Arkansas Fishing Report September 24 2014

Arkansas Fising Report September 24, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 9-23-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal levels. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished about 1 foot deep and 10 feet from the bank. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished about 6 feet deep around the Highway 89 Bridge and Caney Creek. Bass are fair around the shoreline on topwater lures and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is good on yo-yos, limb lines and trotlines baited with large minnows and goldfish.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bream are biting fairly well on crickets and worms. Bass are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are biting jigs and minnows fairly well around structure. Catfishing is good with nightcrawlers and livers.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low and at normal level with little to no generation. Trout are excellent on wax worms and Power Bait as well as nightcrawlers.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Little Red is receiving small amounts of generation in the afternoons and evenings. Expect low water conditions to continue for the foreseeable future. Midges and small soft hackles are picking up fish for fly-fishermen. Hot pink and cotton candy-colored bodies on chartreuse jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Remember to handle your trout carefully and quickly get them back in the water to help protect and maintain our trout fishery.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 9-23-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is 5.84 feet below normal pool. The black bass are beginning to move shallow; try spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and dropshot rigs. Catfishing is pretty good on jugs and lines over deep water baited with live and prepared bait. Crappie are suspended in the tops of brush piles and in pole timber anywhere from 25-50 feet of water and will bite jigs and minnows. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and crawlers fished around cover anywhere from the bank to 26 feet deep. Hybrid and white bass are biting well around the shad on in-line spinners and spoons; the topwater bite is really picking up all over the lake.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) said the lake level is falling and is about 6 feet below normal. Surface temperatures have fallen to 77-78 degrees in the upper lake. Suspended fish are moving toward the mouths of major tributaries and into standing timber along the river channels. Some white bass and hybrids are surfacing on shad but not staying up long. Crappie are holding in standing timber in 35-70 feet of water. The fall pattern is beginning to take shape with cooler temperatures in the forecast.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the lake is about 6 feet below pool and falling slightly with daily generation limited to a couple of hours. Water surface temperatures are ranging in the mid-70s. Shad are spawning again and the fish are with them at very select times of the day. Here one day, and gone the next is the story right now. Even fish relating to brush are not settling down and staying put very long. It’s been crucial to cover water with your electronics each and every day in order to produce bites. Walleyes have started to show back up this week and are relating to bottom cover and structure in the 18- to 23-foot zone. Hybrids and whites are schooling pretty well in small areas lake-wide, however consistency is still a problem as they have been on the move quite a bit.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets in 3 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished 3 1/2 to 4 feet deep in the coves. Bass are fair along the shore on soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is fair on worms and chicken livers.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said the water is fairly clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished in 4 to 10 feet of water. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits fished around the bank. Catfishing is good on trotlines and yo-yos baited with chicken livers, stink bait and minnows.

Lake Overcup

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

(Updated 9-23-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said all species were biting well, but no report on any particular bait being most productive.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie are still biting well around brush piles and in the channels, but you have to move around to find them. Catfish are slowing some but can still be taken at night on noodles using dough bait, nightcrawlers, bream and minnows. Bass are starting up again but are spotty. Bream are very slow.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 9-15-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature has cooled to 78 degrees and the water level is about 2 feet below the spillway. Fishing is very good overall. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day and on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits fished in 8 to 10 feet of water. Spotted bass are biting well, and some are schooling. Fish for the spotted bass with spoons where you find them grouped up around brush. Schooling action has slowed for white bass, but they are still being caught on crankbaits trolled in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms fished in brush around 10 to 15 feet deep. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair in 10 to 12 feet of water on minnows fished around woody cover. Bass are excellent in the mornings and evenings on black buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and trick worms. No report on bream or catfish.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish have been biting fairly well on worms for some customers. No recent reports of bass or crappie fishing.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting slow to fair on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. Bream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Bass have been hitting some on live minnows, Texas-rigged lizards and small crankbaits. Crappie fishing has been relatively slow but some small ones have been hitting pink minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are biting brooder minnows and black salties on trotlines and limb lines. Bass have been biting well on brooders and no. 12 bass minnows, Texas-rigged lizards and crawdad-colored crank baits. Crappie are scattered and slow, but you can pick up one here and there with minnows or Kalin’s Triple Threat grubs in black and silver. Bream are quick to bite a cricket or redworm tossed close to brush, logs, rocks or grass. Gar are still pretty active and fun to catch with a good strong rod and line baited with a minnow.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said trotlines and noodles baited with live minnows, goldfish and black salties have been catching some catfish for some customers. Bass seem to be going for bigger baits like brooder minnows and big plastic worms and brush hogs. Bream fishing has slowed, but some big ones are still hitting crickets and worms fished in deep brush and log piles. No recent reports of crappie being caught.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are biting well in the back lake on minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Bass fishing has been fair with live minnows and Texas-rigged lizards and worms. Crappie fishing has been slow.

