August 18, 2017 - Norfork and White RiverDally's Ozark Fly Fisher -

White River:

Since hoppers are continuing to grab the attention of some really nice browns, keep throwing Western Lady’s (pink or tan), Evan’s Baby Foam Hopper (purple), Willy’s Ant (black/purple), Fat Albert’s (black or pink), Jake’s Trigger Belly (lavender or black), Morrish Hoppers (pink or black), and Gas Bag Chernobyls as well. To appease those fish that might not quite be willing to come to the surface, try dropping a Rubber Legs pattern under a hopper/indicator and hold on tight!

The San Juan/egg combo is still a good option, but also mix or match devil jigs, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and midges (root beer and ruby) when nymphing under an indicator.

Also, continue to fish McLellan’s Hunchback scuds in dark grey, tan, rainbow, and orange. Wotton’s Whitetail Super Midges are still a great choice as well.

The streamer bite will continue to be strong in those flows exceeding 2 units. Try throwing: BFH Double Deceivers, Modern Deceivers, CJ’s Sluggos, Drunk & Disorderlies, and Dally’s Twerkin Minnows. Olive/Yellow & Olive/White in deceiver-style patterns are still consistent performer right now.

Norfork:

For the exception of the minimum flow we saw Tuesday and Wednesday til 10 a.m., we have still been consistently seeing 1 to 2 unit flows, and fishing is still primarily limited to boat fishing.

Mayfly style patterns include: Real Meal Nymphs, Mercer’s Micro Mayflies, and Tactical Hare’s Ear Jigs, have been doing great. It’s also essential to have some Ruby and Rootbeer Midges, Olive Woolly Buggers, and McLellan’s UV Scuds in your fly box as well.

During those times of generation, streamer choices include: Twerkin Minnows, Sluggo’s, Drunk & Disorderlies, and Double Deceivers.

Warmwater (Crooked Creek & Buffalo River):

Both Crooked Creek and the Buffalo are at optimal wading levels, and floating (kayak/canoe) on most sections is great as well (getting a little skinny is some sections of Crooked). Smallies and Ozark Bass continue to hit crayfish patterns (Hada’s Creek Crawler & Whitlock’s Near Nuff Crayfish), baitfish patterns (Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser & standard Clouser Minnows), and topwater patterns (Boogle Bugs, Fat Albert’s, & Morrish Hoppers). For sunfish including longear and green try throwing: Boogle Amnesia Bugs, Rubber Legs, and small Fat Albert’s.

August 18, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/18 /2017

During the past week, we have had several rain events (combined for about an inch here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped two and five tenths feet to rest at eighteen feet above seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is sixteen feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose one tenth of a foot to rest at one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool and fourteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose five tenths of a foot to rest at five and six tenths feet above seasonal power pool and three feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water with heavy generation. Norfork Lake fell eight tenths feet to rest at ten and three tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet and thirteen and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had limited 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 flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited wadable water in the near future.

Hopper season is here. Many guides are banging the bank with grasshopper patterns. Add a nymph dropper (ruby midge) to increase takes. If the grasshopper is hit or sinks, set the hook. My favorite grasshopper pattern is a western pink lady.

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 bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) with a ruby midge suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek is fishing well one day and poorly the next. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.

August 16, 2017 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 461.30 feet and we had just a slight rise with the rain , just a few tenths, it is 1.24 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet and will continue to fall with generation and evaporation up until the time we receive lots of rain. The weather has played a big roll this summer  on all species doing things a little bit different than usual, using a different part of the water column than a normal hot summer. Crappie fishing is good day and night around the pole timber and over and around brush piles and cane piles, sometimes as high as 10 feet suspended in the water column and as deep as 30 feet over 60-80 feet of water, use jigs and minnows. The Bream are guarding fry, shallow to deep, in-lines spinners small crank baits, crickets and crawlers working best out to 27 feet. Walleye ,some are staying put on flats while others are following hybrids and whites eating their left overs, the flat fish will eat crawlers dragged around on jig heads or drop shots, in 25-35 feet of water. The catfishing continues to be good with them coming in from all over the lake and rivers, on cut and live bait fished on flats next to deep water . The bass fishing is good up shallow on top water baits, small crank baits, spinner baits, the in between fish can be caught on jig head worms, and the deeper fish on a worm Texas rigged or a c-rig out to 40 feet of water. The Hybrids and White bass are eating off and on all day and night, from 25-65 feet of water, on spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs ,swim baits and live baits.

August 15, 2017 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort. - Norfork Lake fishing is in its summer pattern and fishing methods should be very similar for the next month.

