Catfish Cure Overcrowded Lake
Catfish Cure Overcrowded Lake
Oct. 28, 2015

Catfish Cure for Overcrowded Lake

The AGFC stocks many catfish for pure recreational value, but sometimes a little stocking is needed to keep lakes in balance. During last year’s annual evaluations of Marion McCollum Greenlee Lake in Monroe County, biologists determined the green sunfish population was too abundant, and could be reducing the productivity of all fish in the lake. They worked with Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery in Lonoke to produce more than 3,400 5- to 8-inch flathead channel catfish, which were stocked in September. These catfish should target the small green sunfish and begin to improve the overall structure of the lake’s fish populations. 
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Central Arkansas

(Updated 10-28-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is a little stained and is about a foot low. The surface water temperature is in the low 70s. Bream are slow, but a few have been caught around Caney Creek in 18 inches to 3 feet of water on crickets and worms. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs in 18 inches to 8 feet of water all over the creeks. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits and topwater lures like the Strike King KVD Sexy Dawg in 3 to 4 feet of water around the banks. Catfishing is excellent on cut bait, minnows and worms.   

(Updated 10-28-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are beginning to pick up on minnows and jigs. All other species are fair at best. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ‘em All Guide Service said fall has arrived on the Little Red River. Beautiful colors can be seen along the banks of the river and in the brown trout that are starting to get active. With Greers Ferry Lake below top pool, the Little Red is receiving small amounts of generation during the weekdays with no generation over the weekends. Until we receive extensive rainfall, expect the current generation to continue. With low water, remember to use small fluorocarbon tippet to increase your catch numbers. Streamers, midges, eggs and soft hackle patterns are working well for fly-fishers.  For Trout Magnet fishing, try candy cotton and bison-colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Army Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration generation schedule.  

(Updated 10-28-2015) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said light rain since Friday has not affected the river.  The river remains low and clear with afternoon generation starting last Monday.  The generation schedule has been for afternoon generation Monday through Friday and no generation on the weekend. This has made drift and wade fishing good Tuesday through Saturday with the flow allowing the boats to navigate the river in most places. The low water on Sunday and Monday makes it hard to drift fish, but wade fishing has been good in areas with some current in the deeper parts of the shoals. The bite has been mainly rainbows with a few browns being caught. The browns are mostly smaller (less than 16 inches).  Some rainbows are trying to spawn on the shoals but I have not seen any brown activity.

(Updated 10-28-2015) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Company (501-207-1770) had no report. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 458.13 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 3.93 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is around 56-58 degrees. Bass fishing is pretty good shallow and at mid depths around brush piles using a vertical presentation. Try spoons and drop shot rigs. Carolina rigs, small spinnerbaits and crankbaits also will work fairly well. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows out floating around in the guts of main lake pockets. They are just in the middle of nowhere, suspended 15-25 feet deep. The walleye bite is still not the best, but some can be caught while fishing for whites and hybrids. Bream are guarding fry up on shallow flats and banks and can be caught with small crank baits, crickets, grubs and crawlers. The hybrids and white bass are coming up in places all over the lake, but the best bet is to catch them on spoons, in-line spinners and small swim baits in 35-40 feet of water around shad.

(Updated 10-14-2015) Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water levels are 5 feet below top power pool and falling slightly with no significant rainfall. Water surface temperatures are still in the lower 70s lake-wide. Game fish are spread out from one foot of water to 30 feet. Look for fishing to improve greatly with water surface temperatures falling over the next couple weeks. White bass and hybrids are feeding on top most mornings in isolated locations. Once we see our surface temperatures get down in the mid 60s look for surfacing throughout the day rather than first and last light.


(Updated 10-21-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is slightly low and clarity is fair. Bream are biting well on crickets around the shoreline. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs with a few really nice crappie being caught lately. Bass are excellent on silver and gold lures wherever you can find concentrations of shad. Catfishing is excellent on worms. White bass are biting very well around the shad schools as well.   

(Updated 10-21-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting on minnows, Bobby Garland Baby Shads and 1.25-inch Itty Bit Swim’rs in BBQ chicken, Cajun cricket, blue ice and monkey milk colors. Catfishing is good on shad, minnows and worms. Bass are biting on buzzbaits, minnows and soft-plastic worms. White bass are biting on Cajun Spins, Johnson Silver Minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shads and Itty Bitty Swim’rs. Bream are fair on crickets and worms.  


Overcup Landing had no report.


