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Arkansas Fishing Report December 10 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report December 10, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 12-10-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is at normal winter pool elevation. Bream are biting well on redworms fished 1 foot deep. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs early and late in the day around the Highway 89 Bridge and in Gold Creek. Bass are fair on jigs and jerk baits fished along the edges of creek channels. Catfishing is good on trotline minnows and nightcrawlers around the Highway 89 Bridge.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are still biting well around woddy cover and lily pad stem patches from 2 to 9 feet deep on lime and chartreuse-colored jigs, shiners and rosey reds. Bream are biting fairly well on redworms fished deep off the banks. Bass fishing is extremely slow. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and livers pole fishing, or on shiners and cut bait on yo-yo’s.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the river is receiving very little generation during the week. Midges, egg patterns, sowbugs and woolly buggers continue to work well for fly-fishermen. When fly-fishing with low water, use long leaders and fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink, red and chartreuse bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads. Try “twitching” the Trout Magnet without a float to increase your catches in low-water conditions. 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.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing has been good. Fly-fishing, in particular, has been good. The best fly to use lately has been an olive green woolly bugger.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.14 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.41 feet below normal pool and is falling. The surface water temperature is in the low 50s and is dropping. Bass fishing is good all over the lake with some shallow and deep, they are changing with the weather conditions and the presence of shad. Try spinnerbaits and small crankbaits shallow, then move out to deeper water and fish swim baits and Alabama rigs to find scattered suspended fish over 50 feet of water. Crappie are biting well around any woody cover close to shad schools. The crappie are suspending in 15 to 25 feet of water. Hybrid and white bass are biting well anywhere from 35 to 70 feet deep where you can find the shad. Spoons, inline spinners and swim baits are the best bets for the hybrids.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are excellent right now as the shad are balling up in the shallow bays. Be sure to fish a Bobby Garland Baby Shad or a minnow around the docks and planted brush. Catfish are biting well on worms and minnows. Bass are biting well.

(Updated 12-10-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Brewer Lake

Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whisker’s Sporting Goods (201-889-2011) said crappie are biting well. White bass are biting well.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 54 degrees and The water level is about 2.5 feet below the spillway. Fishing is good overall. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater baits early and late in the day and on suspending jerk baits in 5 to 8 feet of water during the middle of the day. Spotted bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. They are mixed in with crappie. White bass are fair and mixed in with the crappie at the edges of the main channel. Crappie are biting well in 20 to 25 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in channel turns. Bream are very slow. Catfishing is very slow, with a few being caught on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Lake Winona

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 12-10-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said few anglers are out. Catfish are moving to deeper holes and coming in to feed on shad in the late afternoon. The bite has been good on cut shad. Spotted bass are moving in to the jetties in the afternoons around rocky areas where the sun has warmed the rocks. Finesse worms have been the best bet for the spotted bass.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 12-10-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Its perfect for fishing. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well in the Little Maumelle River. Catfishing is fair. A few white bass are still biting well around the mouth of the river. Bream are slow.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said fishing has been fair for catfish and crappie in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle rivers. Crappie have been biting on minnows and the catfish have been biting best on chicken hearts, shad and skipjack.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report for the main channel, but crappie and catfish have been biting fair in the feeder rivers and creeks like the Maumelle, Palarm and Little Maumelle.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no report due to lack of anglers this week.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie and catfish are fair below Murray Lock and Dam. The crappie are biting on double-jig rigs with white jigs and catfishing has been best on skipjack and shad.
(Updated 12-10-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the river below Terry Lock and Dam has been flowing at normal levels and the water is clear. Bream are fair. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs, but mostly minnows. The best place to find the crappie is on the edges of the backwaters. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around rock jetties. Catfishing is good on shad and cut bait.

Clear Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. Bream are fair. Crappie are biting well on minnows and a few are being caught on jigs. Bass are fair, but are slower than last week. They are biting shallow-running crankbaits and spinnerbaits. No report on catfish.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is closed until spring.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.52 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock had no report.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service had no report.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said during the past week, we have had rain and sleet (just trace amounts here in Cotter), colder temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals remained steady at six feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. On the White, we had moderate generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with some wadable water. The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31, 2015 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal catch and release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was Wildcat Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8 and 10), Y2Ks (size 14 and 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, size 16 and 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). 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). Many anglers say hopper fishing ends with the first frost (we had several heavy frosts this past week). I reject this idea and fish them during the winter. 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 (size 10) and the western pink lady (size 8). To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size 18 on a -3-foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing). The higher flows on some afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers. You need a fast-sinking sink-tip line and an 8 weight or better rod. This is a heavy lift that requires casting skills and patience.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout are biting well on spinners. Almost all the trout caught lately have been rainbows. Very few reports of good browns coming in yet.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals Dam had no report.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 548.99 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said lake surface water temperature is hanging around 53 degrees. The main lake is relatively clear and the creeks and coves are still stained. Norfork Lake’s winter fishing pattern is slowly arriving. The bait has moved into the deep water channels, and electronics are very helpful to find bait in deep water and fish (striped and hybrid bass) inside of the bait. One of my friends was fishing yesterday afternoon and found lots of bait and big schools of stripers. He ended up landing eight stripers, the largest was 14 pounds. During winter the fish will also go very shallow to feed early in the morning and after dark, but the easiest fish to find are the deep ones. Areas to start looking for stripers are from the U.S. Highway 62 Bridge to the 101 Boat Dock area; back in the major creeks such as Float, Fall, Panther and Bennetts; and deep flats to check out are the Robinson flats, Cranfield, Mallard, Highway 101 Bridge and Big Sandy. I have mainly been vertical jigging with a spoon, but live shiners and shad are a great bait to use especially when you cannot find schools of fish, but are just finding loners. The largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass bite is picking up. I am finding big fish off of bluff lines in 40-50 feet of water. This is very typical for this time of year. The fish will be on the bottom and on occasion you will find schooling bass. It is also the time of year you will need to start slowing your presentation. I am starting to find crappie back on the sunken brush piles. A couple of days ago I fished a brush pile in 35 to 40 feet of water outside of Hummingbird Hideaway cove and caught five crappie in about 30 minutes. They were not huge slabs, but all were keeper size.

(Updated 12-10-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the weather has been cold, rainy and windy. The water temperature continues to hover in the mid-50s. The stripers, hybrids and white bass bite has slowed. Stripers continue to bite in Float Creek, but they have moved off the 101 Bridge flats, Blue Lady flats and the Mallard Point flats. The fish are moving a little deeper each week, but until the bait moves out into the river channel the stripers will continue to roam the edges of the creeks and occasionally move onto the flats to feed. Just keep moving around the area and you will hookup with them. The most effective technique some days is letting a spoon flutter to the bottom and letting it sit still for a second or two and then ripping it back up. Most of time the fish are picking up the spoon on the bottom. You have to be ready to set the hook right away using this technique. Look for stripers in 50 to 60 feet of water near or in the shad. Another technique to finding stripers is watching the wind. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the wind blew very hard from the west into Float Creek. The bass fishermen were catching stripers in the back end of the Float Creek in water less than 5 feet. The bait was blown back into the shallow water, so play the wind, find the shad and you will catch stripers.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to upper 50s. The stripers are hitting stick baits at night. Just remember while retrieving your lure reel it SLOWLY and hang on. There have been a few walleye hitting these as well. Throw them on flats right at dark. During the day look for them close to the creek channels in the major creeks and up in the river section of the lake. Find the shad and they will be close. There are whites mixed in with some of the schools. Always keep a topwater rod rigged with a Zara Spook Jr. Bass anglers are doign well throwing crankbaits and slow rolling spinnerbaits along the banks. The better banks will have wind blowing on them. For the deeper bass try a jig, a grub on a 1/4-oz. jighead or a jigging spoon.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said Norfork Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at four and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.7 feet and thirty and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork tailwater, we had wadable water every day with limited generation most mornings. With the holidays, there has been more pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18-22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14-16) 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, size 10). 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 the holidays, there has been more fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Fish it early or late to avoid the crowds. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise, size 10).

Buffalo River

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Crooked Creek

(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear. With the colder weather, the smallmouths are not active. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,112.89 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 11-26-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperature is in the mid-50s. Stripers are moving around the lake looking for clean water and feeding intermittently throughout the day. Most stripers are making their way into the creek arms. Fishing is fair to good on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep. You can also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolling Rapala Husky Jerks, Bomber 15As and 16As and 5- to 6- inch Smithwick Rattling Rogues. Bink pro scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are still producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight jigging spoons are also producing walleye. Stripers are currently found in the mouths of large arms and are making their way up them in search of food. Small stripers and white bass are schooling all over the lake, so have a ½-oz. Kastmaster spoon ready for surface feeding fish. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10ft deep using the following methods: Three-way rigs with a no. 11 Rapala, flat line trolling Hot-n-Tot’s, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks, slow death rigs, shakee blades and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches, Gulp or Power Bait. Check the following hot spots on the lake this week: at Lost Bridge North, Walleye and white bass are being caught here in numbers, and stripers are scattered and being caught as well; At Big Clifty, check the channel that skirts the humps between the Big Clifty and Henry Hollow arms. Walleye and stripers are being caught around Point 5 and Point 6 (be sure to check the back of van hollow and main lake structures and secondary points in the area); in the Rambo Creek Arm, check in the back as well as main lake structures and secondary points in the area for Beaver Lake stripers. Ford and Cedar Creek are also a hot spot, as is Goat Island at Larue.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is several feet low and clear. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 10 to 20 feet of water in the river sections of the lake. Bass are fair, with drop-shotted finesse worms and slow-rolled spinnerbaits fished in 25 to 30 feet of water bringing in a few fish. Very few anglers are on the water. No report on stripers, catfish or bream.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 12-10-2014) Beaver Dam Store said small midges on very light tippet or a pheasant tail or gray scud in no. 14 to 18 sizes should do the trick this week on the rainbow trout. There are still some reports of big fish in the river. The Corps of Engineers has been generating most mornings. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can launch there. With a spinning rod, the best lures are still the Trout Magnet or Colorado spoon. White and yellow Power Bait with a wax worm will always catch a fish or two as well.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the bait shop is closed until spring. No report.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 12-10-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is muddy and no anglers have been on the water this week. The dock will be closing Dec. 23 and remain closed until Jan. 15, 2015.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) had no report.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said had no report due to lack of anglers.

Crown Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said very few anglers were on the water last week. No report.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 12-10-2014) Lake Frierson State Park had no report.

Spring River

(Updated 12-10-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said the Spring River is looking great. Water clarity is clear and the spring is running at about 300 cfs. Y2Ks, guppies and olive woolly buggers have been the hot flies all week. Swinging the fly, fishing below an indicator, or stripping upstream with a sink tip have all been productive patterns. Just remember to be easy on the hook set and don’t break that big one off. Hot pink Trout Magnets below an indicator and Rooster Tails are working great with spinning rods. Bundle up and get out and fish.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the water on the Spring River has cleared somewhat. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over and there are fewer boats on the river to interfere with your fishing. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10).

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said surface water temperatures are around 50 degrees with visibility from half of a foot to one foot in places. The bass are in to their winter holding spots and shouldn’t move around much until spring. If you get a bite, work the area diligently because there are more fish around. Suspending jerkbaits are working well off of rock banks with long pauses between jerks. Keep an eye out for baitfish activity, the bass are not far from them.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 11-19-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City bass are in deeper water early in the day and shallow water later. There’s still some good action in the shallows during the warmest part of the day on a topwater popper. Otherwise, a jig or a spoon are the best bets for bass right now. Crappie are still biting fairly well on shiners fished in the deeper channels of the lake. Catfish are biting very well on live bream at night. Bream are biting fairly well on worms.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 11-19-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said that although the water is very low, the ramp is still usable. Very few anglers are on the lake.
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 259.79 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 6.5 inches above normal conservation pool and rising. There is reduced current of Little River with the gates releasing around 439 CFS. Several river buoy markers are missing in Little River, use caution during navigation at low light conditions. Surface water temperature ranges from 48 to 53 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved with approximately 10 to 15 inches of visibility in the lake. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake is heavy stain from recent high winds. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. Largemouth bass improved slightly this week with the warmer weather trends. There were a few more fishermen on the lake over the past few days with the improved weather as well. Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs in Black/Blue, VooDoo, or Texas Craw were catching some decent largemouths over the past week. Using a black/blue flake Larew Hawg Craw trailer or Berkley Craw Fatty on either skirt color appears not to make any difference. Pitch the jigs to cypress trees in 8-9 feet of water near creek bends and hop it rather than crawling it. Several bass over 4 pounds were caught in Mud Lake and Cemetary Slough this way. Johnson chrome/blue Splinter Spoons, Thinfisher, or Cordell jigging spoons with bucktails have been taking some good fish on primary and secondary points in Little River over planted brush and stumps in 10-12 feet of water near drop offs into Little River. Magnum tubes and Gitzits with rattles continue to get a reaction on cypress knees in 6-9 feet of water in the backs of the oxbows. Black/blue tail, smoke/black/red flake, and pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail colors continue to be best color selections. Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps, or Pro-Traps in Millwood Magic, Zombie Shad, and Red Shad are catching random, solid size Largemouths and White Bass also in back of creek channels, across ditches, and points in Little River. White bass were hitting Tennessee shad, citrus shad and threadfin shad-colored crankbaits in Little River and the backs of the oxbows. White Zombie Rat-L-Traps were working as well. Search for the whites upriver where ditches dump into Little River where you see large wads of shad on your electronics. Jigging vertical spoons behind points and out of current was also catching some white bass. Crappie are beginning to stack vertically again this week in and around planted brush. Cordell smoke-colored paddletail grubs on light wire jig heads continue catching some nice slabs around mid-day by vertical jigging in the brush between 10-11 feet deep. Johnson Crappie Buster Beetle Spins and Blakemore Roadrunners are also taking a few good slabs of nice size Crappie over the past week. No report on catfish with reduced current of Little River this week.
Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 539.39 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
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 398.38 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is mostly clear with the exception of the river above Cox Creek, which is a bit muddy. Bass fishing is fair with most fish now being caught off deeper points, bluffs and ledges because the colder water has moved the shad down. One of the better patterns has been a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard in red shad worked down the steep side of points or ledges. Also try a deep-running crankbait or a heavy lipless crankbait worked down in the deep shad schools. Quite a few spotted bass are coming from the bluff banks between points 14 and 15. Try a 4-inch Texas-rigged finesse worm in green pumpkin. Crappie fishing remains slow with the exception of a few fish coming from the Shouse Ford/Point Cedar areas. Look for brush cover on the main lake at 18 to 25 feet and drop a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head to just above the brush. Add a crappie nibble for a little better action. Don’t jig the lure, just hold it still and move slowly around the cover with the trolling motor. Hybrid fishing is good with the fish suspended over deeper water next to the channel edge. Look for fish with your sonar at 15 to 20 feet down in 30 to 40 feet of water. The cold water has moved the shad to deep water and that’s where the hybrids will be. Trolling with a five-arm umbrella rig loaded with 4-inch curly tail grubs or swim baits has been the best bet. Use light jig heads (1/8-ounce on the arms and ¼-ounce for the center jig). Run the lure about 100 feet behind the boat at about 1.5 mph. Look for fish between Point 15 and the west end of Goat Island. No report on bream or catfish.