Lake Winona

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie fishing has been good around deep structure using no. 12 bass minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad jigs in blue ice color. Bass are being caught on minnows as well and are close to the crappie. Catfish have been biting chicken livers, nightcrawlers and frozen shad. Bream are biting redworms, crickets and meal worms.

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 9-23-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting excellently on crickets fished 3 to 4 feet deep around brush near the banks. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished 8 feet deep near treetops. Bass are biting well on white spinnerbaits and silver Rat-L-Traps fished around the banks. Catfishing is good on bream and goldfish.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 9-23-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 9-10-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is stained and low. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush near the backwater. Bass are biting well on crankbaits, Carolina rigs and jighead worms fished around grassbeds. No report on bream or catfish.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said some catfish have been caught below the dam on skipjack and cut shad. Some good stripers have been caught below Murray Dam on cut shad as well.

(Updated 9-23-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. Bream are slow. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on crankbaits fished around rocky areas. Catfish are fair on shad fished below the dam.

Clear Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. Bream are slow. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shad.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting fairly well on worms and crickets fished along the edges of brush. Crappie are slow, but should begin to improve very soon. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic lures and crankbaits. Catfishing is good on live and prepared baits.

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 655.54 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).

(Updated 9-23-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the water is cooling into the 70s and fishing has started to change for the better. The thermocline is around the 30- to 35-foot level, depending on location. Anglers are catching many bass moving shallow, especially on cloudy or windy days with spinnerbaits. There have also been reports of soft-plastic shad baits working from the bank to 15 feet deep. There are many groups of shad working the surface late in the day. The crappie and walleye haven’t started moving shallower yet, but it should happen soon with the air and water temperatures falling.

(Updated 9-17-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service had no report.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 9-23-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and higher flows in the afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleos. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site. (Updated 9-23-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and generations is low in the mornings. Fishing has been good on drift rigs baited with wax worms, Power Bait and small minnows or shad in the mornings for rainbows. Brown trout are biting well on stick baits and jigs in the higher flows.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said 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 is hopper time! There is a bumper crop of grasshoppers this year and the trout are already keying in on them. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 549.62 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the water came up with the heavy rain, but it is still 2 feet below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-70s and dropping with the cold weather and rain. The water visibility is clear. The stripers and hybrids continue to feed on crawdads and shad. Last week the striper club took an oxygen reading and found that from 0 to 45 feet has the best oxygen for stripers. If you’re trolling make sure your lures are above 45 feet, no matter the depth you’re trolling in. The striper bite starts before light and lasts until the moon sets. I am on the water by 5:15 a.m. to get setup to catch the early bite. At first light they move into water deeper but will be in the 40-foot range. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using ¾- and 1-ounce spoons and trolling Storm Wild Eye and Zoom Super Fluke swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs.

(Updated 9-10-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said Norfork Lake’s striper and hybrid bass bite is still very strong. Anglers are finding fish partway back in a creek at a channel swing in 60-70 feet of water. The fish were schooled up and suspended 30-40 feet down. The best bite for stripers and hybrids are within 3 miles north of the dam and also east of the dam. It’s a big area, but there’s a lot of fish. If this year is anything like prior years the stripers will start to migrate away from the dam area sometime in September, but I have to say, this year has been anything but normal.

