April 23, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 23 April, the lake level has almost returned to normal, and is approx 5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 259.6 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 5,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 232 ft-msl. Water temps continued improving over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE has completed clean up on most Millwood Lake Campgrounds, and a most all are now open.  Most all boat ramps, are now open including Millwood State Park, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.  ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 58ºF early to 65ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are improved over the past week, but remain stained in places, especially up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River continue to improve, are not quite as stained or muddy as the upper regions of Little River and Saline River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 10-15 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass continue in varying degrees of the spawn, most areas of Millwood this week.  Upriver Largemouths continue to finish their spawn rituals, and areas along the main lake remain pre-spawn.  Most Largemouth Bass have been excellent over the past few weeks with the continually warming ambient conditions, from 3 lbs each, up to around 9 pounds each.  Tournaments over the past few week on Millwood Lake have given up numerous Largemouths at weigh-in's from 6 to over 11 pounds each.  Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Sweet Beavers, Trick worms, and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook, and Rat-L-Traps all continue working well.  Black and June Bug soft plastic frogs are working in new lily pad stands.   War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, near flooded bushes, buck brush, and vegetation continue working well, over the past couple weeks for good Bass in the 3-7 pound class. Most of these Bass continue roaming in and out of bedding areas, cruising in 4-9 feet of depth.

Shallow running squarebill crankbaits, and Echo 1.75's deflecting and banging them into and off stumps, from 3-5 feet deep, and were taking a few fat bass around 15-19" in length.  War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working near cypress trees, stumps, new lily pad stands, and vegetation, all from 2-6 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Rayburn Red Craw, Bold Bluegill, and Ghost have been the go-to colors.  Rat-L-Traps in Toledo Gold and Millwood Magic will get reactions from 15-18" Bass over the past couple weeks.

Soft plastic Lizards, Brush Hogs, and Beaver Bugs are all working very well near bedding flats, close proximity to creek channel depths, around stumps and flooded buck brush, and continue picking up nice Largemouths from 3-7 pounds this week.  Best lizard colors for the past couple weeks working best are South African Special, PB&J, Watermelon Candy, black/blue, and June bug colors.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer continue working on pre-spawn fish near Cypress trees from 4-9 feet deep.  Best colors drawing good reactions from spawning Bass over the past few weeks continue working are Black/purple, Candy Bug, or Texas Craw, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer, with the current water clarity.

White Bass:  Whites and Hybrids were running in the Saline River above Cottonshed Campground, for the past few weeks.  Chuck'nSpins, Little Georges, Roostertails, Rocketshads, and 1/2 oz Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns were getting really good reactions from the Whites, and limits caught in under an hour in the Saline River.  Whites have almost finished their spawning runs now, up Little River headwaters, and are wrapping up in the Saline River as well, and slowed this week in those areas.

Crappie:  Continue to be caught and biting well in the oxbows, up Little River away from current, on Cypress trees.  Crappie were reacting very aggressively hitting on jigs and minnows both, over the past few weeks near base of cypress trees from 1-3 feet deep. 

Cats:  The Cats remain very good on trot lines using almost any cut bait like shad, buffalo, or trash fish, in current along Little River from 8-15 feet of depth.

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****  Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 58ºF early to 65ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 5" inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.6 ft-msl and falling (as of Monday) with current and discharge near 5,000 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 232 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is improving, moderate stain, but muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility is muddy up river, but improving further down to the main lake, the river clarity ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

April 23, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
Another crazy week of weather on Norfork Lake. We had some warm days but the wind was from the east for four days and it blew out all the bait and dirty water from the creeks. So as fishing got better the latter part of the week, catching bait became harder. The first part of the week fishing was slow but by week's end the stripers and hybrids were more active. We are still fishing the Big Creek area but we are now catching stripers on the main lake points later in the morning after the wind picks up. I caught three days of limits for my clients with the biggest striper being 22 lbs which was released after some nice photos. We are still using long lines with just a small split shot and planner boards with short leaders. The planner board baits are usually 8” to 10” gizzard shad that is kept right at the surface. The more wind you have the better chance you have of catching a big fish. Each day we have multiple strikes on these baits but few hookups since it takes a lot of time and skill to set the hook and play the fish. The best baits have been 3” to 5” gizzard shad. We use these baits since they last a long time on the hook and can take repeated hits and still stay alive compared to a threadfin shad that will die on the first hit. Stripers are also being caught up near Twin Coves and around the Crystal Cove. The topwater bite has yet to begin but if the weather continues to kept warming the lake it will not be long. The night bite should also pick up as the nights are staying warmer which keeps the water warmer.

April 20, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 4/21/2018

During the past week, we have had no rain, warm temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals rose one and five tenths feet to rest at six and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is twenty nine and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell four tenths of a foot to rest at seasonal power pool and sixteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at seven feet above seasonal power pool and two and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had less generation and some wadable water. Norfork Lake rose three tenths of a foot to rest at five and eight tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty one and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and some wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above the top of power pool. With the quick rise in the lakes due to our recent heavy rains we can expect heavy generation in the near future.

The White has fished better. There are some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are navigable and less stained. As the water warms, the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially and has fished much better. There have been some nice caddis hatches that have fished well. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared but it is not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is navigable and less stained. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soles that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

April 18, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.93 feet and trying to come up, it is 0.89 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet ,it should stay a little over or at pool unless we get a lot of rain. The cold nights have really spread the fish and spawn out this year, most species are still scattered from super shallow out to 50 feet of water the more stable forecasts and warmer nights should get everything kind of to normal soon.

The Crappie fishing is up and down ,with some biting better during the middle of the day, some late in the day and some early morning ,they are eating minnows and jigs, beetle spins from 1 foot out to 20 feet.

The Bream are showing up more shallow along with the turtles now, and will eat small crank baits, in-line spinners, the deeper fish will eat crickets out to 20 feet.

The  Walleye are starting to get together in numbers in the main lake, with a few stragglers still up some creeks and rivers, try dragging live baits on jig heads and minnows on rocky flats15-25 feet deep.

The Black basses are eating a variety of baits and scattered everywhere ,some have spawned some have not, when looking for deeper fish stay around the bait and the shallow fish can be caught around anything sticking up in the water or in guts leading up to that on plastics.

No report on catfish.

The Hybrid and White bass bits is still going on up the rivers and creeks, as for up as you can get, and they are scattered from their all back down the lake on various spots, bends ,humps etc,try live bait,spoons,in-line spinners and swim baits.

April 17, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 16 April, the lake level climbed with all the recent thunderstorms, and is approx 24 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 261.5 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 22,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 247 ft-msl. Water temps continued improving over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE has completed clean up on most Millwood Lake Campgrounds, and a most all are now open.  Most all boat ramps, are now open including Millwood State Park, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.  ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 58ºF early to 65ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the upper regions of Little River and Saline River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 6-9 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass continue in varying degrees of the spawn, most areas of Millwood this week.  Upriver Largemouths continue to finish their spawn rituals, and areas along the main lake remain pre-spawn.  Most Largemouth Bass have been very good to excellent over the past few weeks with the continually warming ambient conditions, from 3 lbs each, up to around 9 pounds each.  Tournaments over the past few week on Millwood Lake have given up numerous Largemouths at weigh-in's from 6 to over 11 pounds each.  Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Sweet Beavers, Trick worms, and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook, and Rat-L-Traps all continue working well.  Black and June Bug soft plastic frogs are working in new lily pad stands.   War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, near flooded bushes, buck brush, and vegetation continue working well, over the past couple weeks for good Bass in the 3-7 pound class. Most of these Bass continue roaming in and out of bedding areas, cruising in 4-9 feet of depth.

Shallow running squarebill crankbaits, and Echo 1.75's deflecting and banging them into and off stumps, from 3-5 feet deep, and were taking a few fat bass around 15-19" in length.  War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working near cypress trees, stumps, new lily pad stands, and vegetation, all from 2-6 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Rayburn Red Craw, Bold Bluegill, and Ghost have been the go-to colors.  Rat-L-Traps in Red Chrome, Red Shad and Toledo Gold all continue to get reactions from 15-18" Bass over the past couple weeks.

Soft plastic Lizards, Brush Hogs, and Beaver Bugs are all working very well near bedding flats, close proximity to creek channel depths, around stumps and flooded buck brush, and continue picking up nice Largemouths from 3-7 pounds this week.  Best lizard colors for the past couple weeks working best are South African Special, PB&J, Watermelon Candy, black/blue, and June bug colors.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer continue working on pre-spawn fish near Cypress trees from 4-9 feet deep.  Best colors drawing good reactions from spawning Bass over the past few weeks continue working are Black/purple, Candy Bug, or Texas Craw, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer, with the current water clarity.

White Bass:  Whites and Hybrids were running in the Saline River above Cottonshed Campground, for the past few weeks.  Chuck'nSpins, Little Georges, Roostertails, Rocketshads, and 1/2 oz Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns were getting really good reactions from the Whites, and limits caught in under an hour in the Saline River.  Whites have almost finished their spawning runs now, up Little River headwaters, and are wrapping up in the Saline River as well, and slowed this week in those areas.

Crappie:  Continue to be caught and biting well in the oxbows, up Little River away from current, on Cypress trees.  Crappie were reacting very aggressively hitting on jigs and minnows both, over the past few weeks near base of cypress trees from 1-3 feet deep. 

Cats:  The Cats remain very good on trot lines using almost any cut bait like shad, buffalo, or trash fish, in current along Little River from 8-15 feet of depth.

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****  Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 58ºF early to 65ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 24" inches above normal conservation pool, at 261.5 ft-msl and falling (as of Monday) with current and discharge near 22,000 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 247 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility is muddy and rolling up river, but further down to the main lake, the river clarity ranges 6-9 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

April 15, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
Another crazy week of Norfork Lake weather that produced lots of inconsistent patterns. We started the week cold and with good fishing. As the week wore on, we had lots of high winds, bad storms, rising water, high boat traffic, and slower fishing. We ended the week with cold weather but better fishing. We were catching good numbers of stripers up in Big Creek from Woods Point to 1C all last week and weekend. The lake level was consistent then the they opened the spillways about 1 foot and that changed the current in the lake and drew the fish out of the creeks. The stripers were still in the area but quit biting. I spent one morning fishing there and realized what was happening and moved to Point 1 and began catching stripers. The pattern stayed that way until Thursday when they closed the spillway. The fish were still inactive but then did start biting later in the morning in Big Creek again. Friday it picked up and Saturday Sean caught 13 stripers on planner boards with only a 6' leader near the shore. I on the other hand had only caught 3 but the fish were there. You just had to be at the right spot along a bluff wall to catch them. Once this cold spell moves out we should see better action as the lake warms up and we get some consistent weather. Greg at Hand Cove Resort reports the night bite is still happening although the weather has greatly affected the bite. He expects it to be more consistent by the end of the this week. I have seen some surface action the last two days which means the topwater action is not far behind. Better sharpen those hooks for some reel ripping action.