(Updated 10-21-2015) Jan Johnson at Brewer Lake Bait Shop (501-354-4108) shad no report.


(Updated 10-7-2015) Charley's Hidden Harbor at Opello said the wind and cooler temperatures have moved bass up to shallower water. Black/blue jigs fished in 3 to 10 feet of water and shad-colored crankbaits fished in 5 to 10 feet of water along jetties has worked fairly well. Catfishing is good on whole shad fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. White bass are fair on shad-colored crankbaits fished around jetties warmed by the sun. Drum are biting extremely well on crayfish-colored crankbaits around jetties.   


(Updated 10-7-2015) Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level is 2.7 feet below the spillway and the water temperature is 78 degrees. Largemouth bass are biting well on wacky-rigged worms, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and jerk baits in 10 feet of water and shallower. Spotted bass are biting well on crankbaits and jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water. White bass are excellent just west of Jolly Rogers Marina and on the east side of the lake. They are being caught on CC spoons, white jigs and Rooster Tails when they are schooling and on Bandit and Bomber crankbaits trolled 15 feet deep when they are roaming. Crappie are fair in 15 to 20 feet of  water around brush. They are being caught on crappie minnows and jigs. Bream are excellent on live worms fished 15 to 20 feet deep around any submerged brush or fish attractors you can find. Catfishing is good on chicken livers, small bream and commercial stink bait in 10 to 15 feet of water. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no new report.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no new report.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no new report.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no new report.


​(Updated 10-28-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets along the bank in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows in 6 to 7 feet of water along the channel. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits and topwater lures in 4 to 5 feet of water along the banks. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) The folks at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is stained to slightly muddy. Surface water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s and the water level is rising from the rain. Bream have about stopped biting lately. Crappie are still slow as well. Bass are biting well in 3 to 6 feet of water lately. Catfishing is slow.  

(Updated 10-28-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is at normal level and is muddy. Very few people have been by the shop to give a report. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is muddy and low. Very few people have been by the shop to give a report.    


(Updated 10-21-2015) Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear (for Peckerwood) and the surface temperature is in the 70s. The water level is very low. Crappie are biting well on minnows and various color jigs right now. Bass are fair. Catfishing is good on hot dogs and minnows. Herman’s Landing will be closing from Oct. 31 through the end of duck season, so get your fishing in now at Peckerwood. 



North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 659.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).(Updated 10-14-2015) K Dock Marina (417-334-2880) said the lake is about 7 feet away from being back to normal. We are looking forward to getting our launch ramp back for the fall.  Shad have become very concentrated on the flats. Many anglers are catching good numbers of white bass near K Dock. Once the lake stops dropping 6 inches per day, the fall bite should be great for all species. The surface water temperature is 70 to 72 degrees, and the water clarity is clear. Black bass are biting well on a variety of baits. Topwater lures are working well in the morning. Spinnerbaits are producing on windy days. Jigs and crankbaits (particularly squarebills) are producing well around points and high rock bluffs, however zebra mussels have moved in at many areas and will tear up your line, so check it often. Many anglers have resorted to fishing with braid to save their line from being cut. Walleye are fair on bottom-bouncing night crawlers.  Trolling crankbaits will improve once the lake stabilizes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are biting well on lipless crankbaits, Rooster Tails and small spinnerbaits.  Follow the surfacing shad and you’ll find the fish.

(Updated 10-14-2015) Bull Shoals Boat Dock said said surface water temperatures are in the 70s. The Army Corps of Engineers has been steadily running water. If you are fishing by the dam, be sure to fish the long points with gravel and chunk rock for smallmouth. Dragging a tube or shaky head, with a Zoom trick worm or UV worm in brown, watermelon or green pumpkin 20 to 27 feet deep. Fishing has been better up the lake and in the bigger creek arms. Fall is here and the shad are starting to migrate. Keitech swim baits fished super slow are working, as are Rite Bite ½-oz. PB and J jigs with a Net bait Paca Craw or Zoom Fat Albert or Creepy Crawler in green pumpkin will work as well. Look for points back in that flatten out in deeper water 20 to 26 feet deep. Anglers also are catching a few largemouths and spotted bass in the very backs of creeks on War Eagle spinnerbaits on windy days. For the walleye guys, bottom bouncers are starting to work on deep sides of main lake points. Use a 1 ½-oz. bouncer with a worm harness in 24-26 feet of water, and then run 30-32 feet.


