Arkansas Fishing Report September 10 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report September 10, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 9-10-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained, per usual for Conway, and the lake is at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around shallow areas (one foot and shallower) with lily pads and logjams. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished on the shady side of live cypress trees in 6 feet of water. Bass are fair on soft-plastic lures and frogs fished along the lily pads near shore. Catfishing is good on yo-yos, limb lines and trotlines baited with gold fish, large minnows and small bream.

(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 9-10-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low, with only a little generation late at night. Fishing is excellent and there’s plenty of wade-fishing opportunity. Trout are biting well on wax worms with a marshmallow floater and Power Bait.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said we are continuing to see afternoon/evening generation providing great drift and wade fishing. Cool temperatures are expected toward the end of the week, so we are moving closer to fall fishing on the Little Red. Midges, soft hackles, small streamers and sow bugs are working well when fly-fishing. Hot pink- and chartreuse-colored 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 460.59 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 9-10-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level 5.2 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface temperature is in the mid-80s. Bass fishing is hit and miss. Try topwater baits, jigs and spinner baits up shallow and jigs, Alabama rigs and drop shots out to 70 feet deep for deeper bass. Bream are bedding again and eating crickets and crawlers up in shallow water on pea gravel banks. Walleye are slow. Crappie fishing is good on minnows and jigs fished vertically around and in brush piles and pole timber in 15-70 feet. White bass and hybrid bass are eating pretty well, and the catch rate should go up with a little cooler weather. Try inline spinners, spoons and swim baits for the best results and look for the shad.

(Updated 8-6-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said Greers Ferry Lake remains close to normal pool with water temperatures at 82-84 degrees. As with last year, the shad are small and not much surface activity is occurring from the white and hybrid bass population. Finding schools of shad with sonar is difficult due to their small size. Main lake points, drop-offs, creek and river channels, and standing timber in 40-75 feet of water are holding fish during the day, with fish moving to shallower flats at dark. Suspended fish can be found in the river channel from 25-50 feet deep in 70-80 feet of water. Nice catches of crappie can made trolling over standing timber with jigs or crankbaits.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently falling steadily and is5 feet below normal pool. Water surface temperatures are tapering off slightly and should really start to drop over the next few weeks. Some shad are on the banks and in pockets ready to spawn once the water temps get in the mid- to upper 70s. The overall bite is pretty good on all three species of bass, however, quality of bass is another issue. Crappie are really moving with the shad; be prepared to move and adjust when fishing them. Take time to graph and relocate your schools rather than fishing where you caught them yesterday. Hybrids and white bass are mixing and mingling together at the mouths of most primary shad-spawning pockets and creeks. Surface action is really starting to get pretty consistent and days of high catch rates are here. Inline spinners, small swim baits and Zara Spooks all are working well.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is murky and a little low. Bream are fair on crickets fished close to stumps. Crappie are fair and have just started biting on blue/white jigs drifted around stumps. Bass are biting well along the bank in the mornings. Catfishing is good on stink bait and chicken livers.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around stumps in 2 to 6 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around woody cover in 6 to 12 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on stink bait, chicken liver, minnows and turkey livers. White bass are chasing shad, but are only fair. Look for birds to gather around any areas where they’re schooling.

Lake Overcup

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

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is clear. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets around brush and stumps in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 8 to 15 feet of water but are scattered and could be anywhere. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush near the bank. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and chicken livers.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie are still holding around brush piles in 10 to 15 feet of water. Trolling with minnows has been good for the crappie. Bream are taking worms with most activity on the south side of the lake and around the dam. Catfish are slowing a little, but still being caught nights and early mornings on nightcrawlers, large minnows and stink baits. Bass are very slow.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 9-10-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 86 degrees and fishing is very good. The water level is about a foot below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater baits early and late in teh day and on soft-plastics fished around points and creek channels from late morning to early afternoon. Spotted bass are biting well and some are schooling. Look for them to be mixed in with crappie in deep water and fish with small vertically jigged spoons. White bass are biting well. The schooling has slowed, but many are still being caught on crankbaits trolled in the main lake. Crappie are biting well in 15 to 20 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms fished 10 to 15 feet deep in brush and artificial cover. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with small bream.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. No report.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said fishing has been slow. Some bream and catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers and crickets..