April 13, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 4/13/2018

During the past week, we have had a minor rain event (less than a quarter of an inch here in Cotter), warm temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell two and one tenth feet to rest at four and six tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty one and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell two and one tenth feet to rest at four tenths of a foot above seasonal power pool and fifteen and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose one tenth of a foot to rest at seven and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool and two and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had heavy generation and no wadable water. Norfork Lake fell seven tenths of a foot to rest at five and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty one and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had heavy generation and no wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above the top of power pool. With the quick rise in the lakes due to our recent heavy rains we can expect heavy generation in the near future.

The White has fished better. There are some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are navigable and less stained. As the water warms, the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has still fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared but it is not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is navigable and less stained. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soles that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

April 10, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.00 it is .04 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet at the moment. The catching getting better and better with the more steady weather and longer days.

The Crappie are on some inside bushes and outside edges and some in and around brush piles out deeper, try using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows dabbed around different places until you get bit and then concentrate around every piece of cover, some fish are still hanging around the pole timber and can be caught reeling a beetle spin real slow.

The walleye ,river fish are on the move and lake fish are eating better every day try dragging minnows on a jig head or drop shot on flats 10-20 feet deep on chunk rock flats.

No report on Catfish.

The Hybrid and white bass bite is good throughout the day and now some night catching is happening in the rivers and creeks, in the main lake concentrate around the shad for the best catching, try spoons, in-line spinners, grubs and live bait.

The bass fishing is good over all, with some days better than others of course they are scattered everywhere from on beds out to 40 feet of water and can be caught with a variety of baits.

No report on Bream.

April 10, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 9 April, the lake level dropped slightly, and is approx 12 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 260.2 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 18,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 245 ft-msl. Water temps continued improving over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE has completed clean up on most Millwood Lake Campgrounds, and a most all are now open.  Most all boat ramps, are now open including Millwood State Park, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.  ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 58ºF early to 65ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the upper regions of Little River and Saline River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 6-9 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are in varying degrees of the spawn, lake wide.  Upriver Largemouths are beginning to finish their spawn rituals, and areas along the main lake remain pre-spawn.  Most Largemouth Bass have been very good to excellent over the past few weeks with the continually warming ambient conditions, from 3 lbs each, up to around 9 pounds each.  Tournaments over the past few weeks on Millwood Lake have given up numerous Largemouths at weigh-in's from 6 to 9.5 pounds each.  Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Sweet Beavers, Trick worms, and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook, and Rat-L-Traps all continue working well.  Black and June Bug soft plastic frogs are working in new lily pad stands.   War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, near flooded bushes, buck brush, and vegetation continue working well, over the past couple weeks for good Bass in the 3-7 pound class. Most of these Bass continue roaming in and out of bedding areas, cruising in 4-9 feet of depth.

Shallow running squarebill crankbaits, and Echo 1.75's deflecting and banging them into and off stumps, from 3-5 feet deep, and were taking a few fat bass around 15-19" in length.  War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working near cypress trees, stumps, new lily pad stands, and vegetation, all from 2-6 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Rayburn Red Craw, Bold Bluegill, and Ghost have been the go-to colors.  Rat-L-Traps in Red Chrome, Red Shad and Toledo Gold all continue to get reactions from 15-18" Bass over the past couple weeks.

Soft plastic Lizards, Brush Hogs, and Beaver Bugs are all working very well near bedding flats, close proximity to creek channel depths, around stumps and flooded buck brush, and continue picking up nice Largemouths from 3-7 pounds this week.  Best lizard colors for the past couple weeks working best are South African Special, PB&J, Watermelon Candy, black/blue, and June bug colors.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer continue working on pre-spawn fish near Cypress trees from 4-9 feet deep.  Best colors drawing good reactions from spawning Bass over the past few weeks continue working are Black/purple, Candy Bug, or Texas Craw, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer, with the current water clarity.

White Bass:  Whites and Hybrids were running in the Saline River above Cottonshed Campground, for the past few weeks.  Chuck'nSpins, Little Georges, Roostertails, Rocketshads, and 1/2 oz Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns were getting really good reactions from the Whites, and limits caught in under an hour in the Saline River.  Whites have almost finished their spawning runs now, up Little River headwaters, and are wrapping up in the Saline River as well, and slowed this week in those areas.

Crappie:  Continue to be caught and biting well in the oxbows, up Little River away from current, on Cypress trees.  Crappie were reacting very aggressively hitting on jigs and minnows both, over the past week near base of cypress trees from 1-3 feet deep. 

Cats:  The Cats remain very good on trot lines using almost any cut bait like shad, buffalo, or trash fish, in current along Little River from 8-15 feet of depth.

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****  Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 58ºF early to 65ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 12" inches above normal conservation pool, at 260.2 ft-msl and falling (as of Monday) with current and discharge near 18,000 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 245 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility is muddy and rolling up river, but further down to the main lake, the river clarity ranges 6-9 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

April 8, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
Well we started April with cold, rain, and snow on Norfork Lake. I figured striper fishing would be dead until we started getting warmer weather and south winds. The direct opposite happened I had a trip on Monday and caught over 12 stripers and hybrids in 2 different spots using 2 different techniques. Sean fished Wednesday and caught over 18 stripers using just downlines in 25' of water. Both Sean and I fished Saturday and Sunday and we caught over 40 stripers and hybrids. The main difference is how we fish for stripers in the spring and now.

Usually we fish using small split shots on long lines and free line planner boards. The stripers by now are very shallow and aggressive, they were that way the week before but with the rain and cold they went deep. We are now catching them just like we catch them in the summer, 3 oz weights set 1' off the bottom. When you find them they are very aggressive.

We have had triples on many times this week. Look for stripers half way up the creek along the channel in 50' and keep moving shallow until you find them. Look for them in the Cranfield, Bennett's, and Big Creek areas. Look at the points and sharp turns along bluff walls half way up the creeks.

Kevin. a guest of Hand Cove Resort, boated a 35 pound 39 inch striper Saturday night in the cold. That tells us a couple of things. First, the night bite is developing. And second, there are some big fish in Norfork Lake's Big Creek area.

Greg at Hand Cove Resort reports the night bite is happening although it has been a little sporadic. It will be very good for a few nights, and then quit for a few. He expects it to be more consistent by the end of the coming week. That means the topwater action is not far behind. Better sharpen those hooks for some reel ripping action.

This past Saturday I experience a series of first for me. When we left the marina we had a strong north wind, heavy snow and bitter cold. I would have never believed we would catch fish left and right for over 2 hours. I had lines break because the rod eyes were froze and the line was cut when we hooked a fish. I have never fished in April where I was colder than I was in December when it was 14 degrees when I started fishing.

April 6, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 4/06/2018

During the past week, we have had several rain events (combined for a half inch here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wins advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals rose three feet to rest at six and seven tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is twenty nine and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell one and one tenth feet to rest at two and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool and thirteen and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose two and six tenths feet to rest at seven feet above seasonal power pool and two and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had heavy generation and no wadable water. Norfork Lake rose two and three tenths feet to rest at five and eight tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had heavy generation and no wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above the top of power pool. With the quick rise in the lakes due to our recent heavy rains we can expect heavy generation in the near future.

The White has fished better. There are some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are navigable and off less stained. As the water warms, the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has still fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

 

Dry Run Creek has cleared but it is not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is navigable and less stained. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soles that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

April 3, 2018 - Millwood Lake - As of Monday, 2 April, the lake level dropped slightly, and is approx 10 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 260.1 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 17,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 245 ft-msl. Water temps continued improving over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE has completed clean up on some Millwood Lake Campgrounds, and a few are now open like White Cliffs and Cottonshed, Beard's Bluff is still being worked on.  Most all boat ramps, are now open including Millwood State Park, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.  ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 59ºF early to 67ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 6-9 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass attitudes and feeding continue improving over the past couple weeks with the improvement in surface temps, and many Bass are in spawn mode. Bass have been good over the past week with the warmer conditions, from 3 lbs each, up to around 7 pounds each.  Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, dead-sticking Trick worms and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook, and Rat-L-Traps are working well. New lily pads are in bloom lake wide.   War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, near flooded bushes, buck brush, and vegetation have been working well, over the past couple weeks for good Bass in the 3-7 pound class. Most of these Bass were roaming in and out of bedding areas, cruising in 4-9 feet of depth.

Up river and in oxbows away from muddy Little River current continue showing signs of a spawn with the Largemouth Bass as the water clarity continues to improve.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, still heavy stained.  Deflecting Rat-L-Traps, squarebill crankbaits, and Echo 1.75 crankbaits and banging them into and deflecting off stumps, from 4-9 feet deep, and were taking a few prespawners around 15-19" in length.  The heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working near cypress trees from 7-9 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Rayburn Red Craw, Bold Bluegill, and Ghost have been the go-to colors.  Rat-L-Traps in Red Chrome, Red Shad and Toledo Gold are working for cruising fish this week.

Heavy, fat tubes like the 4" Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Bluegill, Black/blue tail, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail, were getting the best reactions over the past week, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.  Lizards targeting the same areas where stumps and flooded buck brush are present, were picking up a few nice cruising bass from 2-5 pounds this week.  Best lizard colors this week continue working best are black/blue, blackberry, or june bug colors.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer continue working on pre-spawn fish near Cypress trees from 4-9 feet deep.  Best colors seem to be the Black/blue/purple, or Texas Craw, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Texas rigged, Baby Brush hogs continue finding a few 15-18" Bass, in the 4-9 foot depth range, and Junebug-red, watermelon candy, and watermelon red, being good colors with the current water clarity.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids have been running in the Saline River above Cottonshed Campground, for the past couple weeks.  Chuck'nSpins, Little Georges, Roostertails, Rocketshads, and 1/2 oz Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns were getting really good reactions from the Whites, and limits caught in under an hour in the Saline River.

Crappie:  Improved in the oxbows, away from current on Little River.  Crappie were reacting very aggressively hitting on jigs and minnows both, over the past week near base of cypress trees from 2-4 feet deep. 

Cats:  The Cats remain very good on trot lines using Punch bait, cut bait like shad, buffalo, drum and the like, and chicken livers, in current along Little River from 9-12 feet of depth.

