Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Conway will be in effect through 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 alligator weed, 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 5-9-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) says the water is stained and the level is normal. Bream are good and are around beds in 3 feet of water. Use worms or crickets. Crappie are fair. Fish for them around the cypress in 4-5 feet depth with minnows. Bass are good are various depths throughout the lake. Anglers were using spinnerbaits, plastic worms, buzzbaits, lizards, worms and frogs. Catfishing is good. Reports of some nice flatheads. Use nightcrawlers.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent. Anglers were fishing the piers and looking for the bite in 4-8 feet depth with redworms and crickets. Bass were fair. They’re active in the grass beds at a depth of 3-4 feet. Use a crankbait. Little Red River
(updated 5-9-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the round-the-clock generation of one unit has been keeping up with the inflow to the lake and kept it from rising into the flood pool. This has been the purpose of the constant generation over the weekend. Now the lake is beginning to fall below this level and the Corps has informed Greg that the dam should be back to power demand only later this week. This means some low-water periods. Generation should go back to afternoon and evening periods. Check the SWPA Forecasts for this information. This is posted each day after 4 p.m. for the next day generation and on Friday evening for the weekend. Greg says fishing was fair over the weekend with the higher water levels. The bite was steady but slow. This should improve as the river flow drops and the insects begin hatching again with the warmer weather. If we can avoid any large amounts of rain, all should be good by late this week. Watch for caddis and March Brown mayflies coming off with the lower water. Greg notes that the Little Red had a boating accident on the river this weekend. Fortunately, no one was injured. Please remember to avoid the upstream side of docks or any other obstruction in the river during generation. The force of the current will capsize your watercraft. Even a 21-foot river boat can be overturned and swamped when pinned against a solid obstacle in the current. Please use extreme care and life jackets when canoeing or kayaking on the river during high water. “We have a beautiful river for all to enjoy but please respect it and use care especially in high water.”
(updated 5-9-2018) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Greers Ferry Lake is close to seasonal pool level, which should allow for favorable water release over the next week. They continue to see good caddis and March Brown hatches occurring on the river.For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends soft hackles, hare’s ear, caddis pupa, pheasant tails, sowbugs and streamers. Hot pink and cotton-candy-colored bodies on gold 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.
(updated 4-25-2018) James Dillard of Tailwater Fishing Co. in Searcy says the fishing on the Little Red has been excellent. The Army Corps of Engineers has been running two units of water each day for 14-16 hours each day, providing good fishing when the turbines are turned off. The best fishing has been in the falling/lower water levels. Lots of caddis can be seen hatching on sunny days and the fish have been very actively feeding. Hot flies have been soft hackles and sowbugs. Trout Magnets in pink, white and chartreuse have been working very well, also.
Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.91 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 5-9-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.91 feet msl. They are trying to keep it about normal pool of 462.04 feet while they continue to work on a generator, it is 0.87 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet. The overall catching is just like spring/late spring with any lake or anywhere in the country off and on with all species. The bass fishing is good shallow on all soft plastics. They are there one day gone the next on something different: small crankbaits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, flukes, wacky rigs, jerkbaits, etc., and all can be used for the little bit deeper fish as well. The deeper fish that have not moved up yet or the ones that have already moved back out deep are good on C-rigs, football heads with straight tail trailers, Texas-rigged worms. The crappie are still in all phases as well. From super shallow out to 18 feet, use jigs, jigs tipped with minnows, small crankbaits and beetle spins. The catfish are eating it up all over the lake on cut and live bait, just pick your poison or species to target. Lots of upper class 20 are being caught. The walleye are eating at times as well, when conditions are right for them, in 12-18 foot of water on crankbaits or drop-shots with a minnow or grub, and crawlers will come into play soon. The hybrids and white bass are getting back set up in the lake, the ones that traveled up creeks and rivers. They can be caught with live bait, inline spinners, swimbaits, spoons and grubs. The bream action is getting better with the warmer weather as well use small inline spinners, crankbaits, crickets and crawlers.
Harris Brake Lake (updated 5-9-2018) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear and the level is normal. Surface water temperature is 65 degrees. B are good around the shoreline in 3 feet of water and are biting crickets. Crappie are fair. They’re also up around the shoreline and can be found in 3 feet depth. Use minnows or jigs. Bass are good and are shallow. Fish for them at about 3-4 feet deep with lizards near the shoreline. Nothing to report on catfish.
