Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
(updated 3-7-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) reported the water is still high and the clarity is stained. Surface water temperature is 52 degrees. Bream are biting fair on worms and crickets. Look for bream about 10 feet from the shore. Crappie, meanwhile, are in 6-8 feet depth around brush piles. The bite is good. Use minnows or jigs. Bass reports have been excellent. Anglers are using white spinnerbaits and plastic lizards and finding great reactions near the shoreline. Catfishing also is excellent. Try worms or large minnows for your yo-yos.
(updated 2-28-2018) Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) reports that fishing is good on jigs or minnows. Crappie are at 2-6 feet depth. All other species are slow.
Little Red River
(updated 2-28-2018) Lowell Myers says that Sore Lip’em All Guide Service reported that the good news is the recent heavy rains have raised the Greers Ferry Lake above seasonal pool level. The bad news is the rains have muddied the middle and lower sections of the river for extended days. We expect to see a more consistent water release of 1-2 units of generation until the lake gets down to seasonal pool. This will create good drift-fishing conditions from a boat, but could make wade-fishing challenging. Sowbugs, pheasant tails, Copper Johns and streamers are working well for fly anglers. Pink and white-colored 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.
(updated 2-28-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the rain last week and Tuesday night raised the level of the lake to 468.4 feet msl. This is 6 feet above normal. The Army Corps of Engineers has said that they will run the equivalent of 3,000 dsf per day the rest of this week. This amounts to two units of generation for 12 hours or one unit running for 24 hours. As of Tuesday, this worked out to be 16 hours of generation alternating between two units and one unit. It all boils down to high water on the river. Tuesday night’s rain has muddied the river and it will probably take a couple of days generation to help the water clarity. As soon as the White River is able to take the additional water, the Corps will be releasing two units on a 24-hour basis until the lake level is back to normal. Drift-fishing will be the only option until the water recedes. Check the updated forecast each day for the current releases. Remember to be safe on the river during high water. Dripping Springs Landing at Pangburn will be closed indefinitely because of a mudslide and debris.
Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 470.06 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).
(updated 3-7-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.11 feet msl as of Tuesday at 8:26 p.m. That is 8.07 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet msl and is dropping with some generation, and when the generation tops it is going back up 6 more inches or so. With the expected rain coming it should get to 471 feet msl, I presume, so it should hang around 9 feet high for a while. Every day the crappie are on the move to more shallow water. Find the warmest water for the best action associated with the bushes, and dip minnows and jigs around until you run across a fish or so, then really soak your bait in the area for best results. Or you can fan-cast a small grub or crappie sin around the outside edges of the old brush line. The bream are starting to move shallower as well and can be caught in the old brush line tight-lining crickets and crawlers. The bite is slow. The black bass are eating all over the lake in their pre-spawn phase, up real shallow eating jigs and spinnerbaits. In the guts of pockets, slow-roll a spinnerbait. Out in the deeper pockets jerk a jerkbait around in open water over 40-60 feet for suspended fish. A Right Bite tube will work fished vertical in the old brush line, and the deeper fish on the bottom can still be caught on football heads and C-rigs. No report on catfish. The walleye bite is starting to turn good all over with a lot of males eating up the rivers and females eating at night. Since the water has gotten more stable, some fish still headed upriver and the lake fish are moving shallower by the day. Use crankbaits, grubs and minnows on drop-shot rigs for the river fish as well as minnows on jigheads; the lake fish will eat the same baits. The hybrid and white bass are eating well and moving some on various days in the mouths of rivers, upriver and major creeks. Look for them schooled up. They will eat spoons, inline spinners and grubs. The lake fish will eat the same. In most cases, fish vertical. Some shallow fish are showing up to eat horizontal cast baits, so stay around the shad.
Harris Brake Lake
(updated 2-21-2018) Lisa’s Bait Shot in Benton reports that customers have been catching slab crappie. The fish have been hitting No. 4 crappie minnows.
(updated 3-7-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said the water level is high by about 3 feet. Clarity is muddy but improving. Bass are doing well around brushtops and structure. Use topwater baits and plastic worms. Bream are slow but should start picking up. Catfish are being caught on jugs and yo-yos with bass minnows and shad. Crappie are doing good on yo-yos at night with No. 4 and No. 6 minnows in 4-6 feet of water. Still a little early on the spawn, water temperatures are 53 to 55 degrees.
(updated 2-28-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the clarity is stained and the water level is high. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fair on chartreuse jigs. No reports on bass, catfish or any other species.