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****  Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 59ºF early to 67ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 10" inches above normal conservation pool, at 260.1 ft-msl and falling (as of Monday) with current and discharge near 17,000 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 245 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility is muddy and rolling up river, but further down to the main lake, the river clarity ranges 6-9 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

April 3, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.95 and falling it is 0.91 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet, and will continue to fall with generation. The catching is on and off hour to hour ,day to day with all the fronts coming and going through the state.

The Crappie, some are in the bushes, some are on outside of bushes and some out deeper all of them can be caught with jigs or minnows or a combination of both. Bream no report.

The Black basses are chewing good off and on, getting ready to spawn, use spinner baits, crank baits and plastics up shallow,mid- depth use jig heads and jigs, the deeper fish can still be caught on a c-rig or football headed jig.

Catfish no-report.

Walleye ,most of the river fish have finished their business and headed back to the lake and the lake fish are getting more active every day, try drop shots with minnows or grubs, and crank baits for the best results.

The Hybrid and White basses are eating and scattered out throughout the lake and river systems, try throwing grubs, in-line spinners, flies for the more shallower fish and the deeper fish can be caught on live bait, in-line

April 2, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
Thank God March is finally over I have never seen a March like this in terms of weather and fishing. A normal March brings warm days with south winds and some rain. This March was nothing like that, when we did get a warm day with south winds it was followed by cold north winds, rain, and cloudy days. The lake level was 547 at the beginning of the March and it ends with a lake level of 558 and our rainy season has not begun yet. I can only hope we can get some stable weather and that the CORPS can run some of this water off before June. With this being said there are some bright spots. The crappie have move shallow in 2 to 3' of stained water. The night bite for stripers is strong and the stripers are feeding on big baits. The stripers are still in deep water 15 to 40' of water but they are very shallow in the water column, the fish that are blowing up on our big baits are less than 10' feet deep. I'm running my planner boards with only 5' from the board to the bait and stripers are blowing the baits out of the water. Fish are being caught in the Cranfield, Bennett's, and Big Creek areas. Fish the points and sharp turns along bluff walls half way up the creeks.
Start looking for top water action early and late afternoons off the points and bays half way up the creeks and beyond. You will start seeing stripers feeding around Cranfield Island, Cow Point, Bennett's, Brushy Creek, and Big Creek just east of Hand Cove Resort. Once the water starts to reach the 60 degree mark Norfork Lake will turn on fire.

Everything will bite better with warmer weather. The best place to find fish is Bennett's Bayou and the Twin Coves area. Up past Cranfield there is lots of bait in the area, much more than Big Creek, which could bode well for Big Creek since the predators may be more interested in whatever you present. But as always, as we say find the bait and you will find the fish.

March 30, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 3/30/2018

During the past week, we have had several rain events (combined for four inches here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals rose four feet to rest at three and seven tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty two and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose four and three tenths feet to rest at three and six tenths feet above seasonal power pool and twelve and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose five and four tenths feet to rest at four and four tenths feet above seasonal power pool and four and   four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had heavy generation and significant wadable water. Norfork Lake rose three and eight tenths feet to rest at three and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty two and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had little generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above the top of power pool. With the quick rise in the lakes due to our recent heavy rains we can expect heavy generation in the near future.

The White has fished poorly. There are some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are both high and off color. As the water warms, the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has still fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared but it is not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is high and off color. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

March 27, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - As of 2:14 pm 3-27-2018 Greers ferry Lake is at 462.58 feet and falling it is 0.54 feet above normal pool for a few hours as the rain that is starting to fall heavy will add water to the lake ,the Corp. is wanting to keep it 1 foot above normal pool if they can , we should get a rise of about 3 feet from this rain forecasts. The catching overall is good around the lake about normal for this time of year , as rains and cold fronts affect the overall bite and spawn.

The black basses are eating a variety of baits from super shallow out to 45 feet as some stay shallow all year and some have moved more shallow now, they can be caught with spinner baits, bladed jigs ,small crank baits, jigs, shallow, spinner baits,jighead worms and jigs mid depth, and c-rigs and football heads as well as spoons deep.

The crappie some are shallow ,some are mid depth and some are still deep, jigs or jigs tipped with minnows for most all the deeper fish can be caught in the pole timber slow rolling a beetle spin.

The catfish bite is picking up I am told as well, all around the lake.

The Hybrid and white bass is on and off hour to hour, some whites have spawned others have not, some hybrids are scattered in rivers and creeks, and the rest staying in lake, the deep bite is more constant at best, with spoons, in-line spinners, a-rigs for the shallow fish grubs, in-line spinners, small swim baits working best.

The Walleye ,some are still being caught in the rivers as they are not all done spawning and the lake fish have picked up as well with the clearing water, stay in the lake for now then when mud gets their go back to rivers, until it happens again, try crank baits,grubs,jig heads with minnow ,drop shots with small minnow imitation or grubs for the best bite in lake or river.

Bream are being seen floating around docks and some even shallow, try small crank baits, grubs or crickets.

March 26, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 26 March, the lake level rose slightly, and is approx 12 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 260.2 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 17,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 244 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE has completed clean up on some Millwood Lake Campgrounds, and a few are now open like White Cliffs and Cottonshed, Beard's Bluff is still being worked on.  Most all boat ramps, are now open including Millwood State Park, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.  ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 59ºF early to 66ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-18 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 6-9 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass have been improving over the past few weeks and temperatures have many Bass in spawn mode. Bass have been good over the past week with the warmer conditions, from 3 lbs each, up to around 7 pounds each.  Chatterbaits, dead-sticking Trick worms and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook, and spinnerbaits are working well. New lily pads are in bloom lake wide.   War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, near flooded bushes, buck brush, and vegetation have been working well, over the past couple weeks for good Bass in the 3-7 pound class. Most of these Bass were roaming in and out of bedding areas, cruising in 3-7 feet of depth.

Up river and in oxbows away from muddy Little River current continue showing signs of a spawn with the Largemouth Bass as the water clarity continues to improve.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, still heavy stained.  Deflecting Rat-L-Traps and Echo 1.75 crankbaits around and banging them into and deflecting off stumps, from 4-9 feet deep, and were taking a few prespawners around 15-19" in length.  The heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working near cypress trees from 7-9 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Sexy Chrome, Rayburn Red Craw, and Pinch'n Peach have been the go-to colors.  Rat-L-Traps in Red Shad and Toledo Gold were picking up a few cruising fish as well this week.

Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Black/blue tail, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail, were getting the best reactions over the past couple weeks, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.  Lizards targeting the same areas where stumps and flooded buck brush are present, were picking up a few nice cruising bass from 2-5 pounds this week.  Best lizards were black/blue, blackberry, or june bug colors.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, or Texas Craw continue to be the go-to colors, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Texas rigged, Baby Brush hogs continue finding a few 15-18" Bass, in the 4-8 foot depth range with watermelon candy, watermelon red, and green pumpkin being good colors with the current water clarity.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids have been running in the Saline River above Cottonshed Campground, and limits can be had in as little as an hour.  Chuck'nSpins, Little Georges, Roostertails, Rocketshads, and 1/2 oz Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns will get bit and reactions from the Whites in short order.  The Whites continue to bite well near Saline River this week.

Crappie:  Improved in the oxbows, away from current on Little River.  Crappie were best responding on jigs over the past week from anglers near cypress trees from 3-6 feet deep.  We even caught 3 big Crappie this week near cypress trees on Bass spinnerbaits!

Cats:  The Cats remain very good on trot lines using cut bait, chicken hearts, and hot dogs in current along Little River from 10-20 feet of depth.

March 26, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
From the beginning of this week to the end we have seen a steady improvement in the weather and the fishing. The best bite early in the week was the Fout's area but everybody started fishing the area and the bite slowed down. With the warm weather the last couple of days the stripers started biting all over the lake. Stripers have been caught in the Twin Coves area, Buzzard Roost area and the Big Creek arm. The best method has been with either shiners or shad with just a split shot or no weight far back of the boat. Saturday I started seeing stripers feeding on the surface and we caught and broke off stripers on big 7” gizzard shad using planner boards. This tells me the stripers are starting to feed and we should see a big uptick in action once the big rains are over this week. Start looking for top water action early and late afternoons off the points and bays half way up the creeks and beyond. You will start seeing stripers feeding around Cranfield Island, Cow Point, Bennett's, Brushy Creek, and Big Creek just east of Hand Cove Resort. Once the water starts to reach the 60 degree mark Norfork Lake will turn on fire. The walleye have spawned up near Udall and are in their post spawn mode which turns the bite off until they recover from the spawn. The bite should improve in the next week with the warm weather. Everything will bite better with warmer weather. The best place to find fish is Bennett's Bayou and the Twin Coves area. Up past Cranfield there is lots of bait in the area, much more than Big Creek, which could bode well for Big Creek since the predators may be more interested in whatever you present. But as always, as we say find the bait and you will find the fish.

March 23, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides -

JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 3/23/2018
SPECIAL SOWBUG ROUNDUP EDITION

During the past week, we have had several rain events (combined for a quarter of an inch here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell three tenths of a foot to rest at three tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty six and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell four tenths of a foot to rest at seven tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool and sixteen and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at two tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool and nine and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had heavy generation and significant wadable water. Norfork Lake remained steady at three tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty six and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had little generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With lower lake levels we can expect more wadable water.

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. There are some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are both navigable and clearing. As the water warms the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has still fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared but it is not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

March 22, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 465.42 feet and falling with generation and flood gates open, it is 3.38 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet,  they are trying to remove one more foot of water to keep it at 463.04 feet for the time being and it will be at that level tomorrow, until rains next week should put it back on the rise again. The catching over all is good on all species, but the weather is going to have the full blown bite off just a tad as the cool nights are going to keep things leveled off until its right for all species to spawn at different times to keep the specific species viable.

The crappie fishing is good while the sun is out and pretty predictable, but if its cloudy they will be scattered more, they have been hanging around the ambush spots eating good as they are pulling this water, try from super shallow out to 10-12 feet of water on jigs and minnows.

The bream are starting to show their faces some more shallow, and the water warms with the sun, try crickets and small artificial baits, from 1 foot out to 10.

Catfish no-report.

Walleye are still being caught up the rivers and will continue to be for a while even after spawn is over and some lake fish are now starting to show up on a more regular basics ,for the river or lake fish use small minnows on a jig head or a drop shot and also grubs, crank baits are working good at times as well they are hanging out from 6 inches out to 30 feet, various weather conditions will play a big roll.

