Arkansas Fishing Report September 3 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 9-3-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal level. The surface water temperature is 80 degrees. All fish are scattered, so covering water is the key during summer. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms around lily pads in 6 to 8 inches of water along the shoreline. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around live trees and stumps in 6 feet of water. Bass are fair on frogs, spinnerbaits and topwater lures fished around the ends of lily pads near creek channels early and late in the day. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and limb lines baited with large minnows and small bream around cypress trees near the main lake.
(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 9-3-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low with generators turning on in the late afternoon. Trout fishing is excellent for fly-fishermen. Midge patterns like the Extra Crispy are producing a lot of rainbow trout lately with all the wadable water.
(Updated 9-3-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said trout anglers who fish the Little Red River are encouraged to participate in the annual Little Red River Cleanup this coming Saturday, Sept. 6. River cleanup volunteers need to meet at the JFK park entrance gatehouse parking lot at 8 a.m. to be assigned areas along the river. Volunteers will canvass the river for trash from 8am-11am. TU Chapter 722 will provide lunch to all river clean-up volunteers at the JFK pavilion from 11:30-12:30. Help keep our river and its surroundings beautiful. We have dealt with muddy/stained water on the middle and lower sections of the river this past week, so when the water clears up the fish should be active in these areas. Midges continue to be the go-to fly along with small streamers and sowbugs. Hot pink and cotton candy-colored bodies on gold and silver jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Always check the Corps of Engineers and Southwest Power Administration websites and the Greers Ferry Dam Powerhouse phone recording for current and future water release before planning your fishing trip.

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 9-3-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 4.85 feet below normal pool and falling. Bream fishing continues to be good all over the lake on crickets and crawlers. Bass fishing is good around docks; with a lot of fish chasing bream. Deep points and secondary points with brush also are holding some bass. Football head jigs, Texas rigs and drop-shot rigs are all working well out to 50 feet deep. Walleye are very scattered and hard to pinpoint. Crappie are biting fairly well in pole timber and around brush piles in 25-50 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Hybrid and white bass are biting well with some schooling going on at various parts of the lake early and late in the day; try spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits in 38-50 feet of water.
(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 8-27-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the lake is 4 feet below pool and is falling with daily generation at the dam. Water surface temperatures are at 86-87 degrees. On the lower end of the lake, a thermocline has set up at 28 feet deep. Many threadfin and gizzard shad are shallow and at moderate depths. There are a few surface-feeding fish, but the schools are small and sporadic. Pulling crankbaits for suspended crappie has been fair to good. Drop shot rigs have been good on spotted bass. Focus on deeper main lake areas (25 to 30 feet deep, where the fish are suspended in 18 to 28 feet of water, or in the main channel in the upper lake where the channel drops to 30-45 feet for crappie.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is murky and at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets fished off docks in 3 feet of water. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms fished around shallow brush in the mornings. Catfishing is good on chicken liver and blood bait fished on the bottom.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well on worms, crickets and Rock Hopper jigs. Crappie are fair to good in deep water. Bass are chasing shad and are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair to good on worms, minnows and stinkbait.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie fishing has improved with the cooler weather. They are in 10 to 12 feet of water. Live minnows work best, but they are also taking Stinger Shads and crappie tubes in white, clear and sparkle. Catfish are very good early in the mornings. Channel catfish are taking liver, stink baits and hotdogs. Blues are biting nightcrawlers, large minnows and bream. Bream are slow, but some are being caught with crickets near the structures around the dam. Bass are very slow, but the best time seems to be very late afternoon using plastics around weeds. Conway Corporation has agreed to leave both entrance gates to the lake open all year long. You can launch all year now on the north or south side of the lake. Brewer Lake Bait Shop wishes to say thank you to everyone that helped make this possible.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 7-15-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water temperature is 86 degrees and the water level is even with the spillway. Largemouth bass are excellent in 5 to 10 feet of water around the grass. They are hitting on black/red spinnerbaits, floating worms and topwater baits. The Tuesday night tournaments continue to have great weights, with almost everyone coming in with limits. Spotted bass are excellent on jigs fished in the same places as the largemouths. White bass are biting well at the west end of the lake on Rooster Tails, crappie jigs and clear topwater lures. There has been a lot of schooling activity and fish caught trolling. Crappie are good in 10 to 15 feet of water. They’re still not as good as last year but are improving; try using minnows. Bream are excellent around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water on crickets and live worms. Many catfish are being caught on trotlines bated with small bream.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent on redworms fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Crappie are excellent on medium-sized minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water. Bass are fair on shallow-diving crankbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream and catfish have been biting worms and crickets. Some small bass are biting minnows. No reports of crappie being caught.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Catfish have been biting fairly well on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass have been biting fairly well on live minnows and soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow but a few small ones have been caught on pink minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with big minnows, Texas-rigged lizards and small spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are biting minnows, goldfish, black salties and small bream on trotlines and limb lines. Bream are always willing to bite a crickets or worm. Crappie fishing is slow but you can catch one or two here and there on a good lively minnow.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream are still being caught around deep structure and docks on crickets and redworms. Bass are biting Texas-rigged worms and lizards fished on fast dropping bottoms and around rock walls. Catfish are being caught on jugs and noodles baited with minnows and goldfish. No recent reports of crappie being caught.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been great for some customers using crickets all around the ponds. Catfish have been off and on with chicken liver, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bass have been biting live minnows and some small soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been slow.