The striped bass bite continues to be good for most out on the lake. The easiest and most productive method of catching stripers at this time is with live bait. Live threadfin shad, shiners and small bluegills are all working well, with shad being the best type of live bait. I am currently finding large schools of stripers lying on the bottom in 70 feet of water. The best areas to find the stripers at this time are on points and large deep flats in the dam area and at the start of the Big Creek area (Long Point, Koso, Thumb, Point 1, Hudson) and also on the flats out in front of Sand Island in the Jordan area. Artificial baits are also producing striped bass. Try vertical jigging with a spoon or a 3 inch (or so) grub with a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jig head. If you're jigging keep the action of your bait moving slow, use small twitches of the bait and work them slowly on the bottom. It is hard to feel the bite so be ready to set the hook with the slightest heaviness of your line while moving the bait. Trolling swimbaits and 4 - 5 inch crank baits are also producing some fish.

A second area to catch hybrid bass and on occasion striped bass is in 25 feet (+ or - 5 feet) of water. The lake thermocline is roughly at 25 feet with good oxygenated water from the shore line out to 25 feet with about 80 - 84 degree water temperature though out this water column. Most of the bait fish that I have found is in this 0 - 25 feet range so as you would guess it is holding lots of fish. I have found some schooling hybrids in the mid lake area in the 25 feet range feeding on shad. With this shallower water all types of artificial baits will work. I had a friend trolling deep diving crank baits and ran into schools of nice striped bass on points in the mid lake area.

The walleye bite is getting good. Most walleye are being caught in 18 - 25 feet of water on the bottom. Trolling a crawler harness with bottom bouncing weights are catching some nice fish as are deep diving crank baits such as a Flicker Shad. If you're using crank baits use about a 4 inch minnow imitating crank. If you just have shallow diving cranks you can always add some inline weight to get your bait down to the 20 feet level. I have always had the best luck when the bill of the crank digs into the bottom of the lake a little. Walleye are showing up all over the main lake including points and large flats. I have used thread fin shad set on the bottom and have picked up a few walleye. I have also caught walleye while I am striper fishing in 70 feet of water. Yesterday I did not land any walleye, but on 4 different occasions I set my hook on a light bite to bring up only my weight and leader with no hook. I would guess that I was getting numerous walleye bites.
Pan fish are also in the 0 - 25 feet of water range. If you can find some brush pile in 20 - 25 of water you will find some crappie, but most are roaming the flooded shoreline trees feeding on shad. Crickets are working well for blue gills in the shallow water.

Catfish are showing up at all depths. I have caught cats in 70 feet of water when striper fishing, as well as in 20 feet of water while walleye fishing. They are roaming all over the lake.

A week ago I had a family that love to bow fish. I sent them over to a point in the Cranfield area and they had a blast. The best part of this group is that they clean and eat what they shoot. I have never eaten gar before, but they tell me they are excellent eating as long as they are cleaned properly. I took a cleaning lesson one afternoon when they were cleaning their catch and saw that you end up getting a nice white fillet with no bones after you are done. I guess I will have to try cleaning one next time I land a gar. I typically cut the line and release them when I do catch one.

The Norfork Lake level is falling slowly and currently sits at 566.3, which is about 11 feet above normal pool. The surface water temperature is ranging from 82 - 85 degrees depending the time of day. The main lake looks fairly clear with the creeks and coves stained.

August 14, 2017 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 14 August, the lake level is approx 10 inches above normal conservation pool and rising at 260.02 ft-msl.  There is current of 4347 CFS in Little River on Tuesday; tailwater approx 232.7 ft-msl. Water temps increased slightly over the past week.  Lake in process of stablizing level from all the local thunderstorms and rain over the past few days.  Use normal caution during navigation.  Cooler temperatures over the past couple weeks have been a welcome relief!

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 83ºF early to 90ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week. 

Clarity and visibility is fair but getting worse with all the incoming fresh rain, compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-12 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 12-15 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.

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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.


The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Not much change in Bass behavior over the past few weeks, although with these cooler temperature daytime highs, we have seen schooling fish more often in the oxbows up Little River.  Bass remain very good from 2 to 3 pounds, on topwaters early at daybreak.  Bass continue to react the most aggressive at dawn around lily pad stands, stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in Little River near deep drops.  Stuttersteps, Chug Bugs, Baby Torpedoes, Shad Assassins, Heddon Dying Flutters, and Jitterbugs, all continue drawing good reactions on topwater at daybreak.  Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and top water soft plastic frogs all remain drawing good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads.  Best color of buzz baits over the past couple weeks included white/chartreuse, black, black/blue, or Bream colors around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river.  Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost, and Bad To the Bone colors.  Good bites continue on black, pumpkinseed, or june bug colored soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find.