The black bass are eating good and they to can be caught from real shallow out to 30 feet or so on spinner baits, traps, small and large crank baits,c-rigs,and football heads, and of course a drop shot and a shakey head.

The Hybrid and White basses are in various stages of the cycle as well, and can be caught real, real shallow and also deep as 45 feet in some areas,a-rigs,grubs ,swim baits,spoons,in-line spinners and live bait working as well .

March 21, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 19 March, the lake level is approx 12 inches above normal conservation pool and falling at 260.2 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 17,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 245 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE has completed clean up on some Millwood Lake Campgrounds, and a few are now open like White Cliffs and Cottonshed, Beard's Bluff is still being worked on.  Most all boat ramps, are now open including Millwood State Park, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.  ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 57ºF early to 65ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 5-10 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 2-5 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity continues improving over the past week with more stable lake levels and temperatures. Bass have been good over the past few days with the warmer ambient conditions, and best on sunny and warm days, from 3 lbs each, up to 8 and 9 pounds each.  Chatterbaits, slow moving swim baits or suspending jerkbaits, dead-sticking Trick worms and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges, Cordell Redfins, and other suspending hard jerk-baits, along with slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps in and near creek channels.  New lily pads are in bloom lake wide.  Heavy, large thumping, 1/2 and up to 3/4 size Rat-L-Traps in any of the Natural (brown/orange) Crawfish, Red Chrome, Red Shad, Toledo Gold, or Rayburn Red Zombie colors, and slow rolling heavy 3/4 War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, deep in the creeks, over the past few weeks will pick up a few decent Bass in the 3-7 pound class, in the creek channels or along sloping points dumping into the river.   The had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite for the past couple weeks, on Millwood.  Big, slow moving swim baits, stop and go retrieved, are randomly picking up a few nice contenders in the 4-5 pound class in deeper creeks and ditches.

The further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current are showing signs of a spawn with the Largemouth Bass and the water clarity continues to improve, lake wide since the recent 17' flood on Millwood.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, still heavy stained.  Deflecting Rat-L-Traps and Echo 1.75 crankbaits around and banging them into the standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows where feeder creeks dump into the oxbows, and deflecting off stumps, from 8-12 feet deep, and were taking a few 14-17" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.   The heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 7-9 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Sexy Chrome, Rayburn Red Craw, and Pinch'n Peach have been the go-to colors.

Oversized 3-4" tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Black/blue tail, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail, were getting the best reactions over the past couple weeks, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, or Texas Craw continue to be the go-to colors, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Texas rigged, 10" Power worms in Black, Blue Fleck, and Black Grape, slowly crawled by stumps and timber, and Brush hogs continue finding a few 15-18" Bass.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids have been running in the Saline River above Cottonshed Campground, and limits can be had in as little as an hour.  Chuck'nSpins, Little Georges, Roostertails, Rocketshads, and 1/2 oz Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns will get bit and reactions from the Whites in short order.

Crappie:  Improved in the oxbows, away from current on Little River.  Live shiners were getting best response over the past week from anglers vertical jigging in standing timber and near cypress trees from 8-12 feet deep.

Cats:  Blues and Channel cats remain very good on trot lines using cut shad or gar, and punch baits, in heavy current along Little River from 10-15 feet of depth.

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****  Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE.  USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 57ºF early to 65ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 12" inches above normal conservation pool, at 260.2 ft-msl and rising with current and discharge near 17,000 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 245 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches.  Little River's visibility  is muddy and rolling up river, ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-10 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

March 19, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
This week's word on Norfork Lake is inconsistent. You can catch stripers one day and then the day next nothing or just a few. On Wednesday we went to Bennett's Bayou to pre-fish for my next day's trip. We had doubles and caught several limits in over an hour. The next day we had a debris line and the stripers had moved. We did catch 1 limit but it was very slow and it took all morning to do that. The next day my son went down to Big Creek and in a little over and hour he caught 15 stripers. Both of us went there Saturday thinking it would be a great day. We had heavy fog and lots of boat traffic. I only caught 1 keeper and he caught 2. Saturdays are hard on the fish. Everybody wants to get on the lake and fish but the traffic really spooks the shallow water fish and will move them off their spot and then he's hard to find them. Sunday I went back to Bennett's and started up shallow with no bites then moved out on the flat and again no bites. I saw one of my clients on the east side of the flat and told him to move over to this other flat where I was heading. Before I knew it he had a double on and caught 3 fish before I had a bite. He was using shiners and I was using shad. We then missed 1 and loss a good one after a short fight. We did end up catching a 8 and 11 lb striper before we quit. My client caught 5 and lost 5 more. The best method was a split shot and a hook with about 50' of line out. It's simple and very effective since the fish are relating to the bottom instead of high in the water column. Once the winds shift around to the south and we get some warmer nights Norfork Lake will really turn on for all species. Lots of largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits and spinner baits and the crappie are also biting. The walleye are spawning up near Udall and the bite is good. Everything will bite better with warmer water and weather. The best place to find fish is Bennett's Bayou, there is lots of bait in the area much more than Big Creek, as we say find the bait and you will find the fish.

March 17, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides -
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 3/17/2018
SPECIAL SAINT PATRICKS DAY EDITION

During the past week, we have had a rain event (just a trace here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one and one tenth feet to rest at seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty six feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell six tenths of a foot to rest at three tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool and sixteen and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell one and nine tenths tenths feet to rest at two tenths of a foot above seasonal power pool and nine and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had heavy generation and no wadable water. Norfork Lake rose five tenths of a foot to rest at three tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty six and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had little generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above or near the top of power pool. With the higher lake levels we can expect more generation particularly on the White.

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. There have been shad coming through the dam. There are also some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are both navigable and clearing. As the water warms the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has still fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared but it is not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

March 13, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 468.72 and falling with lots of generation it is 6.68 feet above normal pool for this time of year of 462.04 feet, it will continue to fall with generation for a while so be prepared. All species are eating all over the lake and rivers and creeks as well. The bite is changing rapidly every day and just about by the hour at times in different locations, keep an open mind and an eye on all conditions for the best results. The river and creek run

Walleye are their when they take a notion to eat ,under low light and really the worst weather conditions for being outdoors is the best time to be there for the best bite as they are real finicky  at best, try jig heads  tipped with minnows,crankbaits,jerkbaits and grubs for the best action on the shoals at night and the deeper pools during the day, use the same baits for the lake fish on main lake points and secondary points.

The Bream are still a little sluggish ,use small crank baits ,in-line spinners small grubs and crickets ,5-15 feet of water.

The catfish will eat a lot of different type baits ,main lake points are good right now as well as deep guts in cuts.

Crappie are being caught shallow and deep ,around some ambush points right now with all the generation, Think edges anywhere you dip your minnow or jig, whether it be in 1 foot or 20,as they are in a lot of stages trying to eat before they dump their eggs.

The Black Basses are the same way wanting to eat good before they lay their eggs, and are really on ambush points more than the crappie fish are scattered from 1 foot out to 45 ,baits will vary to the location you are fishing and the depth, again keep an open mind and a lot of rods out.

Hybrid and White bass are mostly still being caught vertical but there are some horizontal fish to be caught up shallow as some males have showed up already up streams ,use spoons, in-line spinners for the vertical fish and the horizontal fish use grubs, in-line spinners, swim baits, jerk baits and flies.

March 14, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 13 March, the lake level is approx 3 feet above normal conservation pool and falling at 262.5 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 36,500 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 254 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. USACE are working on re-opening all the campgrounds ASAP, and boat ramps, cleaning up deposited debris, after all the 17 foot rise on the lake over the past few weeks.

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 55ºF early to 60ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 5-10 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 2-5 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity continues improving, as the temperature climbs. Bass were improved over the past few days with the warmer ambient conditions, and best on sunny and warm days, from 2-3 lbs each, up to 8 pounds (see attached from today) and best during the heat of the day.  Chatterbaits, slow moving swim baits or suspending jerkbaits, dead-sticking Trick worms and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges, Cordell Redfins, and other suspending hard jerk-baits, along with slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps in and near creek channels, where any remaining vegetation and lily pads stems are taking a few stragglers.  Heavy, large thumping, 1/2 and up to 3/4 size Rat-L-Traps in any of the Natural (brown/orange) Crawfish, Red Chrome, Red Shad, Toledo Gold, or Rayburn Red Zombie colors, and medium diving Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits in Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad, and slow rolling heavy 3/4 War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or fire tiger colors, deep in the creeks, over the past few weeks will pick up a few decent Bass in the 2-5 pound class, in the creek channels or along sloping points dumping into the river.   The had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite for the past couple weeks, on Millwood.  Big, slow moving swim baits, stop and go retrieved, are randomly picking up a few nice contenders in the 4-5 pound class in deeper creeks and ditches.

The further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current seemed to hold a few reactive bass, and the water clarity is mostly heavy stain, lake wide.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, still heavy stained, yet the most lethargic bass.  Deflecting Rat-L-Traps and Echo 1.75 crankbaits around and banging them into the standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows where feeder creeks dump into the oxbows, and deflecting off stumps, from 8-12 feet deep, and were taking a few 14-17" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.  Also, heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 9-12 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the clear water in back of the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Sexy Chrome, Rayburn Red Craw, and Pinch'n Peach have been the go-to colors.

Oversized 3-4" tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Black/blue tail, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail, were getting the best reactions over the past couple weeks, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, or Texas Craw continue to be the go-to colors, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Texas rigged, 10" Power worms in Black, Blue Fleck, and Black Grape, slowly crawled by stumps and timber, and Brush hogs continue finding a few 15-18" Bass.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids have not been contacted over the past week with all the increased current in Little River

Crappie:  No Report with the increased muddy current in Little River.

Cats:  Blues and Channel cats have been very good on trot lines with increased current, using chicken livers, gizzards and hearts, and cut shad or buffalo, in heavy current along Little River from 9-15 feet of depth.

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Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 55ºF early to 60ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 3 feet above normal conservation pool, at 262.5 ft-msl and rising with current and discharge near 36,500 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 254 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches.  Little River's visibility  is muddy and rolling up river, ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-10 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

March 10, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 3/09/2018

During the past week, we have had a rain events (just a trace here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell two feet to rest one and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty four and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell eight tenths of a foot to rest at three tenths of a foot above seasonal power pool and fifteen and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose five tenths of a foot to rest at two and one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool and seven and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had heavy generation and no wadable water. Norfork Lake rose five and three tenths feet to rest at eight tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty seven feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had litttle generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above or near the top of power pool. With the higher lake levels we can expect more generation particularly on the White.