South-Central Arkansas

White Oak Lake

(Updated 12-10-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. No report on bass at this time. Due to the colder weather bream are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and commercial catfish baits, and tightlining using worms and commercial catfish baits.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.76 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said very few anglers have been on the water. The only thing to report is a few crappie anglers having fair success on minnows.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the crappie are biting excellently on Bobby Garland Baby Shad and minnows around shallow brush. Catfish are biting well on worms and minnows.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 12-10-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said catfish are biting fairly well on worms and minnows.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 12-10-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature ranges from 45 to 52 degrees, depending on what stretch of river you’re on. The river has good clarity and the creeks are very clear. Bass fishing is good deep and shallow. Alabama rigs and jigs have been the ticket for deep-water anglers. Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits have been good along any remaining vegetation as well as on rock jetties. Jerk baits are producing well around the jetties too. Crappie have been biting very well in creeks and the river on jigs and minnows. White bass have been excellent with jigs, small Rat-L-Traps and tailspinners. Stripers are excellent up the river around dikes and beneath the dam and outlet of the nuclear plant on bucktail jigs, grubs, spinnerbaits and swim baits. Catfish are good in the creeks on live minnows.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.38 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.72 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 12-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface water temperature ranges from 50 to 55 degrees. Black bass are still biting well near structure on a jig-and-pig combo or finesse worm. Walleye are still slow, but a few have been caught on a vertically jigged spoon or drop-shotted nightcrawler. Stripers are biting well on Alabama rigs fished around major creek basins. No report on bream. Crappie are excellent near brush in 12 to 16 feet of water on minnows and crappie jigs. Catfishing is fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Hamilton

According to Entergy, Blakely Mountain Dam is releasing about 350 CFS from the flood tunnel. This release will continue until sometime in February. For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Catherine

Carpenter Dam will release for a few short hours every few days as needed to maintain the level of Lake Catherine. Remmel Dam will be releasing only the minimum flow of about 250 CFS. For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 12-10-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 51 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently scheduling generation times every few days to maintain lake levels. These flows are unannounced and are short in duration. Rainbow trout are in the tailrace and being caught by bank fishermen and boaters alike. Live bait presentations such as nightcrawlers, redworms and wax worms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater have accounted for many limits of trout. Artificial lures cast around rock structure and sandbars are working well when the turbines are running. Small jigs, Super Dupers, Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in white or brown have taken quality trout around shoal areas in the late evening. Trout tend to congregate close to the banks in times of current flow so it is important to remember not to overcast your presentations. Spin fishermen should concentrate on areas protected from direct current flow such as eddies and backwater bays. Fly-fishermen can easily wade to areas that hold good numbers of fish and are having success casting olive-colored woolly buggers, San Juan worms in red, and small white streamers around sand bars and rock structure. Caution is advised when navigating the tailrace, which is filled with underwater obstructions and slick rocks.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing has been good around the piers with some very good slabs coming in during the last week. No report on any other species.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

White River

(Updated 12-10-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report this week.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 12-10-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing has been very slow with very few anglers on the water. The only report of any fish being caught during the last week was from one angler that managed five crappie in a few hours.

White River

​(Updated 12-10-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been very slow, and very few anglers are out. The only thing to really report are a few crappie caught on minnows, but it was very slow for them as well.

Arkansas Fishing Report December 4 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report December 4 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 12-3-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said is normal clarity for Conway and the water level is 1 foot low. Bream are fair on redworms fished 3 to 4 feet deep about 10 feet off the banks. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around the Highway 89 Bridge and at Gold Creek. Bass are fair on jigs and soft-plastics fished in about 6 feet of water around turns and bends in creeks. Catfishing is good on yo-yos and limblines baited with minnows and goldfish set in 6 feet of water.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are biting well early and late in the day on chartreuse speckled jigs and pink minnows fished 3 to 9 feet deep. Bass are slow. Bream are biting fairly well on redworms fished 4 to 7 feet deep. Catfishing is still good on nightcrawlers and stink bait.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the river is receiving very little generation during the week. Midges, egg patterns, sowbugs and woolly buggers continue to work well for fly-fishermen. When fly-fishing with low water, use long leaders and fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink, red and chartreuse bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads. Try “twitching” the Trout Magnet without a float to increase your catches in low-water conditions. 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.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing has been good. Fly-fishing, in particular, has been good. The best fly to use lately has been an olive green woolly bugger.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.98 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 6.57 feet below normal pool and is falling. Bass fishing is good with some fish shallow and some deep. The shallow fish can be caught right on the bank on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. The deeper fish can be caught on an Alabama rig and Carolina rig fished slowly anywhere from 25 to 50 feet deep. Stay around the shad and you’ll find the deep fish. Crappie are suspended in about 15 feet of water over 25 feet and are biting well on jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and Road Runners. Hybrid and white bass fishing is good out to 60 feet of water using spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. No report on catfish, bream or walleye.
(Updated 11-19-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperatures have reached the upper 50s and low 60s across the reservoir. Fish of all species are feeding daily regardless of conditions. Prefrontal days with a little wind are great on steeper banks with rock and wood close to channel swings. Brush piles are still producing, however sunny days seem to be much better as the fish will really relate to the cover and are much more likely to be schooled tightly. Hybrids and white bass are staging and feeding with the shad that are pushed upriver on the north end and off the spawning flats on the south end. There’s very little traffic on the lake and a great bite leading into the winter.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Bream picked up again, and are biting well on crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting well on live minnows. No report on bass or catfish.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 10-22-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 11-26-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 54 degrees and The water level is about 2.5 feet below the spillway. Fishing is good overall. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater baits early and late in the day and on suspending jerk baits in 5 to 8 feet of water during the middle of the day. Spotted bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. They are mixed in with crappie. White bass are fair and mixed in with the crappie at the edges of the main channel. Crappie are biting well in 20 to 25 feet of water on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in channel turns. Bream are very slow. Catfishing is very slow, with a few being caught on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair on pink minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish or bream.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Lake Winona

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no report.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 10-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the flow ha slowed down, and the water is clearing up. Fish are beginning to move shallower. Black bass are biting well on green-pumpkin colored worms fished around wood in 2 to 6 feet of water. White bass are chasing shad early and late in the day. White or shad-colored, shallow-diving crankbaits are working well. Catfishing is good on the front side of levvies in 4 to 10 feet of water on whole shad. Crappie are biting well in Point Remove Creek, the Petit Jean River and Cypress Creek on crappie jigs in 6 to 15 feet of water.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 12-3-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Its perfect for fishing. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well in the Little Maumelle River. Catfishing is fair. A few white bass are still biting well around the mouth of the river. Bream are slow.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said fishing has been fair for catfish and crappie in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle rivers. Crappie have been biting on minnows and the catfish have been biting best on chicken hearts, shad and skipjack.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report for the main channel, but crappie and catfish have been biting fair in the feeder rivers and creeks like the Maumelle, Palarm and Little Maumelle.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff had no report due to lack of anglers this week.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie and catfish are fair below Murray Lock and Dam. The crappie are biting on double-jig rigs with white jigs and catfishing has been best on skipjack and shad.
(Updated 12-3-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the river below Terry Lock and Dam has been flowing at normal levels and the water is clear. Not enough anglers have been on the water to give a good report this week.

Clear Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is low and clear. No one is fishing the lake lately.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is closed until spring.

Lake Pickthorne

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

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

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

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

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

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the only major changes in fishing have been water temperature and thermocline. The water temp is in the mid to upper 60s around the lake. The thermocline is falling fast; it seems to be around the 50-60 foot level. With the thermocline around the 60 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some topwater baits, other than that try spoons in 50 to 60 feet of water, Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and French fry worms, swim baits in 5 to 15 feet of water around any shallow shad balls. Topwater baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Some crappie are being caught around brush in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz. or 1/64-oz. jigs if the wind will allow it. Otherwise, a minnow or a small spoon will work. White bass are being caught up the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs, Rapalas and anything that looks like a minnow will work. Walleye are biting fairly well on nightcrawlers fished in 40 to 60 feet of water on a split-shot rig or trolled on a bottom bouncer and crawler harness. Vertically jigging a spoon in 40-60 feet of water is producing some walleye as well.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said the surface temperature at mid-lake has dropped to 69 degrees after last week’s rain, however the lake elevation has stayed fairly consistent. There is still a thermocline starting at about the 50 foot level but it is starting to deteriorate. With consistent temperatures in the top 50 feet of the water column fish that were once relating to the top of the thermocline can now move freely within the top 50 feet without temperature concerns. Kentucky bass are again showing up near docks in less than 15 feet of water. The best bite has been right before dark for both crappies and walleyes coming from about the 25 to 35 foot level over wood in creek arms that are not too far from the main lake on jigs. Smallmouths are coming from primary points in the main lake on jigs as well.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout are biting well on spinners. Almost all the trout caught lately have been rainbows. Very few reports of good browns coming in yet.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are fluctuating between low flows and medium flows. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Lil’ Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 11-5-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there was moderate generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with abundant wadable water. All of the lakes in the system are well below seasonal power pool. With temperatures moderating, we should receive more wadable water. The catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31, 2015, to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The state park area is catch-and-release fishing only for the same period. Night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was the section from Rim Shoals downstream to Ranchette. 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, root beer 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 still hopper time. Try a Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady. The higher flows that we have been getting on some afternoons 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 549.03 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 11-26-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said winter can be one of the most productive periods of striper fishing. Beginning in Mid-December through February,stripers will stick close to the old river channels near or mixed in with the shad schools. The old river channels are the outlines of the Noth Fork River and major creeks such as Big Creek and Bennett’s Bayou before they were flooded and covered by the lake. You will find the old river channels clearly marked on the better lake maps. Once the lake water gets colder, the shad will move into deeper water to find their comfort zone. Sometimes that is depths of 40 feet, other times I have seen shad hover at 80 feet. The stripers will stay with the shad schools all winter. The two most productive methods to catch stripers are live shiners and threadfin shad and 1/2- or 3/4-ounce jigging spoons. Shiners approved for use by Arkansas Game and Fish in Norfork Lake are available at most better Norfork Lake bait and tackle shops. Shad are not sold commercially. Shad used as bait in Norfork Lake must be caught in Norfork Lake by net. Wild bait from any other body of water is strictly prohibited by law. This is to prevent the introduction of foreign or invasive species of plants, animals, and water life into Norfork Lake. A good fish/depth finder is a must have to find fish during this time of year. Good electronics will help you find the shad and stripers and keep you on them. Begin by looking at the old river channel between the US62 and AR101 bridges and move toward the Howard’s Cove area. Somewhere in this area you will find the shad and stripers. Float creek is one other area that will typically hold stripers. The great part of winter striper fishing is that the bite can last all day or begin mid-day. There is no set time when the stripers will bite. Always keep your live bait above the shad school. Be ready for that topwater bite to erupt at any moment and have a Super Spook Jr tied on and at the ready.
(Updated 11-26-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said Norfork Lake’s fall fishing is on fire. If you like to catch lots of fish, November is prime time. Striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass have been biting all day long. The size of the fish varies, but I have caught five stripers in the 10- to 14-pound range and four hybrids in the 6- to 8- pound range over the last week. The white bass are huge and most being caught are in the 2- to 3-pound range. You will catch a lot of medium to small stripers and hybrids along with the bigger fish as well. Fish have been found in two different types of areas. They are either halfway back in major creeks at a channel swing or they are on large flats. In both areas, they seem to be holding anywhere from 30 to 48 feet deep. Most are being caught off of the bottom, but a few of the bigger stripers and hybrids are suspended at 30 feet over 45 to 50 feet. Vertical jigging with a ½- to 1-ounce spoon has been the best bet. Check in the Cranfield area, 101 Bridge area, 101 Boat Dock area, Float Creek, Panther Creek and Fall Creek.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to upper 50s. The stripers are hitting stick baits at night. Just remember while retrieving your lure reel it SLOWLY and hang on. There have been a few walleye hitting these as well. Throw them on flats right at dark. During the day look for them close to the creek channels in the major creeks and up in the river section of the lake. Find the shad and they will be close. There are whites mixed in with some of the schools. Always keep a topwater rod rigged with a Zara Spook Jr. Bass anglers are doign well throwing crankbaits and slow rolling spinnerbaits along the banks. The better banks will have wind blowing on them. For the deeper bass try a jig, a grub on a 1/4-oz. jighead or a jigging spoon.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 11-5-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said on the
Norfork, we had wadable water every day with limited generation in the afternoon. With more wadable water on the White, there has been less angling pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like ruby midges, root beer 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 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 at Norfork Dam for minimum flow has malfunctioned due to the failure of a sensor on the lake side. It will take three to four weeks to repair it. In the meantime, the powerhouse personnel will run a no-load operation to achieve minimum flow.

Buffalo River

Berry Brothers Guide Service had no report.

Crooked Creek

Berry Brothers Guide Service had no report.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,112.97 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 11-26-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said said water surface temperature is in the mid-50s. Stripers are moving around the lake looking for clean water and feeding intermittently throughout the day. Most stripers are making their way into the creek arms. Fishing is fair to good on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep. You can also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs and downrigger trolling Rapala Husky Jerks, Bomber 15As and 16As and 5- to 6- inch Smithwick Rattling Rogues. Bink pro scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are still producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight jigging spoons are also producing walleye. Stripers are currently found in the mouths of large arms and are making their way up them in search of food. Small stripers and white bass are schooling all over the lake, so have a ½-oz. Kastmaster spoon ready for surface feeding fish. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10ft deep using the following methods: Three-way rigs with a no. 11 Rapala, flat line trolling Hot-n-Tot’s, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks, slow death rigs, shakee blades and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches, Gulp or Power Bait. Check the following hot spots on the lake this week: at Lost Bridge North, Walleye and white bass are being caught here in numbers, and stripers are scattered and being caught as well; At Big Clifty, check the channel that skirts the humps between the Big Clifty and Henry Hollow arms. Walleye and stripers are being caught around Point 5 and Point 6 (be sure to check the back of van hollow and main lake structures and secondary points in the area); in the Rambo Creek Arm, check in the back as well as main lake structures and secondary points in the area for Beaver Lake stripers. Ford and Cedar Creek are also a hot spot, as is Goat Island at Larue.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are fair on jigs tipped with minnows fished 10 to 14 feet deep. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits fished around shallow areas in the warmest part of the day and on deep-running jerkbaits. Some good stripers have been caught around Rocky Branch on a variety of live and artifical baits.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 10-29-2014) Beaver Dam Store said last Saturday at the one fly/lure contest we had 27 entrants. Thank you to everyone that participated. The weather was great and the trout fishing was fast. Very few days on this river can you say that catching 30 fish in less than 4 hours was slow. Our winner caught 58 trout on an olive micro jig. There are still a lot of fish and lots of wadable water. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. A Quazimoto worked well, as did midge patterns and especially pheasant tails, for fly-anglers. On spinning tackle, try a Trout Magnet or PJ’s Jig below a bobber with light line. White and yellow power bait with a wax worm will always catch fish.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the bait shop is closed until spring. No report.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 12-3-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting on and off, but overall the bite has picked up fairly well. Bass are fair. No report on bream or catifsh.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 12-3-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows. No report on any other species.

Prairie Grove Lake

(Updated 9-3-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said the lake has been closed for the year.

Crystal Lake

Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Lake SWEPCO

Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 11-26-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said fishing is a little slow right now at Lake Poinsett. We haven’t had many people in with reports lately. The lake is low enough that only small boats can put in at the state park boat ramp. Larger boats with heavy motors must go around to the dam site to put in. We are still selling a few minnows, nightcrawlers, and gold fish. We are told that the crappie are biting occasionally on both the minnows and the jigs. The catfish seem to be the most likely catch right now. Goldfish are being used to catch flatheads, and nightcrawlers seem to be the bait of choice for channel catfish. Don’t forget that we at Lake Poinsett State Park continue to stock bait through the winter months and we sell both fishing and hunting licenses at the park.

Crown Lake

(Updated 12-3-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said very few anglers were on the water last week. No report.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake level is still slightly higher than usual for this time of year. Shad are schooling in the evenings with fish breaking the surface around the schools. Channel catfish and blue catfish have been slow on nightcrawlers and dip bait. There have been no reports of flathead catfish lately. Bass have been slow to fair with the better bite nearing dusk as the shad are schooling. Crankbaits apper to be the best option with a few being caught with topwater baits. Bream continue to bite redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers all around the lake. No reports of saugeye, but the cooler temperatures should get them going soon.

