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Fishing reports courtesy Arkansas Game and Fish Commission:
Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said the water is low. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair. Catfish are good.
Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) said the water is at normal level. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair. Catfish are good.
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Mike Siefert said the lake level is 259.6 feet, slightly above normal, but falling. Discharge has been decreased to 783 cubic feet per second with two gates open at one foot each. Surface temperature ranges from 87 to 90 degrees. Visibility ranges from 10 to 12 inches. The oxbow’s clarity ranges from 1 to 3 feet. Clarity can change dramatically in just a few hours with high winds. All boat ramps on the lake, along Little River and below the dam are open. The largemouth bass bite continues to improve with the near return of the lake to normal conservation pool and reduced current in Little River. The best bass bite varies from early to mid-morning, then again later in the day, in mid- to late afternoon. Large bass have pulled out to slightly deeper water and are biting well on jigs, worms, Brush Hogs, Bass Assassin Shads, frogs, buzzbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Firetiger War Eagle spinnerbaits are working well for stained water and spot remover colors work best in clearer water; Rat-L-Trap s in Spring Bream, Millwood Magic, and shad pattern colors seem to draw the best reactions from bass. Also, 10-inch Yum Worms in Peanut Butter ’N Jelly, plum or black are working well. Work jigs and worms in slightly deeper areas and ditches, creek channels around stumps and laydowns in the 7- to 9-foot zone. In clear water, try Bass Assassin trick worms in watermelon red or red bug colors, Shad Assassins in gold shiner, black shad and salt and pepper silver phantom colors and Salty Rat Tails in green pumpkin or watermelon red. The frog bite is improving as lily pads bloom. The clearest water holding these new pad growths are the best spots to work your top-water frogs. Any pad stand with creek channels swinging near and/or into the pads are high target areas. White bass are good on jigging spoons in 30 to 40 feet deep holes on Little River. Crappie continue to bite extremely well around cypress trees from 2 to 7 feet deep on tiny hair jigs in the clearest water you can find. Try Southern Pro tubes or hair jigs in white, chartreuse, or hot pink or small Rocket Shads and Blakemore Roadrunners. Blue and channel catfish are biting well on redworms, Catfish Charlie and chicken livers in 14 to18 feet of Little River on outer break lines in current. Yo-yos baited with bream from 8 to 9 feet deep are also producing.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.84 MSL (Flood pool – 548 MSL).
Lakeside Grocery and Bait (870-398-5304) said the water is clear in deeper water. Surface temperature is 84 degrees. Bream are good on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows from 15 to 20 feet deep near brush piles. Bass are good on plastic worms and jigs early in the morning and late in the evening. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Walleye are poor.
Cossatot River State Park
The state park said the water level has fallen. Brightly-colored Rooster Tails, Beetle Spins, and shallow crankbaits are effective in the mornings and evenings. Try Carolina-rigged worms, Gitzits and jigs during the middle of the day for deeper smallmouth bass.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 406.80 feet MSL (Flood pool – 408 MSL).
Local angler George Graves said the lake is clear and surface temperatures are in the mid-80s. Bass are good on Zara Spooks, 3-inch swimbaits and Lucky Craft Sammys off of the main lake points and from mid-lake to the dam early in the morning. Try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or jig with a Green Pumpkin trailer later in the morning from 10 to 20 feet deep. Crappie are good on 2-inch Tennessee shad-colored jigs around brush piles from18 to 20 feet deep. Move slowly over attractors at the mouths of spawning coves and off of main lake points. Hybrids are fair on jigging spoons, in-line spinners and swimbaits fished 20 feet deep early in the morning in the Iron Mountain area. Bream are good on redworms and crickets from 5 to 8 feet deep near shorelines with cover. Blue and flathead catfish are fair on long lines and noodles baited with bream and big minnows at night near Point 10 and Brushy Creek areas; channel catfish prefer stinkbait and nightcrawlers.