Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Conway will be in effect starting April 23, 2018, and ending March 1, 2019. The irrigation restriction will allow the AGFC to apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides to treat and reduce the spread of alligatorweed, a non-native, invasive aquatic plant. Herbicides used will not cause harm to aquatic organisms, such as fish, and are not harmful to people or wildlife that may come into contact with treated vegetation or water. Herbicides that will be used have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. Therefore, the AGFC strongly recommends adjacent landowners DO NOT irrigate water from Lakes Conway for lawn or garden use during this period.
(updated 4-11-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) reported the lake is stained and at a normal level, with surface water temperature at 54 degrees. Bream are good on crickets. The crappie bite ranged from poor to fair the past week and they are spawning. Use a jig. The bass bite appears to be picking up. Anglers reported good results, but no baits revealed. Catfishing is good on cutbait and goldfish.
(updated 4-4-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said crappie reports have been excellent. Best results are coming off crappie minnows and pink or orange jigs.
Little Red River
(updated 4-11-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said, “Sometimes a fishing report can be like shouting hallelujah. (Tuesday) my fishing trip was such a day. The weather was good, the water was clear and low and the fish were biting. It felt like spring had finally arrived and the good ol’ days of fishing the Little Red had returned. The fish seemed like they had awakened after a long winter’s nap.” Greg said his fisherman caught many nice rainbows in the 14- to 15-inch class and one 19-inch fat rainbow. If the Little Red can miss the possibility of storms on Friday, maybe this will continue through the weekend, he said.The lake is back to normal and generation is for power demand only. With the milder temperatures, generation should be at a minimum. You should still check the proposed generation for the best hours to fish because the peak demand can change daily. Tuesday’s fish were taking size 14 Fox Squirrel Nymphs, size 20 midge pupa and a size 10 Olive Greg’s Folly. With the better weather and water conditions, this would be a good time to start planning that fishing trip.
(updated 4-11-2018) Lowell Myers says that Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Greers Ferry Lake has returned to seasonal pool and we are seeing favorable water release for wade and drift-fishing. The weather has finally gotten warmer, trees are blooming along the river and the fish are cooperating. For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends gold-ribbed hare’s ear, caddis pupa, sowbugs and streamers. Hot pink and orange bodies on chartreuse heads are recommended for Trout Magnet 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.
Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.04 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 4-11-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake was at 462.00 feet msl as of Tuesday. It is .04 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet at the moment. The catching is getting better and better with the more steady weather and longer days. The crappie are on some inside bushes and outside edges and some in and around brush piles out deeper. Try using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows dabbed around different places until you get bit and then concentrate around every piece of cover. Some fish are still hanging around the pole timber and can be caught reeling a beetle spin real slow. The river walleyeare on the move and the lake walleye are eating better every day; try dragging minnows on a jighead or drop-shot on flats 10-20 feet deep on chunk rock flats. No report on catfish. The hybrid and white bass bite is good throughout the day, and now some night catching is happening in the rivers and creeks. In the main lake, concentrate around the shad for the best catching. Try spoons, inline spinners, grubs and live bait. The bass fishing is good overall, with some days better than others. Of course, they are scattered everywhere, from on beds out to 40 feet of water, and can be caught with a variety of baits. No report on bream.
Harris Brake Lake
(updated 4-11-2018) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) said water is dingy and at a normal level. The weekend weather appears to have turned the fishing very slow the past several days. There were fair reports on bass, with anglers using crankbaits. Nothing else was reported.
(updated 4-4-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) says her customers have been talking about Harris Brake on the big slab crappie on No. 4 crappie minnows. “One of my customers that has a place up there has been doing good between midnight and 4 a.m.,” she said.
NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Overcup will be in effect starting April 23, 2018, and ending March 1, 2019. The irrigation restriction will allow the AGFC to apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides to treat and reduce the spread of alligatorweed, a non-native, invasive aquatic plant. Herbicides used will not cause harm to aquatic organisms, such as fish, and are not harmful to people or wildlife that may come into contact with treated vegetation or water. Herbicides that will be used have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. Therefore, the AGFC strongly recommends adjacent landowners DO NOT irrigate water from Lakes Overcup for lawn or garden use during this period.
(updated 4-4-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said bass are doing well around brushtops and structure around the shoreline. They’re biting on plastic worms, spinnerbaits and minnows. Catfish are being caught on night crawlers around the banks. Bream are slow but should start picking up. Still catching some bream on crickets and redworms. Crappie are doing good on minnows and pink /white/chrtreuse jigs around brush and grass around the shore. Water level is high by about 2 feet and clarity is good. Thankfully we didn't get any rain Tuesday.
(updated 4-11-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the lake is clear and at a normal level. The water feels cool, Larry said. Black bass are the best bet, with anglers reporting good results. The bass have been found shallow, as little as 6 inches below the surface. Use pumpkin seed soft bait and fish the brushy areas. Crappie are fair in 5-6 feet depth. Minnows and jigs are both working. Bream are poor but there are some nibbles on crickets. No reports on catfish or white bass.
(updated 4-11-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said the lake is still dropping this week and water temperature from the marina is 60 degrees and about 63 degrees at west end. Black bass fishing has been very good. With water temps in the low 60s and on the water rise, the black bass are moving to spawning areas. Try using crankbaits, jerkbaits and jigs in 4-8 feet depth and 10-15 feet of water. A few can also be caught in shallow water on spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. This week, the blacks were biting more during dusk and dawn. The Tuesday night tournament anglers took advantage with Matt Hedrick and Brandon Crain hauling in a Big Bass of 4.34 pounds on their way to a 9.46-pound stringer to win. Two other duos topped 8.3 pounds. Kentucky bass are good. Spots are still a little deeper than the largemouth bass. Look for best results in the main lake, on the rocky shoreline or points with a crankbait or jig. White bass have been good. Fewer reports are coming in on the whites over the past couple of weeks. Some have been saying the whites are staging. Normally the run is over by the first of April. Use Rooster Tails, CC Spoons, deep-diving Bandits, and Bombers. Crappie have slowed. With the water level falling this past week it is making it tough on the crappie bite. More reports are coming in of them being found scatted in different depths anywhere from 5 to 20 feet. Bream are good. They are coming into shallow water off the rocky points and around brush piles. Try using crickets or jigs anywhere from 3 to 12 feet depth. Catfish are slow.