(Updated 10-21-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is high with 6 generators running wide open. Trout fishing is excellent for boat anglers, especially those using guides who can concentrate on maneuvering the boat while the anglers fish. Pink trout worms have been the best lure for bait anglers after rainbow trout. Brown trout have been biting well on stick baits, and some large browns are really starting to show up lately. 

(Updated 10-28-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close Nov. 1, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016, 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 heavy generation, the best way to catch fish is to switch to longer leaders and heavier weight. Fishing has been poor. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8-10), Y2Ks (size 12-14), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, size 16-18), 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 (my current favorite is a hot fluorescent pink or cerise San Juan worm with an orange egg suspended below it).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 554.21 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said stripers are still inconsistent on the main lake. One day you can catch stripers at Robinson Point, Panther Bay and Float Creek, and then you go back the next day and cannot find them. One consistent area is the upper end of Norfork Lake from Calamity Beach just past Ford Creek. A lot of shad have moved to this area and the stripers are feeding on them all day. The lake water is still too warm and the main body of the lake has not turned over. The lake should turn as the weather gets colder. When the lake turns over, you will not see much fish activity in the main channels for about a week. Your best chance to catch bass and striper is to move up into the creeks to shallow water. It is likely that the creeks have already turned over. This is what has happened in the areas near the state line. The lake is now back to its normal level.

(Updated 10-21-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said water level continues to drop 3 to 4 inches per day. The lake level currently sits at 556.72, which is only about 3 feet above normal pool. The surface water temperature is 70 degrees and falling. The main lake is clear with the creeks and coves stained. Norfork Lake's fishing pattern is entering its fall phase. Striped bass are continually moving and not being very consistent in their feeding location. Over the last week I have covered most of the central to northern parts of Norfork Lake from the Robinson area, up to the state line and also back though the Fouts area and all areas in between. The most notable thing is that the bait has moved back into the creeks with very little bait being found in the main lake. I have found scattered stripers back in the creeks feeding on small 2-inch shad. I have also noticed a few scattered fish along the deep bluff lines in the main lake. My guests and I have caught stripers back in the creeks during the early morning hours as well as the afternoon. Both live thread fin shad as well as vertical jigging with a spoon has been working once you find the fish. As the water temperature continues to fall the fish will become more aggressive in their feeding habits and will start to school. Any time now you will find stripers feeding after dark up close to the banks. If you decide to try the night bite get a few suspending jerk baits and cast as close to the shoreline as you can, then retrieve to the boat very slowly. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well. The bigger bass started to move up into the sunken brush a week or so ago, but have since moved back out. I believe their move to deeper water occurred due to the drop in the lake level. Most of the sunken brush is now exposed or is out of the water. You can still find a few areas with brush in the water, but I can only catch small fish in these areas. One of our guests loves to throw a jig and pig and is doing quite well. You will catch a lot of short fish, but the bigger ones are also in the area. You will be able to find some good bass in and around brush piles in 30 to 35 feet of water. Vertical jigging with a spoon will start to work as the water temperature continues to cool. In general, soft plastics are working the best worked along the bottom starting in 10 - 15 feet of water out to 40 feet of water. The bluegill bite is still very strong. If you want to fill up your freezer with a lot of tasty fillets get some crickets and fish around 20 to 30 foot deep brush piles. I am finding a lot of schooling white bass back in the creeks feeding on the baitfish. Most of the whites are small to medium-sized fish, but are a blast to catch. Spooning has been working very well. Crappie fishing has also been inconsistent. They are still roaming through the deeper water going from brush pile to brush pile. Keep checking out all your brush piles and you will find them. 

(Updated 10-14-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the low- to mid-70s. The stripers are scattered all over the lake and can be from 30 to 50 feet deep. There are some whites back in the creeks following the baitfish. There are baitfish up in the flooded brush along the banks. Throw spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the outside of the brush. The windblown banks are better. I found a few bass coming up early that would hit a Spook, but the action is short-lived. Throw a jig and drag it along the bottom out to 30 to35 feet of water. We need some cooler weather to get the water temperature down into the 60s and the fish will start feeding better. It will also move the stripers up and the night bite will start again.