Sunset Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are biting fairly well on chicken livers, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Bass are biting live minnows, Texas-rigged plastics and small crankbaits. Crappie have been slow but some have been biting pink minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are biting fair on minnows, chicken livers and bait shrimp. Bass fishing has been fair with minnows and Texas-rigged lizards. Crappie fishing is slow with only a couple of reports of small ones caught on minnows. Bream are quick to bite a worm or cricket on a small hook and light line. Use heavier line and gear with minnows to catch gar for some fun and challenging fights.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has slowed but some big ones are still being caught in deep water on crickets and redworms. Bass fishing has been fair with Texas-rigged lizards and worms. Catfish are being caught on jugs baited with brooder minnows, black saltys and goldfish. No reports of crappie being caught recently.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting pretty well on crickets. Catfish have been biting fair on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bass are biting slow on minnows and floating worms. Some crappie have been biting on no. 6 minnows.

Lake Winona

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie are biting for some customers on no. 12 bass minnows. Bass fishing has been fair with Texas-rigged plastics and spinner baits. Bream are biting crickets and worms. Catfish have been biting nightcrawlers at dusk.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 9-3-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said early goose hunting has been excellent. Drifting for catfish using a shad/worm combination has worked very well in 15 to 30 feet of water. Largemouth bass are biting well on soft-plastic buzzing toads fished in the grass. Spotted bass have been biting well underneath overhangs on buzzbaits and chatterbaits. Bream are biting well at the edge of the grass on Roostertails. White bass are biting around jetty tips late in the day on pearl- or shad-colored crankbaits. Drum are biting excellently on crayfish and worms fished near the bottom around rock jetties.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 9-10-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said bream are biting well on crickets fished in 3 to 4 feet of water along the edges of the lily pads. Crappie are fair on minnows in 5 to 6 feet of water along the edge of the creek channel. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and frogs fished around shallow vegetation out to about 6 feet deep early in the mornings. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken livers.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. No report.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 9-10-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is low and stained. Bream are biting well around shallow brush on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bass are fair on topwater lures, especially frogs, around grass in the backwaters. Catfishing is fair around sandbar drops on shad and nightcrawlers.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. However. some white bass and stripers are being caught below the dam on white/chartreuse jigs and catfish are fair on cut shad and skipjack below the dam.

(Updated 9-10-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said below Terry Lock and Dam, the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets fished about 4 feet off the bank. Crappie are fair on minnows and jig in 8 feet of water in the backwaters. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around rocky areas and jetties in 8 to 10 feet of water. Catfishing is good on cut bait below the dam.

Clear Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and low. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in 4 to 5 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 8 to 10 feet of water. Bass are biting well in the shallows early in the morning and in deeper water as the day goes on. spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft-plastic worms are working the best around brush near the bank. Catfishing is slow.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and cooling. Bream are fair on crickets and worms fished around brush and overhangs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Some folks are catching them on visible stumps but most are being caught on underwater stumps by trollers. Bass are fair, but are scattered on underwater brush. Catfishing is good on chicken liver, blood bait and worms.

Lake Pickthorne

(Updated 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. No report.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

(Updated 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. No report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

(Updated 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. No report.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 656.49 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).

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

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 9-10-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings and high flows in the afternoons, with Sunday being low all day. 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 9-10-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is low and clear, with minimum flow all weekend. Fishing was fair, but boating was poor because of the low water. most fish caught were rainbow trout on drifted live bait.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said last week, we have had a minor rain event (a quarter inch here in Cotter), hot temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell 0.7 feet to rest at 2.9 feet below seasonal power pool. With the extremely hot temperatures we have been experiencing, we should see more generation in the afternoon during peak power demand. The hot spot was Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). It’s time to fish grasshoppers. There is a bumper crop of them this year and the trout are already keying in on them. Favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western foam varieties. To increase hook ups use a dropper like a ruby midge in size 18 three feet below the hopper. Higher afternoon flows 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 550.34 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 9-3-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is dropping and now below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-80s. The water visibility is clear. The stripers and hybrids are feeding on this year’s hatch of young gizzard shad. These shad are about 2 1/2 “ to 3 1/2”. If you’re using spoons make sure to match the hatch with your spoon size. The striper bite will start early again with the full moon approaching. Start fishing at 5 a.m. to catch the early bite around 38 to 45 feet deep. As the morning grows, stripers are moving into 45 feet and deeper water. Live shad is still the most effective method, but spoons and trolled swim baits and umbrella rigs also are working. Look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Koso (Front and Back), Thumb Point, and the Backbone The method is down lines, 2-oz sinker, with a 6-foot leader counted down to depth of the stripers.