(updated 4-11-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said crappie continue to be excellent, with anglers reported the crappie in 2-10 feet depth. Red and white jigs are the go-to, along with minnows. Largemouth bass are fair using black-and-blue jigs or black buzzbaits. No reports on any other species.
(updated 4-11-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish are doing fair using chicken livers, nightcrawlers and brooder minnows. Bream have been hitting crickets and redworms, while bass have been hitting spinner baits and scum frogs.
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated 4-11-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that the back one (Lake Charles ) does pretty well on crappie off of No. 6 crappie minnows and pink crappie minnows. Catfish are being caught with nightcrawlers and No. 12 bass minnows. Bass have been fair on Zoom Red Shad plastic worms. Bream are doing fair on crickets.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 4-11-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bass have been doing well on brooder minnows and Zoom Trick Worms in red/black core and watermelon red. But as far as the walleye, they aren't booming like they were a week or so ago. A few bream been hitting crickets. Crappie are being caught off of No. 6 crappie minnows and pink crappie minnows. Catfish are biting on goldfish and black salties.
(updated 4-11-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said big redear bream are starting to do well on crickets fishing on bottom. Catfish off of black salties and nightcrawlers. Bass been hitting brooder minnows and Zoom Brush Hogs. Crappie doing fair on No. 6 crappie minnows on nice-sized but very few crappie.
(updated 4-11-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) says crappie are fair on pink minnows. Catfish are excellent; use chicken livers or nightcrawlers.
(updated 4-11-2018) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says the bass are excellent here. Reports are that the bass are in 3-4 feet of water and hitting diving crankbaits and red creature baits. Also, catfishing is fair on shad and minnows. No reports on bream or crappie.
(updated 4-11-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said crappie are fair off of No. 6 crappie minnows and Kalin's 2-inch Tennessee Shad Grubs. Bass have been doing great on Strike King KVD square bill lure in Tennessee Shad color. Catfish are biting bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bream are fair on redworms and crickets.
Arkansas River at Morrilton
(updated 3-28-2018) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said they have had a few fishermen getting out, but they haven’t had real good luck. “We still have four to six weeks for this pool to really start popping,” Charley said. The AGFC has been doing a lot of testing of the river, along with federal fisheries biologists, he said. This includes test sampling for sauger, catfish, gar, black bass. They have sampled for jumping carp and other fish not native to the river. Meanwhile, reports are that white bass are staging on creeks and river mouths. Catfish are trying to move up to jetties. Largemouth bass on warm days are sitting on jetty tops.
Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)
(updated 3-28-2018) Professional angler Cody Kelley with Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282) reports that fishing is pretty good across the board right now. Things are finally heating up to the point that you can go out and really have some fun! Bass are great in the backwaters. We are right on the verge of the spawn. Try your favorite plastics and jigs around backwater wood to locate spawning bass. Some good crappie fishing is going on right now. Crappie can be caught by dipping black/chartreuse jigs and minnows around laydowns and backwater spawning areas. For catfish, check the deep holes just outside of flats. Cody says he prefers cut bait, but you can catch them on many different offerings. Anchor up current of the hole and bottom bounce it back into the good stuff. Best of luck and give us a call to book your spring trip.
Little Maumelle River
(updated 4-4-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 57 degrees. The level and current are low. Crappie are biting in 2-3 feet of depth and the bite is fair. Bass are good, with the best bite near the banks. Try using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic worms and topwaters like the Zara Spook. Catfish are fair on worms and blood bait, as well as yo-yos. Not reports on white bass. Nothing to report on bream.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
(updated 4-11-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said catfishing is good around the Murray Lock and Dam using skipjack or shad.
(updated 4-11-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie are good on red jigs and Slab Buster jigs. Bass are fair in about 15 feet of water and biting crankbaits. Catfish are good on shad. White bass reports ranged from poor to fair. Use grubs.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 4-11-2018) Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the river is ranging from 55 degrees early to 62 degrees with high level and current. The water is stained. The only reports came from bass. Anglers had fair catches, with spinnerbaits working best. Nothing on bream, crappie or catfish.
(updated 4-11-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie are good on jigs in most of the pool, while good as well below Terry Dam, where they’re in 10-12 feet of water and biting red jigs and Slap Buster jigs around the rocky points. Bass are fair on crankbaits and shaky heads in the upper pool, and good in about 10-15 feet of water near Terry Dam; use shaky heads there. Catfishing has been good using shad in parts of the upper pool, and below the dam the Catfish are biting shad with good reports coming in. White bass are fair for the past week; use grubs below the dam for best results. Bream reports were poor in the northern end of the pool, but were ranging up to fair near the Terry Dam. No water conditions were available.
(updated 4-11-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high in the area of Terry Lock and Dam. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair with spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is fair.
Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)
(updated 4-11-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high, but had no other conditions to report. The fishing is OK. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are taking a fair amount of largemouth bass. Reports on catfish are fair, though no baits were reported.
(updated 4-4-2018) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reported the fishing has been slow. The water is dingy with a surface temperature of 55 degrees. The level is normal. Crappie have been fair on jigs. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on worms. Nothing to report on bream.