(Updated 10-28-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork has fished much better now that the lake level has dropped enough to prevent leakage around the flood gate that was being repaired. There has been no wadable water. Boat traffic has been very heavy. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (size 18-22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (size 14-16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. 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. My favorite combination has been a cerise worm with a Sunday special dropper. There is a major construction project at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. You can still access Dry Run Creek. It has seen more pressure with school out. It still fished well. 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). Despite the construction you can still visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the mild weather, the smallmouths are 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.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the mild weather, the smallmouths are 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

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,121.77 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the annual Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs kids fishing event is right around the corner and volunteers with boats are still needed. Volunteers will take kids from the HOFNOD program out to go fishing on Nov. 17. Lunch will be provided. Please call Mike at 479-366-8664 or email him at beaversafari.com@hotmail.com for more information and to volunteer. The water is in the low 70s. Stripers are leaving their deep water summer haunts as the water is beginning to cool. The lake turnover is beginning, and you will see debris floating off the bottom in your sonar. Fishing is good with live shad fished from the surface down to 30 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse grubs for stained water. Plugs trolled on flat lines or slightly weighted lines will work. Try using large, slender plugs like Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6inch model. Striper are also being caught at night by casting main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas or large Rat-L-Traps. One hot spot right now is Indian Creek around main lake structures and secondary points in the area. But the mid- and upper section of the lake is really turning on as well. Copermine, Ventris, Shaddox Hollow, the Highway 12 Bridge, Prairie Creek, and Coose Hollow all are firing with stripers on main lake structure and secondary points in the creeks as stripers move up the creek arms.  Most walleye have moved to the second drop and are being caught about 10-20ft. deep they can be caught using a variety of methods. Try three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Also try Shad Raps in natural colors and Rat-L Traps trolled at 1-2 mph. Bink pro scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white or white/chart combo are producing walleye.

(Updated 10-28-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is at normal level and the water clarity is good. Bream are biting well on redworms and crickets in 6 to 10 feet of water. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs fished around brush in 8 to 15 feet of water. Bass are fair on bone or black topwater lures in the early morning and on overcast days close to the river end of the lake. Catfishing is fair on trotlines. White bass are biting very well on Rooster Tails and spoons.      


(Updated 10-14-2015) Beaver Dam Store said they will be sponsoring the annual free One Fly/One Lure Tournament Oct. 17 on the Beaver Dam tailwater. Registration will be accepted until 6:30 a.m. the day of the tournament. Visit the store’s website for more information. Fly-fishing has been excellent on midges in size 16 to 18, woolly buggers and micro jigs in olive or brown, and prince nymphs. Rapala F9’s and F7’s also have been working well now that the brown trout have pushed up the river. Trout Magnets have been producing good numbers of fish, as have inline spinners. Bait anglers should focus on using Power Bait in white, chartreuse, red or sunrise. 

(Updated 10-14-2015) Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said water levels are within the normal range, which is consistent with this time of season and generation schedule. The trout have been highly active in the early morning hours, biting on various Power Baits using light terminal tackle. Pulling Rapalas is still getting the job done on some of the bigger ones in the warmer waters downstream from Houseman Access. A few walleye have been caught toward Beaver Town and Holiday Island in the 14-foot range. No significant white bass have been marked from Houseman to Beaver Town.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the lake may seem a little low, but that's because it's been up almost all summer. The turnover is complete, and the water clarity is improving. Bass fishing has been slow, mostly due to the turnover. Crappie fishing is fair, with some being caught over the brush piles in front of the launch ramp. Use minnows fished around 10 feet deep. Small crappie jigs, tipped with a crappie nibble might be a good substitute for live bait. Catfishing has perked up a bit, with liver being the best bait. Bluegill and redear fishing is still pretty good. Use redworms if you have them, and fish 2 to 3 feet deep. I was using minnows Monday for some crappie, and caught 12 goggleeye as fast as I dropped my line in. I was near the bottom in 18 feet of water. No crappie ever bit.


(Updated on 10-28-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is at normal level and the clarity is fair. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are slow, but a few have been caught lately. Bass are fair. Catfish are fair.   


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and about 6 inches low. The surface water temperature is about 67 degrees. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water. The crappie are scattered all over the lake. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and soft-plastic worms down toward the dam. Catfishing is good on chicken liver and goldfish near the channel.   



Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 10-28-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said the drought is over, but so is summer. There has not been much traffic going to the lake the last few days. Maybe once the rain stops, we’ll get some good reports in. For now, no report on the fishing. 


(Updated 10-21-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said no one has been to the lake or marina lately. No report.   


(Updated 10-28-2015) Lake Frierson State Park had no report. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said rainbow and cutthroat trout were stocked on Friday. All of the trout were really nice in size and the catching has been excellent over the weekend and this week. Nymphs were hot last week and this week Y2K’s and woolly buggers have been hot. Old Yeller has been the hot fly for Cutthroat. Hot pink Trout Magnets and yellow/black rooster tails have been working well for spin fishers. The river is low and clear and looking great.


