Arkansas Fishing Reports

Updated: 4/17/2014

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Beaver Beaver Tail water Bull Shoals Greer's Ferry Kings River
  Millwood Norfork Norfork Tail water White River

 

White River

Updated 4/18/2014

Report by: BERRY BROTHERS GUIDE SERVICE  Fly Fishing For Trout            ABIGAIL’S BROWN Article
 

During the past week, we have had a rain event (an inch and a quarter here in Cotter), warmer then cooler temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals rose six tenths of a foot to rest at eight tenths of a foot above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty five and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake rose three tenths of a foot to rest at nine tenths of a foot above seasonal power pool and fifteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell nine tenths of a foot to rest at five tenths of a foot above seasonal power pool or nine and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had some wadable water over the weekend. Norfork Lake rose five tenths of a foot to rest at six tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty five and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had more wadable water than in previous weeks.  

The water level for the top of power pool has been reset lower for some of the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes on this system are at or near power pool.  

On the White, the hot spot was Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a cerise or pink San Juan worm with a midge pattern (ruby midge) suspended below it).   

The Corps of Engineers have been running much more water and that has been an advantage to streamer fishermen. To do this you need at least an eight weight fly rod, a heavy sink tip fly line and large articulated streamers. The idea is to bang the bank and strip the fly back to the boat. This is heavy work and requires advanced casting skills. Some effective patterns are sex dungeons and circus peanuts.  

We have had numerous reports of caddis hatches. Though sparse, the trout have been keying in on them on the lower flows. It is a harbinger of spring and a promise of what is to come. This is our best hatch of the year. Before the hatch, fish green caddis pupa size fourteen or prince nymphs also size fourteen. You will often get more strikes at the end of the drift as the fly rises. When the move to the surface and begin keying in on emergers switch over to a green butt soft hackle size fifteen. When they start taking adult insects off the water’s surface, you should switch to a green elk hair caddis pattern size fourteen.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are navigable and clear. With the cool temperatures, the smallmouth are still inactive. 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.  

There Norfork has not fished well of late. This is possibly due to cold water temperatures on the lake. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges and very small caddis (try a size 24 Adams parachute).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. Some anglers have been fishing heavy articulated streamers on sink tip lines on the higher flows.  

With Spring Break, there has been a lot of action on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it. The weather has been perfect on some days and it is more comfortable for young anglers. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). While you are there be sure and take a tour of the adjacent Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure to remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.  

The water level on the Spring River is wadable and clearer. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.   

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

Practice water safety and always check conditions before you leave home. 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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Greer's Ferry
Updated: 4/16/2014
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 461.03

Outflow: 2601

Level: 0.45 feet high Temperature: high 49-57

Report by: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service  

The water level at Greer’s Ferry is at 462.99 and raising it is 0.45 feet above normal pool, the temp is 49-57, after the cool down. 

The main lake hybrids and white bass are going pretty good with the river bite slowed with the cool weather, try spoons, in-line spinner’s grubs, and jerk baits. 

No report on catfish

The crappie bite seems to be better in the dirtier water on minnows more that jigs, try real shallow around buck brush up the rivers. 

Not much report on bream as they are just now getting pulled up shallow. 

Some straggler walleye are still being caught in the river and a few being picked up in the lake on grubs and spoons. 

The bass fishing is slowed some; each day is different, with the steeper bank fish being more consistent, try jigs, crank baits, an Alabama rig and a jig head worm.

Tommy Cauley

Fishing Guide  

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Beaver Lake

Elevation at Normal Pool: 1121.4

Outflow: 1119 cfs.