On the White, the hot spot has been Wildcat Shoals. There have been shad coming through the dam. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are still a bit high. As the water warms the smallmouths will be more active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished a bit better. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is still a bit high. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

March 6, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.11 reading as of 3-6-18 at 8:26 p.m. it is 8.07 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet coming down with some generation and when they stop going back up 6 more inches or so, with the rain coming it should get to 471.00 I presume so it should hang around 9 feet up for a while.

The Crappie are on the move everyday more shallow, 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 fan cast a small grub or crappie sin around the outside edges of the old bush line. The Bream are starting to move more shallow as well and can be caught in the old brush line tight lining crickets and crawlers the bite is slow.

The Black Basses are eating all over the lake in their prespawn phase, up real shallow eating jigs and spinnerbait,. In the guts of pockets slow roll a spinner bait, out in the deeper pockets jerk a jerk bait around in open water over 40-60 feet for suspended fish, a right bite baits tube will work fished vertical in the old bush 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 at nite, since the water has gotten more stable, some fish still headed up river and the lake fish moving more shallow by the day, use crank baits, grubs and minnows on drop shot rigs for the river fish as well as minnows on jig heads and the lake fish will eat the same baits.

The Hybrid and White basses are eating well and moving some on various days ,mouths of rivers, up rivers and major creeks, look for them schooled up and they will eat spoons, in-line spinners, grubs the lake fish will eat the same in most cases fish vertical and some shallow fish are showing up to eat horizontal casts baits, stay around the shad.

March 6, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - Millwood Lake remains almost 14 feet (272.9 ft-msl now, vs. normal of 259.2 ft-msl) above normal pool with heavy current and wide debris fields.  Trees, broken timber, logs, and vegetation grass mats are rolling in heavy current of almost 58,000 CFS of current, and navigation is hazardous.  USACE closed all USACE boat ramps over a week ago, the Millwood State Park is still under almost 14 feet of water, and closed as well.  We understand that USACE Beards' Bluff Campground is open.  We have not been fishing Millwood Lake again this week due to these hazardous conditions, but have been fishing on Lake Columbia near Magnolia, in Columbia County.

On Lake Columbia, here is what we are finding:

Water level is approx 8-10" above normal, clarity is very good at 1-3 feet based on location.  Water temperatures are running in the 62-66ºF ranges, under full sun.

Bass are paring up, cruising very shallow in 1-2' of water, and preparing for spawn most lake wide.  Largemouth are fair to good up to 7 pounds each on Bass Assassin Shads, Senkos, Trick worms, Beaver Bugs, jigs, spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Squarebills, and chatterbaits.  We have not observed Bass on the beds yet, but preparing them, running in and out of shallow pockets, in preparation, and cruising these areas in large numbers, and in pairs.

Best color of Bass Assassins are pumpkinseed, Silver Phantom, and Grey Ghost.  Senkos and trick worms are working in black, blue flake, watermelon-red, crystal ice, and green pumpkin.  Beavers and Craw bugs are working in green pumpkin-red or watermelon-red.  Best color of jigs seem to be black/blue, black/purple, green pumpkin, or Texas Craw.  Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in shad or bream colors are working.  Rat-L-Traps are working best in slightly deeper water areas, 4-8 feet of depth near spawning flats in sexy Chrome, Red Shad, or Red Chrome.

Hopefully the Corps of Engineers will have Millwood Lake lowered to near normal levels by next week, but that is pending inflow and outflow rates, and contingent upon the Red River level continuing to decline in elevation.

'Get The Net.............

March 5, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
This past week I fished for striper, walleye, and crappie on Norfork Lake. The stripers are just about ready to turn on. The water temperature in Bennett's Bayou is ranging from 51 to 55 degrees depending on how long the sun stays out and how cold it was during the night. The shad are shallow in both creeks. I caught small gizzards, threadfin, and 7” gizzard in 3 to 10' of water. I keep seeing fishing reports from fellow striper fishermen about the dirty water, these individuals do not understand the striper if they continue to make comments about stained and muddy water. The muddy water is the warmest on the lake and the shad will go to it first then the stripers will follow. I have caught stripers in water so muddy I did not know the size of the fish until I netted it. These individuals say they keep turning around when they see dirty water. I run to it and will fish it until late April. The other comment I keep seeing is they are not marking fish or bait. First the bait have moved shallow and waiting to spawn once the water warms up. The stripers are also in waters less than 30' so when you motor over them they scatter. If you have side scan you can see them. If you want to catch stripers right now and well into March get some shiners, find the warmest water, put out long lines with just a split shot, or planners boards with only a split shot and you will catch stripers.
I fished for walleye on Friday up at Udall and caught 1 short. I did see some keepers caught. They are mostly males right now, the females are still deep waiting for warmer water which will happen soon. The water temperature is around 51 degrees. By this coming weekend we should see some nice size walleye being caught.
Saturday and Sunday I fished Bennett's Bayou for crappie. I was spider rigging using long rods. On Saturday I only caught 2 and lost a few. I went back on Sunday and caught 6 keepers, they were all females. The water temperature was 52 degrees and the fish were caught slow trolling in 10 to 12' of water with a double hook setup and minnows. Again it's just a matter of days before they turn on their pre-spawn feed.
I plan on continuing chasing walleye and crappie in the upper part of the lake and creeks on the main lake. Right now they are catching both off brush piles using small jigs and minnows. I will be fishing up near Udall using live bait for walleye and long line trolling for crappie in the creeks off the main lake like Bennett's, Pigeon Creek, and Big Creek. Lots of big crappie are caught trolling small jigs and minnows.

March 3, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 3/03/2018

During the past week, we have had several rain events (about two inches here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals rose seven and one tenth feet to rest three and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty two and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose six and three tenths feet to rest at one feet above seasonal power pool and twenty one and fifteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose six  feet to rest at one and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool and eight feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had more generation and little wadable water. Norfork Lake rose five and three tenths feet to rest at one and four tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty seven and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now above or near the top of power pool. With the higher lake levels we can expect more generation particularly on the White.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam was closed from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park was seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing was prohibited in this area during this period. This is now over and the regulations are as before.

On the White, the hot spot has been Wildcat Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are high and stained. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished a bit better. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and not fishing as well as usual. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10).

The Spring River is high and stained. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

February 28, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The Anglers Expo will be held at Heber Springs this weekend you can go to www.anglersexpo.com for more info., there will be something there for all ages, fishing seminars, chili cook off, cheap tackle on down, its Friday from 12-5 and Saturday 8-5 look to see ya there.

The lake has come up over 12 feet so for 456.03 to 468.46 ,it is currently 6.42 feet over normal pool of 462.04 feet and rising ,it will continue to come up with the rain.

The Black Bass fishing is good if you can find them as they have moved a lot with the rise and warm up run ins and secondary points should be great and getting better every day on traps, spinner baits jigs and square billed crank baits, when the water clears some look for a great jerk bait bite in mid-depths and a c-rig and football headed jig to still work for the deeper fish.

The crappie are on the move as well coming up with the water, longer days will put them in some of the bushes up creeks and rivers and the lake fish suspended more shallow in the water column as well try dipping a minnow or jig in shallow bushes and for the lake fish look in pole timber and over buck brush in the 5-8 feet range.

Bream will be moving more shallow as well concentrate in the 10-15 feet of water, using crawlers. The Walleye have went on up rivers to where they will spawn, the river species, and when the water clears the bite should be good a few can be caught now by whomever wants to brave the elements, right now use bright colored crank baits and bright colored jig heads tipped with minnows or a small Bream, the lake fish will be moving more toward humps, points and rip rap banks to where they will try and spawn later on, try dragging a minnow or small Bream on a jighead,catfish rigs or a drop shot.

The Hybrid and White bass feed will be off the charts when the water clears some as they do not like dirty water, look on flats ,points and bends in the river or next to it on humps etc for the best action, be sure and find the shad, use spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs, swimbaits and Alabama rigs.

February 23, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 2/23/2018

During the past week, we have had several rain events (three inches here in Cotter with more expected over the next two days), warmer temperatures and heavy winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals rose two and six tenths feet to rest four feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose one and three tenths feet to rest at five and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty one and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rise three and one tenth feet to rest at four and four tenths feet below seasonal power pool and fourteen feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had more wadable water with less generation. Norfork Lake rose one and six tenths feet to rest at six and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty two and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam was closed from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park was seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing was prohibited in this area during this period. This is now over and the regulations are as before.

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are high and stained. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is high and stained. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

February 20, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 456.12 and rising it is 5.92 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet and should steady come up with the needed rain fall expected. With the warm rains warming the water temp and south winds doing the same the fish are on the move and feeding all over the lake as it is that time of year and from now until its gets super hot the bite will be as well for all species.

The Hybrid and White bass catching is good on flats with shad and warmer water next to drops and travel routes all over the lake in 25-45 feet of water, try spoons, in-line spinners,grubs,Alabama rigs, swim baits and an occasional top water plug for the best results, just stay around the shad.

The crappie fishing is excellent I am told ,suspended in the pole timber, over brush piles, suspended in open water and some roaming around looking to go shallow, try 14-30 of water on minnows, jigs and crappie spins.

No report on catfish.

The Walleye are moving and eating some and some are staged, some are up real shallow in the river, try catfish rigs with bream,minnows,on drop shots and jig heads and crank baits. The black basses are chewing on certain days the some of the bigger fish can be caught now on warts,traps,spinner baits and jigs up real shallow and the deeper fish can be caught on c-rigs, football head and the mid fish can be caught on jerk baits. Classic rocky points, bluffs and for the deeper fish stay around the shad.

No report on Bream.

February 20, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 19 Feb, the lake level is approx 8 inches above normal conservation pool and rising at 259.9 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 2,800 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 230 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  With the incoming thunderstorms and flash flood warnings later this week, be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. 

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 45ºF early to 55ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 2-5 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity continue typical, for the current late winter patterns. Bass were improved over the past few days with the warmer ambient conditions, and best on sunny and warm days, from 2-3 lbs each, up to 6 pounds, best during the heat of the day.  Chatterbaits, slow moving swim baits or suspending jerkbaits, dead-sticking Trick worms and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges, Cordell Redfins, and other suspending hard jerk-baits, along with slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps in and near creek channels, where any remaining vegetation and lily pads stems are taking a few stragglers.  Heavy, large thumping, 1/2 and up to 3/4 size Rat-L-Traps in any of the Natural (brown/orange) Crawfish, Red Chrome, Red Shad, Toledo Gold, or Rayburn Red Zombie colors, and medium diving Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits in Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad, and slow rolling heavy 3/4 War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse or Spot Remover colors, deep in the creeks, over the past few weeks will pick up a few decent Bass in the 2-5 pound class, in the creek channels or along sloping points dumping into the river.   The had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite for the past couple weeks, on Millwood.  Big, slow moving swim baits, stop and go retrieved, are randomly picking up a few nice contenders in the 4-5 pound class in deeper creeks and ditches.

