Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

The AGFC is treating alligator weed in Lake Conway using EPA-registered herbicides approved for use in aquatic systems. The AGFC strongly recommends that adjacent landowners not use lake water for irrigation of lawns or gardens through March 1, 2018. For more information please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877)-470-3309.

(updated 1-17-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) reported that most of Lake Conway remained frozen Wednesday. Water level is low, at winter pool. No reports.

(updated 1-17-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said there were no reports and no fishing to speak of due to low temperatures and snow.

(updated 1-10-2018) Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) reports that crappie are biting excellent. Use jigs and minnows. The crappie are in 6-10 feet depth. All other species are slow.

Little Red River

(update 1-24-2018) Lowell Myers says that Sore Lip’em All Guide Service reported the Little Red is experiencing extremely low water conditions most days from lack of water release from the Greers Ferry Dam due to the low lake level. Power generation is occurring only during times of cold air temperatures, so expect extended days of very little water release during mild winter temperatures. Due to the low water conditions on the river, the trout have become lethargic. A few post-spawn browns remain on shoals. Sowbugs, midges, soft hackles and Woolly Buggers are working well for fly anglers. Pink and white Trout Magnets are recommended for spin fishing. 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 Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule.

(update 1-17-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said that due to the extreme cold, he has not fished this week. The generation has increased during this cold spell and the river is high. This should drop when the temperature moderates and this should happen over the weekend into next week. The forecast is for temperatures in the 50s next week. There are still some browns carrying eggs but the primary spawn is about over. Again, please take care while wading to avoid the redds (spawning beds). Wading thru these will destroy the eggs.

Please note that Greg will again be offering the free fly-fishing class at First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs beginning Thursday evening, Feb. 15. The class lasts for four weeks (each Thursday night from 7-9 pm). These dates are Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8. Greg suggests it would be best to attend all classes, but if this not possible, come when you can. To register, please contact Greg Seaton at 501-690-9166. If he can’t answer the call then, he will return voicemails or texts.

Greers Ferry Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.08 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).

(update 1-24-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 455.07 feet msl, 6.97 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet msl and trying to rise since the generation has been cut back after warming weather. The water temperature is 44 degrees, pretty much overall. The warmup and some much needed sunshine will help the bite take off as we enter all prespawn phases with all species. Many of the black bass will move shallow, either vertical or shallow to sun, and can be caught with a jerkbait or spinnerbait. Some of the deeper fish are using 50-60 feet of water and can be caught with drop-shots, dragging football head jigs or C-rigs. Just find the shad on the ends of long points or swings with deep drops and fish will be close.

Tommy had reports on bream. He says crappie are suspended, of course, either in open water in the mouths of cuts or in the pole timber or around brush piles, using the water column in 28-40 feet. Try using jigs or minnows fished vertically. No reports on catfish. The river walleye are getting staged or moving to stage in the mouths or close to the mouths of the rivers or right inside river mouths hanging out waiting on conditions to get right before moving on closer to spawning grounds. They can be caught with live bait or different artificial baits. The lake walleye are hanging out in 40-45 feet of water close to flats, and a minnow fished vertically is the best bet on a jighead or drop-shot. Hybrid bass and white bass are eating on and off throughout the day with some traveling toward upriver areas as well. Look in the lake and rivers on flats next to deep water. Some can be caught in 40-45 feet, while others are as deep as 70-80 feet of water suspended. Use spoons, hair jigs, Alabama rigs and inline spinners. For the best catches, stay around the shad.

Harris Brake Lake

(update 1-24-2018) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) had no report.

Lake Overcup

The AGFC is treating alligator weed in Lake Overcup using EPA-registered herbicides approved for use in aquatic systems. The AGFC strongly recommends that adjacent landowners not use lake water for irrigation of lawns or gardens through March 1, 2018. For more information please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877)-470-3309.