Spring River

(Updated 12-3-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 290 cfs at the spring, and water clarity is clear. Y2Ks have been catching high numbers of trout, but bigger trout are hitting woolly buggers and emerger patterns. On sunny days the trout have been picky, and getting the fly deep has been very important. On overcast days the trout will feed heavily. Hot pink and purple haze Trout Magnets fished just off the bottom and silver and rainbow-colored spinners have been hot for spin fishers.

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 12-3-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said surface water temperatures are around 50 degrees with visibility from half of a foot to one foot in places. The bass are in to their winter holding spots and shouldn’t move around much until spring. If you get a bite, work the area diligently because there are more fish around. Suspending jerkbaits are working well off of rock banks with long pauses between jerks. Keep an eye out for baitfish activity, the bass are not far from them.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 11-19-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City bass are in deeper water early in the day and shallow water later. There’s still some good action in the shallows during the warmest part of the day on a topwater popper. Otherwise, a jig or a spoon are the best bets for bass right now. Crappie are still biting fairly well on shiners fished in the deeper channels of the lake. Catfish are biting very well on live bream at night. Bream are biting fairly well on worms.

Lake Chicot

(Updated 11-19-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said that although the water is very low, the ramp is still usable. Very few anglers are on the lake.
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 259.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 3.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is reduced current of Little River with the gates releasing around 433 CFS. Water temperatures continued dropping to 47 to 55 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved with visibility of 10-15 inches on the lake. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake has a heavy stain from recent high winds. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy. Largemouth bass have improved slightly this week with the warmer weather. Not many fishermen are on the lake. Kastmaster and Cordell hammered jigging spoons with bucktails have been taking some good fish in the pockets and coves out of the current in Little River this past week over planted brush and stumps in 10-12 feet of water near drop offs into Little River. Magnum-sized 3- to 4-inch tubes and gitzits with rattles continue to get a reaction on stumps in 8-10 feet of water along secondary points and stumps. Black/blue fleck, smoke/black/red flake and pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail colors continue to be best color selections. Bomber and XCalibur crankbaits in Citrus Shad, Threadfin Shad or Ghost, seem to be preferred crankbait colors of the largemouths and white bass over the past few weeks, worked extremely slow from 8-10 feet depth. Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps, or Pro-Traps in Millwood Magic, Zombie Shad, and Red Shad are catching random, solid size largemouths and white bass also in back of creek channels, across ditches, and points in Little River. Search for the white bass upriver where creeks and ditches dump into Little River where you see large wads of shad on your electronics. Jigging spoons were also catching some whites behind points and out of current. Crappie are beginning to stack vertically in and around planted brush. Cordell paddletail, smoke-colored grubs on light wire jigheads were catching some nice slabs around midday by vertical jigging in the brush between 10-11 feet deep. No report on catfish with reduced current of Little River this week.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 538.89 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
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 398.17 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with most of the fish now off secondary points in the big coves and creeks. One of the better patterns has been working a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard down the steep side of points to about 20 feet. A lot of spotted bass are being caught this way on 4-inch finesse worms. Several nice fish are coming on medium-running crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Just about all the bass action has been upriver between Arlie Moore and Cox Creek. A few big hybrids are still up shallow, so don’t be surprised if one tries to separate you from your Rat-L-Trap. There’s not much to report on crappie. Only a few anglers are even fishing for them because they remain scarce. Hybrid fishing is good with lots of nice catches reported. The best bet is up the creeks such as Beaton and Big Hill. Look for fish up shallow in the shad schools in the morning. Throw a 1/2-ounce Rat-L-Trap in a natural shad pattern or a big in-line spinner in white or chrome. Use the sonar to locate the schools which will be about 15 feet down. Also try trolling an umbrella rig with white grubs or swim baits around 15 feet deep around the Shouse Ford area as well.

South-Central Arkansas
Ouachita River Oxbows

Jaret Rushing had no report.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing had no report.

White Oak Lake

(Updated 11-26-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. No report on bass at this time. Due to the colder weather bream are fair, biting on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with live bait and commercial catfish baits, and tightlining using worms, commercial catfish baits and crickets.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.42 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said very few anglers have been on the water. Crappie are fair with some anglers finding a few crappie in 15 to 20 feet of water.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 12-3-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) had no report.

Lake Dardanelle

(Updated 11-26-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the surface water temperature is in the upper 40s to low 50s. Bass fishing has been very good. The jerkbait bite has been getting better and better in creeks and channel swings. You can also yo-yo a Rat-L-Trap on drops, slow roll a spinnerbait around flats with any remaining vegetation or work jigs off of rocky drops and bluffs. Swimbaits also have worked well over brush piles in the backwater areas. Crappie have been biting very well around woody cover in 10 to 17 feet of water in the main river and creeks on dark-colored jigs and minnows. White bass have been biting very well on small Rat-L-Traps, jigs with grubs, tailspins and spoons at the mouths of creeks and the river backwater areas. Striper fishing has been very good on swimbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish have been good on cut shad and skipjack around the mouths of the creeks and along bluffs and big riprap walls. Find the larger shad and you will find the fish.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.42 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.59 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 12-3-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 52 to 56 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are biting well on jigs and drop-shot rigs near structure. Walleye are slow but a few have been caught on live nightcrawlers and jigging spoons. Stripers are biting very well on Alabama rigs fished in major creek basin areas. Crappie are still excellent near brush around 12 to 16 feet deep on minnows or crappie jigs. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Hamilton

According to Entergy, Blakely Mountain Dam is releasing about 350 CFS from the flood tunnel. This release will continue until sometime in February. For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Catherine

Carpenter Dam will release for a few short hours every few days as needed to maintain the level of Lake Catherine. Remmel Dam will be releasing only the minimum flow of about 250 CFS. For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 12-3-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said watertemperature below Carpenter Dam has fallen to 50 degrees with the bitter cold conditions of the last several days. Clear conditions exist from the dam to the bridge and for several miles downstream as Entergy has scheduled a minimum flow pattern the last two weeks. A 3-foot drawdown is now in place on Lake Catherine and will remain until early March 2015. Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked into the lake this week. These early stockers are always scattered but can be caught on basic live bait presentations and artificial lures that imitate injured shad. Wax or mealworms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater will hook hungry trout searching for prey. Redworms and nightcrawlers cut into small sections also work well presented in the same manner. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails in white or brown will be successful in slack or current conditions. Super Dupers in silver or gold perfectly imitate injured baitfish and are a quality lure for catching and releasing trout unharmed. Boaters can anchor and cast over sand bars and rock structure with all of these presentations and expect to catch fish. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits below the bridge tends to hook larger trout that prefer deeper water downstream. As shad migrate toward the dam, white bass and crappie congregate in the tailrace and feed heavily when the turbines are running. Jigs and crankbaits are sure-fire lures to find and catch these game fish which are targeting baitfish in shallow water. Trout stocking will increase in the coming months which attracts big stripers and hybrids that tend to stay below the bridge in the deeper water. Brood or gizzard shad fished under a balloon rig is a mainstay technique for live bait fishermen. Large soft plastics hooked weightless and cast into feeding schools produce strikes from wary stripers looking to feed on trout and shad.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie fishing has been good around the piers with some very good slabs coming in during the last week. No report on any other species.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

White River

(Updated 11-19-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report this week.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 12-3-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing has been very slow with very few anglers on the water. The only report of any fish being caught during the last week was from one angler that managed five crappie in a few hours.

White River

​(Updated 12-3-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said fishing has been very slow lately. Only a few duck hunters have been by the store. There have been hardly any anglers through the store recently.

Arkansas Fishing Report for 10 29 14

Arkansas Fishing Report for October 29, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 10-29-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around 10 feet off the docks at Pierce Creek. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished 6 to 8 feet deep around the Highway 89 Bridge and the cove in Gold Creek. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around creek channels. Catfishing is good on yo-yos and trotlines hung from trees in 6 to 8 feet of water and baited with minnows.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said bass are slow, but a few are biting on soft plastics. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and redworms. Crappie biting fairly well on jigs and minnows (including pink minnows). Catfishing is good.

Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low with normal clarity. Trout are biting well on PowerBait and wax worms with marshmallows.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Little Red is only receiving small amounts of generation each week. We are starting to see some color changes along the river, providing a beautiful backdrop for fishing your favorite shoal in the low water. Expect low-water conditions to continue. Currently for fly fishermen, midges, egg patterns, soft hackles and small woolly buggers are working well. Hot colors for Trout Magnets are the pink, chartreuse and “Gainer” colored bodies on gold and chartreuse Trout Magnet heads.

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.38 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is holding pretty steady. The hybrids and white bass are biting well; you have to stay around the bait using your electronics and they will come up and school at different periods during the day. The upcoming cooldown should key in the topwater bite, so be prepared with topwater baits, in-line spinners , Rinky Dinks, Alabama rigs and spoons. Crappie are biting well around any kind of wood 15-25 feet deep on minnows and jigs. A few reports are coming in with trolled crankbaits working as well. A few walleye are being caught, but most are scattered at different depths; try dragging crawlers until water temps get into the low 60s for the bottom-hugging fish. For the suspended fish, try dropping a minnow straight down to them and/or a jigging spoon or drop-shot rig. Bream, most have been caught out in about 27 feet of water, getting ready for the winter, try crickets and crawlers on the bottom and a drop-shot rigged with the same baits. All three species of bass are eating well all around the lake as they put on a great feed before winter. The bite will be very good on spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, Carolina rigs and Alabama rigs for all three species.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temps have finally reached the upper 60s and low 70s. This has put the fish in a feeding mode. Spawning shad have some fish shallow, while suspended bluegills over brush are keeping the deeper fish fed. Until we get some major runoff and inflow into the reservoir look for game fish to be really spread out over the top 25 feet of the reservoir. Shad imitations are taking all types of game fish from sunup until mid-morning. The afternoon bite seems slower than the morning bite, but starts to pick up around 4 p.m. and increases until dark.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Fishing (501-253-1905) had no report.

Harris Brake Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Bream picked up again, and are biting well on crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting well on live minnows. No report on bass or catfish.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said bream are biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up.

Lake Overcup

(Updated 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie were biting well, but no report on any particular bait being most productive.

Brewer Lake

(Updated 10-22-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said the shop will be closed from Nov. until March 1, 2015.

Lake Maumelle

(Updated 10-21-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the surface water temperature is 71 degrees and the water level is about 2 feet below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwater lures early and late in the day and on suspending jerkbaits in 8 to 10 feet of water during midday. Spotted bass are biting well, and some are schooling. Small spoons are working well for spots. White bass have stopped schooling, but can be caught on crankbaits trolled in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows and silver jigs fished around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Bream are biting excellently on crickets and redworms fished in 10 to 15 feet of water around brush and artificial fishing structures. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with small bream and hot dogs.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair on pink minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on catfish or bream.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some catfish and bream have been biting worms and crickets. No other reports of fish being caught.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting pretty well for customers using chicken livers, nightcrawlers, shrimp and minnows. Bream fishing has been fair on crickets and redworms. A few small crappie were caught last week on pink minnows. Bass fishing has been kind of slow but some have bit on minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish are being caught on trotlines baited with minnows, black salties, goldfish and small bream. Bass fishing has been fair on minnows, small plastic worms and lizards and crawdad-colored crankbaits. Crappie have been few and scattered but some have been caught on no. 6 minnows. Bream are quick to bite and fun to catch on crickets and worms with light line and a small hook.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting well for a customer or two using crickets, redworms and Trout Magnets fished on tight lines around various deep structure. Catfish have been biting at night on lines baited with brood minnows and black salties. Bass are biting fairly well on minnows, soft plastics like trick worms and lizards and spinnerbaits on windy days. No reports of crappie being caught recently.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said Lake Charles has been the hot spot for great eating-sized catfish. Minnows, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and even crickets have been helping customers take home some good stringers. Bream have been biting the crickets and worms also. Bass will hit minnows and soft-plastic worms, lizards and grubs. No recent crappie reports.

Lake Winona

(Updated 10-8-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few crappie bit for some last week on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows. Bass fishing has been fair with Texas-rigged worms and lizards, spinnerbaits and live minnows. Catfish are being caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bream are biting worms and crickets.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(Updated 10-7-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said largemouth bass are biting well around teh edges of grass and around the rocks on jig-and-pig combos. Largemouths are also being caught at the edge of the grass on buzzing toads fished through the vegetation and allowed to drop as soon as the bait clears the grass. Kentucky bass are biting jigs, worms and crankbaits fished around jetties on the downstream side. White bass are biting well on jetty tips on CC spoons. Catfishing is good on shad and worm combos fished in 20 to 30 feet of water during the day and about 2 to 6 feet deep on the downstream sides of jetties in the early morning and late evening.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 10-29-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said crappie are biting wlel on minnows. Bass are fair. White bass are fair in the creek, chasing a few shad. No report on bream or catfish.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(Updated 10-29-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said fishing has slowed recently. Crappie are biting well in 10 feet of water around woody cover. Bass are biting well on jigs and crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing below Murray Lock and Dam was good on cut shad and skipjack.
(Updated 10-29-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said below Terry Lock and Dam, crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in the backwater areas. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastics fished around rocky wingdams and jetties. Catfishing is good behind jetties. No report on bream.

Clear Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on cut bait.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake will close to fishing soon and will reopen in February. Crappie, bream and catfish have all been biting well.