Big bulky, fat, 7-10" worms, and brush hogs continue working in drop-offs, with best colors over the past week or two being peanut butter'n jelly, black grape, watermelon-purple, or watermelon candy and green pumpkin.  Best locations for working the bulky worms range from 5-10 feet deep in Little River around grass mats after morning top water bite subsides, and in the same areas where the top water early bite is aggressive.  Continue moving deeper in the creek channels or to the points of Little River where the creek junctions the river as the sun rises and begins to heat up the flats adjacent to creek channels.  The deep and medium diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad, remain working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits continue working long old river channel cut-overs, ditches, and deep creek outer swings where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into Little River.  Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills continue working in Millwood Magic and Ghost colors around deeper drops in Little River.  Nice size bass also continue biting on magnum sized, 4" salty tubes with Smokey/black/red flake, Purple Smoke/purple fleck, and black/blue tail colors working over the past several weeks.

Chatterbaits and War Eagle Spinnerbaits continuing to get bit using Spot Remover or Firecracker colors, next to cypress trees and knees, over the past couple weeks in the oxbows once the sun gets up.

Shad and Bream colored squarebill crankbaits continue working around hydrilla and stumps from 5-9 feet deep near cypress trees along creeks and parallel to vegetation lines/mats dumping into the oxbows.

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Rat-L-Traps, Fat Free Shad crankbaits, Little Georges, Beetle Spins, Rooster Tails, and Rocket Shads from approx 7-12 feet deep.   Schooling Whites have been noted in the back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows off Little River early at daybreak on flats adjacent to deeper drops in the depths from 5-10 feet deep at random intervals for the past several weeks.  The cooling daytime highs over the past week have notched up the surface breaker activity this week.

Crappie: Crappie disappeared last week with the increase of incoming muddy water and increased current and no consistent pattern we have related to, since.

Cats:  Blues continued feeding well this week with the increase in Little River current up.  Channel Cats continue biting well on trot lines set along outer bends of the river in stump rows of old river timber from 12-16 feet deep with chicken livers, hearts, gizzards, cut buffalo, and blood bait continue working.

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Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 83ºF early to 90ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is currently 10 inches above normal pool, at 260.02 ft-msl and steady with increased river current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate approx 4347 CFS Tuesday. The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 232.7 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions.  Navigation is normal caution.

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-12 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 12-15 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 advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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!

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August 11, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/11 /2017

During the past week, we have had a trace of rain here in Cotter, warm temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped two and three tenths feet to rest at twenty and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is thirteen and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock remained steady at one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool and fourteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell three tenths of a foot to rest at five and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool and three and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water with heavy generation. Norfork Lake fell one and four tenths feet to rest at eleven and one tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet and thirteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had 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 below the top of flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited wadable water in the near future.

Hopper season is here. Many guides are banging the bank with grasshopper patterns. Add a nymph dropper (ruby midge) to increase takes. If the grasshopper is hit or sinks, set the hook. My favorite grasshopper pattern is a western pink lady.

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 bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) with a ruby midge suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

 

Dry Run Creek is fishing well one day and poorly the next. With school out, it can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.

August 9, 2017 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
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Striper fishing continues to be good. The stripers are continuing to move deeper as the oxygen level gets lower. The thermocline has dropped down to 60’ and will keep getting lower as the lake level goes lower. One tip is to keep changing your bait. The bait will not live more than 10 minutes right now so keep changing the bait and you will catch stripers. The other bite is the hybrid on topwater. Lots of limits were caught this past week in the Hand Cove area. You can also catch them trolling if you set your lines between 20 and 30’. I have been seeing multiple schools of hybrids passing underneath my boat. The shad is staying up the water column that is why the hybrids are feeding on them. The basic fishing rig has not changed. A 3 or 4oz weight with a short leader and putting the bait on the bottom then bringing it up about a foot and keep it there as we move around produces fish. The stripers are still concentrated around the dam area the best places is Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb, Point 1, and the Hudson area. Trolling and spooning is also producing some fish but not the numbers the live bait is.  My son took out his godson Willie along with our close friend’s grandson Logon. The boys are 4 and 5 years old. Willie’s dad Rick and Logon’s grandfather Dennis were also along. The boys did very well reeling in their limit of stripers. The fun part of the morning was when one of the boys tooted and all anybody could hear between the laughs was them blowing in their arms making the sounds everybody knows. My clients watched and were laughing as they caught their fish. It was one of the funniest days I’ve had on the lake in a long time.

August 8, 2017 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 7 August, the lake level is approx 9 inches above normal conservation pool and rising at 259.9 ft-msl.  There is current of 5995 CFS in Little River on Tuesday; tailwater approx 235.1 ft-msl. Water temps dropped slightly over the past week.  Lake level in process of a rapid rise due all the local thunderstorms and rain over the past few days.  Use normal caution during navigation.   Mayfly hatch tapering off on Millwood.  We are enjoying the 10º reduction in temperatures over the past few days!

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 81ºF early to 89ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week. 

Clarity and visibility is fair but getting worse with all the incoming fresh rain, compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-12 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 12-15 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.

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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.


