not any one color that has worked best.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 6-18-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said bream are fair. Bluegill are biting best on crickets; redworms are best for the redear sunfish. Crappie and bass are fair. Catfishing has been good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is dark in color and at normal level. Bream are being caught on worms and crickets under a bobber. Black bass are responding best to topwater lures early and late in the day, especially where you can find schools of shad. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 6-17-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said fish are easing into their summer patterns as the temperature warms up. Look for bass to be most active early in the morning; try topwater lures before the sun is up, then switch to spinnerbaits and jerkbaits later in the day. Jig-and-pig combos and soft-plastic worms fished on deep points will work during the day as well. Bream remain active throughout the warmer weather, with crickets and worms taking the most bream. Catfish are starting to congregate around the mouths of coves, as they prepare for their spawn.Try cut bait, worms and dough bait in these locations.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 6-17-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass are hitting brush hogs, shallow-running crankbaits and topwater lures. Bream and redear are 3-10 feet deep and being caught on crickets. Crappie fishing is tough, but a few are being caught on small minnows in 15 feet of water. Catfish are hitting stink bait and nightcrawlers.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 6-17-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass are hitting topwater lures, large Texas-rigged worms and light-colored spinnerbaits. Bream and redear are 5-15 feet deep and being caught on crickets and redworms. Catfish are being caught on small bream, nightcrawlers and stink bait.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 6-17-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said catfishing has been excellent on a variety of baits. Bream are also biting very well on the standard cricket or worm. Crappie are in the deep water and some big ones are being caught. No report on bass.

Crown Lake

(Updated 6-11-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the rain has kept the anglers off the water. All speices are slow.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 6-18-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake is still high, but is dropping. Shad are schooling all around the lake early and late and fish are feeding around the schools. Bass have been poor to fair; buzzbaits and other topwaters have been producing fish early and late. Crankbaits are also starting to produce more fish; try a square-billed shallow runner that can bounce off standing timber. Bream have been fair to good on redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers. Fish are anywhere from 1-8 feet deep; try under a float and vary your depth. Channel and blue catfish have been good on cut bait, dip baits, nightcrawlers, chicken liver and hotdogs. Flatheads have been poor on live bait under jugs; channel and blues have been good under jugs on liver, minnows, goldfish, bream and cut bait. A couple saugeye were caught near the levee on a crankbait. No report on crappie.

Spring River

Work is progressing well on the Dam 3 renovation project. Flow from the main channel of the Spring River has been diverted to the north channel and rehabilitation of the dam itself is underway. The estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2014. Caution should be used when at the Dam 3 Access on the Spring River.

(Updated 6-18-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 350 cfs at the spring and water clarity is clear. It has been hot, and we have downsized our flies from a 6 down to a 10 to improve hook ups on short strikes. Olive woollies, guppies and Y2Ks have been hot. Brown trout crankbaits have been hot and silver and gold spinners are working well for spin fishers. Leave the waders at home and bring plenty of sunscreen and cool off this summer in the Spring River.

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 6-17-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City saidbass are still biting well on topwater frogs in the mornings and soft-plastic worms during the day. Anglers are fishing the frogs on the lily pads, then pausing them just off the edge of the pads for a good bite. Bream are still excellent on crickets and worms. Catfishing is very good on worms at the mouths of creeks.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 6-4-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said fishing is still good at Lake Chicot. Catfish are excellent, being caught night and day on crickets, minnows, worms, hot dogs, and everything else. Limblines and yo-yos are particularly effective. There have been some decent bass catches over the last couple of weeks. Bream are proving hard to find right now, and there have been very few crappie pulled in.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.50 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 6-18-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 4 inches above normal conservation pool. Discharge at teh dam was 13,118 cfs on Monday. Surface temperatures range from 73 to 84 degrees. Continue to use caution during navigation on Little River and Millwood, watching for floating debris and limbs from all the recent high wind and thunderstorms. Clarity and visibility is ranges from 5 to 10 inches. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained to muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 8-12 inches depending on location and current. Bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation. Buzzbaits, Cordell Crazy Shads, Baby Torpedoes, various frogs and Arborghast Jitterbugs are best bets. Find clear water away from current in Little River for the best bite. Bass Assassin Shads in salt and pepper or crystal shad colors continue working around vegetation, and Rat-L-Traps are working around deeper drops into the creek channels. Magnum sized, 4″ salty tubes in pumpkinseed, black/blue tail, or Arkie Craw colors were working well last week. Best colors Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits working over the past week were Chrome Black Zombie or Tennessee Shad. White bass continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on jigging spoons behind primary points in the river, just out of the current. High current in Little River still has the crappie pushed deep and back into the creek channels dumping into the river. Blues and channel cats continue biting good in the current in Little River over the past week on trotlines set 15-18 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits are cut shad, chicken livers and stink bait. YoYos were taking some 2-4 pound blues in Mud Lake oxbow up Little River using live shiners in 8-12 feet of water around live cypress trees.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.92 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 407.80 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 6-18-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Fishing has been good, especially for schooling white bass and hybrids. Bass fishing is good with the fish biting in just a few feet of water. They seem to be feeding on the bedding bream. Throw a big spinnerbait or Texas-rigged worm into the shore line grass or wood cover on secondary points in the morning or late evening. Best areas have been between Edgewood and Point 15. Try around Alpine Ridge, Lenox Marcos and Yancey Creek. No report on crappie. Hybrid and white bass fishing is picking up nicely with many catches reported. Look for breaking fish, (mostly white bass), along the south side between the mouth of Brushy Creek to Point 4. Throw a small spoon, swim bait or in-line spinner into the fish, let it sink and work it up through the school. Some big hybrids are coming from the Point 10 area. The best time is early in the morning. Bream fishing is very good with lots of bedding fish. Look for the beds in coves with some cover and bait with redworms or crickets. A few catfish are coming in on trotlines set at night and baited with nightcrawlers, cut shad, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers or hot dogs. For live baits, try small bream and big minnows.

