Arkansas Fishing Report – October 24, 2012

Arkansas Fishing Report - October 24, 2012This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for Oct.
24, 2012. If there is a body of water you would like included in this
report, please call or e-mail with information on possible sources for
reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although
some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not
received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed.
Contact the reporter for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current
news.

Fishing Tip of the Week: Boaters know – or should know – that anyone 12
or younger aboard a boat must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life
jacket, and everyone aboard, regardless of age, must have a life jacket
that fits, is easily accessible and is in good condition. But do you
know that all vessels 16 feet and longer (including canoes and kayaks)
must have a type IV (throwable) personal flotation device on board? For
more about boating law and safety in Arkansas, visit agfc.com and click
on “Fishing and Boating.”

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk
<http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk>

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S.
Geological Survey, visit:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas
streams and lakes, visit:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality

For AGFC Family and Community Fishing Ponds, click:
http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx
<http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCF.aspx>  for a list
of program ponds.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is stained and
normal. Bream reports are good, especially with crickets and worms.
Crappie are excellent. Try pink minnows and Dana Max jigs around
Arkansas Highway 89 bridge, Caney Creek and Gold Creek. Bass are good;
use spinners and crankbaits. Catfish are excellent with minnows and
Magic Bait on yo-yos.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort <http://www.lindseysresort.com/>  (501-302-3139) said
the river is clear and low. Trout reports have been good. Rainbows are
hitting corn, PowerBait (orange and white or chartreuse and white),
jigs, sowbugs and red worms. Browns are not biting well.

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said water
releases have been very low; several days have had no generation. All
the tailwaters are fishing well. Plenty of low-water opportunities have
wade fishers rejoicing. Mornings are better than afternoons with late
evening coming in second. Bead-head nymphs such as pheasant tails and
hare’s ears are producing well. Be sure to have some sulphur and light
Cahill dries in your fly box.

Greers Ferry Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation at 454.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service <http://www.arfishfinder.net/>
said the water temperature is about 67 degrees. Bass fishing is not the
best, as it usually is at this time of year. The bite has been tough but
it will pick up soon. Try the Arkansas Claw and crankbaits for suspended
fish; Right Bite lizards and Senkos, C-rigged, for the bottom fish; the
in-between fish will eat a Texas-rigged worm and a jighead worm, and the
shallow fish will go for small crankbaits or spinner baits, as well as
top-water baits. Crappie are slow. Try dropping in trees 15-25 feet deep
with jigs and jigs with minnows. Bream fishing has slowed, as well , but
some can be had on crickets and night crawlers from real shallow out to
27 feet of water in baited holes. Walleye are hit-and-miss; try
crankbaits in the 28-foot range and dragging night crawlers. Hybrid and
white bass are getting a lot of pressure, as usual. It is slow right
now, either from a turnover or the algae bloom has robbed the water of
oxygen. Surface dissolved oxygen is about 16. Try top-water baits,
inline spinners and spoons, as well as the magnum Arkansas Claw. Find
the bait and just be patient.

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com
<http://www.fishgreersferry.com/>  said there’s limited run-off and
daily generation from the Corps of Engineers. Surface temperatures have
finally fallen to the low 70s and upper 60s. Fishing for surfacing
hybrids is sporadic and hit-or-miss; however, the spoon bite is good and
we have been able to locate fish every day on the water. The live-bait
bite for multi-species action is good and will only get better as the
days continue to get shorter. Smallmouth are really starting to pile
together good on main lake flats with some sort of drain nearby. Shad
are starting to invade the shallows and the game fish are following
them.

Greers Ferry Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said water
releases have been once per day in the afternoon or evening for one-two
hours at 2,500-4,000 cfs.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lake Resort <http://www.coffeecreekresort.net/>
(501-889-2745) said the water was stained and about a foot low. Bream
reports have been fair on crickets. Crappie are good with minnows and
jigs. The ones that have been caught have been good size. Some tagged
crappie are in the lake. Bass are fair with a variety of lures. Catfish
have been good with worms and goldfish.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are
good on minnows and Slab Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white /salt and
pepper, red/chartreuse shad and bone white; also try PowerBait Crappie
Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish are in deep water on minnows, worms,
goldfish, stink bait, and turkey, chicken and rabbit livers. Bass are
biting well on tequila sunrise and dark worms, spinner baits, Rooster
Tails and Flukes. Bream are in deep water, biting night crawlers, red
worms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Redears are hitting red
worms on the bottom in deep water.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing <http://www.overcuplanding.com/>  (501-354-9007) said
water is about 3 feet low and 85 degrees. Crappie are good around stumps
in 8-10 feet of water; try fishing about 5 feet deep. Bream are good
around the banks using crickets and red worms. Catfish are fair on cut
bait and live bream on trotlines and noodles. Bass are fair on bubble
gum Flukes and spinners.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie have
been biting well on minnows, Baby Shad, Stroll’Rs and Slab Slay’Rs in
white, salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone white in deep water. Try
PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Bream have been biting
well, also in deep water, on night crawlers, red worms, meal worms,
crickets and rock hoppers. Bass can be taken with tequila sunrise and
dark-color worms, spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing <http://www.overcuplanding.com/>  (501-354-9007) said
water is about 5 feet low and 83 degrees. Crappie are fair over the
brushpiles using white/chartreuse and white Stinger jigs. Bream are good
on red worms and crickets. Catfish are good on noodles using live bream
and night crawlers. Bass are fair using black plastic 6-inch worms and
Flukes.