The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Not much change in Bass behavior over the past week or so, although with these cooler temperature daytime highs, we have seen schooling fish more often in the oxbows up Little River.  Bass remain very good from 2 to 3 pounds, on topwaters early at daybreak.  Bass continue to react the most aggressive at dawn around lily pad stands, stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in Little River near deep drops.  Stuttersteps, Chug Bugs, Baby Torpedoes, Shad Assassins, Heddon Dying Flutters, and Jitterbugs, all continue drawing good reactions on topwater at daybreak.  Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and top water soft plastic frogs all remain drawing good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads.  Best color of buzz baits over the past couple weeks included white/chartreuse, black, black/blue, or Bream colors around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river.  Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost, and Bad To the Bone colors.  Good bites continue on black, pumpkinseed, or june bug colored soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find.

Big bulky, fat, 7-10" worms, and brush hogs continue working in drop-offs, with best colors over the past week or two being peanut butter'n jelly, black grape, watermelon-purple, or watermelon candy and green pumpkin.  Best locations for working the bulky worms range from 5-10 feet deep in Little River around grass mats after morning top water bite subsides, and in the same areas where the top water early bite is aggressive.  Continue moving deeper in the creek channels or to the points of Little River where the creek junctions the river as the sun rises and begins to heat up the flats adjacent to creek channels.  The deep and medium diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad, remain working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits continue working long old river channel cut-overs, ditches, and deep creek outer swings where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into Little River.  Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills continue working in Millwood Magic and Ghost colors around deeper drops in Little River.  Nice size bass also continue biting on magnum sized, 4" salty tubes with Smokey/black/red flake, Purple Smoke/purple fleck, and black/blue tail colors working over the past several weeks.

Chatterbaits continuing to get bit using Spot Remover or Firecracker colors, next to cypress trees and knees, over the past couple weeks in the oxbows once the sun gets up.

Shad and Bream colored squarebill crankbaits continue working around hydrilla and stumps from 5-9 feet deep near cypress trees along creeks and parallel to vegetation lines/mats dumping into the oxbows.

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Rat-L-Traps, Fat Free Shad crankbaits, Little Georges, Beetle Spins, Rooster Tails, and Rocket Shads from approx 7-12 feet deep.   Schooling Whites have been noted in the back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows off Little River early at daybreak on flats adjacent to deeper drops in the depths from 5-10 feet deep at random intervals for the past several weeks.  The cooling daytime highs over the past week have notched up the surface breaker activity this week.

Crappie: Crappie disappeared this week with the increase of incoming muddy water and increased current.

Bream:  The Bluegills and Longear Sunfish Bream continue biting really good.  Good Bream and Bluegills continue hitting crickets and worms at the Millwood State Park off the bank, and all along Little River over the past couple weeks, and especially under any leaning cypress or willow, and other "leafed out" trees where the Mayfly hatch is happening.  The Mayfly hatch is beginning to wind down.
Cats:  Blues improved this week with the increase in Little River current up.  Channel Cats continue biting well on trot lines set along outer bends of the river in stump rows of old river timber from 12-16 feet deep with chicken livers, hearts, gizzards, cut buffalo, and blood bait continue working.

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

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 81ºF early to 89ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is currently 9 inches above normal pool, at 259.9 ft-msl and rising with increaed river current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate approx 6000 CFS Tuesday. The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 235.1 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions.  Navigation is normal caution.

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-12 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 12-15 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 advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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!!

August 8, 2017 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 461.79 and falling with generation and evaporation , it will continue to fall on through the fall of the year for electoral needs as they come. The bass fishing is good with some schooling fish and the rest of the structure and shallow fish eating with the cooler water temps and cloud cover being present, for the shallow fish  use top water baits ,spinner baits, small crank baits, jig head worms and jigs for the mid-range fish, for the deeper fish try Texas rigged worms, football heads, and c-rigs, as well as drop shots and swim baits. The Bream are bedding small crank baits, in-line spinners and beetle spins working as well as crickets and crawlers from shallow out to18-26 feet. The crappie are floating around suspended following the bait fish and can be caught with jigs or minnows in 18-38 feet of water. No report on Walleye. The catfish are still chewing good all over the lake on a variety of baits , whatever your choice is ,they will eat it. The Hybrid and White bass are still eating off and on all day and night and have moved a little more shallow and can be caught from 22-38 feet of water , with some schooling going on all over the lake, try spoons, top water baits, in-line spinners, swim baits and hair jigs, as well as Alabama rigs.

August 4, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/04/2017

During the past week, we have had a trace of rain here in Cotter, warm temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped two feet to rest at twenty two and eight tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is eleven and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell one and four tenths feet to rest at one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool and fourteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at five and four tenths feet above seasonal power pool and three and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water with heavier generation. Norfork Lake fell one and seven tenths feet to rest at twelve and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet and eleven and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had 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 below the top of flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited wadable water in the near future.

