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. 

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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. 

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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.

December 30, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 12/30/17

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 rose seven tenths of a foot to rest at three and nine tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty nine and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock dropped one and three tenths of feet to rest at four and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake dropped four tenths of a foot 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 less wadable water with more generation. Norfork Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at four and six tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and thirty and eight 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. We should expect more wadable water in the near future

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 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.

December 19, 2017 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 455.78 feet and falling it is 6.26 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet. The Black basses are out in about 40 feet with some shallow as always , try spinner baits and jigs for the shallow fish, the deeper fish can be caught on spoons,c-rigs,footballheads and drop shot rigs, with a few busting fish as well. The crappie some are shallow suspended in 8-10 and the rest suspended in 18-30 feet of water, pole timer or brush pile in and around both om minnows or jigs. No report on Walleye. Catfish are eating as they do in winter mode with the blues doing the best on a variety of baits. No report on Bream. The Hybrid and White bass are still chomping pretty well all over the lake with a few busting time to time, most consistent in about 40-45 feet on spoons, inline spinners, swim baits and of course hair jigs.