Lake Cargile

Overcup Landing <http://www.overcuplanding.com/>  (501-354-9007) said
water is clear and about 3 feet low. Bream are good around the shore
with a white Cubby Mini-Mite or a black lure; also crickets and red
worms. Crappie are fair using a white Stinger or blue/white jigs.
Catfish are fair on trotlines using live bream and night crawlers. Bass
are fair.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina <http://www.jollyrogersmarina.com/>  reports the
lake level is 5.7 feet below the spillway. Largemouth bass reports have
been excellent. They are 2-5 feet deep, and hitting Pop-Rs and Torpedoes
early in the day. Go deeper with jigs and Carolina jigs later in the
day. Fish are on drop-offs, pockets and points. Kentucky bass are
excellent, too. They’ve been caught on Rooster Tails, jigheads and worms
8-10 feet deep (they are small but there are lots and lots of them.).
White bass reports are good. They are being caught toward the restricted
area and north shore on Rooster Tails, trolling with lures 10 feet deep
and jigging with CC spoons. Crappie are good about 20 feet deep on the
edge of the channel. They are hitting small jigs, colored grubs and
small minnows. Bream are excellent on worms 10-15 feet deep. They are
big this year.  Catfish are good on trotlines with prepared bait and
bream in 8-12 feet of water.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream reports are fair
with worms and crickets. News for crappie anglers is good; they’re
hitting minnows and jigs in shallow water. Catfish reports are good. Try
worms, chicken livers, chicken hearts and brooder minnows. No report on
bass.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are
biting well, especially on Baby Shad and Slab Slay’Rs in red/chartreuse,
bone white, pearl and orange/chartreuse in deep water. Minnows and
PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow are working, too. White
bass can be found in deep water in the channel and river; try Rooster
Tails in shad, white or salt and pepper. For bream, head for deep water
and use night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, crickets and rock
hoppers. Bass are hitting tequila sunrise and dark-color worms, spinner
baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Valencia

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) reports catfish have been good
lately with worms, chicken livers, stink bait and chicken hearts. No
reports on other species.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the lake is clear and
normal. Bream reports have been good with jigs in shallow water. Bass
have been good on shallow-running crankbaits in up to 5 feet of water.
Crappie and catfish reports have been poor.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the river is clear and
normal. Bream, crappie and catfish reports have been poor, although bass
are fair on shallow-running crankbaits.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said white bass and shad are
everywhere. Where the flow drops, they go to a suspended depth of 5-10
feet. Use a CC spoon on jetty tips. Reports have been very good. Catfish
reports are good. Fish 4-20 feet deep with shad early in the morning.
Kentucky bass are on flats and the edges, depending on shad. Use a Holt
Twin Spin with a 2- to 3- inch shad. Stripers are under shad on jetty
points and secondary drops. Let a CC spoon drop below schools.
Largemouths can be caught 4-10 feet deep with twin spins.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Little
Maumelle River and Maumelle River: Bream are fair with red worms and
crickets. Crappie are good around brushtops with jigs and minnows. Bass
are good. Try Zara Spooks and buzz baits early in the day. Catfish are
fair with worms, chicken livers, chicken hearts and brooder minnows.

Main River Channel: Bass reports have been good. Use spinner baits and
jigs where there’s current. Catfish are good with brooder minnows, night
crawlers and chicken livers. No reports for bream or crappie.

Palarm Creek: No report this week.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ‘N’ Stuff <http://www.fishnstuff.com/>  said the
river is stained and low with little flow. No reports on bream. Crappie
are fair with minnows and jigs around brushpiles in backwater areas.
Bass reports are good. Use crankbaits and plastic worms (red bug, green
pumpkin) around jetties. Catfish are good, especially on worms.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had this report from Burns Park
and the main channel: Bass are good with shaky head worms and spinner
baits off jetty points. Catfish are good in the middle of the channel
with cut bait, worms and slicks. No reports on bream and crappie.

Fourche Creek: No report this week.