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Beaver Tail water

 

 

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Kings River

 

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BULL SHOALS

updated 4/17/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 657.0 

Outflow: 653

 Level:  Temperature:50s

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Fishing Report by: Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock      "Braggin Board"

Hello everybody! Well, it looks like the catching is going to start. The fishing is always good. :) The water temperature is finally in the 50's on the surface. The bass are starting to stage towards the back of the creeks where the water is warmer. Haven't seen any beds yet but most of the fish have moved up shallower. I talked to several fisherman on the dock today. Most of them had smiles on their faces and fish in their livewells. The lake is normal level and the visibility is getting better every day. It is that time of the year. They are catching all species of bass, white bass and crappie. I am told by the night time fisherman that they are spotlighting and seeing lots of walleye on the bank at night but cant catch any yet. I have seen a few come in but not the numbers yet. Like everything else this year the walleye spawn is late. The patterns below are update as of April 1st. The white river continues to be fantastic. See the picture page for pics. Until next time! 

Bass- plastic baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. Mostly Carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs and other plastics Stick baits like a rogue, rebel, x-rap, mega-bass or something that simulates a dying shad. The water temperature is cold enough for the shad to die. They are catching them on the surface to 10 feet. Fairly shallow.  Jigs - Try to simulate a crawfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Use a standard jig with some kind of plastic attached. Darker colors seem to be the best. Spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water back in the creeks on channel swings. Tube jigs along the bottom simulating a crawfish. Live minnows on a small split shot in 5 to 15 foot of water 

Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now. 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles small minnows when you can get them small spoons around the brush piles.  

White Bass - the whites are being caught. I haven't been able to talk anybody into taking a picture yet. One of the guides caught 30-40 today but they released them all. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow 

Walleye - there are several walleye being seen shallow at night after dark with spot lights. But, nobody is talking about catching them or showing them off yet. I have seen one or two here and there during the day. I think the catching should start any time. I believe they are spawning and not interested in eating anything right now. We will see of the next few days if it changes.

SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Practice water safety and always check conditions before you leave home.

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Millwood

Updated: 4/14/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 259.20

Outflow: 4681 cfs.

Level: 11.03 feet high Temperature:  62 early to 72

Report by: Millwood Lake Guide Service        "Braggin Board" 

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The Overall Picture:  

As of Monday, 14 Apr, the lake level is approx 11.3 inches above normal conservation pool and rising.  There is increased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 3175 CFS as of Monday.  Water temps jumped back up last week, as much as 6-7º.  There were good numbers of fishermen on the lake over the past week.  Lake level has rose slightly over the past few days from the rain over last weekend and continues rising above normal. 

Surface temps as of Monday, 14 Apr are ranging 62ºF early to 72ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.   

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 260.14 mfsl, and rising with river current, which is approx 11.3 inches above normal conservation pool.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate as of Monday was increased to near 3175 CFS.  As of Monday the tailwater level was 239.59 mfsl.   

Clarity and visibility fairly stained this week, in most areas on main lake, Little River got muddy with all the thunderstorms and high winds.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-8 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake is still muddy.  Little River's visibility ranges 3-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is still muddy and lots of current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. 

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777. 

The Details: 

Largemouth Bass:  The past week with increased daytime highs, Bass were back on beds again.  Largemouth Bass up to 6 and 8 pounds have been on the beds for the past couple weeks.  The bite was subdued last week with cold temperatures that dropped water temps as much as 7-8º but over this past week, temps rose, water conditions improved and we are seeing bass back on the beds again in super skinny water.  Prespawn Bass full of eggs have been caught over the past 2-3 weeks up to 8 or 9 pounds.   

Plastic lizards, Rat-L-Traps, jigs, spinnerbaits, and Bass Assassin Shads have been taking staging bass on flats with stumps, ditches, and in creek channels.  Key continues to be finding water temps that are 5-8º warmer than surrounding areas, and clearer water with the current conditions.   Real Deal Custom Tackle jigs and Bass Assassin Shads were catching Largemouths in the 5-7 pound class over the past several weeks.  

The clearest water you can find away from river flow has been the best method over the past few weeks.  After these cold fronts slam through Millwood, it typically takes a few days to stablize the feeding activity.  The further from Little River current and heavy stain water; and in deeper sections of creeks over the past couple weeks, will produce best activity and agressive reactions.  Cordell Red Fins, Smithwick Rouges, and black chatterbaits have been taking a few good size Bass in pockets of the west end area of main lake and the Millwood State Park as well as the oxbows up Little River.   