Lake Pickthorne

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Valencia in Maumelle

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein in Maumelle

(Updated 10-15-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

North Arkansas
Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.77 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock said the only major changes in fishing have been water temperature and thermocline. The water temp is in the mid to upper 60s around the lake. The thermocline is falling fast; it seems to be around the 50-60 foot level. With the thermocline around the 60 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some topwater baits, other than that try spoons in 50 to 60 feet of water, Carolina-rigged lizards, brush hogs and French fry worms, swim baits in 5 to 15 feet of water around any shallow shad balls. Topwater baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Some crappie are being caught around brush in 20 to 35 feet of water on 1/32-oz. or 1/64-oz. jigs if the wind will allow it. Otherwise, a minnow or a small spoon will work. White bass are being caught up the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day. White jigs, Rooster Tails, spoons, Roadrunner jigs, Rapalas and anything that looks like a minnow will work. Walleye are biting fairly well on nightcrawlers fished in 40 to 60 feet of water on a split-shot rig or trolled on a bottom bouncer and crawler harness. Vertically jigging a spoon in 40-60 feet of water is producing some walleye as well.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said the surface temperature at mid-lake has dropped to 69 degrees after last week’s rain, however the lake elevation has stayed fairly consistent. There is still a thermocline starting at about the 50 foot level but it is starting to deteriorate. With consistent temperatures in the top 50 feet of the water column fish that were once relating to the top of the thermocline can now move freely within the top 50 feet without temperature concerns. Kentucky bass are again showing up near docks in less than 15 feet of water. The best bite has been right before dark for both crappies and walleyes coming from about the 25 to 35 foot level over wood in creek arms that are not too far from the main lake on jigs. Smallmouths are coming from primary points in the main lake on jigs as well.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 10-29-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and higher flows in the late afternoons. Popular baits have been shad, shrimp, pink artificial worms, Original Rapala Floating Minnows and Little Cleo spoons. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said several rain events, cooler temperatures and heavy winds were the norm the last week or so. On the White, we had significant generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with no wadable water over the weekend. The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. On the White, 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, root beer 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). 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. To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby or root beer midge in size 18 on a 3-foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is fairly low with zero to two generators running. There haven’t been many anglers on the water. Bait anglers are doing the best on cocktail shrimp and pink worms. Small stickbaits and Rooster Tails are working well on brown trout. Fly-fishermen are doing well on grasshopper patterns.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 550.57 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the water temperature ranges from the mid- to low 60s and is dropping. The water visibility is stained. Stripers are very active right now. You can find topwater action near Robinson Point and Cranfield Island. Stripers are now schooling all over the lake. You can find them along the bluff walls, flats and river channels in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers are holding in 38 to 55 feet with some deeper fish at 60 feet. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid-lake area, look for stripers on Robinson Point, in Float Creek, Panther Bay, and Fall Creek areas. I fished the Robinson Point area along a bluff wall. We were over schools of stripers and hybrids for over 2½ hours and had over 50 bites and caught at least 20 hybrids and stripers. Most of the fish were small but we did manage to keep five. The stripers, bass, crappies, and other species will be very active for the next several weeks. With the water cooling, crappie have moved to the shallows in the brush, look for them in Bennett’s Bayou, Pigeon Creek, Big and Brushy Creeks, and Red Bank.
(Updated 10-18-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said the water temperature is around 70 degree and is falling with the cool evenings. The fall fishing pattern on Norfork Lake is in full swing. The water is cooling and the fish are healthy and becoming very active. Striper fishing continues to be very good. Look for the stripers and hybrids on large deep flats. You will find them from 38-55 feet deep and they will be feeding on the bottom. The best bite in this type of area is about an hour before sunrise to about an hour after sunrise. Live bait is a good choice, or you can vertical jig with a spoon. Large schools of stripers also are along deep bluff lines, typically at the ends of the bluff where the deep channel swings close to the point. The fish have been suspended 40 to 60 feet deep in 50 to 100 feet of water. Trolling should also work, but you will need to get your baits very deep (40 to 50 feet). If you are a panfisherman, big bluegills are biting and there are hundreds of them hanging around brush piles. Crickets have been the best baits, but small minnows and worms also work. Small jigs tipped with a wax worm is also producing some nice fish. Bass fishing has also been very good; the topwater action has slowed, but expect this to take off again very soon with the cooling water. You will find some fish along the banks early and late, but the best fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water feeding on the bottom. The bite after dark is also very good so get your spinners ready or your jig and pigs. Crappie and walleye fishing has been slow, but should start up soon. The water temperature continues to fall which will concentrate these fish back to the brush. Catfishing has been good on jugs and trotlines set in 10 to 30 feet of water. Live bait is the best, but cut bait also is working. Large schools of cats are also starting to roam the flats.
(Updated 10-20-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said The water temp in the southern portion of Norfork Lake has cooled down to around 70. There is a topwater bite early in the morning for a couple hours. We caught some whites, small stripers (2-3lbs), largemouth, spotted bass and a few smallmouth on clear and white Zara Spook Jr.’s on points close to deep water. We also found big schools of fish suspended 40 to 50 feet deep in 60 to 100 feet of water that would nail a jigging spoon. You had to get them while they were feeding, when they stopped biting, it shut down. Later we found some fish shallower close to the bottom in 36 feet of water. We were using a spoon that was silver on one side and white on the other. When the water temp gets into the low 60’s the night bite should start to get going.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork tailwater 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, root beer 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 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. With school back in session and conclave over, there is less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it with a kid. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise).

Buffalo River

(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River is stained. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are still active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Crooked Creek

(Updated 10-21-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said Crooked Creek is stained. With the cooler weather, the smallmouths are still active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,115.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
The annual Beaver Lake Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) event will be held on Beaver Lake Nov. 25. Coordinators are looking for volunteers with boats to take kids fishing on this day. There are more than 300 kids in the HOFNOD program in this area, so every boat helps. For more information please contact Mike Bailey (479)366-8664 or email him at the link in his fishing report below.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake is rising and the water temperature is dropping from all the recent rain. Stripers are on the move due to lake turnover and are looking for clean water. Stripers they are feeding intermittently, with only fair success by anglers during turnover. Most are still in the mid-section of the lake. Fishing is fair on live shad fished from the surface to 30 feet deep and on trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs, Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and Bomber 15As. Bink Pro Scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are producing fish when worked through a school found on your electronics. The spoons also are 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. Check the following hot spots this week: The large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian Creek, The backside of the island at Lost Bridge North, Honey Creek, the cedar thicket at Point 4, the channel that skirts the humps between Big Clifty and Henry Hollow Arms, the Van Hollow Area, Ford and Cedar Creeks, Larue and Copper Mine. Walleye are being caught at Prairie Creek, Copper Mine, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and Horseshoe Bend on medium-diving plugs, jigs and spinner rigs with a minnow or nightcrawler trailer. Be sure to check out Escapalia Hollow, Falls Hollow and Horseshoe bend, as stripers and white bass are feeding on the surface and walleye are being caught below them in big numbers.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said had no new report.
(Updated 10-29-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is slightly low and clearing up a little bit. The surface water temperature is around 70 degrees. Crappie are biting well, with many large crappie coming on minnows and soft-plastic jigs. Bass are fair on drop-shotted worms and smaller baits fished in 25 to 30 feet of water. White bass are biting fairly well on spoons fished around shad schools. No report on catfish or bream.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 10-29-2014) Beaver Dam Store said last Saturday at the one fly/lure contest we had 27 entrants. Thank you to everyone that participated. The weather was great and the trout fishing was fast. Very few days on this river can you say that catching 30 fish in less than 4 hours was slow. Our winner caught 58 trout on an olive micro jig. There are still a lot of fish and lots of wadable water. The first boat ramp below the dam is still washed out and unusable for boats. Kayaks and canoes can still launch there. A Quazimoto worked well, as did midge patterns and especially pheasant tails, for fly-anglers. On spinning tackle, try a Trout Magnet or PJ’s Jig below a bobber with light line. White and yellow power bait with a wax worm will always catch fish.

Lake Elmdale

(Updated 10-21-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said recent rains brought the lake up a foot and a half. This makes fishing for bass along the grassy shore line areas a smart move. Use white spinnerbaits on sunny days and dark spinnerbaits on cloudy days. Flukes, Rat-L-Traps and brown, green or electric blue plastic worms have also been good. Crappie are still active. Minnows, fished 8 feet deep, or jigs cast and retrieved slowly, have worked well. Fish around any brush piles. The depth of the crappie will vary with cloud cover. Redear sunfish are biting very well on redworms fished a foot off the bottom in 8 to 10 feet of water; try tight lining instead of using a bobber. Bluegill are biting best on crickets, but nightcrawlers also will work. Try 3 feet deep, and use a bobber; keep that hook point covered, and don’t use the whole worm.

Lake Fayetteville

(Updated on 10-29-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is very clear and fishing has been very slow lately. A few bass, bluegill and crappie are biting, but there’s no real pattern emerging right now.

Lake Sequoyah

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well around brush in 5 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits all over the lake. 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.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said bass fishing has been decent on Zoom Brush Hogs and other soft-plastics worked slowly. Bluegill have been biting well on nightcrawlers. Catfishing is slow.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) said the water temperature is around 90 degrees. Bass fishing is good on chatterbaits fished a few feet off the bottom and on slow-sinking Senko-style worms. Catfishing has been decent on liver.

Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said great weather brought out the anglers last week. We are still selling bait, but are not getting any reports back. Anglers are still buying quite a few minnows for crappie, but the bream fishing has slowed a bit, with fewer people purchasing crickets and worms.

Crown Lake

(Updated 10-29-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said crappie are biting well in 20 feet of water and deeper. Bass are biting well early and late in the day on topwater lures. No report on catfish and bream.

Lake Frierson

(Updated 10-29-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake level is still slightly higher than usual for this time of year. Shad are schooling in the evenings with fish breaking the surface around the schools. Channel catfish and blue catfish have been slow on nightcrawlers and dip bait. There have been no reports of flathead catfish lately. Bass have been slow to fair with the better bite nearing dusk as the shad are schooling. Crankbaits apper to be the best option with a few being caught with topwater baits. Bream continue to bite redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers all around the lake. No reports of saugeye, but the cooler temperatures should get them going soon.

Spring River

(Updated 10-29-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said Water levels are running 360 cfs and water clarity has been clearing. The river has been clearing up nicely over the last week. Brown trout have been hitting hard over the last week. Size 12 nymphs fished with a dropper below an indicator and sink tip fly lines have been the way to get into the nice brown trout that have been biting. With the sink tip, stripping upstream has been the ticket. Leaves have been falling and the added debris in the water can cause false strikes. The season to be fly-fishing the Spring River is just beginning and will only get better as the days become colder. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver spinners are working well for spin-fishermen.

Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 10-29-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water temperature is in the upper 60s and visibility is around half a foot with a green tint to the water. The main channel is not moving much and this weekend the water was a few inches higher than normal. Largemouth appear to have moved off their offshore brushpiles (in Lake Langhofer) and to the shorelines. They are relating to woody and rocky cover and are biting well on shallow-running, shad-colored crankbaits and natural-colored jigs.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 10-8-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said bream are biting well on crickets and worms. The bass are biting well on soft-plastics toward dusk. Crappie are biting well on minnows in deep water where streams are running into the main lake. Catfish are biting well on stink bait and chicken liver fished near the old boating lanes.

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.
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 259.53 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday, the lake level is 3.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is decreased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 782 CFS. Water temps continued dropping to 67 to 73 degrees, depending on location. Water clarity is slightly improved since last week; visibility ranges 3-5 inches in most of the lake, with Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake still muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 3-6 inches depending on location and current. Largemouth bass remain fair, and are slow to recover from recent pool fluctuations and muddy water. They’ve been biting best on crankbaits, Bass Assassin Shads, and Rat-L-Traps around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels from mid-morning until noon. Johnson spoons were still taking some good fish in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. White bass disappeared with the recent 18-inch muddy rise late last week, and are still recovering. Find the shad schools up Little River and you will find the whites. They were hitting Tennessee shad or citrus or threadfin shad-colored crankbaits in Little River, and the back of the oxbows prior to the muddy rise and increase in current of Little River. Crappie disappeared with all the recent muddy inflow and increase in Little River, and are still recovering this week also. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 9 to 11 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits are cut shad or buffalo, homemade blood bait and chicken livers.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 538.11 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 399.10 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Fishing is good right now with lots of fish in the vast shad schools mostly in the big coves and creeks. Bass fishing is good with lots of double-digit catches reported. However most fish are small or in the slot (13 to 16 inches, which must be released). Don’t be too surprised if a big hybrid tries to relieve you of your plug as well. The best bet for bass has been the upper portion of the lake between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar. Look for schooling shad, which will be in the coves, and throw medium-running crankbaits or Rat-L-Traps in a shad pattern. Many spotted bass are in the same locations and will hit 1/4-oz. Rooster Tails and small spoons. Some big spots have been coming from the bluff banks in the point 14 and 15 areas; work a 4-inch finesse worm on a Texas-rig down the bank to about 20 feet. Try green pumpkin/red flake. A few crappies are coming from the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar areas. Look for brush or cover in 18 to 20 feet of water on the main lake. Drop a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-oz. jighead to just above the brush. Shad patterns, such as Tennessee Shad, are some of the best colors. Also try minnows fished in the same manner as the jig. Hybrid fishing is good when a school is located. Look for fish in the major creeks and big coves where there are abundant shad. There are not too many breaking fish, because most are feeding deeper. Troll a small umbrella rig and watch the sonar for schools of hybrids. When a school is located, throw a 1/2-ounce silver spoon or a big in-line spinner. Be sure to let the lure sink below the fish and work it up through them. Lots of white bass are also mixed in with the hybrids. Look for fish in the upper part of the lake between Big Hill Creek and Point Cedar. Bream fishing is good for big shellcrackers. Look for small points in big coves and fish a redworm on the bottom at about 10 to 15 feet. One of the better areas for bream are the small points on the east side of the big cove between the Caddo Drive boat ramp and Point 28. No report 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 10-8-2014) 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 342.40 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
(Updated 10-21-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said fishing has been poor with high water lately.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are still biting well. Crappie are beginning to pick up.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

(Updated 10-21-2014) 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 picking up. Bass are biting well on black/purple worms and spinnerbaits around lily pad stems. Catfishing is good on worms.

Fourche La Fave River

(Updated 10-8-2014) 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 10-21-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the water temperature in the river is in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Water clarity is 2 to 3 feet with some clear backwater areas. There’s been good flow, but bass have been hit-and-miss. Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, jigs, buzzbaits and frogs have been producing fish around vegetation. Crappie, white bass, stripers and bream have all been slow. Catfish are biting well on cut shad and skipjack.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.38 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.89 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 10-29-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort The water is 72 to 75 degrees and is clear. Black bass are still biting very well. The top water bite is very good on all areas of the lake; try a bone-colored Super Spook Jr. or run a 1/6-oz. white Roostertail through schooling fish for some great action. Walleye are biting well on C.C. spoons jigged vertically, or drop shotted live nightcrawlers. Stripers are still biting well on live shad and on slow-trolled shad-colored crankbaits. We will see the fall topwater bite very soon; be prepared with a big Zara Spook or C-10 Redfin. Bream are slow and being caught on crickets and worms fished around brush in the 20- to 25-foot range. Crappie are still excellent on minnows and crappie jigs fished near brush around 12 to 16 feet deep. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers fished near structure inside the creeks. Jug lines are effective in these same areas.
(Updated 10-21-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

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 10-29-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

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 10-29-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees and rises to 74 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions are the norm in the tailrace with a minimum flow release scheduled this week. Rainbow trout stocking will begin after November 16 with the fish typically in the lake the week of Thanksgiving. At present, trout fishing is extremely slow as the vast majority of fish migrated away from the dam or were caught by fishermen and area predators. The end of October normally has small schools of white and hybrid bass moving in and out of the trailrace feeding on threadfin shad. Bank fishermen have caught these fish on live minnows and jerkbaits cast into feeding schools. Action is best in the late evening and peaks in periods of generation. Striper activity has been observed below the bridge in the late evening with fish in the 10- to 14-pound range caught on C-10 Redfins in trout patterns. Walleye numbers are low in the tailrace but continue to be caught on jerkbaits in a black/silver pattern fished in the main channel in the early morning hours. When the trout stocking begins, overall fish activity will increase dramatically with crappie, white bass, and walleye staying longer to forage.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said fishing for crappie is good with the cooler weather pushing them back toward shallow water. Minnows and jigs are working well. Bream are also biting well.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said the water is stabilizing and is slightly higher than normal. The fall bite is beginning to pick up. Quite a few crappie are being caught on the oxbows right now. Try spider rigging a live minnow or single-poling a jig near the edges of the channels near shallow water for some good results.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie and bass are both biting well, but there haven’t been many anglers taking advantage of the fishing. No report on lures used.

Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 10-8-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well. Not many anglers have been on the water to give a detailed report of lures used.

White River

(Updated 10-21-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is very low and there haven’t been many anglers on the water. Bass are fair on soft-plastic worms and jigs. No report on any other species.

Maddox Bay

(Updated 10-29-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said crappie are biting well near the main channel. Bass are biting well along the channel edges. Catfishing is good on stink bait.

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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.

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 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.

Arkansas Fishing Report September 17, 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report September 17, 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 9-17-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said all species are biting well.

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 9-17-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said The Little Red is receiving one or two hours of generation in the afternoon and evening. Small sowbugs, soft hackles, midges and streamers are working well 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 456.99 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 9-17-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at is 5.5 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is cooling quickly. Hybrid and white bass fishing are good with some surface activity going on around different parts of the lake; this should only get better as the cooler temperatures set in. Try spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits and different types of topwater baits. Crappie fishing is fair in pole timber and around brush piles, and in guts of the deep main lake pockets on jigs and minnows fished in 25-70 feet of water. No report on catfish. Bream are guarding fry again and will eat crawlers, crickets and small crankbaits. No report on walleye. Black bass fishing is picking up with a lot more fish moving shallow chasing shad and bream.

