Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Conway will be in effect through March 1, 2019. The irrigation restriction will allow the AGFC to apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides to treat and reduce the spread of alligator weed, a non-native, invasive aquatic plant. Herbicides used will not cause harm to aquatic organisms, such as fish, and are not harmful to people or wildlife that may come into contact with treated vegetation or water. Herbicides that will be used have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. Therefore, the AGFC strongly recommends adjacent landowners DO NOT irrigate water from Lakes Conway for lawn or garden use during this period.
(updated 6-6-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) says the water is stained and the surface water temperature hit 90 degrees. Water level is normal. Bream are moving out from the shoreline. Anglers report the bite being fair on worms or crickets. Crappie are fair, with the best activity around the Arkansas Highway 89 bridge or in Gold Creek. Fish in 6-8 feet depth with minnows or jigs. Bass are good. Anglers report using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater plugs and plastic worms. Catfish are good on cut bait and worms.
(updated 6-6-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said bream are excellent. Anglers were fishing the piers and looking for the bite in 4-8 feet depth with redworms and crickets. Bass were fair. They’re active in the grass beds at a depth of 3-4 feet. Use a crankbait.
Little Red River
(updated 6-6-2018) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said Tuesday the Little Red River is receiving a few hours of early afternoon and/or evening generation. This schedule pattern provides great wading opportunities on the upper river in mornings and lower river in afternoons. For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends soft hackles, midges, sowbugs and streamers. Red and cotton-candy-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. Remember to practice your best boating, canoeing/kayaking and wading etiquette and be safe while enjoying the Little Red River. 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.
(updated 5-24-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said that due to local heavy rain below the dam, the river is muddy today (May 24) from mid-river to lower river. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has requested an increase in the generation due to a slight rise in the lake. This generation starting today (Thursday) should help clear the river for Friday and through the weekend. Hopefully the area will miss any heavy rain. The generation will be 2 units in the afternoon hours. This will be for about 6 hours each afternoon. Morning canoeing and kayaking should be the best time, and all boaters and fisherman should check the schedule and be prepared for this rise each day. Please take care when this generation reaches your area of the river. Never approach the upstream end of the docks because of the undertow created by the current. The current in the river increases drastically when the generated water reaches your area. All types of boating should take extra care in the generated water. Greg says, “We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Be safe and courteous and enjoy the river.”
Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.70 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 6-6-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry is at 462.77 feet msl, 0.23 feet above normal pool for this time of year of 462.54 feet and staying around that level. The black bass fishing is good all over the lake for all three species. There’s a lot of topwater action in places and some still on the bank spawning and/or guarding fry, some mid-depth and some deeper eating Texas rigged or C-rigged worms, lizards or football heads. Texas-rigged lizards up shallow or crank baits mid-depths are working best. Some crappie are still spawning down lake, and the rest are over around brush piles or pole timber or just roaming eating jigs minnows or Road Runners and crankbaits in 10-16 feet of water. Catfish are eating a variety of baits on all sorts of fishing rigs. The flatheads will be in full spawn by the next full moon. Bream are very active coming off one of the first spawns, eating crickets, crawlers, small crankbaits and inline spinners from right on the bank out to 12 feet of water. Walleye are eating crawlers fished several different kinds of ways; pick your style and you should catch some on small chunk-rock flats in 10-18 feet of water. The hybrid and white bass are eating well all over the lake on swimbaits, inline spinners and spoons throughout the day and night. Just stay around the shad and they will be close by in 20-50 feet of water.
Harris Brake Lake
(updated 6-6-2018) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear. Surface water temperature is 92 degrees, with a normal level. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie reports have been poor. Bass are fair early in the morning and late in the day; use spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good on worms or blood bait.
NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Overcup will be in effect through March 1, 2019. The irrigation restriction will allow the AGFC to apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides to treat and reduce the spread of alligator weed, a non-native, invasive aquatic plant. Herbicides used will not cause harm to aquatic organisms, such as fish, and are not harmful to people or wildlife that may come into contact with treated vegetation or water. Herbicides that will be used have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. Therefore, the AGFC strongly recommends adjacent landowners DO NOT irrigate water from Lakes Overcup for lawn or garden use during this period.