Best colors of Real Deal Custom Tackle jigs are the Texas Craw, Voodoo, or Green Pumpkin Candy colors with a Yum Wooly Bullee trailer.  Chatterbaits continue catching nice bass in Mud Lake oxbow over the past couple weeks in dead lily pad stems and new pad blooms. 

Best colors Rat-L-Traps working over the past few weeks that will get bit are Toledo Gold, Pumpkin Craw, or Creole Craw around 4-8 feet depth flats near creek channel swings, deflecting off stumps in the clearest water you can locate away from muddy water or Little River current.   

Locating water temps 2-5 degrees warmer on sunny days, seems to be key in locating bass in a prespawn, feeding mood over the past few weeks.  Large flats near deeper creek channels with stumps and timber will hold a few Largemouths on bright sunny days where the water will warm substantially over the mid-day hours as much as 8 degrees.  Key is finding these warmer water areas on sunny days for the most aggressive bite this time of year.  Salty Rat tails and Yum Dingers in watermelon red colors were catching some random bass over the past week.  Lizards in plum, june bug-red, black grape, or pumpkinseed/pearl are all good choices over the past few days. 

White Bass:   Disappeared with all the recent rain, muddy water, and river current above Ar Highway 71 bridge. 

Crappie:  Prespawn Crappie continue biting in 8-10 feet depth creek channels around cypress trees, on Blakemore Roadrunners, beetle spins, Little Cleos, and H & H spinners.  Best colors with the stained water clarity seem to be white, chartreuse, and black.  

Cats:  Blues and Channel cats are loving the increase of current in Little River this week on trot lines running 10-15 feet of depth, or on Yo-Yos in Mud Lake and other oxbows up Little River, using chicken liver, blood meal, and cut shad. 

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Surface temps as of Monday, 14 Apr are ranging 62ºF early to 72ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.  Water temps jumped back up, as much as 7º over the past week. 

Lake level as of Monday is currently is 260.14 mfsl, and rising with river current, which is approx 11.3 inches above normal conservation pool.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate was around 3176 CFS on Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday was at 239.59 mfsl.  

Clarity and visibility as of Monday stained to muddy.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-8 inches.  Cottonshed and Saline in the northeast section of the lake is muddy.  Little River's visibility ranges 3-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity also began clearing over the weekend ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is still muddy and lots of current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. 

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777. 

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement! 

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

  Come see what all the excitement's about! 

Mike 

Thanks for your interest in Millwood Lake Guide Service ~ Arkansas' Best Bass Fishing!

Mike Siefert

Owner/Operator

www.MillwoodGuideService.com

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22+ years in the professional guide business on Millwood Lake, since 1990!

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Norfork

Updated 4/17/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 550.2 

Release Rate: 32705 cfs.

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Report by: Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait 

Fishing Norfork Lake has been great this March.

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For information on the Jordan Campground, please call (870) 499-7223 or Jordan Marina at (870) 499-7348.  The Jordan Campground is open from April 1st to October 1st.

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Updated: 4/17/2014

Report by: Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort

Norfork Lake Fishing is heating up. Stripers, bass and crappie are all starting to bite. The fish are moving to the banks to feed both in the day as well as in the dark. The lake surface water temperature has consistently been in the low to upper 50s depending the location on the lake and the time of day.  

The best bite for striped bass is still back in the creeks. A few fish are starting to move out into the main lake, but the water temp will need to rise more for a consistant main lake bite. Look for stripers on shallow water points and flats at night as well as during the day, especially if you are in the warmest water.  