Hopper season is here. Many guides are banging the bank with grasshopper patterns. Add a nymph dropper (ruby midge) to increase takes. If the grasshopper is hit or sinks, set the hook. My favorite grasshopper pattern is a western pink lady.

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 bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) with a ruby midge suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek is fishing well one day and poorly the next. With school out, it can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.

August 2, 2017 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.24 feet it is 0.3 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet Greers Ferry is very healthy right now with a lot of shad, and today they are releasing the nursery pond with more threadfin shad into the lake which will add even more bait fish for our game fish to eat, as we are on the way back to having a great shad population again. The catching overall is good all over the lake. The Black Basses can be caught shallow and out to 65 feet on numberish baits, from spinner baits, whacky worms,t-exas riggs,c-rigs,football heads and top water baits, pick your poison. The crappie are pretty much suspended in 15-30 feet of water and can be caught vertical with jigs and minnows, beattkle spins are working as well. The big bream are pretty shallow up the rivers but deeper in main lake out to 27 feet, use crickets and crawlers, in line spinners, small crank baits and spoons. The Walleye catching is so  so after you find them as they are roaming the flats at various places through out the day and night. Try crank baits and dragging crawlers on jig heads or a drop shot. The catfish catching is good at night and low lite conditions all over the lake on your usual catfish baits. The Hybrid and White bass are still going good , but are on the move a lot of those super deep fish have moved back more shallow some days and can be caught 25-40 feet  according to conditions, but they continue to eat off and on all day and nite,use 3-5 inch baits for the bigger fish, in-line spinners,spoons,swim baits and hair jigs. Overall some schooling is going on all over the lake for the Hybrid, white and Black basses.

August 2, 2017 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
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This summer’s striper fishing has been the best in years. Most guides are producing limits on each trip. I can not remember when the fishing has been this good. We have had a very busy July. One or both of us have limited everyday in July. Only twice did we not have limits for our clients. We are having many happy faces when we return to the dock. The stripers are moving deeper as the water warms up. The highest temperature I have seen is 90.5 degrees in the early morning by late after its around 95 degrees. The warm water puts a lot of pressure on the stripers as the O2 levels keep reducing forcing, the stripers go to deep. The good news is that they are still feeding heavy in the morning starting around 6 AM and it continues on until at least 9 AM, more then enough time to catch your limit. Again I urge you to only catch your limit and quit fishing I have some floating stripers and that’s from people releasing fish or break offs. The basic fishing rig has not changed. A 3 or 4oz weight with a short leader and putting the bait on the bottom then bringing it up about a foot and keep it there as we move around produces fish. The stripers are still concentrated around the dam area the best places is Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb, Point 1, and the Hudson area. Trolling and spooning is also producing some fish but not the numbers the live bait is. This action should continue into August.

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort. - Norfork Lake fishing has not changed much over the last couple of weeks, which means the striped bass bite continues to be strong in deep water and all other species are biting in 0 - 20 feet of water.

I have not had the chance to fish my normal 5 days a week, but when I have had the chance to get out the bite has been strong. Striped bass are being caught from south of point 2 to the dam and east of the dam to the Jordan Island area. The larger stripers are being caught in 50 - 70 feet of water. They're lying on the bottom early in the morning as well as during the day. Live bait is working very well but several artificial baits are also working. Vertical jigging with a spoon, as well as, jigging with a small 3 inch grub (green or off white) on the bottom. The main tactic at this time is to move your bait very slowly along the bottom. Keep your bait small and move it slowly and you will catch fish. Trollers are picking up some nice stripers, but again you will need to get your bait down below 45 feet.

I have been watching many nice sized largemouth bass swimming around in about 3 feet of water early in the morning in front of our dock. Our gravel parking lot is still partially under water and the bait fish and small blue gills are loving the warm water. Bass are having a field day feeding at will. I guess what I am trying to tell you is look for those flooded roadways early in the morning and cast out your favorite plastic bait (Crawdad) or swim bait and you should pick up some nice fish. I am also noting some bass hitting the surface early in the morning as well as at sunset.

Walleye fishing has also starting picking up. The best water depth is around 18 feet on large rounded points. Use a crawler harness with a bottom bouncer or drop shot a live minnow to pick up some nice fish.

Blue gill are also in the 18 feet of water depth. Crickets have been one of the best baits at this time. Hybrid bass and white bass have been sporadically erupting in the mornings. I have gotten reports from all different areas of the lake with top water action. There has been some nice sized hybrids and mid sized whites coming up and feeding on small shad. Norfork Lake level is falling around 2 - 3 inches per day and currently sits at 568.86. The lake is clear to its normal green summer time tint. The surface water temperature has reached 90 degrees, plus or minus a few degrees.

