CEN­TRAL AR­KAN­SAS FISH­ING RE­PORT

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Craig D. Camp­bell Lake Con­way Reser­voir

NO­TICE: AGFC em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors us­ing air­boats will be con­duct­ing fo­liar ap­pli­ca­tions of Epaap­proved 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 120day 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.

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the clar­ity is stained and the water level is nor­mal. Bream are good on red­worms and crick­ets. Crap­pie are fair on min­nows and jigs. Crap­pie are in 5-7 foot depth; fish around the cy­press trees. Black bass are good on plas­tic worms and top­wa­ter baits. Cat­fish­ing is good with crick­ets or nightcrawl­ers.

Lit­tle Red River

Lowell My­ers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Ser­vice said the Lit­tle Red is re­ceiv­ing around 12 hours of gen­er­a­tion. Cad­dis pu­pas, pheas­ant tails, San Juan worms and stream­ers will work for fly-fish­ing. For Trout Mag­net fish­ing, go with cot­ton candy and hot pink bod­ies on sil­ver and char­treuse jig­head. 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.

Greg Seaton of lit­tlered­fly­fish­ingtrips.com (501690-9166) 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.

Greers Ferry Lake

As of Wed­nes­day, the Army Corps of Engi­neers re­ports the lake’s elevation at 474.13 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).

Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Ser­vice (501-940-1318) said Wed­nes­day morn­ing the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 474.14 feet msl and stay­ing pretty steady. It is 12.1 feet above nor­mal pool of 462.04 feet msl. All species are eat­ing if you’re there at right time. A lot of crap­pie are still in and around the bushes; use jigs and jigs tipped with min­nows. Bass fish­ing is good all over the lake on a va­ri­ety of baits, with some school­ing ac­tion as well. Catfish are eat­ing any and all baits right now all over the lake. Bream are eat­ing crick­ets and crawlers, in­line spin­ners and small crankbanks shal­low. Wall­eye are scattered all over the place. When you catch one, hun­ker down and stay in area, as several are there get­ting grouped up some­what. Use a crawler on a drop-shot rig. Hy­brid and white bass are busting some and on struc­ture now, they will eat off and on all day un­der cer­tain con­di­tions. Spoons, in­line spin­ners, just about any metal bait is work­ing.

Har­ris Brake Lake

Har­ris Brake Lake Re­sort (501-889-2745) re­ported the clar­ity is “a lit­tle cloudy” and the lake level has returned to nor­mal.

Sur­face water tem­per­a­ture Mon­day mid-af­ter­noon was 76.8 de­grees. Bluegill and re­dear are good on red­worms and crick­ets.

The crap­pie bite is off and on. Fair re­sults with min­nows and jigs, they say. Black bass are poor. Cat­fish­ing is good with worms. Lake Over­cup

NO­TICE: AGFC em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors us­ing air­boats will be con­duct­ing fo­liar ap­pli­ca­tions of Epaap­proved 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 120day 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.

Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Over­cup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said water level is high by about 2 feet and clar­ity is good. Sur­face tem­per­a­ture is around 70 de­grees. Bass are do­ing well on black plas­tic worms and buzzbaits around brush­tops and struc­ture around the banks. Bream are do­ing well on crick­ets and red­worms. Crap­pie are be­ing caught in deeper water, 8-12 feet fish­ing about 6 feet deep. Catfish are be­ing caught on jugs and trot­line with bream and shad. “Come see me, Catfish Banks, at the bait shop, off High­way 9.”

Brewer Lake

Larry Wal­ters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) re­ported that fish­ing has dropped off sig­nif­i­cantly, mainly with high water and muddy clar­ity. There are some crap­pi­eto be had, with re­ports of them in 15-18 feet depth and fished spi­der­rig­ging. The bite rates poor, and that’s the same rat­ing for bream, black bass, crap­pie and white bass, Larry says. “Good luck if you go!” he added.

Lake Maumelle

We­strock Land­ing (501658-5598) on High­way 10 near Roland re­ports water tem­per­a­ture is in the mid70s. Large­mouth bass are good. Most of them can be found shal­low at dusk and dawn bit­ing a va­ri­ety of lures. Some are mov­ing into 8-12 feet of water and some can still be found deep. Try us­ing chat­ter­baits, crankbaits, jerk­baits, drop-shots and swim­baits. Cameron Nesterenko and An­drew Woo­ley caught a whop­ping five bass to­tal­ing 18.87 pounds to win Tues­day night’s black bass tour­ney; their haul in­cluded a 6.12pound Big Bass. Mean­while, the spotted bass bite is good. Some re­ports of the Ken­tuckys be­ing found in

4-8 feet of water outside the grass line at dusk and dawn. They can also be found in 12-16 feet off drops and rocky banks. White bass re­ports this week have been poor. Re­ports of the run slow­ing down. Some can be found mixed in with the crap­pie on the flats or near brush piles in 8-12 feet. Try us­ing Rooster Tails, jerk­baits and rat­tle-style baits. Crap­pie are good. Crap­pie are head­ing out of the deeper holes. Re­ports of them be­ing found 8-12 feet around brush piles as well as 14-18 feet and are start­ing to stack some, while oth­erse are still scattered. Try us­ing jigs and min­nows. Bream are slow. Use crick­ets or worms. Catfish are slow. Re­ports com­ing in that the chan­nel cats are mov­ing in to shal­low water. Try us­ing stink bait, cray­fish or worms.