The further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current seemed to hold a few reactive bass, and the clearer water near standing timber continues to be several degrees cooler than the dirty/stained water sections closer to the river.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, yet the most lethargic bass.  Deflecting Rat-L-Traps and Echo 1.75 crankbaits around and banging them into the standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows where feeder creeks dump into the oxbows, and deflecting off stumps, from 8-12 feet deep, and were taking a few 14-17" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.  Also, heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 9-12 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.  Best color of cranks in the clear water in back of the oxbows, like the Echo 1.75 squarebills, over the past week or so have been the Millwood Magic, Ghost Minnow, Pro Blue, or Sexy Chrome, have been the go-to colors.

Oversized 3-4" tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Black/blue tail, purple smoke/chartreuse tail, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail, were getting the best reactions over the past 3-4 weeks, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, black/red, or Texas Craw continue to be the go-to colors, all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Texas rigged, Berkley 10" Power worms in Black, Blue Fleck, and Black Grape, slowly crawled by stumps and timber, continue finding a few 15-18" Bass.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids have begun their annual spawning runs up Little River.  Large schools were connected with last week between entrance to McGuire Lake and Brown's slough.  Another huge school was found between Cemetery slough and State Highway 71 bridge.  These Whites reacted well to 6-9' depth diving Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits, in white, Citruse, and Tennessee Shad colors; Rooster Tails in red/chrome, and Little Georges in white and blue colors.  3/4 oz size heavy Rat-L-Traps in White Glass, Chrome Black Zombie, Gizzard Shad, and Millwood Magic (Silverado) fished slow, with a stop and go from 9-12 feet of depth got good reactions from the Whites over the past few days in the above locations, best behind primary points extending into Little River, out of direct current flow, where creeks dump into the channel where eddies are created with a back wash.

Crappie:  improved late last week on jigs and minnows from 12-16 feet deep, along standing timber and brush planted in Little River, just out of the current, above Horseshoe oxbow.

Cats:  Blues and Channel cats improved on trot lines with increased current using punch baits, spoiled chicken livers, or gizzards and hearts, and hot dogs in heavy current along Little River from 12-18 feet of depth.

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Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 45ºF early to 55ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is approx 8 inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.9 ft-msl and rising with current and discharge near 2,800 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 230 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility  is muddy and rolling up river, ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

Mike Siefert

February 19, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
This week I have fished Norfork Lake for walleye up by Calamity Beach and the state line. The first day the water temperature was 40 degrees at Calamity and 43 degrees at the state line. The first day we caught 1 short walleye and missed 3 more. Today the water temperature was 43 degrees at Calamity and 52 degrees at the state line. The first day we caught our fish at the state line, but today the fish had moved from the line because of the warmer water. We tired moving up the river but about a mile up the lake the water level was too low to continue. We moved back to the colder water and started fishing near the shore in 5 feet of water and we caught a 19” keeper and a short in quick session. We did not catch anymore, but it was late in the morning and the bite was over. What surprised me was the farther up the river the water temperature continued to rise. It seems just opposite of what I expected. The crappie are also being caught off the brush piles on both sides of the state line.

I plan on continuing chasing walleye and crappie in the upper part of the lake and creeks on the main lake. Right now they are catching both off brush piles using small jigs and minnows. I will be fishing up near Udall using live bait for walleye and long line trolling for crappie in the creeks off the main lake like Bennett's, Pigeon Creek, and Big Creek. Lots of big crappie are caught trolling small jigs and minnows.

February 17, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 2/16/2018

During the past week, we have had a rain incident (just a trace here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one tenth of a foot to rest at six and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty two and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell three tenths of a foot to rest at six and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty two and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell three tenths of a foot to rest at seven and five tenths feet below seasonal power pool and seventeen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had more wadable water with less generation. Norfork Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at eight and three tenth feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty four and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam was closed from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park was seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing was prohibited in this area during this period. This is now over and the regulations are as before.

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

February 13, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry lake is at 455.30 it is 6.74 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet and rising ever so slow but on the rise none the less and all the rain expected in the forecast is for sure going to help the bite all around in the short term as well as the long term on out until the spawn starts happening ,with Walleye 1st  then the Whites and Crappie and last but not least the Bass and Bream.

Crappie will be making a move after this warm rain and you will be able to catch them higher in the water column, try 12-18 feet in the pole timber and brush piles using minnows and jigs, in a spring craw color and also try reeling a beetle spins through the timber. . Walleye will be on the move for sure probably going a lot further up the major river and all north creek arms ,of course the smaller males will be 1st will the females coming behind them ,some will find their way on up to spawning sites and hang out until it’s time for them to lay eggs in the shallows at night and will feed at night and better during the day when its overcast , try using crank baits, live bait on catfish rigs and drop shots,grubs,swimbaits etc. for the best action.

The Hybrid and White bass bite maybe off and on some as they do not like to deal with stained water, they will be able to be caught in water with good clarity using spoons ,in-line spinners,grubs,swimbaits and hair jigs, in 25-45 feet of water find the shad and the warmest water for the bests results.

No report on Bream.

The Black Basses will be on the move as well but it will not happen overnight some will move more shallow vertical and some will move horizontal to be shallow, ,shallow fish will eat spinner baits, traps, and jigs, the deeper fish will still eat a c-rig and football head, and the in-between fish will eat jerk baits and crank baits, this should be a super great year catching on jerk baits, as with all the cold we have had and water temps falling as low as they did as it warms some threadfin will die and that’s when the bite will be on probably mid to late February and into March will be a great time to catch them on various jerk baits.

No-report on Catfish but the bite will be going real good after this rain on a variety of baits.

February 13, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 12 Feb, the lake level is approx 6 inches above normal conservation pool and steady at 259.7 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 2,800 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 229.8 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  No ice observed last few days, check lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. 

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 40ºF early to 45ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially current rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 2-5 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity continue typical, and mostly routine slow cold water, winter patterns. Bass remain slow, but better and fair on full sun/warm days, from 2-3 lbs each, up to 6 pounds, best during the heat of the day, using Carolina Rigs, slow moving swim baits or suspending jerkbaits, dead-sticking Senkos and Trick worms on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges and other suspending hard jerk-baits and slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits in and near creek channels, where any remaining vegetation and lily pads stems are taking a few stragglers.  Heavy, large, 3/4 or 1oz Rat-L-Traps, Bomber Fat Free Shads crankbaits, or slow rolling heavy 3/4 War Eagle spinnerbaits deep in the creeks, over the past few weeks will pick up a random contender in the 4-6 pound class using any pumpkinseed, brown/orange craw, or tan and red crawfish pattern for cranks, and spot remover or white/chartreuse for the spinnerbaits, in the creek channels or along points where feeder creeks dump in to the river.   The had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite for the past couple weeks, on Millwood.  Big, slow moving swim baits, stop and go retrieved, are randomly picking up a few nice contenders in the 4-5 pound class in deeper creeks and ditches.

Further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current seemed to hold a few reactive bass, and the clearer water near standing timber is several degrees cooler than the dirty/stained water sections closer to the river.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, yet the most lethargic bass. The big and heavy 3/4 or 1oz knock-N Rat-L-Traps in Natural Craw, Creole Craw, Red Chrome, or Rayburn Red Zombie colors with a super slow retrieve, continue sporadically working, near standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows and deflecting off stumps and standing timber, from 8-12 feet deep, and were taking a few 14-17" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.  Also, heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 9-12 feet deep, best colors drawing reactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.

Magnum fat, tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Bluegill, purple smoke, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse were getting the best reactions over the past 3-4 weeks, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, black/red, or Texas Craw were the go-to colors all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Texas rigged, Berkley 10" Power worms in Black, Blue Fleck, and Black Grape, slowly crawled by stumps and timber, are catching a few 15-18" Bass.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids disappeared a few weeks ago, no report.

Crappie:  still remain slow, almost completely shut off with the increase of muddy water and current upriver, last week, no reported improvement this week.

Cats:  No Report, there weren't many catfishermen out on the lake that we ran into. 

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Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 40ºF early to 45ºF range, depending on location.  No ice noted around Millwood, over the past few days as was noted and reported a few weeks ago.

Lake level as of Monday is approx 6 inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.7 ft-msl and steady with current and discharge near 2,800 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 229.8 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility  is muddy and rolling up river, ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

February 10, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 2/10/2018

During the past week, we have had a freezing rain incident (just a trace here in Cotter), colder temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell four tenths of a foot to rest at six and five tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty two and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell two tenths of a foot to rest at six and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty two and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at seven and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool and sixteen and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had more wadable water with less generation. Norfork Lake fell six tenths of a foot to rest at eight and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty four and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam was closed from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park was seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing was prohibited in this area during this period. This is now over and the regulations are as before.

On the White, the hot spot has been Bull Shoals State Park. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished extremely poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

February 6, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Tuesday, 06 Feb, the lake level is approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool and slowly falling at 259.5 ft-msl; and there is current of approx 1,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 226.9 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  No ice on the lake seen over the past few days.  Check lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. 

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 40ºF early to 45ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially muddy and rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Tuesday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 2-5 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  
The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity levels continue subdued, and mostly slow, normal winter patterns. Bass remain slow from 2-3 lbs each, up to 6 pounds, best during the heat of the day, using Carolina Rigs, slow moving medium diving crankbaits, or dead-sticking Senkos and Trick worms on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges and other suspending hard jerk-baits and slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits in and near creek channels, where any remaining vegetation and lily pads stems are taking a few stragglers.  Heavy, large, 3/4 or 1oz Rat-L-Traps, Bomber Fat Free Shads crankbaits, or slow rolling heavy 3/4 War Eagle spinnerbaits deep in the creeks, over the past few weeks will pick up a random contender in the 4-6 pound class using any pumpkinseed, brown/orange craw, or tan and red crawfish pattern for cranks, and spot remover or white/chartreuse for the spinnerbaits, in the creek channels or along points where feeder creeks dump in to the river.   The had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite for the past couple weeks since the ice thawed out on Millwood.