The stripers seem to be in deeper water when the water is cooler. Live bait is working very well, shiners, threadfin shad and gizzard shad are all working. The size of your bait does matter at times, but I have no clue why? Only the fish will be able to tell you. I have mainly been fishing after dark. This is the best time for me to be away due to the work load at Hummingbird Hideaway Resort. I have been in kind of a slump lately, I have been catching many stripers each time out but the biggest has only been around 7 pounds. I keep checking out new areas after dark, and I catch fish, but the big boys and girls are eluding me. This will change for me soon. Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters had a fantastic day yesterday. His group landed many big fish using gizzard shad. One of my good friends landed a 30 pounder late yesterday afternoon. Hopefully I will get his photo. If you are live bait fishing make sure you have several lines out with no weights, the fish are coming up for them. It will not be long before fluke and spook fishing will start to take off. Over the last several days bass fishing has become much better.  

Largemouth, spots and smallmouth bass are moving into the shallows feeding on bait fish. Stick baits, swimming minnows, crank baits and plastics are all starting to work. What a change since the last couple of tournaments. I am also starting to catch bass after dark which tells me they are getting very close to spawn time.  I'm sure a few are already on their beds.  

Crappie have also started to move into shallow water over brush. I am  seeing many big slabs under my dock and this has happened just over the last several days. The water is pretty clear so when you are fishing brush piles you will need to stay away and cast into them. The fish will not be very deep so you don't want to spook them. Live bait with a slip cork or small paddle tail baits tipped with a minnow will work great.  

Walleye, white bass and catfish fishing should start to heat up very soon. Look for these species on shallow flats and main lake points. Currently the walleye and white bass are back in the creeks and will be moving out.  

Catfish will be starting their spawn soon if not already so look shallow.  

The Norfork Lake water level is rising slowly and currently sits at 553.90.  

The surface water temperature has a wide range 50 - 58 degrees depending where you are at on the lake and the time of day. There has been periodic water generation by the Corps of Engineers. The main lake is clear and the coves and creeks are slightly stained, a very good fishing color. 

Another great enticement to fish our lake is our second annual Norfork Lake Fishing Derby. You will have the opportunity to win up to $1,500 for a very small investment. Give me a call for details at 870-492-5113. The derby runs from March 1 to June 15.

 

Updated: 4/14/2014

Report by: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool. The water temperature is in the high-fifties and rising. The water visibility is stained. The night bite is good.  

The lake is warming up fast and the stripers are moving into the banks. The big fish have moved up the creek and are starting to feed.  

Shad have started moving to the banks and the stripers are following. The lake should be in the 60 degree range by week's end. I fished Bennett’s Bayou and found that the best bite was mid-day with clouds or overcast skies. Sunny days the bite is off with very little activity. I fished with Larry & Linda Leonard and we caught our fish from 10 am to 12pm, Linda caught the big striper at 12pm, it was 22 lbs.  

The stripers were caught on 5 to 7 inch gizzard shad. The night bite is strong, the best times is from 8 pm to 10 pm, fish the banks that had wind on them during the day, rouges are working the best.  

The crappies are biting on minnow’s small spoons, jigs, and minnows on brush piles in 20 feet of water in the mornings. Later as the day warms up the crappie are moving shallow. The crappie are getting ready to spawn and limits are being caught in all the major creek arms.  

The walleyes will be spawning now the water is warming. The rains this week will see a big push up the river to spawn. The best spots are at the state line, Liner Creek, Udall Marina, and from Bridges Creek to the 160 bridge. 

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Norfork Tail water

Updated 4/14/2014

Report by: Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service 

The lake level is 553.8 and the water temp is in the upper 50's to the low 60's. The water is warmer back in the creeks in the stained water. The main lake is clear.  

There is a little top water action in the morning for bass and a few whites are coming up. We throwing a white Zara Spook. They were also hitting a 4" swim bait.   

Haven't seen any top water action on the hybrids and stripers yet.  

Throw a Rouge at night for hybrids and stripers.  

Throw it to the bank and remember you have to reel it real SLOW. Don't be surprised if you pick up walleye also.  

The length limit on walleye is 18" and the limit is 4 and the length limit on stripers is 20" and the limit is 3.  

Hybrids are counted as a striper.

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