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Crappie are being caught on yo-yos at night (between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.). 12 Dec. 3-D Archery Series, Dec. 5, 12, 19 (Fort Smith) 15 Dec. Dutch Oven Cooking Series | 4 of 4 (ZOOM) 18 Dec. Clarity continues improving in the oxbows with the river receding. The quarter-ounce Rapala X-Rap runs between 6-8 feet and moves like a live minnow – a great option for fishing this deep river right now. I checked out a brushpile in 20-35 feet of water. Hopefully it will be getting better soon.”. (updated 2-26-2020) Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said fishing was nice this past week. (updated 2-26-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) says with the water levels being high, with a little bit over 5 feet high Sunday, and higher days even the week before, it hasn't been the greatest for fishing – except on out on the river a few walleye or smallmouth were caught here and there off of brooder minnows. Bream reports are poor, as are black bass reports. It’s close to home and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was kind of hard to lock down a hot spot, because it seem like they were widespread. CENTRAL ARKANSAS . Top Arkansas destinations. The fishing is better in the morning. The Army Corps of Engineers has opened the spillway gates on Bull Shoals Dam in an effort to lower the water level on this lake. “We will continue to monitor the conditions and report when it looks like Cook’s Lake will reopen.” For more information, please contact the center at 870-241-3373. (updated 2-26-2020) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) had no report. longer periods of generation to lower the lake level are expected. Thousands of. Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) in Batesville had no catches to report. Look in brush/structure in 20-25 feet of water. Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports, that open flood gates and heavy flows have been the norm below Carpenter Dam for weeks. wildlife and their habitats while promoting sustainable use, public understanding and support. (updated 2-12-2020) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service (501-230-0730) said the Little Red River is receiving 24 hours of generation. The crappie are scattered and the ones being caught are ranging in water depth from 5-25 feet. Also for fly-fishing during high-water conditions, Lowell recommends San Juan worms, micro-jigs, egg patterns and streamers. (updated 2-26-2020) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says the water is murky and high. (updated 2-12-2020) Brian Whitson, park interpreter at Lake Chicot State Park (870-265-5480), said there has been some activity on Lake Chicot, but the weather the last couple days may have stalled it. USACE LITTLE ROCK is a good app for your phone to check the current and proposed generation. Try soft plastic worms or jigs. Have fun, stay safe and catch some fish!”. for a daily update on fishing conditions. Beyond her usual spots of weekly coverage near the bait shop, Lisa has all heard of small ponds and lake have good fishing for bass and crappie using minnows. Also, the crappie bite is good. Crappie have been semi-active and suspended over brush in 30-plus feet of water and typically suspended from 12-25 feet down. “We have been seeing the male bass roaming the flats through the dead lily pad stems from 2-4 pounds each searching bedding areas, but not committing to stay in the flats for very long periods. The Ozark tailwater did rise late last week but has steadily fallen since. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and North Fork rivers. Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the reports were poor across the poor this past week. Catfishing is good. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocked smallmouth bass in a narrow portion of Beaver Lake in the early 1990s, and that experiment blossomed into a highly successful and exciting fishery. “We have had six years of high water. When I got out to the middle of the cove in about 40 feet of water, I found bait that was from 10 feet down to the bottom and marked a lot of fish. The Greers Ferry Lake level is above normal seasonal pool due to recent rains, so. Tie the balloon on your line and attach a weight about two feet above your hook (size 2 or 4 hooks will work fine). (updated 2-26-2020) Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, had no report. Casting small jigs in the 1/16- to 1/8-ounce size are another mainstay method of catching rainbows. If anyone has questions they can contact the USFS office at 870-295-5278. I could see lower water upstream that was quite inviting. (updated 2-26-2020) Sportsman’s One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) had no report. The level was 4 feet above normal pool. That would keep me fit. There is a lot of water in the ground, and when they let up generating it will come back up. The Lake Dardanelle State Park tournament season will be very busy soon. Walcott Lake (Crowley’s Ridge State Park) had no reports. (updated 2-26-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said, “One of my customers went there and in an evening he caught 12 crappie. There was no wadable water. She said Tuesday that visibility in the water was 1.5 feet and the surface temperature was 47 