Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

 

NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using airboats will be conducting foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicide – which will cause no harm to wildlife, people or aquatic life such as fish – to treat alligatorweed on Lake Conway in 2019. By federal law, these herbicides have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. The AGFC asks adjacent landowners to NOT irrigate water from Lake Conway for lawn or garden use from May 20, 2019, to March 1, 2020. For further information, please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470-3309.

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the clarity is stained and the water level is high. Bream are bedding. The bite is fair on redworms or crickets. Crappie are good. Fish around the green cypress trees with minnows or jigs. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and frogs. Catfishing is good using chicken liver, nightcrawlers, trotline minnows and goldfish.

 

Little Red River

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the river is clear with generation of two units for 12 hours. This has been starting at 8 a.m. or 10 a.m., depending on the day’s schedule. The fish are hitting caddis flies because there is a big caddis hatch in the mornings before the new water hits an area. Caddis emergers and pupa are good fly choices. Drift fishing is good by staying ahead of the day’s generation, and there are short wading opportunities from Winkley Shoal down to Libby Shoal. The new water gets to Winkley in about 3½ hours and Libby in 4-4½ hours after the release at the dam. If wading, plan to be near your takeout point when the water begins to rise because they are running two units and the water rises quickly. The weather forecast is for storms and possible heavy rain the next two days. If this occurs, the river will probably be muddy for two to three days. Check the generation times each day to plan your trip.

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said that as of his report Tuesday night the Little Red was receiving around 12 hours of two units beginning early mornings. This schedule provides good fishing opportunities on the middle and lower sections of the river until late afternoon. Use sowbugs, caddis pupas, pheasant tails, San Juan worms and streamers for fly-fishing. For Trout Magnet fishing use cotton candy and hot pink bodies on silver and chartreuse jigheads. 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 472.54 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.93 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said Wednesday morning thet water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 472.51 feet msl, 10.47 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet msl and rising and with the rain. The forecast looks like it will come up some more, so be careful out there as there are lots of hazards under water at this time. Walleye are eating crawlers, grubs and jigheads if you can find them, as they are scattered out on points and flats in 15-20 feet of water. Crappie are still up shallow eating jigs and minnows. There is a lot of new water, find them and then slow down; where there is one, more are close. Catfish are eating your choice of baits all over the lakes and rivers. Bream are eating well on crickets and crawlers, small crankbaits and inline spinners up shallow. Bass catching is good all over the lake on a variety of baits, in all three phases of the spawn. Let the fish tell you what they are doing. Some hybrid and white bass are still up rivers and some are set up in lake; it’s a timing deal to be there when they are eating. Use spoons, inline spinners, grubs and Road Runners from super shallow out to 30 feet.

 

Harris Brake Lake

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) reported the clarity is “pretty clear” and the lake level remains a little high (about 1 foot above normal). Surface water temperature Monday midday was 57-58 degrees. The bream bite fell off a little to fair on redworms and crickets. Crappie appear to be slowing down and are fair on jigs and Cajun Crickets. Black bass are good in the early morning and late evening on minnows. Catfishing is fair; the catfish spawn appears to be starting. White bass also are starting up.

 

Lake Overcup

 

NOTICE: AGFC employees and contractors using airboats will be conducting foliar applications of EPA-approved herbicide – which will cause no harm to wildlife, people or aquatic life such as fish – to treat alligatorweed on Lake Overcup in 2019. By federal law, these herbicides have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. The AGFC urges adjacent landowners to NOT irrigate water from Lake Overcup for lawn or garden use from May 20, 2019, to March 1, 2020. For further information, please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470-3309.

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said ,black bass are doing well on black plastic worms and buzzbaits. Crappie are doing well on minnows and jigs in 8-14 feet of water, and some still on the shoreline. Bream are starting to pick up, and the size caught recently seem to be bigger. Catfish are being caught on jugs and trotlines with bream and minnows. With waters rising, they always bite well. The water level is about 2 feet high with good clarity. Surface temperature is around 70 degrees.

 

Brewer Lake

 

(updated 5-1-2019) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the lake clarity is clear and the surface temperature is 68 degrees. The water level is high. Crappie fishing is excellent. Fish the brush piles with minnows or jigs. Bream are good on crickets. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair; use worms or blood bait.