(Updated 9-17-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the cooler temperatures and the rain dropped the water temperature into the upper 70s. The striper and hybrids are still biting. Look for them suspended at 35-45 feet. They can be close to the bottom early in 35 feet and will move deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky. The bite is only lasting a few hours so you have to make the best of it while you can. There are some nice whites hanging out at the same depths. You might even pick up a walleye. There are still some bass chasing bait fish to the surface early and it’s better if there is no wind. Try dropshotting a small worm or throw a jig (peanut butter/jelly or green pumpkin). Drag it slowly along the bottom or give it short hops.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 9-23-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork has fished 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 ruby midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen 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 school back in session, I would expect less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise).

Buffalo River

(Updated 9-23-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is clear and navigable. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering the Buffalo River. The river has a large drainage and is prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Crooked Creek

(Updated 9-23-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is clear and navigable. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek. The river has a large drainage and is 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 1,113.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said said early morning and the night bite have been best for stripers. Most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Live shad fished from 30 to 60 feet deep and trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs and Rapala Husky Jerks, Bomber 15As and Smithwick Rattling Rogues are all working well. Bink pro scale 1oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight jigging spoons are also producing walleye! Striper are currently found in the mouths of large arms and coves a typical fall pattern. Small striper and white bass are schooling all over the lake so have a 1/2oz kastmaster ready for surface feeding fish. The water surface temperature is in the mid- to high 70s. Be sure to check out hybrid cove by the dam for stripers. Lost Bridge North has been a hot spot. 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. Point 3 and Point 6 are also hot. In Rocky Branch, check the channel between the front of the marina and the road bed that extends to the island. Also check the channel around the little islands in front of the Larue boat ramp and at Goat Island around Larue. Walleye are being caught around Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek and especially War Eagle on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with a minnow or nightcrawler trailer.

(Updated 9-17-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said largemouth bass are biting well on dark-colored, crawdad-imitating soft plastics, black spinnerbaits, and large, Texas-rigged worms like a 10-inch Gambler worm along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks and brush. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day on topwater plugs and buzzbaits in and around brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard, worm, or brush hog fished over points and flats, or drop-shot or shaky head with Gambler Webo or Shaky Shad worm has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good for bass. Crappie fishing is picking up as water temperatures cool into the mid-70s. 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 15 to 20 feet deep over 25 to 35 feet of water. Minnows, small curly tail 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” Tot 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. During the day, white bass 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 Highway 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said there aren’t many people fishing the lake, and fishing has been slow overall. The water is clear and low. Bream are fair to slow on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows, Bobby Garland jigs and small spoons fished around brush. Bass are fair on white and silver spoons, 3/8-inch spinnerbaits and any soft-plastic lure fished slowly along the bottom in 35 feet of water. Catfishing is fair on live bait.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 9-23-2014) Beaver Dam Store said the cool down has made it much nicer to go fishing, however the first boat ramp below the dam is washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. Water is getting low and there is a lot of wadable water now. PJ’s Jigs fished under a casting bubble or on a fly rod have been doing well. Olive and white have both been working well. Outside of the “special regulation area” add a wax worm behind the jig. Still the white, yellow and pink power bait are getting the most good reports to the store. Use the lightest line possible on a leader. The old standby, gray or olive midges, are working well. Try a small white woolly bugger, soft hackle or jig. With the bright sun get a Disco Midge or something bright colored. The store owners have done weil on prince nymphs and size 18 orange pheasant tails. When the water is flowing, a nickel and gold Colorado spoon is hard to beat, as are 3.5-inch Rapala Floating Minnows.