​(Updated 10-28-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is very high and clear. No report on the fishing in the river, but bass and crappie are biting well on trolled crankbaits in Greers Ferry Lake. 



Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 10-14-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the low 70s and falling. The algae bloom is still in place, but it is clearing. Visibility is about the same in the main channel as it is in Lake Langhofer – about 1 to 2 feet. Black bass have started coming off their summer locations to move shallow. Topwaters, spinnerbaits and crankbaits up shallow in the morning and finesse worms and jigs the rest of the day should get you bites. The key this time of year is the obvious presence of baitfish.


(Updated 10-21-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park in Star City said crappie are biting well on shiners and chartreuse crappie jigs. The bass are doing great in the mornings on topwater plugs and spinnerbaits.


 Lake Chicot State Park had no report. 



Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.73 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.20 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake is 10 inches above normal conservation pool and continually rising from last weekend’s rain. There is increased current in Little River with the gates releasing 295 CFS. Surface water temperature dropped to 66 to 70 degrees. Water clarity worsened with all the storms, wind and incoming rain. On the main lake, visibility ranges from 4 to 8 inches. Clarity in the oxbows currently runs anywhere from 10 to 15 inches. Bass activity has been excellent the past few weeks, and bass remain very active at dawn around shallow vegetation on frogs, Bass Assassin Shads, buzz baits, and shallow jerk baits.  Later in the day, Largemouth bass are best on crankbaits, squarebills, and bulky magnum 4-inch tubes around cover and cypress trees in 5-10 feet of water. Spotted Bass, Largemouths, and White Bass all continue congregating at creek mouths that dump into Little River feeding on shad schools.  War Eagle spinnerbaits in Coleslaw, Spot Remover, and firetiger are working in more stained water areas around vegetation and grass patches near creek channel swings and deeper cuts. Best colors of Bass Assassin Shads over the past week drawing best reactions are the Bad To The Bone, Rainbow Trout, and Houdini.  Working these erratically around vegetation and under cypress trees seems to be best presentation over the past week.  Rat-L- Traps and Echo 1.75 Squarebill crankbaits are working around deeper drops into the creek channels from 5-8 feet. Red Shad, Oxbow or Green Tiger Rat-L-Traps and Ghost Minnow, Gold, or Millwood Magic Echo 1.75 Squarebills are working around cypress trees and stumps in the oxbows and creek mouth dumps into Little River. White bass and hybrids returned upriver with the cooler water. Whites have been schooling on topwater plugs like Cordell Crazy Shads in chrome/black and Baby Torpedoes in clear.  Rat-L-Traps, and Squarebill Echo 1.75 crankbaits for the past couple weeks are catching sub-surface schooling white bass. Crappie were biting well before the rain, but the bite shut off with increase in current and muddy water. Roadrunners in white/chartreuse were working late last week in 9-10 feet of water over planted brush piles as were white/chartreuse jigs. No report on catfish. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 537.78 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Gary Lammers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had no report this week. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 395.29 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Local angler George Graves had no report.



South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 10-14-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said bass are fair, but can be picked up early in the mornings and late in the evenings on flukes, spinnerbaits and brush hogs. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets and worms. Catfishing is good using trotlines baited with live bait and using tight lines with worms and prepared catfish baits. No report on crappie. 


Tri-County Lake will be undergoing a 5-foot drawdown until late fall. This is being done to compact the silt which has been building in the lake, reduce some of the aquatic vegetation in the lake, make repairs on jetties which have deteriorated over the years and address the lake's stunted crappie and bream populations by forcing these smaller fish into areas where they are more susceptible to the lake's predator fish. 

Local angler Jaret Rushing had no report.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Buddy Ham at Sportsman's One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said crappie are biting fairly well on jigs or shiners fished in treetops in the main river. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits around woody cover. Catfishing is good on live bait in the river. No report on bream. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) Buddy Ham at Sportsman's One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said anglers are catching a few crappie at night under lanterns. Bass are still schooling and breaking the surface at different times of day. No report on bream or catfish.  



West-Central Arkansas

(Updated 10-14-2015) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said some good largemouth have been caught lately in the mornings. Anglers are keeping it quiet about lures, but there have been some regular catches of good fish. 


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 342.01 feet msl (full pool – 342 msl). 

(Updated 10-21-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is very low. Three or four weeks ago, anglers were doing very well, but there haven’t been many anglers at the lake lately with the lower conditions. A little rain may help things. 