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 alligator weed, 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 5-2-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said that the water level is about 1 foot above normal and water temperature is 68 degrees on surface. Clarity is great. Crappie are doing well on minnows and jigs. Some are near the shoreline, some in 6ft of water and some in 11-16 feet of water. The bigger ones are in the deeper water males and females. Bass are in shallow water spawning. Catfish are being caught on jugs and trotline, blues, flathead and channels using perch, crawfish and shad. “Bream are slow but should start picking up any day now with this beautiful weather. Come out and see us at Overcup Bait Shop off Arkansas Highway 9,” Catfish says.
(updated 5-9-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the water clarity is clear in the lake but murky in the creeks. Water level is high, and Wednesday’s surface water temperature was 76 degrees under a full sun. Crappie are good in 18 feet depth around brush piles. Use minnows or jigs. Bass are good and are cruising in 6-12 feet depth. Fish around the brush or rocky points with a crankbait or plastic worm. Catfishing is good on minnows. No reports on bream or white bass.
(updated 5-9-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said the lake level is about 10 inches above the spillway, water temperature from the marina is 74 at dusk and about 76 on the north side by the evening time. Largemouth bass are excellent. With water temps in the 70s the black bass are moving out of spawn areas but they‘re mostly done. Some are in the grass or just outside of it. Try using Zoom Trick Worms, crankbaits, jerkbaits and jigs in 4-8 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. Todd and Jim Eskola took advantage of that dusk bite, hauling in 11.8 pounds of bass to win the Tuesday night tournament, edging Kevin Martin and Graves Hearnberger by a fraction. Keeton Blaylock and Kyle Wise found a Big Bass out there of 5.88 pounds. The Kentucky bass bite is good. The spots are in the grass and also about 8-12 feet deep. Rocky banks or points are best with a crank bait or jig. White bass are good but fewer reports are coming in, while some are saying the white bass are moving in. Use Rooster tails, CC Spoons, dee- diving Bandits, and Bombers. Crappie are good. More reports of crappie being found near brush piles and structures anywhere from 6-8 feet deep. Some are saying they’re striking with the bait rather than hitting. Try using shallow rigs and minnows early in the morning or later in the evening. Bream are good and are coming into shallow water off the rocky points and around brush piles. Try using crickets, worms or jigs anywhere from 3-12 feet depth. Catfish are very good. More reports his week of the channels starting to move out and the blues coming in. Try stink bait and bream around 8-10 feet depth and at 20 feet deep. Had a 44-pound catfish caught last week.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said crappie are reported biting fair. They’re in 5-10 feet depth and around brush piles. Minnows are working best.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said the crappie bite is fair around brush piles and rocky points. Fish minnows in about 5-10 feet depth for best results. Water level and current are normal.
(updated 5-9-2018) minnows. Bream are starting to bite fair on redworms and crickets. Crappie have been hitting pink minnows and No. 6 minnows right at daylight. Bass have been biting minnows, floating worms and topwater frogs early in the mornings.
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated 5-9-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream are hitting crickets and redworms. Catfish have been biting fair on chicken livers, bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting on No. 6 minnows at Lake Charles and pink minnows seem to work better at Lake Norma. Bass like No. 12 minnows and red or purple plastic worms and lizards.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 5-9-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting great for customers using redworms and crickets. If you take enough bait you'll probably lose count, but many of them will be small. Keep fishing and you'll have a mess of keepers before it's over. Catfish have been biting at night on minnows, goldfish, black salties, chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Trotlines, limblines or tight-lining with rod and reel in moving water just below shoals will catch a few good ones. Bass fishing has been good with big minnows, live crawfish, plastic worms and lizards, small spinnerbaits and crawfish-colored crank baits. Crappie have been biting fair on No. 6 and pink minnows in some deeper holes and backwaters. Walleye fishing has slowed and we've had no recent reports of any catches. Gar fishing is great fun and they are plentiful on the river. They love No. 12 minnows and are quite a challenge to catch. They'll definitely bend your rod and give you a fight.
(updated 5-9-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said reports of some real nice bluegill are coming from customers using crickets. Repeated trips, smiles on their faces and excitement in their voices leads us to believe these fishing stories are true. They also mentioned a few redear have been mixed in their catches. According to other customers, catfish have been biting better at night. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers and minnows have been working well on tight lines in shallow water. Bass fishing has been good early in the mornings and at night. Green pumpkin, watermelon seed, watermelon red and black plastic worms and lizards have been catching them. Float them in shallow water and Texas-rig or Carolina-rig them in water deeper than about 6 feet. Crappie have been scattered and few but some decent-size fish were being caught a few days ago on No. 6 and No. 12 minnows. We can't seem to get much more info than that from these crappie catchers.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says catfishing are excellent. Use nightcrawlers, chicken livers and chicken hearts. Water level is normal, no other conditions were reported.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says bream are excellent. Fish around the piers in 4-8 feet depth for the best bite, using worms or crickets. Bass are fair and are cruising in 3-4 feet of water on the north side of the lake in grass beds. Anglers report using buzzbaits, a shallow crankbait and Texas rigs.