degrees. The Corps of Engineers reported the Ozark Lock & Dam 12 tailwater at near 348 feet msl and flowing about 81,000 cfs. Some think it gets going on the full moon in March. As of Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 259.8 feet msl (normal pool: 259.20 feet msl). Hot pink, cotton candy and white bodies on chartreuse jigheads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email AGFCfishingreport@outlook.com with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Best colors of chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have been the Millwood Mayhem Bream, Spot Remover or Arkansas River Shad. Last year the AGFC spent more than $678,000 to maintain the vast network of roads on WMAs, and that is a shadow of what is … Walleye in river arms are hit and miss. The crankbaits getting best responses were the Red Chrome, Toledo Gold, Ozark Craw and Red Rayburn Craw, along with Baby Brush Hogs taking some decent 14- to 17-inch male largemouths roaming flats in the clearer water sections of the oxbows where clarity was best away from river current. June is a good time to catch them in the lower end of the lake on all manner of tackle. Catfish are being caught on jugs and yo-yos with minnows and shad. Jim Harris Managing Editor Arkansas Wildlife Magazine This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for Nov. 18, 2020. The, Jon Conklin with FishOn Guide Service (479-233-3474) says. Look for most of them to be in 14-20 feet of water. Sept. 23, 2020. McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no reports. A crappie tournament over the weekend produced some really nice slabs from 2-3 pounds each. Heavy thumping ¾- and 1-ounce Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic, chrome or Splatterback colors, cranked very slow and deep behind primary or secondary points, caught some decent, white bass over the past couple of weeks in 12-16 feet depth. Try a small ruby midge (#18) suspended 18 inches below a red fox squirrel and copper. Clarity continues improving in the oxbows with the river receding. As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 665.65 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 659.00 feet msl). Troll a minnow (live or manufactured) mid-depth 3-4 feet from the bank and be ready for the tug. Anglers are having success using a diving crankbait. Use A-rigs and jerkbaits, as well as jigs. (updated 2-26-2020) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is the normal stain, while surface temperature Tuesday morning was 54 degrees. The Norfork is fishing better. (updated 2-26-2020) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) had no reports. “Last Saturday, I got my chance to check out the success of my program. Lori called Joy at Shape Fitness in Cotter and joined up. Highs are expected to be near 50 with low near freezing. The problem this year has been constant rain and high river levels have not allowed me to do yard work or wade fish very much. I have not had even catfishermen in three and a half weeks.” He says catfish below the dam will bite; use skipjack. No catfish report. The idea was that I would do all my own yard work and wade fish as often as I could. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Surface temperature Tuesday was 44 degrees. Crappie will begin to school and roam from brush to brush staging for their spawn. said fishing was nice this past week. No reports on bream. (updated 2-26-2020) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) had no fishing reports. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's mission is to conserve and enhance Arkansas's fish and (updated 2-26-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said the Spring River is a bit high. the Little Red River is receiving 24 hours of generation. By federal law, these herbicides have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. said Monday that Millwood is up and down again from recent thunderstorms but was dropping again, leaving the lake 7 inches above normal conservation pool of 259.2 feet. I was handling it easily. Crappie can be found around the jetties and the deeper backwaters. Water from Lake Charles is released annually via a diversion ditch to flood greentree reservoirs at Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area for waterfowl hunting. Fishing with Alabama rigs in major creeks, a Pig-n-Jig near brush, or running a lipless crankbait in the shallows have worked. David Hall, owner of Dad’s Bait Shop (501-977-0303), said the lake clarity is stained and the level was of Tuesday morning was high. A lot of fun to look forward to. (updated 2-26-2020) Walcott Lake (Crowley’s Ridge State Park) had no reports. Log In . Log In. No reports on bream. That requires anglers to continue to be creative: Try some things you might not have tried before. The Greers Ferry Lake level is above normal seasonal pool due to recent rains, so longer periods of generation to lower the lake level are expected. (updated 2-26-2020) Donna Mulherin at Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reports that the lake is still dingy in clarity and at a normal level. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell 2.2 feet to rest at 7.4 feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet msl. For more information, please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470-3309. Basic Trapping (ZOOM) 24 Dec. Christmas Holiday Closures. With school back in session it will be less crowded during the week. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501-362-5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the, Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said. Throwing hard baits, jigging with live minnows and soft plastics have been the way to go. The White River had heavy generation. Good luck and Go Greeson!”, (updated 2-19-2020) Capt. Game Check, Fishing Report, News, Trophy Case and more. Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) says the water remains clear but is high. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second. Walleye are ready to do their thing; the river fish males are coming in, no reports of big females; the lake fish are eating different baits as well on points and secondary points. Catfishing is fair on yo-yos and trotlines baited with minnows. Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says the water is murky and high. Troll Flicker Shad and similar cranks at 2 mph. Crappie are biting well. See more of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Facebook. This past Friday and Saturday did bring sunshine and colder temperatures. Surface temperature Tuesday was 44 degrees. Working shoreline with streamers is also an effective fly-fishing method during high-water conditions. The trout bite has been consistent as well. I was marking a few big fish inside of the bait. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website lined above, or at the Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels, especially during high flow river conditions. (updated 2-26-2020) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) reports that black bass are still fair. (updated 2-26-2020) Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the reports were poor across the poor this past week. I caught some low water and it was my first wading trip in several months. the Spring River is a bit high. Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) said Tuesday morning that clarity was good, and the lake was not quite as high as last week. Donna Mulherin at Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reports that the lake is still dingy in clarity and at a normal level. (updated 2-26-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) says she hasn’t had any reports from here. The Norfork tailwater had heavy flows and some nice wadable water. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. said they continue to experience high water levels in the tailwaters of the White River watershed in Arkansas. Highs are expected to be near 50 with low near freezing. All other species are slow. Walleye will be spawning, with some of them coming off of their beds in the early part of the month. I eagerly prepared for my trip. There is a deep trolling bite, he said. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email [email protected] with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. The water level remains high (about 7 feet now). Despite the fact that little fishing has gone on below the dam, the walleye spawn should have begun with the smaller males moving up first to prepare the beds. “We have been seeing the male bass roaming the flats through the dead lily pad stems from 2-4 pounds each searching bedding areas, but not committing to stay in the flats for very long periods. Surface temperature is around 47 degrees. Call the visitor center for any updates if you are going to Lake Charles. Stay in areas showing bait and large fish on your graph. Mark adds that this is a great time to catch bigger fish. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates … are being caught on jugs and yo-yos with minnows and shad. They are suspended in 40 feet of water. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plays an important role in keeping The Natural State true to its name. Adjust your bait according to arcs on the graph. It was a comfortable feeling. Bass are being caught off of spinnerbaits and big minnows. It is so much fun to hook into a big striped bass when you cannot see much. Egg patterns have also been productive. Over the next few weeks, I gradually increased my time on it until I could do about 30 minutes. Poor reports on all species. When the schedule is changing like this, it is best to check the day before to plan your trip. No reports on catfish or bream. Crappie are getting better daily. Use A-rigs and jerkbaits, as well as jigs. No reports on bream. Storm Creek Lake has been slow on activity as well. says water levels at the spring have been 490 cfs (350 cfs is average), and water clarity has been green tinted. Good availability and great rates. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fishing report for Jan. 28. Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report Dec. 9, 2020. Read More. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. Cold rain is forecasted to return for Saturday and Sunday. The Norfork tailwater had heavy flows and some nice wadable water. Rainbows are taking to the drift rigs. Also, catfish been doing fair on nightcrawlers and No. Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and the level is a little low. 09 Dec. Roadwork an annual certainty on WMAs. Crappie anglers are on the lake, but they’ve received no reports at the marina. Minnows and jigs (especially small jigs) are working. After the striped bass, I got to land four really nice largemouth bass in the 3.5- to 4.5-pound range. … USACE LITTLE ROCK is a good app for your phone to check the current and proposed generation. NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using airboats will be conducting foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicide – which will cause no harm to wildlife, people or aquatic life such as fish – to treat alligatorweed on Lake Overcup last year. The Norfork tailwater had heavy flows and some nice wadable water. Top Arkansas destinations. We still have this week of inconsistent cool weather, but then things are supposed to change. Go and buy some large brood minnows. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Cotter. Water level is normal. One of the best fishing methods for this bite is to cast out a suspending jerk bait such as a Smithwick Rogue. Bream are fair. Most are being caught on various spoons ¼-ounce to ½-ounce, hard baits and light terminal tackle with various PowerBaits. If anyone has questions they can contact the USFS office at 870-295-5278. I still could use the same weight levels that I had used previously. Use a spinnerbait (white/chartreuse appears to be the best color), a black/blue jig and chatterbaits. The first complete slackwater situation below Carpenter Dam after many weeks of hard current will give anglers a real chance for some spectacular action. Good luck, and stay safe.”. Stripers are red hot. The majority of bass continue suspending near vertical structure for many hours of the day, and they turn on like a light switch for a few hours under the warmest 2-3 hours of daylight, from 5-9 feet depth with 12-48 feet of depth nearby. (updated 2-26-2020) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and the level is a little low. Best colors of chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have been the Millwood Mayhem Bream, Spot Remover or Arkansas River Shad. Catfishing is fair on yo-yos around the Porter Creek bridge area. No report on bream. (updated 2-26-2020) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the clarity is stained, but the water level is back to normal. Be careful wading. Surface temperature was 53 degrees. The weather was cold but promised to warm up. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's mission is to conserve and enhance Arkansas's fish and Hybrids are still congregating in the channel near the Arkansas Highway 7 bridges. The AGFC’s Wil Hafner at Cook’s Lake Conservation Education Center (870-241-3373) says that they always like to shoot for the first of March to open up Cook’s Lake. Click for more arrow_right. Park (501-354-9007). Minnows and jigs were working near standing timber in the clearer sections of the oxbows from 8-12 feet deep. Seeing bigger striped bass in shallow water is a great sign that spring is on its way.” I am ready! Arkansas.gov. No reports on bream or catfish. (updated 2-26-2020) Steve Donahou at Lake Catherine State Park had no report. Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) had no fishing reports. Results have been fair. Park (501-354-9007) said lake water level is high and muddy still. Walleye are just getting started but are good in the river arms on minnows. Little River is heavy stain, moderate current, and with random broken timber and debris. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. Bass are fair. Check with Donald, the new owner of Lucky Landing, for any updates later this week. Stagger you baits/balloons to avoid tangling them. See you there.”, Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said clarity remains murky and the river is still high. I landed a really nice striped bass (17 pounds, 2 ounces) and a 7-pound hybrid. Black bass are good. “Come see us at the Hot Springs Boat and RV Show this weekend! (updated 2-26-2020) Lou Gabric at Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said, “Winter seems to be dragging on for us here on Norfork Lake, but if the extended forecast is correct, spring may start showing up soon. For more information, please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470-3309. Jim Harris Managing Editor Arkansas Wildlife Magazine This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Feb. 26, 2020. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Anglers say it’s the best bite they’ve seen there in a couple of years. “Happy fishing and see you on the lake.”, (updated 2-26-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said Norfork Lake fell 1.3 feet to rest at 5.7 feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet msl and 20.6 feet below the top of flood pool. Visibility is limited to only a few feet. Bass have slowed down, but crappie are biting well. Poor reports on bream, crappie, bass and catfish. Crappie are good on minnows and for anglers trolling with Roadrunners. They’re also in the deep holes in the river and will bite skipjack. Wednesday, November 4, 2020. The water level is high and the clarity is murky. Stripers are fairly easy to catch if you know where the shad are. Much less active in the tailrace as of Monday was about 243 feet msl and flowing about cfs... Although some reports … Arkansas Wildlife Magazine this is the Arkansas Game and fish Commission’s fishing report this is feet! 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