Sun­set Lake

Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been do­ing great; it was stocked by the AGFC on May 6. They been catch­ing them on fresh chicken liv­ers, nightcrawl­ers, brooder min­nows – re­ally, just a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing. Bream are start­ing to bite well. Bass have been hit­ting brooder min­nows and bass min­nows. Crap­pie have been fair on No. 6 crap­pie min­nows and Kalin’s Ten­nessee Shad 2-inch grubs.

Bishop Park Ponds

Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that with all the rain we’ve had, it has pushed some of those fish out of the creek that come from Hur­ri­cane Lake and into both ponds. The front one lately have been more pro­duc­tive, ac­cord­ing to some of Lisa’s cus­tomers. Some catfish been caught off chicken liv­ers , nightcrawl­ers and craw­fish.bream have been good on crick­ets and red­worms. Bass have been hit­ting on Red Shad plas­tic worms. Crap­pie are be­ing caught off No. 6 crap­pie min­nows.

Saline River Ac­cess in Ben­ton

Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the river fish­ing has been so up and down with all this rain. But a few an­glers have done well on the bream with crick­ets. Bass have been hit­ting the brooder min­nows. Catfish have been caught on trot­lines with black sal­ties and gold­fish – and some on rod and reel with brooder min­nows. Crap­piehave been bit­ing No. 6 crap­pie min­nows and pink crap­pie min­nows.

Lake Nor­rell

Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said some of those big re­dear bream are be­ing caught on crick­ets fish­ing on bottom. Catfish are be­ing caught off of black sal­ties and cut up shad. Crap­pie have been do­ing well on No. 6 crap­pie min­nows. Bass have been slow but have been hit­ting spin­ner­baits and brooder min­nows.

Lake Pick­thorne

Hatchet Jack’s (501-7584948) said crap­pie are fair. An­glers are hav­ing the best suc­cess with min­nows or with Bobby Gar­land white Slab Slay­ers and spi­der rig­ging. Fish the creek chan­nel of the lake.

Lake Va­len­cia

Hatchet Jack’s in North Lit­tle Rock (501-758-4958) says

cat­fish­ing is fair. Use chicken liver or chicken hearts.

Lake Wil­lastein

Hatchet Jack’s in North Lit­tle Rock (501-758-4958) says bream are fair. Fish around piers. Red­worms and crick­ets will get re­ac­tions. Black bass are good with Texas-rigged creature baits and buzzbaits. The bite is pick­ing up in the early morn­ings and late evenings.

Lake Winona

Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s

Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said some an­glers are still catch­ing some nice crap­pie off of No. 6 crap­pie min­nows and pink crap­pie min­nows. Catfish have been good on craw­fish and nightcrawl­ers. Bream good on crick­ets. Bass been hit­ting on bass min­nows and wa­ter­melon red plas­tics.

Ar­kan­sas River at Mor­ril­ton

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

Lit­tle Maumelle River

Ray Hud­son at River Val­ley Ma­rina (501-5171250) says the clar­ity is muddy while the water level is low. “Ev­ery­thing is pretty slow,” he says. He gives poor rat­ings across the board to bream, crap­pie, black bass, cat­fish­ing and white bass.

Ar­kan­sas River (Maumelle Pool)

Hatchet Jack’s (501758-4948) said cat­fish­ing is ex­cel­lent at Mur­ray Lock and Dam by snag­ging.

White bass are also ex­cel­lent. Use spoons and twister tails.

Zim­mer­man’s Exxon (501944-2527) 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.

Ar­kan­sas River (Lit­tle Rock Pool)

Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-8345733) re­ports that the river is still too high. “Stay off the river,” they urge. It’s also muddy.

Hatchet Jack’s (501758-4948) said cat­fish­ing is ex­cel­lent at Mur­ray Lock and Dam by snag­ging.

White bass are also ex­cel­lent. Use spoons and twister tails.

Mc­swain Sports Cen­ter (501-945-2471) says the river is high and is not safe for boat­ing or fish­ing.

Zim­mer­man’s Exxon (501944-2527) says the river is muddy, high, with fast cur­rent, and dan­ger­ous. Avoid fish­ing.

Clear Lake (off Ar­kan­sas River-lit­tle Rock Pool)

Mc­swain Sports Cen­ter (501-945-2471) said Clear Lake is high and the clar­ity is a bit cloudy. Bream are good on crick­ets. Crap­pie are good on min­nows or jigs. No re­ports on bass. Catfish are good us­ing skip­jack and nightcrawl­ers.

Peck­er­wood Lake

Donna Mul­herin at Her­man’s Land­ing (870241-3731) said the clar­ity re­mains a lit­tle stained. The water level is back down to nor­mal. Bream are ex­cel­lent on worms or crick­ets. Crap­pie are good. They’re mainly bit­ing jigs, and an­glers are trolling. Check the grass patches and brush piles. No re­ports on black bass. Cat­fish­ing is ex­cel­lent; go with hot dogs and min­nows.

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