Further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current seemed to hold a few reactive bass, and the clearer water near standing timber is several degrees cooler than the dirty/stained water sections closer to the river.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, yet the most lethargic bass. The big and heavy 3/4 or 1oz knock-N Rat-L-Traps in Natural Craw, Creole Craw, Red Chrome, or Rayburn Red Zombie colors with a super slow retrieve, were working near standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows and deflecting off stumps and standing timber, from 8-12 feet deep, and were taking a few 14-17" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.  Also, heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 9-12 feet deep, best colors drawing eactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.

Magnum fat, tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, continue working most anywhere, in clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Bluegill, purple smoke, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse were getting the best reactions over the past 3-4 weeks, the darker colors seem to draw better reactions in the more stained water areas.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, black/red, or Texas Craw were the go-to colors all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Berkley 10" Power worms in Black, Blue Fleck, and Black Grape are picking up random solitary bass in the 14-16" class.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids disappeared a few weeks ago, no report.

Crappie:  still remain slow, almost completely shut off with the increase of muddy water and current upriver.

Cats:  No Report, there weren't many catfishermen out on the lake that we ran into. 

                                 }><(((º>   Lake Level & River Conditions Report    <º)))><{

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 40ºF early to 45ºF range, depending on location.  The ice around numerous locations, a few weeks ago, on Millwood, has melted.

Lake level as of Monday is approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.5 ft-msl and slowly falling with current and discharge near 1,000 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 226.9 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility  is muddy and rolling up river, ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

February 6, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 455.36 feet it is 6.68 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet and on a slow rise until they have to generate some.
The bass fishing is fair on spinner baits, traps and jigs up shallow, the deeper fish can be caught on c-rigs and football heads out to 45 feet of water around shad, the mid depth jerk bait bite is improving everyday and will continue to be good through late spring. The crappie fishing is good on sunny days and so so on cloudy days, try fishing 18-30 feet vertical or reeling a beetle spin at the same depths horizontal for the best bite with minnows or jigs vertical. No – report on Bream. The Hybrid and White bass fishing is good all over the lake for the fish getting ready to travel up rivers, stay around the shad in 20-45 feet of water and use spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits and hair jigs, the moving baits work best when it is cloudy and spoons on sunny days. No-report on Walleye or Catfish.

February 5, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
I missed the last week's fishing report due to our trip to the Chicago Sports Show. I'm back this week and then we will go to the Jonesboro Sport Show February 9th. If you are around the Jonesboro AR. area stop by our booth and we can spend some talking fishing. Right now the Norfork Lake water temperature is in the low 40's and will stay that way for the next several weeks. Once we start getting some consistent south winds we should see a quick warm up. We are experiencing the normal winter shad kill. We are seeing thousands of small 1 inch threadfin shad dying along the shoreline. Small threadfin shad cannot tolerate water temperatures in the low 40's very long. The good news is the shad kill generates tremendous opportunity for catching trout on the White and Norfork rivers. Throw a small silver spoon and you will have lots of action. The stripers have gone into their February hiding routine they seem to disappear every February so if you want to catch one, try going up a creek with a good water flow. This time of year on the lakes and rivers in Tennessee they catch stripers in 30' of water or less. Here I would look at Bennett's Bayou or up pass the state line. Historically the largest winter stripers are caught at the 160 bridge at night throwing bucktail jigs. I plan spending my February chasing walleye and crappie. Right now they are catching both off brush piles using small jigs and spoons. I will be fishing up near Udall using live bait for walleye and long line trolling for crappie in the creeks off the main lake like Bennett's, Pigeon Creek, and Big Creek. Lots of big crappie are caught trolling small jigs and minnows.

February 3, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 2/03/2018

During the past week, we have had two rain incidents (combined for about an inch here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell four tenths of a foot to rest at six and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty two and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell one tenth of a foot to rest at six and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool and twenty two and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at six and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool and sixteen and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had more wadable water with less generation. Norfork Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at seven and five tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty three and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam was closed from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park was seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing was prohibited in this area during this period. This is now over and the regulations are as before.

On the White, the hot spot has been Bull Shoals State Park. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

January 31, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Wednesday, 031 Jan, the lake level is approx 5 inches above normal conservation pool and slowly falling at 259.6 ft-msl; and there is current of 3,572 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 231.3 ft-msl. Water temps have improved over the past week.  Most ice has melted over the past few days on northern bank outcroppings, points, and numerous coves and shoreline areas.  Check lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. 

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 40ºF early to 45ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially muddy and rolling, up river.  The main lake and lower sections of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 2-5 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity levels continue subdued, and mostly slow, normal winter patterns. Bass remain slow from 2-3 pounds, best during the heat of the day, using squarebill and medium diving crankbaits, or dead-sticking Senkos and Trick worms on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges and other suspending hard jerk-baits and slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits in and near creek channels, where any remaining vegetation and lily pads stems are taking a few stragglers.  Heavy, large, 3/4 or 1oz Rat-L-Traps, Bomber Fat Free Shads crankbaits, or slow rolling heavy 3/4 War Eagle spinnerbaits deep in the creeks, over the past couple weeks will pick up a random contender in the 3-5 pound class using any pumpkin seed, brown/orange craw, or crawfish pattern for cranks, and spot remover or white/chartreuse for the spinnerbaits, in the creek channels or along points where feeder creeks dump in to the river.   The had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite.

The further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current seemed to hold the most reactive bass, and the clearer water near standing timber is several degrees cooler than the dirty/stained water sections closer to the river.  The back of the oxbows definitely have the best water clarity, yet the most lethargic bass. The big and heavy 3/4 or 1oz knock-N Rat-L-Traps in Red Shad, Toledo Gold, or Goldfire Craw with a super slow retrieve, were working near standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows and deflecting off stumps with a few 13-15" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.  Also, heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 9-12 feet deep, best colors drawing eactions over the past couple weeks being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger.

Magnum fat, tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, are working most anywhere, clear or the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Bluegill, purple smoke, black neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse were getting the best reactions over the past 3-4 weeks.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, black/red, or Texas Craw were the go-to colors all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.  Berkley 10" Power worms in Black, Blue Fleck, and Black Grape are picking up random solitary bass in the 14-16" class.

White Bass:   Whites and Hybrids no report.

Crappie:  almost completely shut off with the increase of muddy water and current upriver.

Cats:  No Report, there weren't many catfishermen out on the lake that we ran into. 

                                 }><(((º>   Lake Level & River Conditions Report    <º)))><{

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 40ºF early to 45ºF range, depending on location.  Most ice around numerous locations on Millwood has melted.

Lake level as of Monday is approx 5 inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.6 ft-msl and slowly falling with current and discharge near 3,572 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 231.3 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is heavy stain and muddy further up river.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility  is muddy and rolling up river, ranges 2-5 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 8-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

January 31, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry lake is at 455.38 feet it is 6.66 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet and on a slow rise.

The walleye bite looks like it will be a little off this year for the river fish if we do not start receiving some rain, it is just going to put them in places you have not caught them before, just have to see what mother nature is going to give us, try trolling big crank baits, and fishing live bait vertical for the pre-spawn fish now on edges of the river and creek channels, on the north end of the lake.

The hybrid and White bass are feeding on and off all day, try jigging spoons, reeling in-line spinners, dropping swim baits or hair jigs vertical for them as a vertical presentations right now is the key for catching stay close to the shad and fish 50-80 feet.

Crappie are eating vertical as well in 30-45 feet of water on jigs and minnows or a combination of both look for bait and fish slow.

No-report on Bream.

Catfishing is good on the lake for Blues as we understand , a lot of different live bait working.

The bass fishing is good on the lake as it always is in the winter, spinner baits, small crank baits, jerk baits, Alabama rigs ,c-rigs and football headed jigs doing the trick all over the lake from real shallow out to 60 feet at various times and according to what weather is doing that day, stay around shad  for best results.

January 27, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 1/27/18

During the past week, we have had two rain incidents (combined for about an inch here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals rose one tenth of a foot to rest at five and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty one and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose three tenths of a foot to rest at six feet below seasonal power pool and twenty two feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose five tenths of a foot to rest at six and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool and sixteen and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had little wadable water with less generation. Norfork Lake rose one tenth of a foot to rest at seven and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty three and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period.

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

January 24, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 455.07 feet it is 6.97 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet and trying to rise since the generation has been cut back after warming weather, the water temp is 44 degrees, pretty much overall.

The warm up and some much needed sun shine will help the bite take off as we enter all prespawn phases with all species.

Black basses, a lot will move shallow either vertical or shallow to sun and can be caught with a jerk bait or spinner bait, the deeper fish some are using 50-60 feet of water can be caught with drop shots, dragging football headed jigs or c-rigs, just find the shad and fish will be close on the ends of long points or swings with deep drops.

No report on Bream.

Crappie are suspended of course, either in open water in the mouths of cuts orin the pole timber or around brush piles, using the water column in 28-40 feet try using jigs or minnows vertical .

No- report on catfish.

The river Walleye are getting staged or moving to stage in the mouths or close to the mouths of the rivers or right inside river mouths hanging out waiting on conditions to get right before moving on closer to spawning grounds they can be caught with live bait or different artificial baits, the lake Walleye are hanging out in 40 45 feet of water close to flats, and a minnow fished vertical is the best bet on a jig head or drop shot.

Hybrid and White bass are eating on and off throughout the day with some traveling toward up river areas as well look in the lake and rivers on flats next to deep water, some can be caught in 40-45 feet while others are as deep as 70-80 feet of water suspended, use spoons, hair jigs, Alabama rigs and in –line spinners of the best catches, stay around the shad.

January 23, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - I have not been on the lake much over the past couple weeks due to Icy weather! Ramps last week were iced over but more seasonal temps this week thawed most everything out.  I’ve still seen random and isolated patches of ice on the water remaining early mornings in protected and shaded pockets and coves. Temps and lake levels rose a little this past week ranging from 35-45 degrees depending on location. Water and lake levels near normal, approximately 3” above normal and falling with 391 CFS of river current, and clarity continues improving.  Again, you may use last week’s report with the aforementioned update, not many folks out, but more this week were venturing out than last week, mostly Crappie fishing. Crappie continue stacking vertically in standing timber and planted brush tops, best on jigs, tubes, and grubs on light wire jig heads, and shiners from 12-18 feet of depth. Bass were slow on medium and deep diving cranks, jigs, and gizit tubes and worms. No report on catfish with reduced river current, haven’t seen any catfishermen on the lake this week. Hope this helps your readers this week! Brrrrrrrrrr!! Hopefully looking at more seasonal and warmer water and weather before next week!