(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 9-17-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie are very good and holding around brush piles at 8 to 10 feet deep. They are taking minnows and blue, white or clear jigs. Catfish are good on bream, large minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are hitting crickets in 2 to 4 feet of water around brushy areas. Bass are 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 9-10-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said it’s been too hot for most anglers. No report.

Benton City Lake

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few catfish have been caught recently on nightcrawlers. Bream have been biting crickets and redworms. Some small bass have been hitting minnows and small twister tail grubs and worms. No reports of crappie being caught this week.

Sunset Lake

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said customers report catching a few catfish around the banks of the lake this week while bream fishing with crickets and worms. Others have caught catfish with chicken livers. Bream are being caught on crickets and worms. Bass have been picking up a bit and biting live minnows, Kalins grubs and Texas-rigged lizards. Crappie have been slow, but some have reported catching a few on pink minnows early in the morning.

Saline River Access in Benton

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a little more rain would help the river, but some customers are still catching bass on big minnows and small plastics. 4- and 5-inch lizards in watermelon seed and green pumpkin are working well. A couple of customers caught some crappie on no. 6 minnows fishing brush and logs in the edge of the current. Catfish have been biting brood minnows, goldfish and black salties on trotlines and limb lines in the big deep holes. Bream will hit a worm or cricket on a small hook and light line almost anywhere and anytime on the river.

Lake Norrell

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good with crickets and worms. As usual, the big ones seem to be around deep brush and logs. Catfish are being caught on jugs, trotlines and rods baited with minnows, goldfish and black salties at night. Bass are hitting Texas- and Carolina-rigged plastics in deep cover and around docks and walls. No reports of crappie recently.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish were a bonus for a couple of customers this week while bream fishing with crickets and redworms. The bream were biting crickets and worms as well. Bass and crappie have been biting fairly well on live minnows and small grubs and jigs.

Lake Winona

(Updated 9-17-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said frozen shad and live minnows have been catching some catfish for some customers. Bass will bite live minnows, Texas-rigged worms, lizards and other plastics. Bream are biting worms and crickets. Crappie have been slow, but a few have bitten no. 12 bass minnows.

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

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

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 9-17-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows during the day, including weekends. 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 9-17-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the hot spot was the section from Wildcat Shoals down to Cotter. 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 549.89 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 9-17-2014) 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 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 1,114.44 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 9-10-2014) 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 9-12-2014) 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 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 9-17-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said crappie are starting to bite well in the early mornings just before daylight. We have had a few people limit out on a couple of mornings this past week. Minnows seem to be the bait of choice right now. Bream and catfish are still biting in the coves in shallow water. We haven’t received any reports on the bass fishing. The lake is down a little, but is still in good shape for fishing. Just be mindful of the stumps around in the shallow waters.

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

(Updated 9-17-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 327 at the spring and water clarity has been poor. Heavy rains last Wednesday brought river levels up and made water clarity poor over the last week. It was much needed rain and the river will benefit from the flushing. The river always clears up quickly due to the spring. Big woolly buggers and guppies have been the flies of choice. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver or gold spinners were best for the spin fishermen chasing the trout last week.

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 259.34 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said The lake level is 3.1 inches above normal conservation pool and rising. There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 4,687 CFS as of Monday. Water temperatures range 80 to 85 degrees. On main lake structure away from current, visibility ranges 10-15 inches. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake improved, but still are stained. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow’s clarity continues improving away from current, ranging approx 20-30 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Little River above McGuire oxbow is heavy stain and Cossatot River is contributing lots of incoming flow. Bass are biting well on large, 10-inch worms, spinnerbaits and topwaters early and late. They remain the most aggressive at dawn and dusk around lily pad stands and shallow vegetation in backs of the creeks and oxbows. Many large bass have been caught in the last week on frogs, spinnerbaits, Bass Assassin Shads and jigs in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. White bass continue roaming the oxbows, and are beginning to school up. The whites continue hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows. 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 were improving around planted brush piles before the recent rise and increase in current. They were on brush in 9-12 feet of water in Little River behind current breaks and point with Southern Pro tubes in red/white and chartreuse/white or smoke-colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads. They have disappeared with the recent influx of water. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trotlines set 6-10 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best trotline baits have been cut shad, Catfish Charlie, or buffalo and blood baits.

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 401.08 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 9-17-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. With fall approaching and the cooler water, the shad are starting to move into the creeks and large coves, so keep this in mind when you search for fish. Some decent bass catches have been reported, but the fish are running either small or in the slot. Look for fish feeding in shad schools early in the morning. The fish will now be in the big coves and major creeks such as Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy. Most any topwater presentation will work, such as Zara Spooks, Sammyies, Flukes, and 3-inch swim baits. Color isn’t too important as long as it is something in natural shad. What is important is that you have to get the lure right on the “break” because the fish are chasing shad and don’t hand around one spot too long. A few fish have been coming on Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards worked across secondary points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try green pumpkin or red shad for the plastics. No report on crappie; no one is fishing for them. Hybrid fishing is very spotty with very little schooling activity. Some fish are being taken at mid-lake around Alpine Ridge and Yancey Creek. Look for any breaking fish and throw 1/2-ounce spoons, big in-line spinners or swim baits and let the lure sink down to about 20 feet and work up through the fish. If the fish are tightly schooled, a top water will work; try a Zara Puppy or Pop R. Early morning and late evening are the feeding times. Bream action is holding up well with some nice shellcrackers coming off secondary points in coves. Tightline redworms near the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most anywhere in the lake will hold bream, just keep moving until a school is found. Catfish are only fair. Many noodles are floating around the lake, but not many anglers are reporting success. Set the noodles at about 20 to 25 feet and drop them over standing timber. Bait with cut shad, nightcrawlers, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers or hot dogs with soap.

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 9-17-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said please remember that the lower lake has special regulations in place. Bream and bass have slowed from the higher lake levels and cooler weather. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with commercial catfish bait, nightcrawlers and crickets.

West-Central Arkansas
Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.58 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 9-17-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is 76 but warming to 81. The bite is good on low-pressure, rainy days. Jigs crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have been working well from dam to dam. Striped bass have been biting well upriver on crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and white bucktail jigs with a white grub. White bass have been good on white bucktail jigs with grubs and spoons. Crappie have been good on jigs and minnows in 7 to 8 feet of water. Catfish have been good at the mouths of creeks on cut shad and skipjack. Bream have been best in the creeks on stumps in 4 to 5 foot of water.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 385.68 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 570.92 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 9-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said surface water temperature is 76 to 80 degrees and the water is clear. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwaters, such as Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop Rs early in the morning and late in the evening. Jigs and deep-diving crankbaits have been effective around ledges with timber and other cover during mid-day. Walleye are biting well on CC spoons fished vertically over main lake points with cover. Trolled crankbaits also are working for the walleye. Stripers are biting well on live shad fished on a downrigger around main lake points and humps. Bream are fair around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are still biting well around brush on minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is very good on jug lines and rod-and-reels baited with live or prepared catfish bait in large 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 9-17-2014) 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 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.

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.

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 9-10-2014) 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.

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.

Arkansas Fishing Report August 27 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report August 27, 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(Updated 8-6-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished around brush and lily pads. Crappie are fair on minnows near the shady side of trees around the Highway 89 bridge. Bass are fair on topwater lures, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits fished around lily pads and brush. Catfishing is excellent on limb lines baited with large minnows.

(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 8-27-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and two generators are starting at around 5 p.m. each evening. Trout are biting very well on almost any prepared baits in the mornings. Afternoons have been slower.

(Updated 8-27-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the cool summer was nice while it lasted, but we are back to normal Arkansas August temperatures. With school starting and vacations over, the river is becoming less crowded, especially on weekdays. We continue to have afternoon/early evening generation, which is providing wading opportunities on the upper river during the mornings and the lower river in the afternoons. Most late afternoons we are experiencing good BWO and midge hatches providing some great dry fly action on the mid and lower river. Cracklebacks, midges, BWO emergers, hares ears, soft hackles and sowbugs are working well. Hot pink and cotton candy-colored bodies on gold and chartreuse 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 458.01 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 8-27-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 4.54 feet below normal pool. Hybrid and white bass have slowed, but will pick up soon with the cooler weather in the forecast. If we can get some rain to cool the water faster, the hybrids should go on a tear. Try spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits around the thermocline in water 50 to 70 feet deep. Crappie are slow, but a few have been caught suspended over 50 feet of water on minnows and jigs. No report on catfish. Walleye are slow. Bream are biting well in shallow water all the way out to 30 feet of water on crawlers and crickets. Largemouth bass, spotted bass and smallmouth bass are biting fairly well during the day and at night. Topwater baits are best in low light, then switch to small jigs and Alabama-rigged swimbaits for the daytime bite.

(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 8-27-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is low and clear. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are slow, but a few have been taken on soft-plastic minnow imitations. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

(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 8-27-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said high heat and humidity have kept most fishermen off the lake. A few are still catfishing late afternoons and early evenings and are doing well with nightcrawlers around the dam. Crappie fishermen are catching fish early in the mornings in 10 to 15 feet of water. The weather should cool down a little for Labor Day weekend and hopefully everyone will be able to get back on the lake.

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 8-27-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the heat has stopped a lot of anglers from coming out. Largemouth bass and spotted bass are biting well along grasslines on chatterbaits just before sunrise and after sunset. When the sun comes up, slow-roll a spinnerbait off secondary drops to catch a few more fish before the heat of the day shuts down the bite. Catfishing is good drift-fishing in the evening with a worm-and-shad combination. Chunks of buffalo fish also are working. Bream are biting well crickets fished under overhangs near the channel. Some large gar have been caught around points near the main channel on live bream fished without a weight in 2 to 3 feet of water. White bass are biting well on points in the river on shad- or pearl-colored crankbaits. Bowfishing at night has been good lately.

Little Maumelle River

​(Updated 8-27-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said there haven’t been many anglers on the water. The only people that are fishing are going out very early in the morning and late in the evening. A few bream have been caught on worms and crickets. A few bass are being picked up on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, but overall the bite is very slow.

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 8-27-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is stained and low. Bream are fair around brush in 10 to 12 feet of water. Crappie are fair. Bass are scattered at all different depths and are fair to poor on Texas-rigged soft-plastics and jigs. Catfishing is fair on shad and nightcrawlers.

​ (Updated 8-27-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are biting excellently on shad and bass minnows fished below the hydro plant. All other species are slow.

(Updated 8-27-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is at normal level. Bream are biting well in the backwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around rocky areas and jetty points if there is flow. Catfishing is good on cut bait.

Clear Lake

(Updated 8-29-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and low. Bream are biting well on redworms and crickets in the mornings. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms. Catfishing is slow to fair on cut bait.

Peckerwood Lake

(Updated 8-27-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is high and clear. Bream are fair on crickets and worms. Crappie are very slow right now. Bass are fair. Catfishing is very good on live and prepared baits.

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 657.04 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 8-27-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear until about noon, when the generators start kicking in, then it becomes stained. As many as 8 generators are running in the afternoons. Trout are biting well on Rapalas and other stickbaits when the water is high and on zebra midges, copper Johns, Lil Cleo spoons, Rooster Tails and Buoyant Spoons when the water is low.

(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 550.73 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 7-30-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is dropping but still in normal range for summer. The water temperature is in the high 80s and the water visibility is stained. Stripers and hybrids continue feeding on crayfish in 35 to 40 feet of water in the mouths of creeks near the old river channel. Live bait is still the most effective method to catch stripers, but they are now being caught trolling swim baits, umbrella rigs and spoons. Shad are schooling in the main lake and creeks. Find the shad and you will find the stripers. I found feeding fish in the mouth of a major creek by Georges Cove, lots of shad and the stripers were feeding on them. The method was down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. The walleye bite has slowed; they are in their summer pattern and can be caught by trolling crankbaits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons on flats in 40 feet of water. Look at Diamond Bay, the Panther Bay area, Hand Cove and Hudson point.

(Updated 7-30-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.

(Updated 7-30-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the mid 80s. The bass are hitting topwater lures early and just before dark. There are a lot of short fish, but some good fish are mixed in with them. Throw a white or clear Zara Spook Jr. After that you will need to fish with a worm, jig, drop-shot rig or drop a jigging spoon. Most of this activity is in the creeks on points and channel swings. Start looking for stripers around 40 feet deep. Look in the Big Creek area, Diamond Bay and down around the dam. There have been some white bass hitting jigging spoons in the creeks and in some coves around 34 feet deep.

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 1,115.66 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 8-27-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and about one foot below normal pool. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on crankbaits trolled near the main lake. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early in the day. A jig will catch a few after the sun is up. Catfishing is fair on live and prepared baits. not many people are fishing, and most are off the water by 8:30 a.m.

Beaver Tailwater

(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-27-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the fishing is slow here. Bass fishing works the best when trying to get reaction strikes. Two local fishermen, using my suggestion last week, fished from sun up till 11 a.m. and caught 32 bass on Rat-L-Traps. Nothing large, but some 3 1/2 pounders. A dozen or so crappie were caught this week by a Fayetteville couple, using minnows at 8 ft. deep. On a rainy day I’d try throwing a green and yellow jig. Redear and Bluegill are slow, but redworms and crickets can still catch a mess. Catfishing should be fair at night on liver, cut perch and stink bait, but there have been no reports confirming this.

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 8-27-2014) 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 8-27-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said there haven’t been many anglers on the water with the summer heat setting in.

Crystal Lake

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Lake SWEPCO

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131)had no report.

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 8-27-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 90 degrees. A few catfish have been caught in deep water, but basically no one is fishing because of the heat.

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 8-27-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 270 cfs at the spring and water clarity is clear. It’s been hot all week. The best catching has been early morning and late evening. Olive woolly buggers and brownies have been hot this week and there has been some dry-fly action during the afternoons. Fall is just around the corner.

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 8-6-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said crappie are biting well. The last cold front turned them on, and they were biting minnows and artificial baits well. Bass are slow on topwater lures at the edge of lily pads. Bream are biting well at the edge of shallow water bedding areas. No report on catfish.

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 258.30 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake is drawn down 11 inches below normal conservation pool and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting shoreline work at Cottonshed Park and inspecting the dam. The AGFC also is planting millet along the exposed shore. There is increased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 3,535 CFS. Clarity and visibility is slightly improved over last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 8-12 inches. Use caution navigating, as the low level is exposing some stumps and submerged hazards. 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 chrome spoons with curly tail grub trailers continue taking some good fish in the lily pads.One angler caught an 11 pound bass last week. White bass continue roaming the oxbows, hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, white bass were surface breaking on shad in backs of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows. They have not been seen surface breaking over the past 2 weeks, but should begin again this week since those areas have begun clearing with the drawdown conditions. Those fish were hitting small, Smokey Joe Pop-R’s & Chug Bugs with a rear feather tail hook or Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in red/white or chartreuse/white, and Rat-L-Traps. 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 catfish remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trot lines set 6-9 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. The best baits have been cut shad, cut buffalo and Catfish Charlie.

Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.97 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

(Updated 7-30-2014) Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com said crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The crappie are holding at 10 to 18 feet deep around the cover.

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 402.38 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Huge schools of shad are along the south side of the lake between Yancey Creek and Island 34. Many black bass, white bass and small hybrids are feeding on the shad. Bass fishing is good early in the morning on schooling fish. Throw a Zara Spook, Fluke, Pop-R, in-line spinner, 1/2-oz. spoon or 3-inch swim bait as close to the breaking fish as possible. When the fish stop breaking, cast a 1/2-oz. spoon and let it drop to about 20 feet where the school is dropping to. The best areas have been between Point 14 and Ozan Point. Some small to medium-sized hybrids and white bass are being caught mixed in with the black bass. Hybrid fishing in the DeRoche Iron Mountain area has been slow. The thermocline is about 25 to 30 feet deep, and the deep water pattern for hybrids has not developed this year. Bream fishing is good with many small bream up shallow and some bull bream being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water near the bottom off secondary points around rock or wood cover. Crickets and redworms have worked well for the big bream in deep water. No report on catfish or crappie.