Murray Lock and Dam: Stripers are going for chartreuse twin-tail jigs.
Catfish have been takin worms and brooder minnows. No reports on bream,
crappie and bass.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) filed no report this week.

Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) filed no report this week.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reports the lake is clear and about a
foot low (stumps aren’t visible). Bass reports have been good; try a
variety of lures. Catfish are good with a variety of baits. No reports
this week on bream or crappie.

Lake Pickthorne

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report on the lake this
week.

Lake Willastein

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream fishing is fair
around piers with red worms and crickets. Crappie are fair in the
brushtops in the middle of the lake; use minnows and jigs. Bass are good
early and late in the day with shallow-diving crankbaits. Also try
Texas-rigged creature baits and black buzz baits. Catfish are good on
hot dogs and night crawlers.

NORTH ARKANSAS

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear
with one or two generators running. Trout fishing is excellent. For
rainbows, use drift bait. For browns, try sculpins and jigs. Wade
fishing reports have been good; try nymphs, woolly buggers and copper
Johns.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said as of
Wednesday, the river was very low. Ponca was at 1.69 feet, Pruitt was
very low at 3.65 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.67 feet and Buffalo Point
was low at 2.85 feet. If you’re willing to hike, you can reach long
pools that hold fish. Clousers, Shenk’s Streamer, KC’s Ozark Slider and
Crazy Dads are all working well. Also, try large hopper and dragon fly
patterns on top. Whit’s Hopper and Whitlock’s Gorilla Dragonfly are cool
patterns to try, as well as Sneaky Pete’s, Gurglers in white or
chartreuse, and Boogle Bullets. The top-water bite with flies is really
going gangbusters. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris.
Smallmouth bass are in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught
with about anything that hits the water. Small poppers, woolly buggers,
spiders, beetles and hoppers are raking in the sunfish. Sometimes it is
hard not to catch them. Spin fishing has picked up fish with white or
gray Flukes, 4-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon red and tube baits in
green pumpkinseed. Crank baits, buzzbaits and spinners have worked well
also.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said the gauge
at Kelley’s Slab was reading 9.59 feet Wednesday. Fishing has been very
good; you just have to hike or drag a canoe or kayak to get to the fish.
Top-water fishing is slowing. Concentrate on deeper runs and the upper
end of pools with chunk rock and/or wood cover and fish thoroughly with
repeated, accurate casts with varied retrieve rates. Hot flies this week
have been Ozark Shiner Clousers, olive Crazy Dads and, for sunfish,
white Miss Prissy.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation at 647.4 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service <mailto:ar [dot] walleyes [at] yahoo [dot] com>  said the
water surface temperature has cooled a few more degrees to 78-80
degrees. We have received some much-needed rain and some nice fall
weather. Walleye are biting in 30-34 feet on night crawler rigs trolled
with bottom-bouncers on gravel flats. White and silver jigging spoons
are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, black and white bass. Catfish have
been biting on night crawlers in 10-40 feet. Soft plastic baits like
Hula grubs, plastic worms and swim baits are catching bass in 20-40
feet.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said water
releases have been averaging 1,000 with highs to 6,000 cfs.

Generation has been a soft one or two units around the clock. This is
allowing wade fishing in certain areas, as well as good drift fishing.
Scuds, sowbugs, pheasant tails, caddis and midges should cover most
nymphing situations. Streamers, sizes 6-10, are working at various times
of day or when fish are more active. Remember the area above the state
park will close Nov. 1 to protect spawning browns.

Lake Norfork
<http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/fishingLakesDetail.aspx?show=Norfork>

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation at 544.4 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April -
552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).

Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters <http://www.stroutfitters.com/>  said
striper fishing has slowed. The water temperature has dropped to the
high 60s, shad have moved to the mid-lake and they’re starting to
migrate from the creeks. I fished near Woods Point and found stripers
and shad in 80 feet of water. The next day, I fished the Crystal Cove
area and found lots of bait but the stripers are very few right now. The
next few days with the rain and cold weather, we should see a major
move. I plan on beginning to fish the northern part of the lake near the
Missouri line. Fish will stage there for the next several months. I will
keep you posted after next week’s trips.

Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort
<http://www.hummingbird-hideaway.com/> , www.hummingbird-hideaway.com,
said Norfork Lake is shaping up to be a great place for fall fishing.
The lake temperature has dropped into the upper 60s. The lake appears to
have turned over or at least the thermocline has dropped to 50-60 feet.
The lake is clearing up. Top-water action is starting. Fish are starting
to feed in very shallow water. Fish are moving back onto brushpiles.
Over the last couple of weeks, stripers have been very hard to find and
I have found out why. They have started their fall move to the mid- and
upper portions of the lake. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass
fishing also is improving daily. Fish can be caught in a variety of
methods. I have been vertical jigging a spoon in 25-40 feet of water,
throwing a jig-and-pig, and have started to cast a suspending Rogue. I
have been catching most of the fish off of the jig-and-pig. These fish
are anywhere from near the shore to 25 feet deep. Jerk bait fishing (I
use a Rogue) is starting to heat up. I landed three nice spotted bass on
a Rogue yesterday morning. I have been working the bait as a jerk bait;
by this I mean I cast the bait to shore, let it sit for a few seconds
and give it a couple quick jerks, stop and let it sit, then give it a
couple more jerks. I continue this method back to the boat. Live bait
also will work – worms, shiners, shad and crawdad are all good live-bait
choices. I mainly have been concentrating on bluff lines and points off
the bluff lines. I have found walleye on the same rocky points as the
bass. I caught all my walleye with a spoon vertical jigging in 30-40
feet of water.

Guide Steve Olomon <http://www.fishingwithsteve.com/>  of Steve’s Guide
Service says the water temperature is in the upper 60s. The striper bite
has been slow but should pick up with the water temperature dropping and
the night bite will get going. The walleye bite will get better, too. We
caught a few on a grub in 20-25 feet, and at night on a Rogue on flats.
The bass bite is getting better every day. You can catch them just about
any way you want from top-water to a jig or a spoon.

Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait, www.101groceryandbait.com, says
bluegill fishing on the lake has been good using crickets and red worms
fished along bluffs in deep water. Crappie fishing has been fair using
minnows fishing in deep water around brush. Bass fishing has been fair.
As the water cools, fishing will continue to pick up.

Norfork Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said water
releases have been about 1,000 cfs several times per day. Releases will
be several per day with shorter times. Low water is available most of
the day for wade fishing. Some days there have been brief pulses of
generation and on other days, generation is starting late morning with a
soft one unit. Scuds, (olive and tan), sowbugs, midges (gray, tan, olive
and black), caddis (tan) and streamers sizes 6-10, in shades of olive
and black. Depth of presentation is more important that pattern.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Beaver Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation at 1,110.5 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service
<http://www.beaversafari.com/index.html>  (479-366-8664) said Beaver
Lake is cooling rapidly in the wake of the cold fronts and the middle
layer is turning. Striped bass are scattered because of rapidly cooling
water temperature and can be caught from Point 12 to the Indian Creek
area. White bass, small striper and hybrids are schooling on the
surface. Throw small Kastmaster spoons to schooling fish. As always,
live shad for trophy stripers is the go-to approach. Stripers are
hitting shad in the 4- to 8-inch range. Check out this week’s hot spots:
Indian Creek, Lost Bridge north and south, Point 4, Point 5, Rocky
Branch (try the island and the roadbed that extends to the island; also
check the little islands in front of the Larue boat ramp) and Prairie
Creek (Striper, white bass and walleye are being taken here. Fish being
taken on the flats and cuts around the islands. There has been schooling
fish here for several days; check around Deer Island. Walleye are also
being taken on Kastmaster spoons fished near the bottom. Trolling with
Cordell Spots, Shad Raps, Hot ‘N Tots and Tail Dancers have been
producing walleye and white bass. Most walleye are 5-15 feet deep; fish
are being taken off area flats near the channel. Try the areas mentioned
above. Flat-line troll with Hot ‘N Tots, Rapala Tail dancers, Shad Raps,
Reef Runners or Ripsticks in natural blue or black-back combos or
chartreuse/orange and clown colors. Also Try Cotton Cordell Super Spots
and Rat-L-Traps in similar colors. Jigging spoons around brush and
rockpiles are producing.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake is clear and about
7 feet low. Bream are fair in 4-8 feet of water with worms and crickets.
Crappie are good in 4-18 feet, around brushpiles, with minnows and jigs.
Bass reports have been fair. Top-water action is good early in the day.
Otherwise, try spinners, jigging spoons, Finesse worms and drop-shot
worms. No reports on catfish.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service
<http://www.jtcrappieguidear.com/Info.htm>  (479-640-3980) said bass
have been chasing white spinner baits and shad-colored, medium-diving
crankbaits along gravel to chunk-rock banks as of late. A
Carolina-rigged or drop-shot rigged lizard or creature bait has been
effective over points with timber and along gravel banks. Indian Creek,
Rambo arm and Monte Ne have been good places to find active bass.
Crappie fishing has been great so far this fall. Fish will be holding
close to brushpiles and pole timber very close to channel ledges in
25-40 feet of water. Look for them to be suspended most days at 15-20
feet deep. Bluff lines, middle of small coves and channel bends have
been where crappie have been holding as of late. Live minnows,
black/chartreuse or pink/white 1.5-inch tube jigs and 2-inch
black/chartreuse curly tail grubs have been producing fish. Best places
to fish have been Horseshoe Bend, Monte-NE, Piney Creek and Eden Bluff.
Early and late in the day have been best for white bass. Fish have been
suspending 15-30 feet deep along and over main lake points, and can be
caught using quarter-ounce jigging spoons as a school is found. Dawn and
dusk the fish have been chasing shad at the surface and can be found on
main lake flats. Shad-imitating lures 2-3 inches long have been the best
lure choices.  Point 11, Rocky Branch, Arkansas Highway 12 bridge area
and Point 12 have all been good places to fish. Catfishing has been best
after dark using cut bluegill or chicken livers. Try Arkansas Highway 12
bridge, Hickory Creek and Horseshoe Bend.