(updated 5-31-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said water level is about normal, clarity is dark and surface temperature is 83 degrees. Crappie are being caught in deeper water fishing 3-6 feet deep using jigs and minnows. Bass are chasing the new spawn of shad and hitting topwater baits. Catfish are being caught at night with rod and reels using nightcrawlers and minnows. Bream are slow but should start picking up. Anglers are catching some good ones, but having to work for them. “Come see us at Overcup Lake off Highway 9.”
(updated 6-6-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said it is hot – the temperature, not necessarily the fishing, though that seems good right now. The water temperature is hot, in the 76-80 degree range, while the water level is normal. The clarity is dingy. Bream are bedded up. You can get a good bite from bream around the brush piles on worms or crickets. Crappie are very active; Larry says you can catch all you want. The reports have been good, with the bite at 12-18 feet depth. Use minnows or jigs and work the brushtops. Bass are good around the shoreline in 8-12 feet depth. Throw a spinnerbait or work a plastic worm in those depths. Catfishing is good. Noodlers are pulling them up, and around the bank you can catch all the catfish you want, Larry says.
(updated 6-6-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said black bass are excellent. With water temps in the 80s the black bass are moving out of the spawn areas. Some are just outside of the grass. Try using Zoom Trick Worms, crankbaits, jerkbaits and jigs in 6-8 feet and 10-15 feet of water. A few can also be caught in shallow water on Pop-Rs, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. They will bite more during dusk and at dawn. The dusk anglers in the Tuesday bass tournament enjoyed a nice bite, with Brad LeQuiea and Cody Bryant hauling in a winning stringer of 10.1 pounds. The top four teams all caught more than 8.2 pounds and 13 boats out of 21 weighed stringers over 6 pounds. Joey Hutchinson and Randal Clark landed the Big Bass of 4.44 pounds. There are some big ones out there. Kentucky bass are good. They are off the grass line and also about 8-12 feet deep. Rocky shoreline or points are best with a crankbait or jig. White bass are good. There have been a few reports of whites schooling but not staying up for long. Use Rooster Tails, CC Spoons, deep-diving Bandits, and Bombers. The crappie bite is good. More reports of crappie being found near brush piles and structures anywhere from 12-15 feet deep. Try using spider rigs and minnows early in the morning or later in the evening. Bream are good. They’re being caught around their beds and brush piles. Try using crickets, worms or jigs anywhere from 3-12 feet depth. Catfishing is excellent. More reports this week of the channel cats starting to move out and the blues coming in. Use stink bait and bream around 8-10 feet and 20 feet deep. They had another 40-pound catfish caught last week off the shoreline.
(updated 6-6-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said crappie are reported biting fair. They’re in 5-10 feet depth and around brush piles. Minnows are working best.
(updated 5-31-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said the crappie bite is fair around brush piles and rocky points. Fish minnows in about 5-10 feet depth for best results. Water level and current are normal.
(updated 6-6-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said some anglerse have been catching some dandy bass on big brooder minnows and live crawfish. Scum frogs have been doing well on them, too. Crappie are fair but deep on pink minnows and Kalin's Tennessee Shad-colored jigs. Catfish have been hitting on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bream been great on crickets and redworms, some off the pier and on the bridge going to the other side of the lake. The stocking chart shows May 8 is still the last time Sunset was stocked (you can Google Stocked ponds – Arkansas Game and Fish and click on that to see last time all of the AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program stocked ponds were stocked). For regulations for Sunset Lake, look at the bottom of Page 69 of the 2017-2018 ”Arkansas Fishing Guidebook.”
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated 6-6-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said Zoom Red Shad plastic worms do well on the front one they call Lake Norma that sits by the road on the left side of the park. A few bream being caught as well on crickets. The back one called Lake Charles (that you see going into the park when pass the buildings and the ball fields) usually does better on the crappie on the No. 6 crappie minnows as well as the catfish, too, on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bass have been caught on No. 12 bass minnows and also some crankbaits.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 6-6-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bass have been great on big brooder minnows and live crawfish as well as small Rebel crawfish. Crappie been slow on No. 6 crappie minnows. Catfish have been good on trotlines using black salties and goldfish. Bream have been good on crickets.