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 9-23-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are fair on redworms and crickets in 4 to 5 feet of water. Crappie are slow. Bass are slow. Catfish are slow.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 9-23-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and 76 degrees. The water is about 2 inches low. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows fished 8 feet deep at the edge of channels and over deeper water. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and topwater lrues fished along the banks. Catfishing is good on chicken livers and shad near the channels.

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 9-23-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said it was a great week for fishing at Lake Poinsett. Crappie are the prime interest. Most people are using minnows and are going out at sunrise. Bass are being caught fairly well now, too. We saw some big catfish over the weekend caught on crayfish, goldfish and stink bait. Bream are still going after nightcrawlers and crickets.

Crown Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and at normal level. The surface water temperature is 79 degrees. Bream are fair on crickets and redworms fished around the docks. Bass are biting well on topwater lures fished early and late in the day around points that drop to 20 feet of water where fish are schooling. No report on crappie or catfish.

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. Anglers and boaters should use caution below Dam 3 due to changes in water levels as the cofferdam is removed.

(Updated 9-23-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 340 cfs and water clarity has begun to clear up. Over the last few weeks heavy rains have murked up the Spring River. The spring has begun to clear up and the trout can once again see what they are biting. Guppies and brownies have been the hot flies with Y2Ks doing great also. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver or gold spoons/spinners are working for spin fishermen. Construction at dam 3 has muddied up the water, but that work should be completed this week. With cooler temps and construction done on the dam good times are ahead.

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 9-17-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said there haven’t been many reports in this week. Catfish are being caught here and there, but there weren’t many visitors to the lake last week.

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Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.46 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 9-23-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said The lake level is 4 inches above normal conservation pool and steady. There is decreased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 1,735 CFS as of Monday. Surface temperatures range 82 to 87 degrees, depending on location. Clarity and visibility is slightly improved over last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River. As of Monday visibility ranges from 10 to 15 inches. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake are improving, but stained. Bass are biting well on 10-inch soft-plastic worms, Bass Assassin Shads, frogs and spinnerbaits early and late around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation in the clearest water away from current, in backs of the creeks and oxbows. Johnson spoons are still taking some good fish in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. War Eagle spinnerbaits in spot remover, copper peach, cole slaw, and aurora colors are working around vegetation and weed lines near deep water drop offs in the creek channels. Bomber crankbaits in Citrus Shad, white, or oxbow colors also are getting reation strikes from largemouths and white bass alike. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows. They were schooling this last week again and surface breaking in the oxbows upriver. 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. 2 anglers caught over 50 of these hard charging fighters in a little over an hour last week upriver. Crappie continue to improve around planted brush piles 12-15 feet deep in Little River behind current breaks and points with brush piles. Vertical jigging chartreuse/white Blakemore Roadrunners or smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads has worked well. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 9-12 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. Yo-yos were yielding some nice cats in Mud Lake last week using minnows and/or cut bait hung from cypress trees. The best trotline baits are cut buffalo, shad, and chicken gizzards this week.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 541.41 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 401.06 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 9-23-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good with lots of double-digit catches reported. However most fish are small or in the slot. The fish are feeding on the plentiful shad schools, which are now moving into the creeks and major pockets. Most any surface lure will produce, such as Zara Spooks, Sammies, Pop-R’s, Flukes and 3-inch swim baits. This is early morning and late evening action under low-light conditions. Look for shad and fish in Yancey and Brushy Creeks. Also try the big pockets at Alpine Ridge and Lenox Marcus. Crappie fishing is fair with some fish reported coming from the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar areas. Look for brush in 18 to 20 feet of water and drop a 1/16-ounce jig with a 2-inch curly tail grub. A Tennessee shad Kalin’s is a good way to start. Hybrid fishing is fair with some small fish showing in the 2- to 3-pound range. The best pattern has been “run and gun” and look for “breaking” fish. Throw a topwater like a Zara Puppy, or throw a 1/2-ounce spoon. Many white bass are mixed in with the hybrids. The areas around Alpine Ridge and Island 34 have been best. Also some fish are along the state park near the Lodge. Fish in the deep water at the DeRoche Ridge area are still scarce. Once again, be there in the early morning. Bream fishing is only fair with the cooling water scattering the schools. Try fishing deep at 15 to 25 feet with redworms for shellcrackers. Most any secondary point with some cover will produce. No reports on catfish.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 9-17-2014) Jaret Rushing said the cool front that moved through slowed the fishing down. Bass, crappie and bream all slowed, but should move into their fall patterns and begin moving to shallower water and be a little more aggressive toward topwater. Try to downsize and slow your presentation a bit as the water becomes cooler.