(Updated 9-3-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said striper fishing has really picked up over the last several weeks. Stripers and hybrids have schooled up. When you find them it can be non-stop action. Live bait and vertical jigging with a spoon are both working well.Lately the stripers are in 60 feet of water suspended 30 to 40 feet down. The biggest challenge is to find the fish. Today I looked at 3 different areas before I found them. Sometimes the fish will be in the same area day after day, but in the last week I found a huge school of fish back in Georges Cove, but I keep checking and they haven’t found them again in that area. These fish keep moving and following the bait. There is still a good, but short-lived, topwater bite for largemouth, smallmouth and spots at daybreak and sunset. Have your favorite topwater bait ready for some fun action. Once the sun gets high they start to go deep. I have heard that the after dark bite for black bass has been pretty good. Walleye have been found around brush in 30-40 feet of water. Catfishing is still good on trotline and jugs. Set your baits down about 15-20 feet back in the creeks and coves or next to a bluff line. The surface water temperature is in the mid to upper 80’s which is getting close to normal for this time of year. The creeks and coves are somewhat stained and the main lake is still clear. The lake is in great shape for water depth and temperature.

(Updated 9-3-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the bite continues to be good on the lake for stripers, hybrids, whites and bass along with a few walleye. Look for fish suspended at 35-40 feet and get your bait down. We caught of fish on jigging spoons. Look for them off points and coves. Early in the morning there has been topwater fishing for largemouth bass and white bass.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 8-6-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork River has fished a bit better 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. The siphon to accommodate minimum flow was down for several days but appears to be back online.

Buffalo River

(Updated 8-27-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is low, clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering the Buffalo River.

Crooked Creek

(Updated 8-27-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is low, clear and barely navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,115.16 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said bass fishing has been good. Night fishing continues to be the best option. Dark-colored crawdad-imitating soft plastics, black spinnerbaits and large Texas-rigged worms are working well along sloping gravel and chunk rock banks with brush. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day by using topwater plugs and buzzbaits in and around the brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard, worm or brush hog fished over points and flats works well. You can also try a drop-shot or shaky head Gambler Webo or Shaky Shad. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good for bass. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to be suspending under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been down 15 to 20 feet over 25 to 35 feet of water. Minnows, small curly tailed grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jig head worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot “N” Tot or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats also has been effective. Night fishing has 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 on 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.er the 12 bridge. During the day they can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught using Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperatures are in the low 80s. Early morning and the night bite have been best for stripers. Most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Stripers are being taken on live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolled Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks, Bomber 15A-16A or spoons. Beaver Lake striped bass are still being caught in Prairie Creek past lost bridge and the Dry Creek area. Also try Honey Creek, points 3, 4, 5, 6, Ford Creek, Cedar Creek and Rocky Branch. White bass and walleye are being caught on medium-diving crankbaits trolled around Lost Bridge North. Check the large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek. Also look on the back side of the island and in the cut between the island. Walleye also are around the channel and islands in front of Larue boat ramp in Rocky Branch and in Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and War Eagle. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep on flatline trolled Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners and Ripstiks. Spinner rigs with orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or 3 way rigs are working when tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches or Gulp and Power Bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange or black are good options as well.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and slightly low. Bream are fair on worms and crickets fished in 8 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night and on spider-rigged jigs and minnows during the day. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits at night and on topwater lures early in the morning. During the day, switch to spoons and shaky head worms in deep water for the bass bite. Catfishing is fair on chicken liver and trotlines baited with commercial catfish bait.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 8-6-2014) Beaver Dam Store said white or pink Trout Magnets below a bobber have worked very well lately. White/yellow and pink Power Bait is getting the most good reports to the store. Use the lightest line possible. Table Rock Lake levels are still a bit high and you are able to cross the river at Cane break. The old standby midges are working well. Try a small white woolly, soft hackle or jig. With the bright sun get a disco midge or something bright colored. Nickel and gold Colorado spoons are hard to beat. PJ’s jigs or micro jigs under a casting bubble are working. Outside of the special regulation area add a wax worm behind the jig.

Lake Elmdale

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said things here are picking up a little since the recent rainfall and cooler temperatures. For bass fishing, Rat-L-Traps are working best, but jigs with a crawfish trailer and dark spinnerbaits are working as well. Minnows fished 8 feet deep over brush piles are still producing good crappie; on cloudy days, also try casting green and yellow tube jigs. Sizeable stringers of redear sunfish are being caught with redworms fished just off the bottom in 8-10 feet of water.
No new reports on Catfish. Chumming and using punch bait or liver will work the best. Nightcrawlers are good as well.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 8-27-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said there have been very few reports because of the heat. The water is dingy and at normal levels. All species are slow.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water temperature ranges from 75 to 84 degrees and the water is clear. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished in 8 feet of water near the channel. Bass are biting well on square-billed crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near the bank. Catfishing is good on shad and chicken liver.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year due to a lack of anglers on the water.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 9-10-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing is good early and late on brush hogs and finesse worms. Bream are hitting crickets and nightcrawlers. Crappie are slow. Catfish are hitting chicken liver and live bream.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 9-10-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been good on Texas-rigged worms. Bream are hitting crickets. Catfishing has been slow.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said cooler weather is coming. We have already seen an increase in bait sales and fishing reports. Crappie are biting well in the mornings on minnows. The catfish were being caught fairly well on gold fish. Some bass are being caught also. Bream are still biting well on crickets and redworms.

