Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
(updated 3-14-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) reported the clarity is stained and the surface temperature on Tuesday was 54 degrees. Water level is normal. Crappie are good around the Highway 89 bridge and in Gold Creek. Use minnows or jigs. Bream are fair around brush piles in 4 feet of water. Use worms or crickets. Bass are excellent. You’ll find best reactions near the shoreline. Use a white spinnerbait or plastic lizards. Catfishing reports are excellent on yo-yos using goldfish.
Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) reports
(updated 2-28-2018) Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) reports that fishing is good on jigs or minnows. Crappie are at 2-6 feet depth. All other species are slow.
Little Red River
(updated 3-14-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said that due to Greers Ferry Lake being 8 feet above the normal pool, the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water through the floodgates in addition to the normal two units of generation. This means the flow on the river will be 8,500 to 10,000 cfs. This is about 2,500 to 3,000 cfs above the high-water flow of two units. Please be advised that this is hazardous flow for boating the river, especially in small craft such as canoes, kayaks or small fishing boats. This flow will continue around the clock until such time as the Corps feels that the two-unit generation will take care of the excess. At that time this generation will continue around the clock until the lake gets within a foot of the normal pool. This is not showing on the USACE Little Rock app as of Wednesday. They are just showing the two-generation flow. You can call the power house at 501-362-5150, extension 3, to get the current flow. Normal two-unit flow will be about 6,100 so listen for the current flow at the end of the message.
(updated 3-14-2018) Lowell Myers says that Sore Lip’em All Guide Service reported currently the Little Red River is receiving two units of generation plus release from the spillway gates. This release pattern, or a combination of generators and spillway gates, is expected to continue until the lake level gets down close to seasonal pool. If you choose to fish these conditions, you will want to use long leaders and weight. Concentrate on pools along the banks. Key for both fly-fishing and Trout Magnet fishing during heavy generation is the ability to get and maintain a good presentation of the fly or Trout Magnet. Working shoreline with streamers is also an effective fly-fishing method during high-water conditions. 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 468.67 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 3-7-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.11 feet msl as of Tuesday at 8:26 p.m. That is 8.07 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet msl and is dropping with some generation, and when the generation tops it is going back up 6 more inches or so. With the expected rain coming it should get to 471 feet msl, I presume, so it should hang around 9 feet high for a while. Every day the crappie are on the move to more shallow water. Find the warmest water for the best action associated with the bushes, and dip minnows and jigs around until you run across a fish or so, then really soak your bait in the area for best results. Or you can fan-cast a small grub or crappie sin around the outside edges of the old brush line. The bream are starting to move shallower as well and can be caught in the old brush line tight-lining crickets and crawlers. The bite is slow. The black bass are eating all over the lake in their pre-spawn phase, up real shallow eating jigs and spinnerbaits. In the guts of pockets, slow-roll a spinnerbait. Out in the deeper pockets jerk a jerkbait around in open water over 40-60 feet for suspended fish. A Right Bite tube will work fished vertical in the old brush line, and the deeper fish on the bottom can still be caught on football heads and C-rigs. No report on catfish. The walleye bite is starting to turn good all over with a lot of males eating up the rivers and females eating at night. Since the water has gotten more stable, some fish still headed upriver and the lake fish are moving shallower by the day. Use crankbaits, grubs and minnows on drop-shot rigs for the river fish as well as minnows on jigheads; the lake fish will eat the same baits. The hybrid and white bass are eating well and moving some on various days in the mouths of rivers, upriver and major creeks. Look for them schooled up. They will eat spoons, inline spinners and grubs. The lake fish will eat the same. In most cases, fish vertical. Some shallow fish are showing up to eat horizontal cast baits, so stay around the shad.
Harris Brake Lake
(updated 3-14-2018) Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton reports crappie continue doing well on No. 6 crappie minnows.
(updated 3-7-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said the water level is high by about 3 feet. Clarity is muddy but improving. Bass are doing well around brushtops and structure. Use topwater baits and plastic worms. Bream are slow but should start picking up. Catfish are being caught on jugs and yo-yos with bass minnows and shad. Crappie are doing good on yo-yos at night with No. 4 and No. 6 minnows in 4-6 feet of water. Still a little early on the spawn, water temperatures are 53 to 55 degrees.
(updated 2-28-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the clarity is stained and the water level is high. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fair on chartreuse jigs. No reports on bass, catfish or any other species.