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 343.45 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the heat has kept most anglers off the water lately.

(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 385.32 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 573.12 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 8-27-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Hamilton

(Updated 8-27-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Catherine

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

(Updated 8-27-2014) 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 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said a few white bass have been caught in 12 to 15 feet of water on crankbaits trolled early and late in the day, but no one is fishing lately with the heat.

Mississippi River Oxbows

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said very few anglers are on the water because of the heat.

Wapanocca Lake

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said very few anglers are on the water because of the heat.
Bear Creek Lake

​(Updated 8-27-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) very few anglers are on the water because of the heat.

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 8-6-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on rod-and-reel with live or prepared baits.

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Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
(Updated 8-20-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished next to the bank around logjams and lily pads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around the Highway 89 bridge and in Caney Creek. Bass are biting fairly well early in the morning and late in the evening on soft-plastics and frogs fished around the lily pads near shore.Catfishing is excellent on yo-yos, limb lines and trotlines baited with goldfish, large minnows and small bream.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) had no report.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) saidthe river is low until about mid-afternoon. Trout are biting well on Power Bait and marshmallows.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said The Little Red is still in a summer generation pattern with afternoon/early evening generation. We expect this to continue. With this pattern, the upper river is wadable during the mornings and the lower river is wadable in the afternoons. Midges, BWO emergers, pheasant tails, hares ears, soft hackles and sowbugs are producing successful trips. Mealworm- and hot pink-colored bodies on gold and black jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Fluorocarbon tippet is almost required in the low, clear water. Please remember to handle your trout carefully and quickly get them back in the water to help protect and maintain our fishery. 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 458.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 3.84 feet below normal pool and is falling. The surface water temperature is rising. Bream fishing is good on crickets and crawlers all over the lake and will get better when the weather gets cooler. No report on walleye. Crappie are slow but can be caught over brush tops and in pole timber 15-50 feet deep on minnows. Catfishing is slowing with the higher water temperatures; try cut and live bait close to deep water on the edges of channels. Bass fishing is a grind, but they are finally relating to woody cover, whether it’s shallow or as deep as 50 feet. Texas-rigged worms, Alabama rigs, Carolina rigs and football head jigs are working deep. Topwater lures are still taking a few shallow fish early and late in the day. Hybrids and white bass are still hitting well throughout the day all over the lake; just stay near the shad. When the water temperature starts to drop in about 3 weeks, the hybrid bite should boom.
(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 8-20-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Fishing on Greers Ferry has been moderate to good, depending on species targeted. The topwater bite early for schooling fish is finally starting to get some consistency. The groups of surface feeding fish are smaller than in years past, but there is still some good action beginning to be seen. The crappie bite is excellent in the main channel near baitfish. A strong thermocline is set up across the north end of the lake helping to concentrate and position fish. Walleye are on the move every day and are really hard to stay on top of for a consistent bite.
Harris Brake Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said bass fishing has been good along the shoreline in grassy areas. Catfishing is good mostly at night on stinkbait and bream.
(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-20-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream fishing is good. All other species are slow.
Brewer Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said crappie are biting well in 10 to 15 feet of water on live minnows, and white, clear or sparkle-colored jigs in combination with an orange or pink jighead. They are still on brush piles but are more active on the south side of the lake and in the Cypress Creek inlet area. Bass are hitting topwater lures around the banks early mornings and late afternoons. Channel catfish and blue catfish are active early afternoon through midnight using liver, nightcrawlers and large minnows on jugs and poles. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms around the shore.

Lake Maumelle
(Updated 8-20-2014) Jolly Roger’s Marina had no new report.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no new report.

Benton City Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no recent reports.

Sunset Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said fishing has been slow. Some catfish have been caught on chicken liver and minnows. A few bream have been biting crickets and worms. Bass and crappie fishing have been poor.

Saline River Access in Benton
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfishing has been good on brood minnows and goldfish on trotlines. Bass are biting minnows and Texas-rigged lizards well. Crappie fishing has been fair around logs near deep water on no. 6 crappie minnows. Brem are bitin well on crickets and worms fished on light line and small hooks almost anywhere on the river.

Lake Norrell
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been fair on crickets and redworms. Bass have been biting live minnows and Texas-rigged plastic worms and lizards. Catfishing is good at night on noodles baited with minnows and black salties. No report on crappie.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) saidbream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Catfishing has been slow, but a few have been caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bass have been biting fairly well on minnows. Some small crappie have been biting well on pink and no. 6 crappie minnows.

Lake Winona
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few good crappie and more small ones have been caught lately fishing deep brush with minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Electric Chicken and Devil’s Grin have been good colors for a couple of fishing partners. Bass have been hitting topwater baits at daylight and Texas- and Carolina-rigged lizards and Baby Brush Hawgs later in the morning. Catfish are biting big wads of nightcrawlers and no. 12 bass minnows right at dark. Bream are biting crickets and worms.

Arkansas River at Morrilton
(Updated 7-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said fishing is very good overall. Drift fishing is the way to go for catfish. Shad and nightcrawlers are the best bets around jetty tips and below dams nine and 10. White bass are biting very well on jetty tips around Point Remove Creek, Coppers Gap and Flagg Lake Cutoff on shad-colored crankbaits. Bream are biting very well in the backwater around overhangs on crickets. Largemouth bass are biting well on black Jitterbugs in the mornings and on green pumpkin tubes fished around the grasslines in 4 to 10 feet of water.

Little Maumelle River
​(Updated 8-20-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said it’s been too hot for most anglers to go to the river. No report.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle, but they are excellent on crickets and redworms up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are excellent up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said bream are biting well on crickets fished around grass in the backwaters. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around brush. Bass are biting well on Carolina rigs, jigs and crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water around the main river. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and cut shad near the main river.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-2471) said white bass are excellent below Murray Lock and dam on white/chartreuse jigs and twister tails below Murray Lock and Dam. Catfishing is excellent below the dam on cut shad, brood minnows, bream and skipjack.
(Updated 8-20-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no report.

Clear Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no new report.

Peckerwood Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is clear and at normal level. The lake is perfect for fishing. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on chicken livers. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. No report on crappie.

Lake Pickthorne
​(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-20-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass are fair on trick worms and Rebel Creature cranks. Catfishing is good 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 658.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service had no new report on Bull Shoals as he’s been concentrating on the river for trout.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock saidot Much has changed in the past month since my last fishing report. The lake is around the 659 level and dropping slowly. The water temperature at the surface is in the 80’s around the lake. The thermocline is down around the 30-35 foot level depending on where you go in the lake. The visibility is still great on the main lake. The fishing hasn’t changed much since last report except the fish seem to be a little deeper in the day. Most of the reports say they are in the 30 to 35 to 40 foot level just past the thermocline. That is where they are usually are this time of year. You might be able to catch some of them shallow early as the sun rises or late as the sun sets. But the other times of the day you would need to fish deeper . this goes for most species of fish. I have seen largemouth bass hang shallow all day if they have some type of crock ledge, brush or cover to get in. Especially if they are trying to eat bluegill which can also be shallow all day. The smallmouth and spotted bass usually like the cooler non sun water. The walleye are rarely shallow this time of the year due to the water temperature. They need cooler water to survive in. Most of the reports I have gotten are that they are in the 35 to 40 foot range.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)
(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 a bit lower. Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleos. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water level is low in teh mornings, but rises as teh afternoon sun sets in. Fly-fishermen are doing well in the mornigns on black-and-white zebra midges, grasshoppers and San Juan worms. Spin fishermen are doing well on Little Cleos and Buoyant Spoons in the mornings and on stick baits like Rapala Original Floating Minnows and Rattling Rogues when the water is high.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said during the past week, we have had a few minor rain events (for a combined total of a quarter inch here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one tenth of a foot to rest at two and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool. On the White, the hot spot was the section from White Hole down to Cotter. 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 time to be fishing grasshoppers. There is a bumper crop of them this year and the trout are already keying on them. Favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western foam varieties. To increase hook ups use a dropper like a flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph in size 16. The higher flows that we have been getting in the afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers.
Lake Norfork
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 551.69 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is dropping but still in the normal pool range for the summer. The water temperature is in the low-80s. The water visibility is stained. Stripers and hybrids are still feeding on crawdads and shad. The striper bite continues to be best before 5 a.m. in 35 to 40 feet of water on the flats near the dam and mouths of creeks. Stripers are starting to school near the dam. After first light the stripers are moving deeper. Look for them in 50 to 100 feet of water at the 40-foot level. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught trolling using swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs. If you find a school of stripers drop a spoon, they will hit it if correctly presented. Look at Point 1, Barron, Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb Point and the Backbone.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said fishing has been slightly different from normal summers. The fish are just now in their early summer pattern. We are still finding stripers and hybrids starting around the 62 Bridge and Robinson flat area all the way down to the dam. All species are still shallower than normal, which is good. I have been fishing the Robinson Point flat area and the dam area catching hybrids and stripers from 38-50 feet of water sitting on the bottom. Today I fished in the dam area and the fish erupted all around me. Big whites and medium to small size stripers were flying out of the water chasing small shad. I also spooned up several stripers in 48 feet of water on the bottom. While spooning I noticed that the fish were not hitting the spoon on the jerk up or the fall, so I started letting it sit on the bottom and twitch it a little. I could feel a light bite then would set the hook. If you are live bait fisherman get out on the lake by 4:30 a.m. as the bite is really strong in the dark. Spooning for stripers is just starting to take off so have a spoon ready to vertical jig. Crappie fishing has been good, which is very unusual for this time of year. They are still sitting in brush that is at the 30 feet level. Also you can find them under docks especially if the dock has brush under it. My dock is just stacked with them, 4 – 6 feet down. Live minnows are working very well as are small jigs tipped with a minnow. Catfish are also being caught on jugs, trotlines and pole fishing. Flatheads are hitting the best. You will find them around brush in 30 feet of water during the day and in the shallow water feeding at night. White bass are starting to school. You can find some good top water action early in the morning or at sunset. This action can be found at all ends of the lake. Black bass are hanging out around the 30 foot deep brush as well as along the deep bluff lines. You will find them on the bottom or suspended 30 down. Early and late in the day they will be up closer to the shore line in shallow water feeding. There is also a good topwater bite early and late in the day. Check back in the major creeks.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the surface wter temperature is in the mid-80s. The bite has been hot. Stripers are hitting live bait, trolled umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. Look for them suspended 40 feet deep in open water. They can also be on the bottom in 40 feet. Hybrids and some white bass are running at the same depth as the stripers. There are a few small stripers and hybrids chasing baitfish early in the morning that will hit a topwater bait. My choice of a topwater is Zara Spook. There is also a good topwater bite for largemouth bass from around 6 a.m. until about 9 a.m. I had some clients out this week and we quit around 9:45 and when we got back they asked if I would care if they went out in their boat back to where we were catching fish. I told them that is one of the reasons that people hire a guide to know where to look for the fish and what is going on that time of the year and what to use for lures. They called me the next day and said that the topwater fish were still coming up when they got back there and it lasted until 1 p.m. They also sent me a picture of one of the stripers they caught in the same area and it was in the upper teens. There also are fish coming up in the evenings just before the sun goes down.
North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there’s been wadable water every day on the Norfork, but it has fished poorly because of increased angling pressure. 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 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.

Buffalo River
(Updated 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and 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 Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Crooked Creek
(Updated 8-20-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and 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 Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,116.75 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 8-20-2014) 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 7-30-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around deep brush piles. Bass are fair on topwater lures and large black spinnerbaits at night and on spoons and drop-shot rigs fished deep during the day.

Beaver Tailwater
(Updated 8-20-2014) 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 8-6-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said fishing has slowed a bit. Catfishing is showing a little improvement. Limb lines baited with cut perch produced a 7.5-lb. blue cat last week. Chumming the area and baiting with liver brought resulted in some big fish hooked but not landed and some broken rods for three local anglers last week. Bass are biting well at night on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Soft-plastic worms and jigs with frog trailers are working fairly well in 10 to 15 feet of water during the day. Crappie are fair in the morning, and fishing slows to a crawl by 9 a.m. Minnows fished at 8 feet around any brush piles have worked best. Small jigs tipped with crappie nibbles will work in a pinch. Redear and bluegill slow by mid-day as well. There are still many are being caught with redworms and crickets in the mornings.

Lake Fayetteville
(Updated on 8-20-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said crappie are biting well on crappie jigs. One angler reported catching 18 keeper crappie slow trolling jigs. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps..

Lake Sequoyah
(Updated 8-20-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are slow. Largemouth bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Catfishing is good on chicken liver and shad.

Prairie Grove Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said fishing has picked up with the best bite coming in the mornings. Bass are good early on buzzbaits and other topwater presentations; then go to spinnerbaits later in the morning. Bream are active through much of the morning, with most catches coming on crickets and worms. Good catches of catfish are coming in on both live bait and cut bait.

Crystal Lake
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Lake SWEPCO
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Jake Knoedl at Knoedl’s Outdoor Tech in Hiwasse (479-344-6131) had no report.

Northeast Arkansas

Lake Poinsett

(Updated 8-20-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said anglers will need plenty of shade and sunscreen with these sunny days. Some are venturing out early and late. The bait of choice is crickets for the bream. We are selling a fair amount of minnows and other fishing supplies, but overall, fishing has been slow.

Crown Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said bream fishing is fair on crickets. Crappie can be found in 10 to 50 feet of water on minnows. Early morning has been good for bass, with them hitting topwaters lures fairly well. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

Lake Frierson
(Updated 8-6-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels continue to drop, exposing more timber and stumps. Bream have been good on crickets, redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers. Channel catfish have been poor to good on dip baits and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water near the dam. There is a lot of surface activity early and late, with few anglers on the water to report. Topwaters early and late should produce bass this time of year. Follow the schooling shad. No report of crappie, saugeye or flatheads.

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 8-20-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said The water level is running 290 CFS and water clarity has been clear. It’s going to be a hot week, so the trout will be looking for the deeper green pools. Try some guppies or big mayfly emergers stripped back slowly through deeper pools. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver Little Cleo’s have been hot. Smallmouth have been biting well with the hot weather as well.

Southeast Arkansas

Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)

(Updated 8-20-2014) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the water surface temperature is in the upper 80s. Water clarity is around 1 foot in most places. Largemouth bass have improved lately. Good fish are being caught from woody cover along shorelines and on sandbars away from shore. Shad-colored crankbaits are catching a few, but the bulk of the fish are being caught on soft-plastic worms worked methodically through the woody cover.

Cane Creek Lake

(Updated 8-6-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said crappie are biting well. The last cold front turned them on, and they were biting minnows and artificial baits well. Bass are slow on topwater lures at the edge of lily pads. Bream are biting well at the edge of shallow water bedding areas. No report on catfish.

Lake Chicot
(Updated 8-20-2014) Geoff Wright at Lake Chicot State Park said Lake Chicot continues to lower, with another foot or so to go. As of August 16, the ramsp at Connerly Bayou and Lake Chicot State Park were still usable. We have seen quite a few noodles and jigs being used on various areas of teh lake, mostly with cut bait. Catfishing has been good with the noodles lately. Be sure to check with the state park when you arrive for any possible updated limits on Lake Chicot during the drawdown. The drawdown will continue through Jan. 1, 2015.