(updated 5-9-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bass fishing has been good with minnows, crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms and lizards in about a green color. Catfish have been biting great for customers using crawfish and nightcrawlers. Crappie have been biting fair for a few customers, but the big keepers have been scattered and hard to find lately. Bream are cranking up and about to be on beds. Crickets and redworms are working pretty good for some nice-eating-size fish.
Arkansas River at Morrilton
(updated 5-2-2018) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said the weather and the water temperatures are getting good. Black bass are coming shallow and the fishing is good. Water has risen and fallen at least twice a day. Fish the grass and secondary drops. Use green pumpkin. White bass are around Point Remove Creek, Petit Jean River and Coppers Gap. Use a shad-colored cranks. Reports have been fair. Catfish are moving to the jetties. Fish shad. Results have been fair. No reports on crappie. Bream are around the jetties and grass line. Use crickets. Anglers report fair reports. Charley also hears that in local ponds the fish are really going crazy.
Little Maumelle River
(updated 5-9-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and with a normal level and current as of Monday. Crappie are good in 2-3 feet of water around the banks. Use minnows or jigs. Bass are good in 3 feet of water and around the brush. Anglers were having best success with spinnerbaits. Catfish are good with worms and chicken livers. No reports on bream or white bass.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said the water level and current are normal. Crappie are fair in 5-10 feet depth around brush piles and rocky points. Use minnows.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
(updated 5-9-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said reports were that the water is muddy and the surface temperature earlier this week was 60 degrees. Water level is high. Bream are good in the backwaters in 5-6 feet depth. They were biting brown Trout Magnets. Crappie are good in 6-8 feet depth and rocky points. Use jigs. Black bass are good and in the shallow backwater, hitting spinnerbaits in 2-3 feet depth. Catfishing is good below the damp with skipjack. White bass were fair.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said the water level and current are normal. Crappie are fair in 5-10 feet depth around brush piles and rocky points. Use minnows.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 5-9-2018) Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the river clarity is stained and the level and current are normal. Surface temperature is 68-73 degrees. Crappie are good around rocky points and jetties and are biting crappie tubes. Fish for them in 2-8 feet depth. Bass are shallow, about 1-4 feet, and are good. Anglers were using crankbaits, jigs, frogs and Texas-rigged worms and fishing around rocky points. When fishing the main channel, use the cranks, jigs and jays. When you’re in backwater go with the frogs and Texas-rigged worms for best success. No reports on bream or catfish.
(updated 5-9-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the water is muddy and the surface temperature earlier this week was 60 degrees. Water level is high. Bream are good in the backwaters in 5-6 feet depth. They were biting brown Trout Magnets. Crappie are good in 6-8 feet depth and rocky points. Use white and chartreuse jigs. Black bass are good and in the shallow backwater where they’re spawning. They’ll hit spinnerbaits in 2-3 feet depth. Catfishing is good below the damp with skipjack. White bass were fair. Near the Terry Dam, stripers are biting white crappie jigs and Rooster Tails.
(updated 5-9-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is murky and the level is high was fast current. Bream are good in 2 feet depth. Crappie appear to be spawning all over and are biting at 3 feet depth. Reports have been good. Bass are good. Fish the banks in about 4-5 feet depth with a crankbait or plastic worm. Catfishing are good and biting shad.
(updated 5-9-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said that catfishing reports near the Terry Dam were fair by snagging or using skipjack. Water level is normal. At the other end of the pool, at Murray Dam, catfishing is excellent using skipjack. White bass are excellent. Use white twister tails and spoons.
Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)
(updated 5-9-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is murky and the level is high with fast current. Bream are good in 2 feet depth in the backwater and around the shoreline. Use worms or crickets. Crappie are good in 3 feet depth and can be found in various spots. Use minnows or jigs. Bass are good around the shoreline. Use crankbaits or plastic worms and look for bass to bite in 4-5 feet depth. Catfishing is good on shad.
(updated 5-2-2018) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reported the water is stained and the surface temperature is 60 degrees. Water level is normal. Crappie are shallow and biting well in the timber. Try fishing at about 2 feet depth with minnows or jigs. Bass are also in the 2-feet range in brush and are hitting spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on stinkbait. Nothing reported on bream.