(updated 3-7-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said that as of Tuesday the lake has dropped 2 feet this week and has a little color from all the rain prior to the week. It is starting to clear up. Water temperature from the marina is 50 degrees and about 56 degrees at the west end. Black bass are good. With water temperature in the mid-50s and on the rise, the bass are starting to move into pre-spawn areas. Crankbaits and jerkbaits are working well in 6-10 feet of water. A few can also be caught in shallow water on spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. In a Fire Fighter Tournament held Monday, the first place team caught five bass weighing 16.38 pounds, second place was 14.3 pounds and third was 12.4 pounds, so there are some big largemouths available. Kentucky bass are good. For the most part, spots are still a little deeper than the largemouth. Try the main lake and rocky banks or points with a crankbait or jig for best results. White bass have slowed. Fewer reports are coming in on white the past couple of weeks. Still, give them a shot with Rooster Tails, CC Spoons, deep-diving Bandits, and Bombers. Crappie reports are poor. The high muddy water is making for a tough crappie bite. Once the water settles down they will start heading shallower due to the warming weather. More reports coming in of them being found scattered in different depths anywhere from 5 to 20 feet. No reports on bream. No reports on catfish.
(updated 3-7-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said anglers reported fair success on crappie. The fish are in 12-14 feet depth and are hitting minnows or red and chartreuse jigs. Nothing else was reported to them from Lake Maumelle.
(updated 3-7-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been doing fair on chicken livers and stink bait. Bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. Crappie are doing a little off of pink crappie minnows and Kalin's 2-inch lemon meringue-colored Triple Threat Grubs.
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated 3-7-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that since it had flooded, the fishing slowed down a little. A few small crappie been caught on No. 6 crappie minnows close to the dock. And some small catfish have been reported being caught off of chicken livers. But a couple of good-sized catfish too have been caught off of No. 12 bass minnows. These were all reported caught off of the back pond that's called Lake Charles.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 3-7-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the good news is, it’s going back down but it was still muddy earlier this week. One of Lisa’s customers who has been going on the river said they caught a few catfish off of No. 12 bass minnows. All the rain and it getting muddy has made it no good for the walleye, unfortunately. Lisa’s husband, she says, likes to catch the river slowly dropping down and clearing up when he goes walleye fishing after a lot of flooding. Other than that, she says, “hopefully next week I can give a good report on it.”
Lisa also says, as for hot areas around the region that her customers have noted: “Had a guy get 10 dozen size 6 crappie minnows going back to Millwood Lake. Says he was tearing up the crappie. He said it was up but he was still doing well. And another customer came back a second time for size 6 crappie minnows going back to Harris Brake. He too has been doing well on the crappie! Hopefully as we get over all this rain and people get into the fishing fever, then they can report more back to me so I can relay more fishing reports!”
(updated 3-7-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said some nice crappie were caught off of No. 6 crappie minnows. Catfish are hitting chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Soon those huge redear bream will be going after crickets fishing on the bottom. Bass been doing well on spinnerbaits and plastic worms.
(updated 3-7-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said
Arkansas River at Morrilton
(updated 3-7-2018) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) had no report.
Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)
(updated 2-21-2018) Professional angler Cody Kelley with Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282) reports that bass fishing is poor right now. Water temps are currently 44-46 degrees. The bite is very, very slow. Water color is actually pretty good (as of Feb. 15), and is around 12-18 inches of clarity. Most of the baitfish is in about 20 feet of water in backwater holes, or slackwater holes off main channel. Cody says he hasn’t gone for crappie in a while, but most of their food is pretty deep. Follow that, he suggests. Catfish, too, are something Cody hasn’t fished for the past week. But, he says, he did spend some time graphing the main river. He marked several large fish on washed up trees just on the edge of holes and current. Typical depth was about 30-35 feet. Cody expects that fishing will get better just as soon as we get some sun and warmth. He says he will also be spending more time on Lake Conway as well this year, so be on the lookout for those reports!
Little Maumelle River
(updated 3-7-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is stained and low by about a foot. Crappie reports have been excellent. Crappie are in 6-14 feet depth and are biting both minnows and jigs. Bass are good on crankbaits. Catfishing is good on yo-yos. No report on bream and no report on white bass.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
(updated 3-7-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said it hard a fair report on catfish near the Murray Lock and Dam. They were using skipjack.
(updated 3-7-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the surface water temperature is on the rise, and so are the crappie. The crappie bite is excellent on minnows and jigs. No reports on any other species. The water level and current are normal, and the water is stained.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 3-7-2018) Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) recommends that anglers stay off the river until the flow comes down.
(updated 3-7-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the surface water temperature seems to be on the rise now. The water level and current are normal, and the water is stained. Reports have come in of excellent crappie catches throughout the pool. The fish are in 6-12 feet of water. The anglers were using white lightning, and foam head slim stick. The bass bite was good, too, in the main pool but nothing was heard on bass near the Terry Lock and Dam. Use white spinnerbaits. No reports on bream, catfish or white bass.
(updated 3-7-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high near Terry Lock and Dam. Catfishing is good. Use skipjack or shad. No other reports.
Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)
(updated 3-7-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is stained and the level is high. Crappie fishing is good on minnows or jigs. Bass are fair on crankbaits and plastic worms. Bream reports have been poor. No reports on catfish.
(updated 3-7-2018) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reported that water level and current are normal, and the surface water temperature is 51 degrees. Crappie are good on jigs. Bass are good on spinnerbaits. Catfish reports are good, and they are hitting worms and yo-yos. No report on bream.