(Updated 10-21-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are fair on minnows, Bobby Garland Baby Shads and 1.25-inch Itty Bit Swim’rs in deep water. The best colors are Cajun cricket, BBQ chicken, blue ice, monkey milk and penny back. Catfishing is good on shad, minnows and worms. Bream are fair on crickets and worms.


(Updated 10-28-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said water temperature is in the upper 60s to lower 70s, and water clarity is good. Fishing is picking up. Bass are going shallow, and can be found on Rat-L-Traps, buzzbaits, slow-rolled spinnerbaits and jigs flipped to wood cover. Crappie are biting well in 10 to 15 feet of water around tree tops and brush piles. Stripers are biting well below the dam and around running water on swim baits topwater poppers. White bass are schooling in the main river. Small white crankbaits, spoons and inline spinners are working well. Catfish are good on large shiners, goldfish and cut sunfish.


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.38 feet msl (full pool – 384 msl).


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 567.97 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 10-28-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 64 to 68 degrees and the water clarity is stained. Black bass are still very good and being caught with crankbaits and spy baits on points near structure.  Drop shot rigs with live crawfish or finesse worms are producing quality spotted bass near brush. Walleye are still fair on ¾-oz. C.C. spoons jigged vertically near structure. Stripers are still fair on live bait and hair jigs on main lake points and humps. Bream are slow and hitting worms, grubs or crickets near brush 15-25 feet deep. Crappie are biting well near brush with small spoons, minnows or crappie jigs around 20-30 feet deep. Catfish are slower and being caught on nightcrawlers, cut bait or stink bait.   

(Updated 10-28-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the fresh water that is coming in and cooler weather should help the fishing in the backs of the creeks lately. However, a lot of the water has been sucked up by the ground, and there is very little washing into the lake. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shad patterns should do very well for bass.  


(Updated 10-28-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the fresh water that is coming in and cooler weather should help the fishing in the backs of the creeks lately. However, a lot of the water has been sucked up by the ground, and there is very little washing into the lake. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shad patterns should do very well for bass.  Lake Hamilton is drawing down next weekend, and it will be a great time to fish with crayfish patterns along newly exposed rocks for bass. 

(Updated 10-28-2015) Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips had no report. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has scheduled a minimum flow pattern which releases water every few days as needed to maintain lake levels. The annual winter drawdown begins for both lakes Hamilton and Catherine on Nov. 7 and ends Nov. 15. A 5-foot draw is planned with each lake refilled to summertime pool in early March 2016. Rainbow trout stocking begins in November with fish present in the tailrace the week of Thanksgiving. The trout are gone and very few shad are present to attract gamefish. However, white bass have been observed schooling below the bridge with fair numbers in the 2-pound range. Jerk baits and ¼-ounce white jigs are the baits of choice as these fish are chasing available shad and will attack an artificial lure that resembles an injured minnow. Hybrid and striper action is very slow below the dam with zero topwater action observed. Trout stocking in November will bring good numbers of hybrid and striped bass to the area to feed. C-10 Redfins and Super Spooks in rainbow trout colors will draw vicious strikes from these aggressive predators. A few catfish have been hooked in the 10-pound class at night below the bridge in the main channel using cut shad. The deepest water holds catfish most of the year with large numbers of these fish spawning in June. Goldfish and gizzard shad are excellent choices when targeting large catfish. As the drawdown approaches, a regular flow of water from the dam will bring shad close to the dam, which will help the fishing.



East Arkansas

(Updated 10-28-2015) ​Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040) said the bass are moving up and hitting crankbaits and topwater baits off points. Bream have slowed down with the cooler weather. Crappie are biting well on minnows trolled slowly in deep water. Mississippi River State Park is hosting a kayak tour at Bear Creek Lake on Saturday, October 31.  To sign up please call Mississippi River State Park at (870) 295-4040.


(Updated 10-28-2015) ​Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040) said the bream are slow. Crappie have picked up and are biting well on live minnows in about 10 feet of water. Hybrid stripers have been schooling off and on over the last week. Chartreuse jigs have worked well with the stripers near the top of the water. Catfishing has been slow. The fishing peier has been heavily used during the last week, with people catching crappie and hybrid stripers. Come enjoy the clean facilities at Storm Creek Recreational Area. 


(Updated 10-28-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream and crappie are slow. Bass are fair in the main channel on crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on stink bait fished close to the main river. A few people have caught a few bream and crappie in the back lakes, but other than that, the main channel has been where to find the few fish that will bite.  



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