Lake Winona

(Updated 8-6-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie have been deep and biting fairly well on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bream are biting crickets and redworms. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bait shrimp. Bass have been biting fair on live minnows and plastic worms and lizards.

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 9-3-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is about 6 inches low and is clear. Bream are biting well on crickets fished around brush in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around stumps in 6 to 8 feet of water. Bass are biting well on dark-colored worms, topwater lures and white spinnerbaits fished around brush. Catfishing is good on cut bait and shad.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

​ (Updated 8-27-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are slow on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle and up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are slow up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are slow on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 9-3-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is low and stained. Bream are fair around brush. Crappie are fair in 10 to 12 feet of water around woody cover. Bass are fair on jigs and jighead worms fished around the ends of jetties. Catfishing is fair on shad and nightcrawlers around the main channel.
​ (Updated 9-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are biting excellently on shad and bass minnows fished below the hydro plant. Catfish are biting well on shad and skipjack. All other species are slow.
(Updated 9-3-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets below Terry Lock and Dam. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished 4-5 feet deep about 7 to 8 feet away from the bank. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and worms. Catfishing is good on skipjack and shad below the dam.

Clear Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms close to the bank in 1 to 2 feet of water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 5 to 6 feet of water. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is fair on cut bait.

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 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is fair on chicken livers, minnows and green sunfish.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

​ (Updated 7-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

​ (Updated 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are excellent on trick worms and Rebel Creature cranks. Catfishing is excellent on chicken hearts, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are fair around the piers on redworms and crickets.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 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 8-27-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the morning, and high flows in the afternoon, with Sunday being a little lower. Popular baits have been shad, sculpin, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site. (Updated 9-3-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is low and clear. Fishing has been good on a White River Rig, small spinners and small lures. Stick baits have worked well on brown trout.
(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 9-3-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) had no report due to heavy rain.

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 9-3-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said catfish have picked up a little. Chumming the area and using liver seemed to work well. Two anglers reported good luck on Punch Bait.
A few bass up to 31/2 pounds were caught on soft-plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Night fishing has produced the most fish lately. Redear and bluegill are still being caught on worms and crickets, though stringer sizes seem to be smaller than they were. Crappie are biting best early on minnows 8-10 feet deep.

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 9-3-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and 92 degrees. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in brush about 8 feet deep. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 8 feet of water. Bass are biting well early in the morning on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good on shad and chicken livers.