(update 1-10-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said the lake has finally thawed out, and the fishing continues. No one has been bass or bream fishing or catfishing. Water level is a little high, but clarity is good. Johnny said he was not sure about the surface temperature, though. Crappie are still in full swing and are being caught off piers and walkways on jigs and minnows from 3 feet to less than 12 inches. Most are 10 to 13 inches long. Johnny says to come see him for all your fishing needs at Overcup Bait Shop and RV park off Arkansas Highway 9 in Morrilton.

Brewer Lake

(update 1-10-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said last week that the water was 100 percent clear, and the lake was low. He said there had not been much fishing going due to the temps. However, when anglers were able to get out, Larry said they were having excellent success catching bass. Go with a plastic worm for best results. Also, white bass reports were excellent on minnows. No other species were caught.

Lake Maumelle

(update 1-24-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said black bass are slow. Black bass are biting on shaky head jigs, warm-colored crankbaits, drops-shot and jerkbaits. Blacks are off steep rocky banks. They’re shallow during dusk and dawn. Drop 12-18 feet in deep water. Kentucky bass are slow. The spots are being caught on hair and finesse jigs. They can be found near the edge of the creek channel. White bass are slow. They are running in 20-25 feet of water in the channels. Reports are coming in of them being on the east end furthest north side of the lake. Use Rooster Tails, CC Spoons and deep-diving Bandits and Bombers. They are mixed in with the crappie. The crappie also is slow. They are being caught on crappie minnows and soft plastic bodies with a weighted jighead. Try using chartreuse or lead. Also try Cotton Cordell bladed jigs. They’re being caught 28-34 feet deep. Fish in the channel or under water bridges. No reports have come in this past week on any bream or catfish.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(update 1-10-2018) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said that cold weather has put off most fishermen, but it has brought out the duck hunters on the river. Catfish have moved to the deep holes. Use a combo of skipjack and nightcrawlers. Charley says he has seen a 40-pounder caught recently. They are hitting about every two hours a day. Duck hunting is going strong on the river. Fields are frozen. The past two days hunters were getting limits, lots of mallards, teal, gadwalls and a golden eye was shot. Buffleheads, spoonies as well. Charley says his cove is half-frozen over but he can still get out to the river. A few sauger are being caught below the dam. Fish swirls with spec rigs. Remember, Arkansas Tech University is doing sauger and catfish studies on the river. They are putting tags on the sauger and need anglers’ help. These are worth $10 to $50. Please call the AGFC at 1-877-967-7577 for more information.

Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)

(update 1-10-2018) Professional angler Cody Kelley with Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282) reports that bass fishing is fair right now. Now is the time to focus all of your efforts on the backwaters that have deeper water and no or very little flow. This water will usually be slightly clearer. Try jigs, jerkbaits, and crankbaits in these back waters. Crappie can also be found in these same backwaters that have some brush and big laydowns in it.

Little Maumelle River

(update 1-24-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water is clear and is at a normal level and current. Crappie reports were excellent. Crappie are in 6-7 feet of water and being caught on minnows or jigs. Bass are biting fair. They appear to be about 8 feet depth of water and are hitting crankbaits. No reports on bream or on catfish.

(update 1-10-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said anglers last week reported that crappie were biting fair and fish were in about 6 feet depth. White jigs worked best. Water was clear and level and current were normal.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(update 1-10-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said anglers last week reported that crappie were biting fair and fish were in about 6 feet depth. White jigs worked best. Water was clear and level and current were normal.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(update 1-24-2018) Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is stained and surface water temperature is in the 40s. The level and current are normal. Crappie fishing has been good. Look for fish in about 15 feet depth of water around jetties. Use red and black jigs. No reports on bass, bream or catfish.

(update 1-24-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the water is clear and the level and current are normal. Fair reports on crappie fishing. Crappie are about 6 feet deep and found around the rocky points. Use minnows. No other species were reported caught.

(update 1-17-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said crappie reports are fair. Anglers are using minnows and jigs. No other reports. The water is clear and the level and current are normal.

Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)

(update 1-24-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water level and current are normal, but no other conditions were available. Reports on crappie were fair, with anglers using minnows. No other reports came in.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) will be closed until February.