Beaver Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said water
releases have been once in the evening for two-four hours at 2,000-3,000
cfs. A variety of presentations is working for trout. Scuds in olive and
tan, sowbugs, midges in gray, olive and chocolate, small Prince nymphs
and small streamers, size 10, including woolly buggers, .56ers and
sparrows are all working. Quite a few browns are starting to show up in
prespawn staging areas. Cover the water to find concentrations of active
fish. There are wading opportunities well below the U.S. Highway 62
bridge.

Lake Elmdale

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat
<http://www.duckcampfishingretreat.com/>  (479-871-6305) said get out
your soft plastics and a big, heavy anchor if you’re coming to Lake
Elmdale. The Teacha Stick took the lead in catching bass this week.
Fished the wacky worm way, without a sinker. Shallow areas of grass pads
on the lake’s south end have produced the best. Trick worms in green, as
well as green Zoom lizards, will work, too. The wind has been rough out
here all week; sure makes it hard to see or feel a strike. Trolling
seems to be the best way to catch crappie, but some are using minnows,
too. Rig up your poles and let the wind push you along. A good windsock
anchor will help slow your presentation. Fish 10 feet deep. Not much to
tell about bluegill or redear. Red wigglers are your best bait for them.
Fish on the bottom for the redear, in 8 feet of water. The bait shop on
Lake Elmdale will be closed for the winter season Nov. 1-March 1, 2013.

Kings River

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said the river
gauge near Grandview was up to 2.75 feet Wednesday, still very low. If
you can find water, wading while fishing for smallmouth and bream is a
nice way to beat the heat. Top-water baits are still producing good
numbers and good-quality fish as well. Poppers, slider/divers, hoppers,
damsel and dragon fly patterns are all producing consistent action.
Spin-fishers are doing well with top-waters. Tiny Torpedoes and buzz
baits are top producers. Four-inch lizards, 3-inch tubes and 3- and
4-inch Brush Hogs in watermelon, green pumpkin and black, as well as
Flukes in white, watermelon and baby bass colors, are consistent
producers. Rebel Crawdads and 3- and 4-inch suspending stick baits
should be in your arsenal also.

Lake Fayetteville

Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is clear and
normal. Bream reports have been good with worms and crickets. Crappie
are good; try jigs. Catfish are good on worms, chicken livers and cut
bait. Bass reports have been good; try a variety of lures. White bass
are hitting a variety of lures.

Lake Sequoyah

Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is clear at the
lower end and murky at the upper end. It’s at normal level. Bream
reports have been good with worms and crickets. Crappie are fair with
minnows and jigs about 4 feet deep. Bass are good on spinners and
crankbaits. Catfish have been good with bluegills.

Upper White River (Twin Bridges area)

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said warmwater
streams and rivers have been fishing very well lately with both quantity
and quality fish being caught. Fly-fishing has been good with baitfish
patterns, Boogle Bugs in white, TeQueely Streamers, woolly buggers,
Clouser minnows. The top-water bite with flies is really going
gangbusters. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth are
in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught with about anything
that hits the water. Small poppers, woolly buggers, spiders, beetles and
hoppers are raking in the sunfish. Spin fishing has picked up fish with
white or gray Flukes, 4-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon red and tube
baits in green pumpkinseed. Crank baits, buzzbaits and spinners have
worked well also.

War Eagle Creek

Just Fishing Guides <http://www.justfishinguides.com/>  said the level
at the Hindsville gauge as of Wednesday was 1.03 and 62 cfs. If you’re
willing to hike, you can reach long pools that are full of fish!
Clousers, Shenks Streamer, KC’s Ozark Slider and Crazy Dads are all
working well. Also, try large hopper and dragon fly patterns on top.
Whit’s Hopper and Whitlock’s Gorilla Dragonfly are cool patterns to try,
as well as Sneaky Pete’s, Gurglers in white or chartreuse, and Boogle
Bullets. The top-water bite with flies is really going gangbusters.
Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth bass are in the
deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught with about anything that hits
the water. Small poppers, woolly buggers, spiders, beetles and hoppers
are raking in the sunfish. Sometimes it is hard not to catch them. Spin
fishing has picked up fish with white or gray Flukes, 4-inch Zoom
lizards in watermelon red and tube baits in green pumpkinseed. Crank
baits, buzz baits and spinners have worked well also.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Lake Poinsett

Lake Poinsett State Park
<http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakepoinsett>  had no report this
week.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina <http://www.boxhoundmarina.com/>  (870-670-4496) said
the lake is clear and 2.5-3 feet low. Bream reports have been good. Use
red worms around boat docks. Bass are good. Try top-water baits in 10-12
feet of water. No reports this week for crappie or catfish.