South-Central Arkansas
Moro Bay

Moro Bay State Park at the junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay, had no report this week.

Ouachita River Oxbows

Jaret Rushing said successful fishing is widely based on the rise and fall of the Ouachita River in these lakes and tributaries. Due to the amount of rain we have had over the past several weeks, fishing is spotty at best. Some bass anglers are catching decent sacks of bass when the river on the rise on topwaters and spinnerbaits in the mornings and crankbaits and soft plastics in the heat of the day. Water temperatures have been on a steady rise, so fish are less aggressive during the heat of the day. Anglers are catching a few crappie. The latest reports show that slow trolling chartruese/blue jigs at about 5 feet deep in lake channels is producing a few good stringers.

Tri-County Lake

No report.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 6-11-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said in the upper lake, bream are biting well on crickets and worms early in the morning and evening. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and tight lining using worms, minnows, crickets and catfish baits. Bass are a little slow but can be picked up in the mornings and evenings on artificial lures. Crappie are slow, but have been biting on minnows and jigs. In the lower lake, limits are strictly enforced, they are: 5 catfish, 50 bream and catch-and-release only on crappie and bass. Catfish are biting on trotlines and tight lining using worms, minnows, crickets, and catfish baits . Bream are biting well on crickets and worms.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 350.67 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 6-11-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said fishing is bad everywhere right now because of the constant rain. The water is very muddy and the lake is flooding, causing ramp closures. Some bass have been caught in the flooded brush and catfishing has been good at times on minnows and bream for anglers who got out between rains.
(Updated 6-11-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and fishing is slow.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 6-11-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting fairly well, but the rain has kept most everything else slow.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 6-4-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is muddy and all species are slow.

Lake Hinkle

Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419) had no report this week.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 6-17-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said bass are on fire from dam to dam; they are being caught many different ways from crankbaits and jigs to topwater prop baits and walking baits. There haven’t been any really big fish, but the fishing is great on ledges, brush piles, points and any vegetation around flats near the river. Striper fishing has been good and getting better every day. Topwater walking baits, swimbaits, Rat-L-Traps and jerkbaits all have been working well. White bass have been very good on crankbaits, spoons, tailspinners and inline spinners wherever you can find current breaks. Crappie have been slow but can be found in 4 to 10 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Bream have been excellent on crickets, nightcrawlers and wax worms. Catfish have been very good also on cut bait, shad or skipjack and dead minnows. Flatheads have been good on large goldfish and bream.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 391.74 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 6-11-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said due to high water levels, there is no fishing report this week. The lake level is currently 5.74 feet above the normal stage for this time of the year and still rising. There’s just not much fishing going on. There is little to no discharge at the outlet channel in Outlet Area Park.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.96 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 6-4-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clearing from all the rains. Surface water temperature is 72 to 76 degrees. Black bass are still good on jighead worms, Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. Topwater action is good with Zara Spooks, Zoom super flukes and buzzbaits. Walleye are excellent on Shad Raps and swim baits fished on main lake points. Bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses are doing well lately as well. Stripers are very good on live bait and trolled hair jigs. Try main lake points and humps. Bream are excellent and being caught around brush 8 to 14 feet deep. Crappie are still good and being caught near brush 15 to 20 feet deep with minnows or crappie jigs. Catfish are very good and being caught on trotlines and jug lines fished in big bays and major creek basins.

Lake Hamilton

(Updated 6-11-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report due to rain and heavy current conditions.

Lake Catherine

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 6-18-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 55 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. June is a good month for rainbow trout fishing on Lake Catherine as high numbers of quality trout are thriving in the tailrace and feeding on shad. Bank fishermen are having success using redworms, meal worms, nightcrawlers, and wax worms under a bobber or fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Periods of slack water are best when no current is flowing from the dam. Spin fishermen casting small 1/16- and 1/8-ounce jigs in white or gray in times of current have taken limits of rainbows. Trolling small crankbaits against the current has also accounted for numbers of large trout around the bridge over deeper water. Overall, the trout bite is slower than earlier in the year, but the size is much greater. White bass are in the tailrace and being caught on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and live minnows. Large stripers have been observed chasing trout and shad with a few being caught on Alabama rigs and live shad.

Lake Atkins

(Updated 6-4-2014) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream fishing is good on wax worms and crickets fished in lily pads and near trees. You have to hunt for the beds, but they’re there. Crappie fishing is excellent around docks in 8 feet of water. It’s time to shoot jigs underneath the docks. The crappie are moving to their deeper summer patterns, so trolling crankbaits in deeper water should produce a few as well. Bass fishing is excellent on tubes and spinnerbaits fished early in the morning and late at night. Catfishing is excellent on limb lines in shallow water and yo-yos in the trees.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing has been good on jigs and minnows slow trolled near brush in deep water in all the oxbows, including Midway Lake. Catfishing has been good on trotlines, limb lines and yo-yos as well.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 6-18-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been getting better on overcast days, but overall has been only fair. Bluegill are scattered and anglers are having to do a lot of hunting to find keeper-sized fish. Crappie are biting fairly well in the middle of the lake on minnows and jigs. Bass fishing is fair at best. There just isn’t much happening at Wapanocca this week.

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 6-18-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bass and catfish are slow. No report on bream or crappie.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 6-18-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said some bass are biting crankbaits and stick baits around shallow cover. Catfish are fair, with a few being caught on stink bait here and there. No report on crappie or bream.

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