Mike

January 22, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
The cold and snow last week sure changed Norfork Lake. The water temperature dropped almost 4 degrees and moved the stripers. I pre-fished Thursday morning and started where we caught all the fish the previous week. I found plenty of shad and that usually brings the stripers. We fished all morning and only had 1 bite. Friday I took my clients to where the bait was and fished for another 7 hours moving all around the Blue Lady and 101 flats. I was always on shad and had 2 stripers hooked but we never boated them. Sometimes in life you look at all the wrong places to find what's right in front of you. The assumption is in winter find the shad and you will find the stripers. When the water turns cold the shad will always move deeper and the stripers will follow. I have followed that logic all the time in the winter with great success. The next day I started looking in Float Creek since there was bait and a few fish caught there the day before. My son Sean was out looking around and text me an image of a massive amount of stripers and hybrids in 28' of water with no bait around. We immediate went to Duck Blind Point and hooked up and landed 3 stripers. We stayed on the fish but they quit biting when the sun went behind the clouds and the wind turned east. Sean also found stripers shallow in Float Creek near the boat docks. The moral of the story is quit doing the same thing over and over and don't be afraid to change up your pattern. You just may find the mother lode of stripers.

January 20, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 1/20/2018

During the past week, we have had snow (about an inch here in Cotter), brutally cold temperatures (to include wind chill advisories) and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell two tenths of a foot to rest at five and eight tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty one and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock dropped nine tenths of a foot to rest at six and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty two and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake dropped one foot to rest at seven and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool and sixteen and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had little wadable water with more generation. Norfork Lake fell one and two tenths feet to rest at six and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty three and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had less generation and more wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period.

On the White, the hot spot has been the Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is has cleared substantially but has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

January 16, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 455.09 feet it is 6.95 feet below normal pool and falling and will continue to fall with generation as the cold weather has caused much needed electricity. The 36th Annual Arkansas Marine Expo will be in Little Rock at the Statehouse Convention Center Jan. 19th-21st being put on by DG Attractions hours are 10-8 P.M. Fri.& Sat. and Sun. 10-6 , there will be a lot of good deals on boats, tackle and you just name it at the show, stop by our booth for any fishing information you need or more about the show Ken Griffey 501-765-1423.

The walleye bite looks like it will be a little off this year for the river fish if we do not start receiving some rain, it is just going to put them in places you have not caught them before, just have to see what mother nature is going to give us, try trolling big crank baits, and fishing live bait vertical for the pre-spawn fish now on edges of the river and creek channels, on the north end of the lake.

The hybrid and White bass are feeding on and off all day, try jigging spoons, reeling in-line spinners, dropping swim baits or hair jigs vertical for them as a vertical presentations right now is the key for catching stay close to the shad and fish 50-80 feet.
Crappie are eating vertical as well in 30-45 feet of water on jigs and minnows or a combination of both look for bait and fish slow.

No-report on Bream.

Catfishing is good on the lake for Blues as we understand , a lot of different live bait working.

The bass fishing is good on the lake as it always is in the winter, spinner baits, small crank baits, jerk baits, Alabama rigs ,c-rigs and football headed jigs doing the trick all over the lake from real shallow out to 60 feet at various times and according to what weather is doing that day, stay around shad  for best results.

January 14, 2018 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
The warming trend on Norfork Lake was short lived this past week with temperatures going below freezing for several more days now. I was fishing the Fout's Marina flats before it became cold for the shad. The water temperature had dropped down to 46 degrees and everything moved to warmer water. I had not fished for 10 days due the cold and our first sports show of the year. We went out this past week searching for stripers. We found them on the Blue Lady flats in 40 to 52' of water. The water temperature was 48 degrees. The cold snap did move the fish far this time but I suspect this current one will move them to deeper water more near the mouth of 101 Boat Dock at Howard Cove and into the channel and towards Bidwell Point. We found large schools of stripers and hybrids roaming. The schools will not be stationary so you have to keep moving and stay in the depth you have seen them and wait for the next school to come along. We were using small shad and shiners with 9 rods set out. I had 2 balloons set at 30 feet and 7 down rods set at 20 and 30 feet. The bite is very strong when the sun is out and only a slight wind.
This next week I would look for stripers in Float Creek, 101 Area, Bidwell Point, the flat above the 101 bridge, and the channel between the 62 and 101 bridge. The shad will settle in depth ranges from 40 to 80 feet but most of the time the range will be 40 feet. You should see large shad balls with stripers on top and inside the ball. Set your bait right above the shad since most of the fish are staying inside the shad balls then coming up in big bunches to feed. Small shad works great but large shiners and spoons will also work now and thorough to spring.

January 13, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 1/13/2018

During the past week, we have had rain (about three quarters of an inch here in Cotter), brutally cold temperatures (to include wind chill advisories) and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell five tenths of a foot to rest at five and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty one and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock dropped one tenth of a foot to rest at five and four tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty one and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake dropped one foot to rest at six and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool and fifteen and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had little wadable water with more generation. Norfork Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at six and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty two and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had more generation and less wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period.

On the White, the hot spot has been the Narrows. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the cold weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is stained and has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a cerise San Juan worm with a pheasant tail dropper (#10).

Dry Run Creek is stained but still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.

January 10, 2018 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry lake is at 455.24 feet and falling with generation , it is 6.8 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet. New boat show at Cook Convention Center in Memphis stop by over the weekend and say high and see what this 1st year show has to offer. The Bass fishing is good with them biting on a variety of baits at different times all over the lake, try spinner baits and small crank baits up shallow ,the deeper fish can be caught on c-rigs and football heads out to 50 feet of water. No eport on Catfish. The crappie are eating jigs and minnows between 18-40 feet suspended in pole timber or over and around brush piles. No report on Walleye other than they are on the move. The Hybrid and White bass are eating on and off all day from 25-50 feet of water on spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits and hair jigs, an Alabama rig is working as well. No report on Bream.

January 9, 2018 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Tueday, 09 Jan, the lake level is approx 2 inches above normal conservation pool and slowly falling at 259.4 ft-msl; and there is current of 3,490 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.   The tailwater as of Monday is approx 231.2 ft-msl. Water temps have continually dropped over the past few weeks.  Thin ice has been noted on northern bank outcroppings, points, and numerous coves and shoreline areas.  Check lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. 

NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 32ºF early to 40ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for broken or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility are mostly stained heavy in places, especially up river.  The main lake and lower secions of Little River are not quite as stained or muddy as the northern sectors.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 4-8 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 3-10 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 12-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777.  Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.
  

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth's activity levels have acclimated to their normal winter patterns. Bass remain slow but fair from 2-4 pounds, best during the heat of the day, using squarebill and medium diving crankbaits, or dead-sticking Senkos and Trick worms on a light wire hook for suspended Bass.  Smithwick Rouges and other suspending hard jerk-baits and slow-rolling heavy spinnerbaits in and near creek channels, where any remaining vegetation and lily pads stems are taking a few stragglers.  Heavy, large, 1oz Rat-L-Traps, Cordell Big O's, and Bomber Fat Free Shads crankbaits over the past couple weeks will pick up a random contender in the 3-5 pound class using any pumpkin seed, brown/orange craw, or crawfish pattern, in the creek channels or along points where feeder creeks dump in to the river.   The main kicker of concern in presentation getting a bite or not, had to be a really slow roll or stop and go type retrieve to entice a bite.

The further up river and into the oxbows away from muddy Little River current seemed to hold the most reactive bass, albeit, deeper on secondary points and in standing timber.  The primary points in back of the oxbows didnt seem to be holding a large population of active fish as they were the 2-4 weeks prior to the deluge of muddy and cold inflow of water along Little River, that raised the lake over a foot a week ago. The big and heavy 3/4 or 1oz knock-N Rat-L-Traps in Red Shad, Toledo Gold, or Goldfire Craw with a super slow retrieve, were working near standing timber on points in backs of the oxbows and deflecting off stumps with some 15-18" Bass away from the River, where better water clarity was located without current.  Also, heavy 3/4oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working cypress trees from 9-12 feet deep, best colors drawing eactions over the past week being Spot Remover, or White/Chartreuse and FireTiger. 

Magnum fat, tube jigs like Gizzits with internal rattles, are working in the heavy stain water areas, where stumps, timber, and any vegetation remains.  Internal glass or brass, heavy knocking rattles are helping the bass locate the lure in the stained water clarity.  Black/blue, black Neon, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse were getting the best reactions over the past 3-4 weeks.

Real Deal Kustom Tackle jigs with a heavy craw worm trailer are picking up random, solitary Bass on Cypress trees and knees from 8-11 feet deep. Black/blue/purple, black/red, or Texas Craw were the go-to colors all with a black or green pumpkin craw trailer.

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids have disappeared with all the current and muddy water.

Crappie:  continue to stack vertically, along Little River behind points and in back slack water depths of 12-20 feet deep, and were biting well on vertical jigging jigs, and minnows.

Cats:  No Report, there weren't many catfishermen out on the lake that we ran into. 

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Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 32ºF early to 40ºF range, depending on location.  Lake had noted thin ice in numerous locations for the past week to 10 days.

Lake level as of Monday is approx 2 inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.4 ft-msl and slowly falling with current and discharge near 3,490 CFS as of Monday.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 231.2 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions.  New NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys.  Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. 

Clarity and visibility is normal to heavy stain.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 4-8 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 3-10 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 12-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is stained with current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be sure to note, new NO WAKE buoys in Little River along White Cliffs Campground, and NO TOLERANCE is being enforced by AGFC.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!

January 7, 2018 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 1/7/18

During the past week, we have had no rain, brutally cold temperatures (to include wind chill advisories) and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one and two tenths feet to rest at five and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty one and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock dropped six tenths of a foot to rest at five and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty one and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake dropped one and three tenths feet to rest at five and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool and fifteen and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no water with more generation. Norfork Lake fell one and two tenths feet to rest at five and eight tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty two feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had more generation and less wadable water.

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes in the White River System are now below the top of power pool. With the brutally cold water we should expect more generation to provide for increased energy demand.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period.

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a Y2K (#10) with a ruby midge (#14) suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the colder weather the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

On the Norfork, the water is stained and has fished poorly. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit during the recent flooding. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise #10). The fishing is better in the morning. My favorite rig has been a cerise San Juan worm with a pheasant tail dropper (#10).

Dry Run Creek is stained but still fishing well. The brown trout have  moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). It is cold out there. Take frequent breaks, bring cocoa and dress your children warmly.

The Spring River is low and fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over there are few boats on the river. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty five years.