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 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been good on brush hogs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 3-7 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are hitting crickets in shallow water around cover. Catfish can be caught on stink bait and chicken liver. Crappie are slow, but hitting minnows at dawn and dusk.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 7-2-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bluegill and redear are hitting crickets near brush in 3-10 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on topwater lures and Texas-rigged worms. Catfishing has been good on nightcrawlers, small bluegill and chicken liver.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 8-27-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said fishing is still a little slow this week with the hot temperatures. Bream are still biting on worms and crickets fairly well in the early and late part of the day. Catfish are still biting on a variety of baits. One 20-pound flathead was caught last week. No report on bass and crappie activity this week.

Crown Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and 1 foot low. Bream are biting well on crickets fished around docks in 6 feet of water. Bass are fair on topwater lures around rocky points and shorelines early in the morning and late in the evening. Catfishing is good on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. No report on crappie.

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 renovation of Dam No. 3 on the Spring River is underway. Accesses at Lassiters, Cold Spring and Bayou are available for the Spring River, and anglers may have better success launching at these places during heavy traffic periods.
(Updated 9-3-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 270 cfs and water clarity is clear. Storms moving through the area over the last week have not affected river conditions. The river remains low and clear. Woolly buggers and mayfly emergers have been the hot flies with some really great dry fly fishing during the evening mayfly hatches. Hot pink and silver Rooster Tails have been working for spin fishers. Construction on Dam 3 is on schedule and is expected to be complete by the end of September.

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 8-6-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said Lake Chicot is dropping pretty quickly from the drawdown. At least 2 feet has been drained in most areas, meaning the shoreline is much farther out than when the lake is at normal level. That being said, fish are still being caught. We have heard of bream catches in the 20-25 range and have seen some very large catfish caught with cut shad on noodles or jugs.
Lake Chicot is currently undergoing a drawdown that will continue through Jan. 1, 2015, to mimic natural low water years necessary to keep production levels high. Click here for more information about the drawdown,

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 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 9-3-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s, and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with lots of small and slot fish feeding in the shad schools early in the morning. Look for breaking fish on main lake points and throw a topwater such as a Zara Spook, Zoom Fluke, Pop-R, Sammy or a 3-inch swim bait. Also try Rat-L-Traps and jerk baits when the school drops under the surface. The best areas have been along the south side between Ozan Point and the mouth of Yancey Creek. Hybrids have slowed but there are still some fish in the same areas as the bass. Once again look for surface feeding fish and if the fish are pretty thick they will hit surface lures like a Zara Puppy. Also try a spoon or in-line spinner and let the lure fall to below the fish (at about 20 feet), and bring it up through them. Make short casts because the fish like a vertical presentation. A lot of white bass are mixed in with the hybrids and they will hit the same lures, especially small 1/2 ounce spoons. Bream fishing is holding up well with some nice catches of shellcrackers reported. Fish redworms near the bottom off secondary points in 15 to 25 feet of water. Best areas have been in the vicinity of Arlie Moore and Caddo Drive. Sometimes the area around boat ramps is hard to beat, especially along the edges. Just remember to let boaters have the right of way. Catfish are only fair on noodles and trotlines. Set the trot lines across points at 20 to 30 feet of water and drop the noodles over submerged timber with the bait about 25 feet down. Bait with Catfish Charlie, hot dogs, cut shad, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Try Brushy and Big Hill creeks. Catfishing on DeGray is a nighttime project, so set the lines at dusk and pick up at daylight.

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 8-27-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Catfish daily limit is 5; bream daily limit is 50, and all other fish are catch and release only. The upper lake goes by statewide harvest limits. Bass are hitting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits around vegetation early in the mornings. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with prepared catfish bait and on live brood minnows or sunfish. Tightlining for catfish is good on worms and commercial catfish baits.

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 9-3-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is dirty. Catfishing has been good on trotlines baited with minnows and chicken livers. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 10 feet of water. No report on bass or bream.
(Updated 8-27-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 8-27-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 8-27-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 8-27-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) had no report.

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 9-3-2014) 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 hsaid 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 9-3-2014) 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 low and clear. Bream are slow on worms and crickets. A few have been caught around docks, but they’ve been small. Crappie are slow. Bass are fair on crankbaits fished around docks near the bank. Catfishing is slow on stinkbait.

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