August 1, 2017 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 31 July, the lake level is approx 3 inches above normal conservation pool and falling at 259.4 ft-msl.  There is current of 1167 CFS in Little River; tailwater approx 226.1 ft-msl. Water temps were stable over the past week.  Lake level in process of a return to normal pool elevation.  Use normal caution during navigation.   Mayfly hatch remains in full swing on Millwood, and like we have never seen in recent years.  It is super hot this time of year on Millwood, and the Bream bite continues after these Mayflies!

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 83ºF early to 92ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week. 

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 12-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 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.

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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.


The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Not a lot of change in "Bassattitude" over the past week or so.  Bass remain excellent from 2 to 3 pounds and occasionally a 4-5 pounder blow up, on topwaters early at daybreak.  Bass are the most aggressive at dawn around lily pad stands, stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in Little River near deep drops.  Stuttersteps, Chug Bugs, Baby Torpedoes, Shad Assassins, Smithwick Jerk Baits, Heddon Dying Flutters, and Jointed Jitterbugs, all continue drawing good reactions on topwater at daybreak.  Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and top water soft plastic frogs all remain drawing good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads.  Best color of buzz baits over the past couple weeks included Black, Blue Glimmer Ghost, White/chartreuse or Bream colors around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river.  Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost, and Bad To the Bone colors.  Good bites continue on black, pumpkinseed, or june bug colored soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find.

Big bulky, fat, 7-10" worms, and brush hogs continue working in drop-offs, with best colors over the past week or two being peanut butter'n jelly, black grape, watermelon-purple, or watermelon candy and green pumpkin.  Best locations for working the bulky worms range from 5-10 feet deep in Little River around grass mats after morning top water bite subsides, and in the same areas where the top water early bite is aggressive.  Continue moving deeper in the creek channels or to the points of Little River where the creek junctions the river as the sun rises and begins to heat up the flats adjacent to creek channels.  The deep and medium diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad, remain working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits continue working long old river channel cut-overs, ditches, and deep creek outer swings where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into Little River.  Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills continue working in Millwood Magic and Ghost colors around deeper drops in Little River.  Nice size bass also continue biting on magnum sized, 4" salty tubes with Smokey/black/red flake, Purple Smoke/purple fleck, and black/blue tail colors working over the past several weeks.

Chatterbaits continuing to get bit using Spot Remover or Firecracker colors, next to cypress trees and knees, over the past couple weeks in the oxbows once the sun gets up.

Shad and Bream colored squarebill crankbaits continue working around hydrilla and stumps from 4-7 feet deep near cypress trees along creeks and parallel to vegetation lines/mats dumping into the oxbows.

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Rat-L-Traps, Fat Free Shad crankbaits, Little Georges, Beetle Spins, Rooster Tails, and Rocket Shads from approx 7-12 feet deep.   Schooling Whites have been noted in the back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows off Little River early at daybreak on flats adjacent to deeper drops in the depths from 5-10 feet deep at random intervals for the past several weeks.

Crappie: Crappie continued improving over the past week, in Little River, out of any remaining current, and continue biting over planted brush piles vertical jigging tubes and jigs from 7-8 feet of depth, out of any remaining current in Little River.  Best colors were pink/white, chartreuse/blue, and chartreuse/white combinations.  Jig'n Spins, Chuck'n Spins, and Blakemore Roadrunners were also vertically jigging up some decent size Crappie last week.

Bream:  The Bluegills and Longear Sunfish Bream continue biting really good.  Good Bream and Bluegills were hitting crickets and worms at the Millwood State Park late last week off the bank, and all along Little River over the past couple weeks, and especially under any leaning cypress or willow, and other "leafed out" trees where the Mayfly hatch is happening.  The Mayfly hatch this year is tremendous.  Any bait resembling a Mayfly will get you a limit of Bream really quick along the river.   Casting or jigging with popping bugs, crickets, and red worms, Mayflies, and tiny jigging spoons and Blakemore Roadrunners are catching a limit in short order.  It's hot, but so is the Bream Bite!

Cats:  Blues improved this week with the increase in Little River current up.  Trot lines set along outer bends of the river in stump rows of old river timber from 10-12 feet deep with chicken livers, hearts, gizzards, cut buffalo, and blood bait were working.

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

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 83ºF early to 92ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is currently 3 inches above normal pool, at 259.4 ft-msl and falling with reduced river current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate approx 1167 CFS Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 226.1 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions.  Navigation is normal caution.

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 12-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 20 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 advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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!

July 28, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 7/28/2017

During the past week, we have had a trace of rain here in Cotter, warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped one and one tenths feet to rest at twenty four and eight tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is nine and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell one and four tenths feet to rest at one and three tenths feet above seasonal power pool and twelve and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at six and eight tenths feet above seasonal power pool and two and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water with moderate generation. Norfork Lake fell one and nine tenths feet to rest at fourteen and three tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet and ten feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had 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 below the top of flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited wadable water in the near future.