Southwest Arkansas
Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 258.40 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said As of Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun a 15-iunch drawdown on Millwood. The lake level is 10 inches below normal conservation pool and falling. There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 3,200 CFS. Surface water temperatures range from 82 to 90 degrees, depending on location and time of day. Clarity improved slightly to 5-10 inches in the lake away from current. Little River’s visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current. The oxbows have 15-20 inches of visibility depending on location. Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy with lots of current. Bass are biting well on topwaters early and late in lily pad stands and shallow vegetation away from current. Look for the clearest water you can find in the backs of creeks and oxbows and cast Spit’n Images, Spooks, plastic frogs, Ken Pops, and Bass Assassins. Focus on vegetation next to deeper sections of the creek channels. Johnson chrome spoons with curly tail grub trailers are taking some good fish in the lily pads. Best colors for Bass Assassins are Baby Bass, Chartreuse Diamond and Native Shiner. Upriver, in the oxbows as far from river current and in any remaining clearer water, around 8-9 feet flats with stumps and laydowns, Real Deal Custom Tackle Jigs in Watermelon Candy, Texas Craw and Peanut Butter and Jelly are taking a few nice keeper size bass. White bass and hybrids continue roaming the oxbows, and continue hitting Tennessee Shad or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the Whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows, but have not been seen surface breaking this week with the increase in stained water. No report on crappie because of the muddy water and current. Blue catfish and channel catfish remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trotlines set 9-14 feet deep, in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. Fall on Millwood Lake is coming soon, and that means fishing trips full of schooling bass where 75 to 100 fish per day are common. Book with Millwood Lake Guide Service now for October and November action.

Lake Greeson
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.17 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com said crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The crappie are holding at 10 to 18 feet deep around the cover.

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 403.25 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with many spotted bass showing in the upper end between Yancey Creek and Point Cedar, with Shrouse Ford one of the better areas. The fish are are feeding on the new crop of abundant shad. Look for surface feeding schools and throw topwaters such as small Zara Spooks, Pop R’s, Flukes and 3-inch swim baits. Small 1/2-ounce spoons are working as well. Early morning and late evening are the best times to catch the schoolers. A few largemouths are showing on secondary points at mid-lake around Arlie Moore and Caddo Drive. Throw a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard to the deep side of the point. Another good pattern is a heavy jig with a craw trailer in a crawfish pattern. Hybrid fishing remains slow with only a few small fish coming from the backs of coves early in the morning. The summer deep water pattern never developed, probably due to the prolonged cool weather. Quite a few white bass are schooling in the big coves along the state park early in the morning. Throw small surface plugs, spoons or in-line spinners. Bream fishing is very good with some nice fish taken off secondary points at mid-lake. The best bet for the bigger bluegills and redears is to fish on or near the bottom with redworms. Use a no. 8 hook with a couple of split shot about a foot above the hook. Either tight line the rig just off the bottom or fish it directly on the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Keep moving until you find the fish because they travel in schools. Cafishing is fair with some catches on trotlines set in Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy creeks. Set the lines at night and bait with cut shad, night crawlers, chicken livers, Catfish Charlie or hot dogs. For live bait try big minnows or small bream.

South-Central Arkansas

Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 8-20-2014) Jaret Rushing had no new report.

Tri-County Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Jaret Rushinghad no new report.

White Oak Lake
(Updated 8-20-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said bass (catch-release-only in the lower lake) are hitting on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits around areas with vegetation. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in the mornings and late in the evenings. Catfish are biting well on trotlines with live and prepared catfish bait, and tight lining using worms, prepared catfish bait and crickets.

West-Central Arkansas

Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.80 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
The Corps of Engineers has closed all swim beaches at Nimrod until further notice. Fishing and camping remain open.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said bream crappie and catfishing are all excellent. Bream are biting crickets, and the occasional worm. Catfishing is best on chicken livers, bass minnows and stink bait. Bass are hitting best on soft-plastics and crankbaits fished near deep drops.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well in 10 to 14 feet of water on trolled crankbaits and on slow-trolled minnows and jigs.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)
(Updated 8-20-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are excellent. Bass are chasing shad and are biting excellently on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on worms.

Fourche La Fave River
(Updated 8-20-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Bream are biting well, but you have to do a lot of looking to find the beds. Crappie are slow. White bass are biting well on dark-colored spinnerbaits and flukes. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and minnows.

Lake Dardanelle
(Updated 8-20-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said surface water temperature is 88 degrees and visibility is as good as 3 feet away from current. Stripers are holding on the ends of the jetties upriver and will hit swim baits, large white crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. The topwater bite has slowed. Largemouth bass have been hit-and-miss, depending on current. Jigs, worms, deep-diving crankbaits, drop-shot rigged finesse worms and Carolina-rigged lizards are working on the deep side of jetties and sandbars. Frogs and jigs fished in vegetation from mid-river to the lower river are working well, as are crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms at the mouths of creeks. White bass and small stripers are schooling in the creeks and the backwater of the river; spoons, tailspinners and small Rat-L-Traps are working well. Crappie are biting on white jigs, small minnows and trolled crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet of water around brush. Catfish are biting well on cut skipjack and shad at the mouths of creeks. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in the main river around rocks with grass in the creeks around brush piles and stumps.

Blue Mountain Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 385.42 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Jeremy Wells at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said crappie are still being caught in 10-25 feet of water mostly along the river channel around structure using minnows and various colored jigs. Bream are being caught using worms and crickets in the shallows and in some deeper water. A few catfish are being caught on livers, worms and perch.
Lake Ouachita
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 573.90 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 8-20-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no new report.

(Updated 8-20-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort saids urface water temperature is 84 to 88 degrees. The water clarity is clear. Largemouth bass are still biting well on Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop-Rs in the morning and on drop-shotted or Texas-rigged worms during the day. Walleye are biting well on nightcrawlers dragged on bottom bouncers and drop-shot rigs. Trolling crankbaits near main lake points with cover has been good for walleye as well. Striped bass are fair on live bait and jigging spoons around main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and crappie jigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is good on rod-and-reel baited with live or prepared bait in large bays and major creek basins.
Lake Hamilton
(Updated 8-20-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no new report.
Lake Catherine
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is running 16-hour generation periods each day keeping temperatures low and providing an oxygenated water supply for all area fish. Very small numbers of rainbow trout are living in the tailrace with the majority of fish caught or moved away from the dam. Live bait presentations are a must as artificial lures are largely ignored. Rainbows as large as 21 inches have been caught and released this past week by area guides. Threadfin shad are migrating in and out of the tailrace attracting small numbers of white bass and walleye. These fish are always present close to the dam in the summer and can be caught on small, 1/16-oz or 1/8-oz. gray or white jigs. Trolling shallow running crankbaits below the dam has produced some walleye in the 4-pound range in the late evening while the turbines are running. Large stripers have been seen chasing shad in the evening below the bridge in the main channel. Fish over 30 pounds have been observed and hooked by experienced fishermen. Gizzard shad or brood minnows fished with a balloon rig offer the best chance for success. Alabama rigs are an excellent artifical lure to cast toward feeding fish and over deep channels below the bridge. Freshwater drum frequent the shallows near the dam in August and feed on crawfish and shad around sandbars.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream fishing is slow. Crappie are fair on jigs fished in the pads. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good in deeper water at teh ends of piers on minnows. are biting well around the docks. Catfishing is good on shad and cut bait on jugs and limb lines.

Mississippi River Oxbows
​(Updated 8-20-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie are excellent on crankbaits trolled in deep water, longlined jigs and spider rigged minnow/jig combinations in Bacus Lake, Midway Lake and Mound City Chute. Catfishing is good on limb lines in the same oxbows..

Wapanocca Lake
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs slow-trolled on spider rigs near the middle of the lake. Some small bass have been caught by trollers as well.

Bear Creek Lake
​(Updated 7-30-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

White River
(Updated 7-30-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.

Maddox Bay
(Updated 8-13-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said bream are slow. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits fished around woody cover. Catfishing is good on chicken livers.

Arkansas Fishing Report August 13 2014

Arkansas Fishing Report August 13 2014

Central Arkansas
Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
(Updated 8-6-2014) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream are excellent on worms and crickets around lily pads near the shore. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and yo-yos baited with large minnows and goldfish. Bass are biting well on topwater frogs, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around lily pad fields. Crappie fishign is fair on minnows and jigs around deeper cypress trees.
(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 8-13-2014) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is low and at fairly clear. Trout are biting very well on nightcrawlers, wax worms with marshmallows and Power Bait.
(Updated 8-6-2014) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said we continue to see a summer generation schedule with late afternoon/early evening generation. The upper river is wadable during the mornings and the lower river is accessible in the afternoons. Midges, Blue-winged olives, pheasant tails, hares ears, soft hackles, and sowbugs are producing successful trips. Mealworm- and hot pink-colored bodies on gold and black jig heads are working well for Trout Magnet fishing. Fluorocarbon tippet is almost a must in low clear water when fly and Trout Magnet fishing.

Greers Ferry
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.27 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 3.25 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is in the low 80s. Bass fishing is slow, as some are shallow, chasing bream, and some are holding around floating docks and deep docks over 50 feet of water. Small crankbaits, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, swim baits and football head jigs are all working. Bream have bedded again and are guarding fry. They’ll hit small crankbaits, crickets and crawlers up shallow. Crappie are biting fairly well around 15-25 feet on jigs and minnows. Hybrids and white bass are eating throughout the day from 25-50 feet of water on spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits ,just stay with the shad. No report on catfish or walleye.
(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 7-30-2014) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperatures are ranging from 79 to 84 degrees. With moderate summer temperatures our fish are well ahead of pace for the early fall bite. Many baitfish are still only halfway to a third of the way out of the creeks and tributaries. Looking at the extended forecast, I don’t believe they are ever going to make it out on the main lake in earnest. Some fish are in the brush feeding on bluegills and crawfish while others are suspended and hanging in pole timber and structure breaks adjacent to the bulk of our shad. Live bait offerings with a vertical presentation are working well with the suspended fish. Glitter Spinners and small swim baits are producing.

Harris Brake Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear and at normal level. Catfish are biting excellently on chicken livers. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets.
(Updated 8-13-2014) 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 8-6-2014) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) said normal water level and the cooler weather have improved fishing. Crappie are excellent on minnows at 8 to 12 feet deep. Bass are still in deep water and hitting dark colored plastics and live minnows. Channel cats are very good on jugs baited with stink bait; flathead and blue catfish are fair on bream, goldfish and large shiners. Bream are still small but are biting well in 2 to 4 feet of water on crickets and worms.
(Updated 6-4-2014) Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.

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

Benton City Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting crickets. Catfish are slow, but some have been biting chicken livers and nightcrawlers. No reports of bass or crappie being caught.

Sunset Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said fishing has been slow to fair overall. Catfish have been biting chicken liver and bait shrimp. Bream have been hitting crickets and redworms. Bass and crappie have been slow, but a few have been caught on minnows.

Saline River Access in Benton
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting minnows, goldfish and black salties on trotlines and limb lines. Bass are biting live minnows, small Texas-rigged plastics and small crankbaits. Bream on the river will almost always bite a cricket or worm presented on a small hook and light line. Crappie fishing has been slow.

Lake Norrell
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting black salties and brood minnows on jugs and trotlines. Bream are biting crickets and redworms. Bass fishing has been pretty good with plastic worms and lizards and shallow-running crankbaits early in the mornings. No recent reports of crappie being caught.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good with crickets and redworms. Bass are biting minnows and small topwater baits early and late in the day. Catfish have been biting fairly well on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. Some small crappie have been biting pink minnows.

Lake Winona
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few good crappie and more small ones have been caught lately fishing deep brush with minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Electric Chicken and Devil’s Grin have been good colors for a couple of fishing partners. Bass have been hitting topwater baits at daylight and Texas- and Carolina-rigged lizards and Baby Brush Hawgs later in the morning. Catfish are biting big wads of nightcrawlers and no. 12 bass minnows right at dark. Bream are biting crickets and worms.

Arkansas River at Morrilton
(Updated 7-30-2014) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said fishing is very good overall. Drift fishing is the way to go for catfish. Shad and nightcrawlers are the best bets around jetty tips and below dams nine and 10. White bass are biting very well on jetty tips around Point Remove Creek, Coppers Gap and Flagg Lake Cutoff on shad-colored crankbaits. Bream are biting very well in the backwater around overhangs on crickets. Largemouth bass are biting well on black Jitterbugs in the mornings and on green pumpkin tubes fished around the grasslines in 4 to 10 feet of water.

Little Maumelle River
​(Updated 8-13-2014) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said some bass are being caught in the creek, especially around lily pads and vegetation, early in the morning and late in the evening. No report on any other species.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
​(Updated 7-30-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are fair on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle, but they are excellent on crickets and redworms up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are excellent up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(Updated 8-6-2014) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said bass are biting well on black/blue jigs and spinnerbaits fished around the Maumelle River. Drop-shot rigs and Carolina rigs are working around bridges near the river as well.
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are excellent on large minnows and white/chartreuse jigs below Murray Lock and Dam. Catfish are biting very well below the dam on nightcrawlers, skipjack and shad.
(Updated 8-6-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said catfishing has been good below Terry Lock and Dam on worms and cut bait.

Clear Lake
(Updated 8-6-2014) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said crappie fishing is very slow. Bream are fair on worms.

Peckerwood Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the lake is clear and at normal level. The lake is perfect for fishing. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent on chicken livers. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. No report on crappie.

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 658.72 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 8-13-2014) Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock saidot Much has changed in the past month since my last fishing report. The lake is around the 659 level and dropping slowly. The water temperature at the surface is in the 80’s around the lake. The thermocline is down around the 30-35 foot level depending on where you go in the lake. The visibility is still great on the main lake. The fishing hasn’t changed much since last report except the fish seem to be a little deeper in the day. Most of the reports say they are in the 30 to 35 to 40 foot level just past the thermocline. That is where they are usually are this time of year. You might be able to catch some of them shallow early as the sun rises or late as the sun sets. But the other times of the day you would need to fish deeper . this goes for most species of fish. I have seen largemouth bass hang shallow all day if they have some type of crock ledge, brush or cover to get in. Especially if they are trying to eat bluegill which can also be shallow all day. The smallmouth and spotted bass usually like the cooler non sun water. The walleye are rarely shallow this time of the year due to the water temperature. They need cooler water to survive in. Most of the reports I have gotten are that they are in the 35 to 40 foot range.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)
(Updated 8-13-2014) Newland’s Resort below Bull Shoals said water conditions are trending toward low flows in the mornings, and high flows in the afternoons, except for Sunday (which had low water all day). Popular baits have been shad, sculpins, pink artificial worms, Rapalas and Little Cleos. Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland’s web site. (Updated 8-6-2014) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low in the mornings and high in the afternoons. On low water, fish pink Power Worms, and Power Bait. On high water, switch to small Rattling Rogues and Rapalas for a chance at a good brown trout.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there has been significant generation in the afternoons and limited wadable water in the mornings. 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 grasshopper time! There is a bumper crop of them this year and the trout are already keying in on them. Favorite hopper imitators are Dave’s hoppers and the western foam varieties. Use a dropper with a size 16 flashback pheasant tail to increase hook ups.