Tri-County Lake

(Updated 9-17-2014) Jaret Rushing said the cool front that moved through slowed the fishing down. Bass, crappie and bream all slowed, but should move into their fall patterns and begin moving to shallower water and be a little more aggressive toward topwater. Try to downsize and slow your presentation a bit as the water becomes cooler.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 9-23-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Bass are schooling and biting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and tightlines baited with nightcrawlers, prepared catfish bait and the occasional cricket from a bream angler.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.52 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 9-23-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well around the banks on worms and crickets. Crappie are transitioning from deep to shallow water and are biting well on Crappie Stinger jigs and minnows around the river channel. Bass are biting well on purple/black worms and spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on chicken liver, minnows and stink bait.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 9-23-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are biting fairly well, but it’s hit and miss; fish worms and crickets around lily pads near the banks. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on black/purple worms and spinnerbaits around lily pads. Catfishing is good on worms.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 9-23-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is low and muddy. Bream are biting well in some areas of the river on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on small spinners. Catfishing is good on trotlines and yo-yos baited with stink bait or minnows. No report on bass.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 9-23-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the surface water temperature is 76 degrees and warming to 80. Water clarity is dingy in the river with some clear backwater areas. Largemouth bass have been biting very well from dam to dam on jigs, buzzbaits, Rat-L-Traps and Sweet Beavers, and on spinnerbaits on windy days. Work the shallows in the mornings and evenings; it hasn’t been taking the fish long to head deep once the sun comes out. Chatterbaits worked around heavy vegetation have worked well, as have frogs. Stripers have been fair on large prop baits below the dam and on Rat-L-Traps and other crankbaits in the creeks late in the evening and early in the morning. White bass have been schooling in the river; try small Rat-L-Traps, tailspinners and topwater poppers. Crappie have been fair in 7 to 8 feet of water around brush in creeks. Catfish have been good on cut skipjack and shad around the mouths of the creeks.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.98 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 570.54 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 9-23-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 76 to 80 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are biting fairly well on jig-and-pig combos, deep-diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits near structure. Walleye are still biting well on CC spoons jigged vertically and trolled crankbaits near main lake points and structure. Stripers are very good on live bait or hair jigs trolled with a downrigger. Try main lake points and humps. Bream are still fair and being caught around brush in the 15- to 25-foot range near brush with crickets and worms. Crappie are good and being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs. These fish are being caught 12-20 feet deep. Catfish are good and being caught on rod-and-reel or jug lines fished in big bays and major creek basins with nightcrawlers or stink bait.

(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 9-17-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said reports water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 61 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has reduced daily generation times to 4-hour periods, which has allowed temperatures to rise slightly in the area but has given fishermen more time to fish in slack water. Rainbow trout are very slow with few fish remaining anywhere in the tailrace. The majority of trout have either been caught or have moved away from the dam by August; good trout fishing will not begin again until late November. White bass are in and out chasing schools of threadfin shad seeking cooler water in the summer heat. Most of the fish have been caught below the bridge in the late evening casing shallow running crankbaits or tightlined live minnows near the dam. Walleye have been taken in small numbers on jerkbaits and carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Striper and hybrid action has been spotty with some topwater action observed below the bridge during generation.

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 9-23-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 9-23-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is low and fairly clear. Not many anglers are on the water. Bass are fair on crankbaits fished around brush and shallow stumps. Crappie are fair on minnows in the backwater. Bream are slow. No report on catfish.

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