Lake Frierson

Lake Frierson State Park
<http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakefrierson>  said the lake level is
still low and boaters should be careful on the lake because of hazards
and shallow water, especially on the northern half. Bass have been fair
to good on crankbaits and soft plastics. Some good top-water action has
been popping up at dusk as shad school in the creek channel and mouths
of coves. Channel catfish have been good on night crawlers, chicken
livers and stink bait. Blue cats have been fair on night crawlers.
Flatheads have been fair on carp, goldfish and minnows under floats.
Saugeye are fair to good on crankbaits and minnows; they should be
picking up as cool nights continue. No reports for crappie or bream.

Spring River

Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides
<http://springriverfliesandguides.com/default.aspx>  said water is
running clear at 235 cfs. Leaves are really starting to fall. With the
temperature up and down in the last week, trout have been biting much
better during the cold fronts versus the warm fronts moving through the
area. On sunny days, snails have been very hot and, on cold overcast
days, Y2Ks are hot. Every once in a while, try a guppie for the trout
feeding on minnows. On days when trout just don’t seem to want to bite,
a purple haze Trout Magnet is just the ticket. Spin anglers are also
doing well with white Rooster Tails. The river is beautiful this time of
year; I hope you all get out and enjoy it.

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS

Cane Creek Lake

Cane Creek State Park <http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/canecreek> ‘s
Geoff Wright filed no report this week.

Lake Chicot

Local angler and guide Jessie James (870-355-7800) filed no report.

Lake Monticello

Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of MonticelloBigBass.com
<http://www.monticellobigbass.com/>  had no report this week.

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS

Millwood Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation at 259.1 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.2 msl).

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service
<http://www.millwoodguideservice.com/>  said the surface water
temperature as of Monday was 67-72 degrees. Discharge rate was 171 cfs.
Tailwater level was 223.9 mfsl. The largemouth bass bite continues to be
great over the last few weeks through mid-day. Numerous techniques and
lures are catching bass early through mid-day. Bass Assassin shads, pad
frogs, Johnson spoons with grub trailers, Spit’n Images are working at
dawn around pads and vegetation. Later in the morning, when largemouth
begin schooling, switch to Cotton Cordell hammered spoons, Rat-L-Traps,
Bomber crankbaits, Bass Assassin 5-inch shads (tandem-rigged) Little
Cleos, Little Georges and Rocket Shads. Largemouths and white bass have
continued to group tighter together, and continue running shad schools
in Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows up Little River for the last couple
weeks into mid-day hours. We sometimes see breaking fish in
mid-afternoon. These breaking fish are random and short in duration, but
we are seeing a lengthening of the duration as the surface temperature
continues to cool. White bass can be found by slow-trolling shad-colored
crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in Little River and in the oxbows. White
Cliffs Recreation Area along Little River had numerous schools of white
bass breaking on shad over the last couple of weeks at creek mouth
junctions with the river. For crappie, use Cotton Cordell smoke
(paddle-tail) grubs or Berkley white curly tail grubs on light-wire
jigheads and Blakemore Roadrunners.  Best colors of Roadrunners are
white, chartreuse and pink/white. Locate brush with your electronics in
14-17 feet out of current along Little River for best action. Crappie
are beginning to stack vertically around this brush. Catfish are fair to
good, yet consistent over the last week in Little River. Channel cats
continue hitting best on cut bait, cut shad, chicken livers, and Catfish
Charlie 15-20 feet deep in little Little River on the outer break lines
in any current. Cats have been caught on yo-yos using minnows at 8-12
feet along the river, and in 9-15 feet in oxbows.

Lake Columbia

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report this week.

Lake Erling

Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report this week.

Lake Greeson
<http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/fishingLakesDetail.aspx?show=Greeson>

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation was 538.4 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the lake is clear in deep
water but murky in shallow areas. Bream  and crappie fishing is poor.
Bass are good with top-water baits early and late in the day. Kentucky
bass are schooling. Catfish are fair with minnows or bream on trotlines
5-20 feet deep.

For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit Jerry
Blake’s website, www.actionfishingtrips.com/tripreports.htm.

Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)

Visit www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com
<http://www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com/>  for a daily update on
fishing conditions.

Cossatot River

Cossatot River State Park
<http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/cossatotriver>  had no report this
week.

DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation was 397.0 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves says bass fishing is good in the coves and up
the major creeks. The shad are in big schools in the back of coves and
the bass are following the shad. Look for the big schools of shad in the
early morning and evening, and throw a top-water such as a Zara Spook,
Sammy or Rapala Floating Minnow. Also try a Rat-L-Trap in chrome and
3-inch Zoom swim baits in pearl or albino. Look for fish in the back of
the big coves between points 2 and 4, cove at Caddo Drive, cove at Lenox
Marcos and, most of all, Brushy Creek. A few white bass and small
hybrids are mixed in with the bass. No report on crappie; just about no
one even fishing for them.

Hybrids are slow because the shad have moved off the main lake and into
the coves, and that is not hybrid territory. Hybrid fishing will pick up
with cooler weather when the shad return to the main lake. At that time,
look for fish in the Shrouse Ford area. Bream fishing is holding up well
around the attractors in 15-20 feet. Tight-line a red worm or cricket
near the bottom next to, but not in, brush. Also some good catches
coming from around the boat ramps at Caddo Drive and Arlie Moore. Fish
on the bottom with a lightweight Carolina rig in 8-10 feet of water.
Also try around the state park at Caddo Bend. Catfish are fair at night
on trotlines set off long points in 15-20 feet of water. Try points at
mid-lake in the Point 28 and Island 32 area. Use Catfish Charlie,
chicken livers, blood or night crawlers. Use live small bream or big
minnows for bigger flatheads. Since the cats are moving shallower, try
fishing from shore at the state park around Caddo Bend.

WEST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation was 344.0 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are
biting well in open water and in the river on minnows, Baby Shad, Slab
Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white /salt and pepper, red/chartreuse and bone
white shad, as well as PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow.
Bream are biting well in deep water; use night crawlers, red worms, meal
worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass can be caught on tequila sunrise
or dark worms, and spinner baits, Rooster Tails and Flukes. Catfish are
going for night crawlers, and chicken, rabbit and turkey livers.

Lake Bailey (Petit Jean Mountain)

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said bream have
been biting well, especially with night crawlers, red worms, meal worms,
crickets and rock hoppers. Catfish also are biting well; try red worms,
night crawlers, minnows, goldfish, stink bait, and chicken, turkey and
rabbit livers. Bass are going for dark-colored worms, spinners, Rooster
Tails and Flukes.

Fourche La Fave River

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the river
continues to be stained and very low. Crappie can be caught with
minnows, white/salt and pepper, and red/chartreuse shad. Also try
PowerBait Crappie Nibbles in green or yellow. Catfish can be caught with
stink bait, goldfish, minnows, and chicken, turkey or rabbit livers.
Bass are going for tequila sunrise or dark-color worms, spinner baits,
Rooster Tails and Flukes.

Lake Hinkle
<http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/fishingLakesDetail.aspx?show=Hinkle>

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

Lake Dardanelle

Charles Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said bass
in the upper river were holding on wood and brush. Anglers have been
able to pick up good bass on spinner baits and Rat-L-Traps. From the
Scranton bridge to Cabin Creek, bass are holding on main river points,
and points with brush are better. Spinner baits and Rat-L-Traps do the
job. There are still some good bass holding in the pads; use frogs and
black buzz baits. We’ve been able to pick up some good bass in the bays
with frogs in the pads, spinner baits in the grass and Rat-L-Traps on
the points. From Hickey Town up Big Piney, black and blue jigs were the
ticket. From the swimming area back, spinner baits and tailspins work
good. We had two good days using the Alabama rig with 2-inch swim baits.
If you want to get some white bass and some stripers, try tailspins on a
rig. Looking for crappie? Contact Spadra Marina.

Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation was 376 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).

The Army Corps of Engineers began a drawdown of Blue Mountain Lake July
5 to improve aquatic vegetation, make repairs to launch ramps and buoys,
and complete other projects. During the drawdown, boaters should
exercise extreme caution because submerged stumps and shallow areas will
be more prominent. All water activities such as skiing, tubing and
operating personal watercraft are prohibited. Boaters should be cautious
when launching because of damage or sediment build-up that may have
occurred at the end of the ramps. It is impossible to determine which
ramps might be affected. Boat ramp closures may occur during the
drawdown.

Lake Ouachita
<http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/fishingLakesDetail.aspx?show=Ouachita
>

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s
elevation was 570.1 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort
<http://www.mountainharborresort.com/>  (870-867-2191) says the lake is
clearing and 68-72 degrees. Black bass are still good on football jigs,
crankbaits and drop-shot rigs. Try fishing over main lake and secondary
points near brush. Walleye are fair. These fish are being caught on
jigging spoons near humps and main lake points with brush.
Bottom-bouncing and drop-shot rigs are still working for catching these
fish. Stripers are still fair and are being caught with live bait or
trolling hair jigs. Main lake points are the best locations for these
fish. Crappie are very good and being caught near and over brush. Try
brush in water 20-30 feet deep. Minnows or crappie grubs are working
best. Catfish are very good and are being caught on cut bait and live
bait on juglines and trotlines 20-30 feet deep. No reports for bream.