Crown Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is 6 inches low and clear. Bream are biting well on worms fished around brush in 5 to 10 feet of water. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished anywhere from the bank to 10 feet deep. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers in the evening.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 8-27-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels continue to drop at the lake; use care when under power. Channel catfish have been fair to good on dip baits and nightcrawlers, a few blues have been caught on nightcrawlers as well. Flathead catfish have been slow. Bass have been fair to good early and late on topwater lures and crankbaits. Bream have been good on redworms. No reports on crappie or saugeye.

Spring River

The Dam 3 renovation project should be complete by Sept. 30. Removal of the aggregate cofferdam is scheduled to start by the end of the week. Anglers and boaters should use caution below Dam 3 due to changes in water levels as the cofferdam is removed.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 270 cfs at the spring (350 average) and water clarity has been clear. The river is looking really beautiful this time of year. Mayfly emergers and Brownies are working great on the fly. With the clear water it has been fun watching the trout chase the fly before the strike. On days when the trout are slow a hot pink Trout Magnet has been the trick when fished just off the bottom of the river below a trout float.

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

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

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said the bass have moved to the deeper water where streams are running in. Crappie have tended to be found in those regions as well. Bass are biting well on topwater plugs at dawn and dusk. Crappie are biting well on jigs fished around the timber. Bream are biting well on crickets and red wigglers. Catfishing is still fair in deep water on chicken livers.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 9-10-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said a bass tournament last weekend brought stories of plenty of 3-5 lb. largemouths caught in shallow areas around whatever structure is still in the lake. Catfishing remains steady. No recent reports on bream.

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Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 258.43 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 9-3-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake remains drawn down 10 inches below normal conservation pool and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting shoreline work at Cottonshed Park and inspecting the dam. There is decreased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 961 CFS as of Monday. Use caution navigating the lake as many exposed stumps and submerged hazards are beginning to appear. Surface temperatures range from 82 to 88 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved over last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River. On main lake structure away from current visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake are improving, but are still stained. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. Millwood Lake is making a strong comeback from the recent 3-4 year slump of slow fishing and poor quality bass at tournament weigh-ins. Bass are good from 2 up to 8 pounds on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwaters early and late. Most bass remain the most aggressive at dawn and dusk around lily pad stands, and shallow vegetation in the clearest water away from current, in backs of the creeks and oxbows. An 11-pound bass was caught and released last week and many others have been caught this week in the 5-8 pound class. Frogs, Bass Assassin shads, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits remain the go-to baits over the past couple weeks with all the bass chasing shad, early and late. Working top waters around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels continue drawing good reactions at dawn. Good bites continue on the soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find away from heavy current and discharge of Little River. Johnson spoons and Heddon Moss Bosses continue taking some good fish in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. White bass continue roaming the oxbows, hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the Whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows. They were found again this week schooling and surface breaking in the Little River around Hwy 71 bridge and also at White Cliffs Campgrounds. These surface breaking fish were hitting Rat-L-Traps, Ken Pops, Pop-Rs, Chuggers, and Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in red/white or chartreuse/white Rocket Shads. Crappie improved around planted brush piles in 12-16 feet of water in Little River behind current breaks and points where brush piles are located. The best bets were vertical jigging Southern Pro Tubes in red/white, chartreuse/white, or smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 8-12 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river baited with cut shad, Catfish Charlie, buffalo and blood bait.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 542.76 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