 

Lake Maumelle

 

(updated 5-8-2019) WestRock Landing (501-658-5598) on Highway 10 near Roland reports water temperature is in the mid-70s. Largemouth bass are good. Most can be found shallow biting a variety of lures. Some are moving into 3-8 feet of water and some can still be found in depths of 12-16 feet. Try using chatterbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, drop-shots and swimbaits. The black bass bite was good for anglers at this Tuesday night’s tournament ahead of the rain front, with Gary Bryant and Quin Minton stringing 12.47 pounds with five bass. Phillip Cole and Jason Bargiel hookd the Big Bass of 4.46 and were a pound behind in total stringer weight for second. Anglers are finding the Kentucky bass improved, with good action. Some reports of them being found in 4-8 feet of water outside the grass line. They can also be found in 12-16 feet off drops and rocky banks. White bass, however, have fallen off to poor. Reports are the run is slowing down. Some can be found mixed in with the crappie on the flats in the afternoon hours in 8-12 feet of water. Try using Rooster Tails, jerkbaits and rattle-type baits. The crappie bite is good. Crappie are heading out of the deeper holes. Reports of them being found 3-8 feet as well as 12-16 feet, but they are still scattered. Try using jigs and minnows. Bream are slow, but crickets and worms will work best now. Catfishing is slow. Reports are coming in that the channel cats are moving in to shallow water. Try using stink bait, crayfish or worms.

 

Sunset Lake

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been keeping some customers entertained this week. “We've had several report catching them on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and minnows,” Lisa said. Crappie have been biting No. 6 and pink minnows as well as Kalin’s Tennessee Shad grubs. The bream bite is picking up and some have had good luck with crickets and redworms. Bass have been hitting minnows, floating worms, Carolina-rigged lizards and topwater baits.

 

Bishop Park Ponds

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said crappie and catfish have been biting No. 6 minnows. Bass are biting minnows, floating worms and small topwater baits. Bream fishing has been good with crickets and redworms.

 

Saline River Access in Benton

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the river has been too high to fish this week and if the weather forecasts are correct it will be even higher in the near future. Severe weather and flash flooding is likely over the next few days. Everyone stay safe and don't take unnecessary risks by driving through or attempting to navigate flood waters.

 

Lake Norrell

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream are starting to bite well. Fish close to the bottom around the deep end of docks or around deep logs and brush with crickets or redworms. Move around and you'll find some whoppers. Bass have been biting well on minnows, floating worms, Carolina- or Texas-rigged plastics and topwater baits early in the mornings and just before dark. Crappie fishing is still improving and customers tell us they're catching some good-sized ones but no big numbers. No. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad jigs are catching them. Catfish are biting at night and right at daylight on nightcrawlers, bait shrimp, minnows and chicken livers.

 

Lake Valencia

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says

catfishing is good. Use chicken liver or nightcrawlers.

 

Lake Willastein

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says bream now are excellent. Fish around the culverts and the spillway with redworms or crickets. Black bass are good with topwater lures, buzzbaits and Texas-rigged creature baits.

 

Lake Winona

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream fishing has been good for customers using crickets, redworms and nightcrawlers. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers, minnows and chicken livers. Bass have been hitting minnows, plastic worms, lizards and Brush Hogs and topwater baits early in the mornings. Crappie fishing has been good early in the mornings with No. 6 minnows and Bobby Garland Itty Bit jigs.

 

Arkansas River at Morrilton

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) had no report.

 

Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)

 

No report.

 

Little Maumelle River

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) says the clarity is stained. The water level is normal. No surface temperature was reported. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Black bass are excellent on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing is excellent on chicken liver or using minnows running trotlines. No reports on bream.

 

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) says you’ll have best success here fishing on the Maumelle River and in the creeks. Bream are good on redworms and crickets. That’s all they’ve heard about. This pool was significantly calmer in current than the Little Rock pool on Sunday.

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said catfishing is fair at Murray Lock and Dam. Skipjack and snagging were working. Meanwhile, white bass are good on twister tails, Bobby Garland 3-inch Slab Slayers, and spoons.

 

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the Little Rock pool is muddy, and on Tuesday the flow was a dangerously swift 190,000 cfs. They advise staying off the water as it is also too high as well as too fast. No reports have come in.

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) says the river is muddy, high, with fast current, and dangerous. Avoid fishing.

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said catfishing is fair at Murray Lock and Dam. Skipjack and snagging were working. Meanwhile, white bass are good on twister tails, Bobby Garland 3-inch Slab Slayers, and spoons.

 

(updated 5-1-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) keeps anglers updated on the southeast end of the pool, near Terry Lock and Dam, and says the clarity is cloudy. The fishing has improved greatly over last week. Bream are good on worms or crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows or jigs. Black bass are good with anglers using spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Catfishing is good using worms or stink bait.

 

Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)

 

(updated 5-1-2019) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said Clear Lake is experience some good fishing now. The water level is still high. No other conditions were reported. Bream are fair to good on crickets. The crappie bite is good on minnows or jigs. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and plastic works. Good reports on catfish, too, with shad working as the best bait.

 

Peckerwood Lake

 

(updated 5-8-2019) Donna Mulherin at Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the clarity remains a little dingy and the water level still remains high. No surface temperature was recorded. Crappie are good on minnows and trolling and using spider-rigging. Black bass are excellent, though anglers weren’t sharing their bait secrets. Same with catfish – an excellent bite, but anyone’s guess as to baits. No reports on bream.