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service
<http://www.poormansguideservice.com/favicon.ico>  filed no report.

Lake Hamilton

To read about black and white crappie, and habitat installed in the
lake, visit Family Fishing Trips <http://www.familyfishingtrips.com/> .

Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says winter drawdowns will begin Nov.
3 when Lake Hamilton will drop 5 feet and Lake Catherine will drop 3
feet. Water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric
power. Both lakes will return to their normal summertime levels in March
2013. The annual drawdowns help with shoreline maintenance and
inspection, and are part of a plan to help control nuisance aquatic
vegetation. Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with
the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Lake Catherine

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

Shane Goodner, owner of Catch ‘em All Guide Service
<http://www.catchemall.com/> , reports that Entergy has been running
four-hour generation periods in the afternoon for the last week. Water
temperature below Carpenter Dam is 65 degrees and drops to 60 degrees
while the turbines are running. The tailrace is clear. Rainbow trout
stocking begins in mid-November and the trout are normally in the lake
the week of Thanksgiving. October has been a series of hot and cold
weather fronts, which have hampered fishing below the dam. Inconsistent
weather patterns slow the migration of shad into the area and reduces
the number of game fish species that follow these baitfish. Despite this
fact, some good crappie and stripers have been taken lately. Crappie
prefer deeper water close to the dam this time of year. They have been
caught on live minnows and small jigs in white or gray. Numbers caught
are low, but the quality of fish is good. These numbers will increase in
November as colder weather takes hold. Stripers in the 8- to 10-pound
class are being caught on gizzard or brood shad in deep water around the
bridge and dam in current. Big stripers will migrate into the tailrace
as the trout stocking program begins, looking to feed on their favorite
prey. Bass in the 20-pound class will be common and can be caught on
large soft plastics in the 5- to 7-inch range in pearl white. Hooked
weightless, this artificial lure is a proven striper killer. Walleye
fishing continues to be slow, but will improve greatly in February,
which begins the spawn for this tasty fish species. White bass fishing
will be the ticket in November and December as these schooling fish
follow the huge shad numbers around the dam. Casting jigs and jerk
baits, trolling crankbaits, and using live minnows will all work well on
these fish that will be feeding heavily for several months. Current is a
crucial element in successful fishing below the dam and timing your
trips around the generation schedules is a must.

Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says winter drawdowns will begin Nov.
3 when Lake Hamilton will drop 5 feet and Lake Catherine will drop 3
feet. Water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric
power. Both lakes will return to their normal summertime levels in March
2013. The annual drawdowns help with shoreline maintenance and
inspection, and are part of a plan to help control nuisance aquatic
vegetation. Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with
the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Lake Atkins

Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) filed no report this week.

SOUTH-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Moro Bay

Moro Bay State Park <http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/morobay> , at the
junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay, had no report
this week.

Ouachita River Oxbows
Jaret Rushing said bass are starting to move up from deeper water to
begin feeding for the winter lull. At times, prior to frontal
boundaries, bass can be caught using many different lures. Shallow- to
deep-running crankbaits, as well as smaller spinner baits
(three-sixteenths-ounce or so) around cypress trees are seemingly
working well right now because shad and small baitfish are the primary
diet of bass. Toward mid-morning and afternoon, try slowing your
presentation and using soft-plastic baits and try finding underwater
shelves where baitfish could be schooling. These need to be 4-8 feet
deep. Crappie are starting to move up, as well, and are biting well in
the early morning and late afternoon for people using shiners as bait
and fishing shelves and channels at about 5 feet deep.

Tri-County Lake

Jaret Rushing said: I have no report for Tri-County Lake but the same
pattern in the Ouachita River Oxbows should be holding. Fish everywhere
are starting to move shallower because of cooler temperatures, and they
are aggressive on baitfish right now.

EAST ARKANSAS

Bear Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park
<http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver>  says bream are
biting on red worms. Catfish are fair on green sunfish. Crappie are fair
on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on spinner baits.

Storm Creek Lake

Mississippi River State Park
<http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver>  said bream are
biting on red worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on
live sunfish. No word on bass.

White River

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) filed no report this week.

Maddox Bay

Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is clear and low.
Crappie have been good with minnows and jigs. Bass reports are good; try
buzz baits, spinners and crankbaits. Catfish have been good with stink
bait on trotlines. No reports for bream.

Horseshoe Lake

Local angler Clyde Gregory had no report this week.


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