Lake Norfork
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 552.43 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is dropping but still in the normal pool range for the summer. The water temperature is in the low-80s. The water visibility is stained. Stripers and hybrids are still feeding on crawdads and shad. The striper bite continues to be best before 5 a.m. in 35 to 40 feet of water on the flats near the dam and mouths of creeks. Stripers are starting to school near the dam. After first light the stripers are moving deeper. Look for them in 50 to 100 feet of water at the 40-foot level. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught trolling using swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs. If you find a school of stripers drop a spoon, they will hit it if correctly presented. Look at Point 1, Barron, Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb Point and the Backbone.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said fishing has been slightly different from normal summers. The fish are just now in their early summer pattern. We are still finding stripers and hybrids starting around the 62 Bridge and Robinson flat area all the way down to the dam. All species are still shallower than normal, which is good. I have been fishing the Robinson Point flat area and the dam area catching hybrids and stripers from 38-50 feet of water sitting on the bottom. Today I fished in the dam area and the fish erupted all around me. Big whites and medium to small size stripers were flying out of the water chasing small shad. I also spooned up several stripers in 48 feet of water on the bottom. While spooning I noticed that the fish were not hitting the spoon on the jerk up or the fall, so I started letting it sit on the bottom and twitch it a little. I could feel a light bite then would set the hook. If you are live bait fisherman get out on the lake by 4:30 a.m. as the bite is really strong in the dark. Spooning for stripers is just starting to take off so have a spoon ready to vertical jig. Crappie fishing has been good, which is very unusual for this time of year. They are still sitting in brush that is at the 30 feet level. Also you can find them under docks especially if the dock has brush under it. My dock is just stacked with them, 4 – 6 feet down. Live minnows are working very well as are small jigs tipped with a minnow. Catfish are also being caught on jugs, trotlines and pole fishing. Flatheads are hitting the best. You will find them around brush in 30 feet of water during the day and in the shallow water feeding at night. White bass are starting to school. You can find some good top water action early in the morning or at sunset. This action can be found at all ends of the lake. Black bass are hanging out around the 30 foot deep brush as well as along the deep bluff lines. You will find them on the bottom or suspended 30 down. Early and late in the day they will be up closer to the shore line in shallow water feeding. There is also a good topwater bite early and late in the day. Check back in the major creeks.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature has dropped a few degrees into the low 80s. Look for the stripers and hybrids down at least 35 feet deep. Whatever bait you choose (live or artificial) to use get your bait down to them or just a foot above the fish. There have been a few stripers coming up chasing bait but they are smaller fish. They are still a lot of fun on topwater. Bass are coming up early and just before dark chasing baitfish also. They have been hitting a white or clear Zara Spook Jr., If they are not surfacing, throw a worm or jig to the bank and work it slowly back to the boat or try dropping a jigging spoon if you see them on your depthfinder under the boat. Look for crappie in the deeper brush piles.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)
(Updated 8-13-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there’s been wadable water every day on the Norfork, but it has fished poorly because of increased angling pressure. 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 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.

Buffalo River
(Updated 8-13-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Crooked Creek
(Updated 8-13-2014) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,117.45 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 8-6-2014) Roger Cravens of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (254-315-2927) said night fishing continues to be the best option for bass. Dark-colored crawdad-imitating soft plastics and large worms Texas-rigged or on a shaky head have worked well along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day on topwater plugs or buzz baits in and around the brush along the bank. During the day a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to 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. jighead worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas have 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. White bass have been biting well at night under lights on minnows or shad along bluff lines close to the channel and under the 12 bridge. During the day they can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught using Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said said stripers are on the prowl for food. Early morning and the night bite have been best. Most stripers are still in the mid-section of the lake. Stripers are being caught on live shad fished 30 to 60 feet deep. They are also hitting trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs and Rapala Husky Jerks or Bomber 15As. On the mid and lower sections check out these area’s. Water surface temperatures are in the low 80s. The hot spots this week have been Lost Bridge,the large gravel bar at the mouth of Indian creek, the back side of the island at Lost Bridge and in the cut between the island, points 3, 4, 5 and 6, Rocky Branch (the channel between the front of the marina and the road bed that extends to the island), Cedar Creek, Ford Creek and Goat Island at Larue. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep on three-way rigs with a no. 11 Rapala or trolled Hot-n-Tot, Wiggle Wart, Rapala Tail Dancer or Ripstik. Slow death rigs, shakee blades and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers as well. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartruese, orange or black are good options as well. Check the south side of Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek and War Eagle for concentrations of walleye.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around deep brush piles. Bass are fair on topwater lures and large black spinnerbaits at night and on spoons and drop-shot rigs fished deep during the day.

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 8-6-2014) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said fishing has slowed a bit. Catfishing is showing a little improvement. Limb lines baited with cut perch produced a 7.5-lb. blue cat last week. Chumming the area and baiting with liver brought resulted in some big fish hooked but not landed and some broken rods for three local anglers last week. Bass are biting well at night on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Soft-plastic worms and jigs with frog trailers are working fairly well in 10 to 15 feet of water during the day. Crappie are fair in the morning, and fishing slows to a crawl by 9 a.m. Minnows fished at 8 feet around any brush piles have worked best. Small jigs tipped with crappie nibbles will work in a pinch. Redear and bluegill slow by mid-day as well. There are still many are being caught with redworms and crickets in the mornings.

Lake Fayetteville
(Updated on 8-13-2014) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said there haven’t been many anglers on the water this week. No report.

Lake Sequoyah
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is high and very muddy. The only fish biting right now are teh catfish. They are biting well on goldfish, bluegill and chicken livers.

Prairie Grove Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Lake Manager Dennis Kruse said fishing has picked up with the best bite coming in the mornings. Bass are good early on buzzbaits and other topwater presentations; then go to spinnerbaits later in the morning. Bream are active through much of the morning, with most catches coming on crickets and worms. Good catches of catfish are coming in on both live bait and cut bait.

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 8-13-2014) Lake Poinsett State Park said there have been many boats on Poinsett lately. Crickets and redworms are still the baits of choice for the bream. Several nice catfish have been caught lately on nightcrawlers and stink bait. Some flatheads have been caught on trotlines baited with goldfish.

Crown Lake
(Updated 8-13-2014) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said bream are biting well on redworms and crickets. Bass are biting well early in the morning and late in the evening on topwater lures. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. .

Lake Frierson
(Updated 8-6-2014) Lake Frierson State Park said water levels continue to drop, exposing more timber and stumps. Bream have been good on crickets, redworms and pieces of nightcrawlers. Channel catfish have been poor to good on dip baits and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water near the dam. There is a lot of surface activity early and late, with few anglers on the water to report. Topwaters early and late should produce bass this time of year. Follow the schooling shad. No report of crappie, saugeye or flatheads.

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 8-13-2014) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are low and clear. We still have not had any rain over the last week. Hot flies have been Guppies and Y2Ks. Little Cleos and hot pink Trout Magnets have been hot for spin fishing.

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 8-6-2014) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said crappie are biting well. The last cold front turned them on, and they were biting minnows and artificial baits well. Bass are slow on topwater lures at the edge of lily pads. Bream are biting well at the edge of shallow water bedding areas. No report on catfish.

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 259.71 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.60 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level remains 12 inches above normal conservation pool and is falling. There is increased current in Little River with the gates releasing around 1,200 CFS Monday. Surface water temperature ranges anywhere from 77 to 90 degrees, depending on location, rainfall and time of day. Water clarity is much worse than the last few weeks, with most areas on the main lake having 3 to 5 inches of visibility. Cottonshed and the northeast section of the lake are muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits, Moss Bosses, plastic frogs, and Bass Assassins early and late around lily pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels in clearest water you can find away from heavy current. Johnson chrome spoons with curly tail grub trailers are taking some good fish in the lily pads as well. Bass Assassin Shads in Chartreuse Pepper Shad or Black Shad continue working best in the heavy stained or muddy water, and Watermelon – red flake colors continue working around any semi-clear water and vegetation. Rat-L-Traps and cranks continue working along vegetation growth and weed lines near deep water drops. Four0inch tubes and Berkley Craw Fattys in black neon, black/blue or grasshopper colors are working in the heavy stain and colored water away from river current this week. White bass continue roaming the oxbows and hitting Tennessee shad- or citrus shad-colored crankbaits in the backs of the oxbows. Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the Whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows, but have not been seen surface breaking this week with the increase in stained water. Crappie disappeared with all the high current and muddy water in Little River. Blue catfish and channel cats remain good this week in the increased current of Little River on trotlines set 6-9 feet deep in creek mouths and outer bends of the river. Best trotline baits continue to be chicken livers, cut shad and buffalo.

Lake Greeson
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 547.32 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
(Updated 7-30-2014) Kevin Patrick at www.actionfishingtrips.com said crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The crappie are holding at 10 to 18 feet deep around the cover.

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 403.81 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Ffishing is pretty slow due to the changing weather patterns. Bass fishing is fair and probably the best bet right now. Look for surface activity in the early morning along the south side between the dam and the mouth of Brushy Creek. The best action will be on the secondary points in the big coves. Throw topwaters such as a Zara Spook, Sammy, Fluke, Rapala Minnow or a 3-inch swim bait. Color is not too important on topwaters, but be sure to get the lure as close as possible to the breaking fish. If nothing is on the surface, try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard across the same points. Red shad and green pumpkin are good colors to start with. Sometimes a deep-running crankbait in natural shad is hard to beat. Hybrids are still pretty much a “no show” with very little schooling activity. The fish are scattered from the dam to Caddo Bend and just are not feeding much. A few fish were reported in the big coves along the State Park early in the morning. Try a big in-line spinner fished about 20 feet down. Bream fishing is good for small fish up shallow. Some nice redears are showing off secondary points in 15 to 25 feet of water. Tightline a redworm on or close to the bottom. When you catch one, throw the buoy because they are in schools. Look for fish around Caddo Drive and Arlie Moore. Catfish are fair early in the morning in the coves on the south side between points 2 and 4. Drop a live bream or big minnow next to the deep standing timber at first light. Some big fish are coming from these areas.

South-Central Arkansas

Ouachita River Oxbows

(Updated 7-30-2014) Jaret Rushing said fishing in the smaller oxbows has been very sporadic due to changing weather patterns and rainfall. Anglers are catching bass in channels of incoming water when the Ouachita River is on the rise. However, something to be wary of is to watch for coloration changes in the water as that will be a significant predictor of where fish will be. Anglers should try to stay on the upstream side of all water clarity changes and throw baits resembling shad/minnows as bass are still in summer staging patterns and tend to feed on shad in suspended water and crawdads in shallow waters. Anglers are still finding bream beds, but they are scarce and the size of the bream being caught has started to decrease.

Tri-County Lake
(Updated 7-30-2014) Jaret Rushing said with the sporadic weather patterns, bass anglers should focus on deeper channels running along the rock/sand bank on the south side of the lake. Reports are that some larger bass are being caught in these channels towards the end of the day and at night on black/blue crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie fishermen have reported that after 10 a.m. or so, their luck has basically been shot. So, crappie anglers should set their alarms and get on the lake early in the morning. Spider rigs tend to be working well rigged with black/chartreuse soft-plastic jigs and blue/white hair jigs.

White Oak Lake
(Updated 7-30-2014) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said in the lower lake, the daily catfish limit is five and the daily bream limit is 50. All other species are catch and release only in the lower lake. Bass are biting well on flukes, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around vegetation. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms early in the mornings and late in the evenings, but the higher water has made it difficult to find them. Keep moving and you’ll run across the bream. Catfishing is good on trotlines bated with soap and on tightlines baited with nightcrawlers and crickets. In the upper lake, bream are biting well on crickets and worms. Catfish are biting well on soap. Bass are biting well on flukes, topwater lures and spinnerbaits fished around vegetation.

West-Central Arkansas

Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 345.25 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
The Corps of Engineers has closed all swim beaches at Nimrod until further notice. Fishing and camping remain open.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said bream crappie and catfishing are all excellent. Bream are biting crickets, and the occasional worm. Catfishing is best on chicken livers, bass minnows and stink bait. Bass are hitting best on soft-plastics and crankbaits fished near deep drops.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well in 10 to 14 feet of water on trolled crankbaits and on slow-trolled minnows and jigs.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)
(Updated 8-13-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream are excellent. Bass are chasing shad and are biting excellently on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on worms.

Fourche La Fave River
(Updated 8-13-2014) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the water is high and stained. Bream are biting well, but you have to do a lot of looking to find the beds. Crappie are slow. White bass are biting well on dark-colored spinnerbaits and flukes. Catfishing is good on worms, stink bait and minnows.

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

Lake Dardanelle
(Updated 8-13-2014) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is 86 degrees. Water clarity is about 3 feet of visibility upriver, dropping to 2 feet in the lower section with some very muddy areas in the creeks and backwaters. The bite has picked up on topwater prop baits, crankbaits and jigs around rocks in 6 to 10 feet of water upriver. Stripers have also picked up on the ends of the jetties, biting crankbaits swimbaits and topwater walking baits. The best times seem to be from 5 in the afternoon until dark. In the midsection of the lake, bass have picked up on worms, jigs and crankbaits fished around the headwaters of the creeks and on frogs and jigs fished around vegetation. In the lower section near the state park, look for humps and drops in 10 to 15 feet of water with brush and fish crankbaits, swimbaits and worms. Night fishing is excellent on black spinnerbaits and frogs. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished 8 to 12 feet deep around brush. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms near rocks with grass in the main river. Catfish have been good in creeks on worms and dead minnows. In the river, catfish are holding near the mouths of creeks and are biting well on live bream and cut bait fished around jetties and large boulders near creek mouths.

Blue Mountain Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 387.04 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
(Updated 8-13-2014) Jeremy Wells at the Blue Mountain Lake Project Office said crappie are still being caught in 10-25 feet of water mostly along the river channel around structure using minnows and various colored jigs. Bream are being caught using worms and crickets in the shallows and in some deeper water. A few catfish are being caught on livers, worms and perch.

Lake Ouachita
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 574.75 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is at full pool. Black bass are being caught on topwater along timber lines in creek chanel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. Many people are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on a Texas-rigged or jighead worm. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water in the guts of pockets.
(Updated 7-30-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and 85 to 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are biting well on Zara Spooks, chuggers and Pop-R’s. Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms also are working to produce some quality catches right now. Walleye are biting very well on trolled crankbaits, drop-shotted nightcrawlers or bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers near main lake points and structure. Stripers are biting well on live shad and jigging spoons fished around main lake points and humps. Bream are still biting well on and around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows fished in brush 15 to 20 feet deep. Catfishing is very good in the large bays and major creek basins on live and prepared bait.

Lake Hamilton
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is full. The water color is stained to clear from the rains and is clearing slowly. Black bass are being caught on topwater early in the mornings. Try a chugger or a buzzbait around the boat docks. A Texas-rigged worm is also a good option, try brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bream are good on crickets and worms fished near the bottom.

Lake Catherine
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 8-13-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is running 16-hour generation periods each day keeping temperatures low and providing an oxygenated water supply for all area fish. Very small numbers of rainbow trout are living in the tailrace with the majority of fish caught or moved away from the dam. Live bait presentations are a must as artificial lures are largely ignored. Rainbows as large as 21 inches have been caught and released this past week by area guides. Threadfin shad are migrating in and out of the tailrace attracting small numbers of white bass and walleye. These fish are always present close to the dam in the summer and can be caught on small, 1/16-oz or 1/8-oz. gray or white jigs. Trolling shallow running crankbaits below the dam has produced some walleye in the 4-pound range in the late evening while the turbines are running. Large stripers have been seen chasing shad in the evening below the bridge in the main channel. Fish over 30 pounds have been observed and hooked by experienced fishermen. Gizzard shad or brood minnows fished with a balloon rig offer the best chance for success. Alabama rigs are an excellent artifical lure to cast toward feeding fish and over deep channels below the bridge. Freshwater drum frequent the shallows near the dam in August and feed on crawfish and shad around sand bars.

East Arkansas
Horseshoe Lake
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said Bream are biting well around the docks. Catfishing is good on shad and cut bait on jugs and limb lines.

Mississippi River Oxbows
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said crappie are biting well in most of the oxbows in 7 to 8 feet of water on minnows and jigs slow-trolled around channel edges.

Wapanocca Lake
​(Updated 8-6-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) said bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs slow-trolled on spider rigs near the middle of the lake. Some small bass have been caught by trollers as well.

Bear Creek Lake
​(Updated 7-30-2014) Big River Marine Xpress, Excel and Alweld dealer (870-635-0202) had no report.

White River
(Updated 7-30-2014) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.

Maddox Bay
(Updated 8-13-2014) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said fishing is slow for all species.