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 bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) with a ruby midge suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek is fishing well one day and poorly the next. With school out, it can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.

July 25, 2017 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 24 July, the lake level is approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool and falling at 259.5 ft-msl.  There is current of 173 CFS in Little River; tailwater approx 226.3 ft-msl. Water temps were stable over the past week.  Lake level in process of a return to normal pool elevation.  Use normal caution during navigation.   Mayfly hatch remains in full swing on Millwood, and like we have never seen in recent years.  It is super hot this time of year on Millwood, and the Bream bite continues after these Mayflies!

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 86ºF early to 93ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week. 

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 12-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 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.

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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.


The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Bass remain good to excellent from 2 to 5 pounds on topwaters early at daybreak.  Bass are the most aggressive at dawn around lily pad stands, stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in Little River near deep drops.  Buzz baits,  Spittin' Images, Chug bugs, and Stuttersteps all continue drawing good reactions on topwater at daybreak.  Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and soft plastic frogs all remain drawing good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads.  Best color of buzz baits over the past couple weeks included Black, Blue Glimmer Ghost, White/chartreuse, and bubblegum colors around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river.  Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost, and Bad To the Bone colors.  Good bites continue on black, or june bug colored soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find.

Big bulky 10" worms continue working in drop-offs, with best colors over the past week or two being black, black grape, or peanut butter'n jelly.  Best locations for working the bulky worms range from 5-10 feet deep in Little River around grass mats after morning top water bite subsides, and in the same areas where the top water early bite is aggressive.  Try moving deeper in the creek channels or to the points of Little River where the creek junctions the river as the sun rises and begins to heat up the flats adjacent to creek channels.  The deep and medium diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad, remain working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits continue working long old river channel swings where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into Little River.  Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills continue working in Millwood Magic and Ghost colors around deeper drops in Little River, and in the mouths of creek channels dumping into the river.  Nice size bass are also biting on magnum sized, 4" salty tubes with Bream/Orange tail, Irish Whiskey, Smokey/black/red flake, Purple Smoke/purple fleck, and black/blue tail colors working over the past several weeks.

Chatterbaits continuing to get bit using Spot Remover or Firecracker colors, next to cypress trees and knees, drawing strikes 3-6 feet from the base of the trees, over this past week in a few of the oxbows once the sun gets up.

Bream colored crankbaits, also continue working around pads, hydrilla, and stumps from 3-6 feet deep near cypress trees along creeks dumping into the oxbows, in the mouths of the creeks and across secondary points.

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Fat Free Shad crankbaits, Little Georges, Beetle Spins, Rooster Tails, and Rocket Shads from approx 7-12 feet deep.   Schooling Whites have been noted in the back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows off Little River early at daybreak on flats adjacent to deeper drops in the depths from 5-10 feet deep at random intervals for the past several weeks.

Crappie: Crappie continued improving over the past week, with the slower current reduction in Little River, out of any remaining current, and continue biting over planted brush piles vertical jigging tubes and jigs from 7-8 feet of depth, out of any remaining current in Little River.  Best colors were pink/white, chartreuse/blue, and chartreuse/white combinations.  Spinning jigs were also vertically jigging up some decent size Crappie last week.

Bream:  The Bluegills and Longear Sunfish Bream were biting really good all along Little River over the past couple weeks, and especially under any leaning cypress or willow, and other "leafed out" trees where the Mayfly hatch is happening.  The Mayfly hatch this year is tremendous.  Any bait resembling a Mayfly will get you a limit of Bream really quick along the river.   Casting or jigging with popping bugs, crickets, and red worms, Mayflies, and tiny jigging spoons and Blakemore Roadrunners are catching a limit in short order.  It's hot, but so is the Bream Bite!

Cats:  No report for cats since the recent reduction of current along Little River over the past week. 

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Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 86ºF early to 93ºF range, depending on location. 

Lake level as of Monday is currently 3 inches above normal pool, at 259.5 ft-msl and falling with reduced river current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate approx 173 CFS Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 226.3 ft-msl.  Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions.  Navigation is normal caution.

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 12-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 20 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 advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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!

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July 21, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 7/21/2017

During the past week, we have had no rain here in Cotter, warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped one and three tenths feet to rest at twenty five and nine tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is eight and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell nine tenths of a foot to rest at two and seven tenths feet above seasonal power pool and eleven and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at six and two tenths feet above seasonal power pool and two and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water with moderate generation. Norfork Lake fell one and three tenths feet to rest at sixteen and two tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet and eight and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had 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 flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited 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 bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) with a ruby midge suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down.

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek is fishing well. With school out, it can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.