(updated 3-14-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said the lake is still dropping this week and water temperature from the marina is 53 degrees and about 55 degrees at west end. Black bass fishing is slow. With water temps in the mid-50s and on the rise, some of the black bass are moving out of the pre-spawn areas. Try using crankbaits, jerkbaits and jigs in 6-10 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. Saturday’s Fourche Valley Bass Club results saw 15.22 pounds (5 bass) win, with 13-plus pounds getting second. Also the same day, the ABA North Arkansas Division 50 Tournament fished Maumelle, with Paul Browning catching 9.9 pounds to win. Kentucky bass are slow. For the most part, the spots are still a little deeper than the largemouths. Try the main lake, rocky shoreline or points with a crankbait or jig for best results. White bass are slow. Less reports coming in on the whites the past two weeks. Use Rooster Trails, CC Spoons, deep-diving Bandits, and Bombers for whites. Crappie are slow. With the water level falling this past week it is making it a tough crappie bite. More reports coming in of them being found scattered in different depths anywhere from 5 to 20 feet. No reports coming in on bream or catfish still.
(updated 3-14-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said crappie are fair in 12-14 feet of water. Use pink and chartreuse jigs or minnows. No other reports.
(updated 3-14-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said that with spring break coming up, more than likely it will be stocked with catfish. It hasn't been stocked since last September. But she has had reports of a few people catching catfish using nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. Crappie are being caught on No. 6 crappie minnows and pink crappie minnows. So far, small ones being reported.
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated 3-14-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said she hears that this past weekend it was packed. A lot of people knew about the front one that they call Lake Norma, but didn't know if you go on through Bishop Park to the back you will find Lake Charles. This one has been doing well on crappie using No. 6 crappie minnows. People are telling me of catching some fair-size crappie, and some said they have caught a lot of little ones. Some small to fair-size catfish have been caught as well, also on No. 6 crappie minnows as well as nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass have been good on No. 12 bass minnows and spinnerbaits.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 3-14-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said a few walleye have been reported caught off of brooder minnows, along with Kentucky bass and smallmouth. Some catfish have been caught off of brooder minnows and chicken livers.
In areas near her, Lisa has heard from customers about hot fishing at Harris Brake, Lake Hamilton and Peckerwood Lake. Lots of her No. 6 crappie minnows have been doing great on the crappie in these lakes, she said.
(updated 3-14-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said very nice crappie were being caught on No. 6 crappie minnows . Kalin's 2-inch Triple Threat Grubs in the Tennessee Shad and Bleeding Tennessee Shad colors have also done well on the crappie. Bass are good on No. 12 bass minnows and brooders. Catfish are doing fair on chicken livers and nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. A few big bream have been caught off of crickets.
(updated 3-14-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bass have been plentiful using No. 12 bass minnows. Catfish are doing well on bait shrimp and nightcrawlers. No report of crappie; should be doing good pretty soon, though. She hasn’t heard on the walleye, but they are in there.
Arkansas River at Morrilton
(updated 3-14-2018) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) had no report.
Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)
(updated 3-14-2018) Professional angler Cody Kelley with Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282) had no report.
Little Maumelle River
(updated 3-14-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the clarity is stained and the surface temperature was in the mid-50s. Water level was low. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs. Bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. No other reports.
(updated 3-14-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said crappie are fair around jetty points. Use white and chartreuse jigs. Bass are fair on chartreuse and black crankbaits and black buzz baits. No other reports.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 3-14-2018) Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water level and current have returned to normal. The water is muddy. Surface water temperature is low 50s. Bream reports were good on worms. Crappie are good on red and chartreuse jigs. Bass are good. Anglers were using black and blue Sweet Beaver. Catfishing is good on stink bait.
(updated 3-14-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie are excellent. Red chartreuse jigs or minnows are working great. Fish around the bank. Surface water temperature was 50 degrees. Bass are also excellent around the banks. Jigs were working best. No other reports.
(updated 3-14-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said it had no reports.
Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)
(updated 3-14-2018) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water remains stained and the level and current are high. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows or black and green jigs. Bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. No reports on catfish.
(updated 3-14-2018) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reported the water is stained and the surface water temperature is in the 50s. The level is normal. Crappie reports are good. Anglers were using both minnows and jigs. Bass are good on crankbaits. Catfishing is good on yo-yos, cut bait and goldfish.