(Updated 9-3-2014) 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 401.53 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 9-10-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is pretty slow with only a few decent catches reported coming early in the morning. Some schooling activity in the shad schools is occurring between Ozan Point and the mouth of Yancey Creek on the south side. Throw surface lures such as Zara Spooks, Sammy’s, shallow-running jerk baits, Pop-R’s, Flukes or 3-inch swim baits. Also try the Alabama rig. If you see little surface activity try a spinnerbait or shallow-running crankbait. Morning and late evening are the best, and probably the only times for any action. Hybrid fishing has really slowed with very little schooling activity. Lots of shad, in fact they are on the surface in huge schools in the Alpine Ridge, Yancey Creek areas. White bass are pretty good with some nice schools showing around Alpine Ridge in the early morning. Throw a small 1/2 ounce spoon or Roostertails to the white bass. Lots of bream are showing, especially with the full moon. Mostly small fish up shallow, so fish deeper at 10 to 20 feet near the bottom for bigger fish. Try redworms or crickets. Most any secondary point with some cover in big coves will hold fish. Catfish are fair at night on both noodles and trotlines. Set the trotlines across coves in the major creeks such as Big Hill and Brushy. Drop the noodles over timber at mid lake around Arlie Moore and Edgewood. Bait with cut shad, chicken livers, Catfish Charlie, night crawlers or hot dogs/soap.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 8-27-2014) Jaret Rushing had no report.

Tri-County Lake

(Updated 8-27-2014) Jaret Rushing had no report.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 9-10-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Bass are schooling throughout the lake early in the mornings and late in the evenings and are biting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on trotlines using live bait and catfish baits; and tight lining using worms, catfish baits, and crickets.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.37 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

(Updated 9-10-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is at normal level. Bream are fair on worms and crickets fished among the cypress trees in shallow water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 5 to 6 feet of water around brush. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits fished in 2 to 3 feet of water along the banks. Catfishing is fair on minnows and cut bait.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the bream are biting well on crickets and worms fished around brush in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on trolled Bomber and Bandit crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around brush and rocks. Catfishing is good on sink bait and nightcrawlers.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well on worms fished around lily pads. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms around the pads. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 9-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Bass are slow on spinnerbaits fished near brush. Catrfishing is good on minnows, worms and stinkbait.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 9-10-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is from 84 to 89 with good clarity. Fishing has been hit and miss, but it seems to be coming around to our favor. Bass have been fair on jigs crankbaits and jerk baits fished around rock piles, and drops with brush and underwater grass at the ends of sandbars. Stripers and white bass have been fair on small pearl white crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits on jetties. Crappie have been fair on light-colored jigs and minnows in 8 to 10 feet of the water. Bream have been good on crickets, grasshoppers and wax worms in 3 to 4 feet of water around wood. Drift fishing with cut shad and skipjack has been the way to catch the catfish.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 385.18 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 8-27-2014) Jeremy Wells, at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office had no report.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 572.35 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 9-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is 82 to 85 degrees and is clear. Black bass are biting very well on Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop-R’s. Walleye are still very good on C.C. Spoons jigged vertically or crankbaits trolled near main lake points and structure. Stripers are fair on live bait and jigging spoons around main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well around brush in the 15- to 25-foot range. Crappie are good and being caught near brush on minnows or crappie jigs fished 15- to 20-feet deep. Catfish are good and being caught on rod-and-reel fished in big bays and major creek basins.

(Updated 9-3-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the water level is 5 feet below full pool and falling. Black bass are being caught on topwater lures along timberlines in creek channel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. many people also are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on Texas-rigged or jighead worms. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water near the guts of small pockets.

Lake Hamilton

According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Hamilton will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.

(Updated 9-3-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the lake surface temperature is in the 80s and the water is clear. The lake is full. Black bass are being caught on topwater lures early in the mornings. Some are schooling at the surface, others are just underneath the surface and need to be called up with ah chugger or buzzbait. Check around docks near the main lake. A Texas-rigged worm fished around brush in 8 to 12 feet of water also is working well. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms.

Lake Catherine

According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Catherine will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro .

(Updated 9-10-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 61 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has reduced daily generation times from 16 to 12 hour periods, which has allowed temperatures to rise slightly in the area but has given anglers more time to fish slack water. Trout fishing is very slow, with few trout remaining in the tailrace. Stockings will not begin again until November, and trout fishing will be tough until then. White bass are in and out of the tailrace, chasing schools of threadfin shad. Most fish have been caught below the bridge in the late evening on shallow-running crankbaits and tightlined minnows near the dam. A few walleye have been caught on jerkbaits and Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Stripers and hybrids have been spotty, with a little topwater action observed during generation. Be ready with a large soft-plastic jerkbait or Zara Spook and heavy line in case one surfaces near you while you’re fishing for other species.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 9-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 9-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 9-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 9-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing has been slow for all species. No report.

White River

(Updated 8-27-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been tough during the day, but the fish are biting a little early and late. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on gitzit tubes and soft-plastic trick worms.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 9-3-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is fairly clear and low. Bream are fair on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair. Bass are biting well around the dock on crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on trotlines.

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