Weekly Fishing Report
This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for Feb. 27, 2019. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email [email protected] with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news.
(updated 2-27-2019) Sharon at Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) says clarity is not muddy anymore and is pretty clear throughout. No surface water temperature was reported. The level is high, up 3.5 feet. The big news from Atkins was the 9.13-pound largemouth bass hauled in on Monday. Bass overall are picking up with good reports from anglers. A spinnerbait was the bait used on the lunker catch, and that’s the way to go, Sharon says. Crappie reports are poor, as is the bream action. Nothing reported on catfish or white bass.
Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)
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(updated 2-27-2019) Shane Goodner, owner of Catcher All Guide Service, reports that heavy rainfall has forced Entergy to run very heavy generation through our area dams to bring Lake Ouachita down out of flood pool. This process has been ongoing and will continue with the added rainfall of the past several days. Fast flows combined with open flood gates below Carpenter Dam have created treacherous conditions in the tailrace. As reported last week, fishermen and boaters alike should stay off the water below Carpenter Dam until stable conditions return to the area. This will take days if not weeks to occur. While thousands of rainbow trout are present along with hundreds of spawning walleye, no fishing trip is worth risking your personal safety. Muddy water disguises water depth and underwater hazards, which doubles the danger factor from the dam to the bridge. Safe boating and fishing will return to the area when the present danger has passed.
(updated 2-27-2019) Charles Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-647-9945) had no report.
(updated 2-20-2019) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas born-and-bred Xpress all-welded aluminum fishing boats in Hot Springs, reports Lake Hamilton’s water level still below normal pool by 3-5 feet throughout. Water temps have dropped into the 45-degree area and clarity is pretty good considering the amount of rain over the last week. All species are lethargic in their actions but some are still doing very well if you can withstand the cold and wind. Bass are fair and hanging off main lake points (usually on rocks that hold heat). Fish are varying in range from 25-50 feet (sometimes deeper) and suspended. Use jigging spoons, football jigs and drop-shot rigs in natural colors (crawdads and olives) to go after them. Bites are slow and sluggish, so be patient. Walleye and hybrids will mix in with the bass waiting for forage to come down the main channels. Crappie are really excellent right now over brushtops near creek and main channels in about 30-45 feet of water. Look for vertical piles and structures (even docks). The fish seem to want some good height in the structure right now. You can really hammer them home on the slip cork rig with a split shot and unweighted hook tipped with a minnow. The corks will just slowly slip away from sight or drift away in a nontypical way. Some really nice fish are being taken in the area and especially before weather fronts push through! “Good luck and GoGreeson!”
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 354.81 feet msl (full pool: 342.00 feet msl).
(updated 2-27-2019) Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) said the lake is still 11 feet high and the clarity is dingy. Surface water temperature on Tuesday midmorning was 45 degrees. The bass tournament scheduled on Nimrod on Sunday went on as planned, with 13.38 pounds (five fish) winning the event. The bass bite for regular angers is good. They say that blue/blue jerkbaits and jigs are working best. Catfish are fair on shad. Crappie reports were fair. Bream are poor. Nothing reported on white bass.
(updated 2-27-2019) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the lake is still dingy and at a high level, and they say no one is fishing. No reports.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 579.17 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).
(updated 2-27-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are good. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and crankbaits fished on main and secondary lake points or in creek channels working. Meanwhile, walleye are making their spawning run. Small lipless crankbaits and hair jigs tipped with a minnow should be best. Try areas just above and below the first shoal on the rivers and major creeks. Stripers are still fair and picking up. Major creek mouths and main lake points on the western end of the lake are the best for these fish. No report on bream. Crappie are still slow and being caught with jigs or minnows in 20-30 feet of water near brush. No report on catfish. Water temperature is ranging 48-52 degrees and the clarity is clearing. The lake level is at 579.21 feet msl, a little more than a foot over normal pool. Contact the Mountain Harbor guides – Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717; Chris Darby, 870-867-7822; and Jerry Bean, 501-282-6104 – for more information.
Blue Mountain Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 399.14 feet msl (full pool: 384.00 feet msl).