July 19, 2017 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 464.69 feet and falling it is 2.15 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet it will continue to fall until we reach normal pool and then will go down as they generate for power needs. The water temp has gotten hot and we should develop a well-defined thermocline soon . The catching over all is good all over the lake off and on throughout the day and night. The Crappie are in big schools in the standing pole timer over, in and around brush pile and even sitting out suspended in open water in the guts of cuts 115-30 feet deep, try minnows and jigs fished vertical for best results. The Bream are guarding fry up shallow and out to 28 feet of water ,try using crickets, crawlers and the shallow fish will eat the same as well as small in-line spinners and small crank baits. The catfishing is real good on certain days and nights with a variety of baits all over the lake with all 3 species being caught. The Black bass are all over the place from real shallow out to 65 feet spinner baits, crank baits, top water baits working shallow ,jigs and jig head worms working on the in-between fish ,the deeper fish can be caught with Texas rigged worms ,c-rigs,spoons,in-line spinners ,hair jigs and football heads, there is some schooling going on off and on all day as well. The Walleye are roaming around monster flats eating off and on during the day and night . The Hybrid and White bass are eating off and on around the clock as well from 25 out to 70 feet of water on in-line spinners ,spoons, hair jigs swim baits and of course live bait, some big schools are surface feeding as well but they are up and down pretty quick  but will get better over time.

July 18, 2017 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 17 July, the lake level is approx 8 inches above normal conservation pool and falling at 259.9 ft-msl.  There is current of 2820 CFS in Little River; tailwater approx 232.3 ft-msl. Water temps were stable over the past week.  Lake level in process of a return to normal pool elevation.  Use normal caution during navigation.   Mayfly hatch is in full swing on Millwood, and like we have never seen in recent years.  It is super hot this time of year on Millwood, but man so is the Bream bite after these Mayflies!

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 82ºF early to 90ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week. 

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 12-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 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.

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

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.


The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Bass are good from 2 to 3 pounds on topwaters early and late.  Bass are the most aggressive at dawn around lily pad stands, stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in Little River near deep drops.  Buzz baits, Pop-R's in bone color, and Baby Torpedoes in frog and shad patterns are still drawing reactions at the surface at daybreak.  Spittin' Images, Chug bugs, and Stuttersteps are all drawing good reactions on topwater at daybreak.  Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and soft plastic frogs all remain working and drawing good responses, early in the morning.  Best color of buzz baits are Black and blue, Firecracker, Bream, or Ghost colors around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river.  Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost, and Bad To the Bone colors.  Good bites continue on black, or june bug colored soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find.

Big bulky 10" worms, in black, black grape, and plum or peanut butter'n jelly continue working 5-10 feet deep in Little River around grass mats after morning top water bite subsides, in the same areas, moving deeper in the creek channels or to the points of Little River where the creek junctions the river.  The deep and medium diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad, in Tennessee Shad, Citrus Shad, and Citruse colors remain working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits are working long old river channel swings where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into Little River.  Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills continue working in Millwood Magic and Ghost colors around deeper drops in Little River, and in the mouths of creek channels dumping into the river.  Nice size bass are also biting on magnum sized, 4" salty tubes in Bluegill, Irish Whiskey, and Appleseed colors, and have been working over the past several weeks.

War Eagle spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits are also continuing to draw good reactions in Firecracker, Aurora, and Spot Remover colors continue drawing good strikes around stumps and in vegetation over this past week in a few of the oxbows once the sun gets up.

Bream colored crankbaits, are also working around pads, hydrilla, and stumps from 3-6 feet deep near cypress trees along creeks dumping into the oxbows, in the mouths of the creeks and across secondary points.

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Fat Free Shad crankbaits, Little Georges, Beetle Spins, Rooster Tails, and Rocket Shads from approx 7-12 feet deep.   Schooling Whites have been noted in the back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows off Little River early at daybreak on flats adjacent to deeper drops in the depths from 5-10 feet deep.

Crappie: the Crappie bite continued improving over the past week, and were biting over planted brush piles vertical jigging tubes and jigs from 8-12 feet of depth, out of any remaining current in Little River.  Best colors were white, chartreuse, and blue combinations.  Also minnows were tagging a few slabs this past week too.

Bream:  The Bluegills and Longear Sunfish Bream were biting really good all along Little River this past week or 10 days, and especially under leaning cypress or willow trees where the Mayfly hatch is like none we remember in recent years.  The Mayfly hatch this year is tremendous, and anything faintly resembling a Mayfly will get you a limit of Bream really quick along the river.  Several anglers were tied off to stumps on edge of Little River over the past few days, casting under overhanging willow tree limbs with popping bugs, crickets, and red worms, and catching a limit in as little as 30 minutes to an hour of nice sized Mason Bream.  It's hot, but so is the Bream Bite!

Cats:  Blues and channel cats continue biting good in Little River on trot lines, approx 10-15 feet, in creek mouths and outer bends of the river.  Best bites continue to be on cut shad, chicken hearts, gizzards, and chicken livers. 

July 14, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 7/14/2017

During the past week, we have had no rain here in Cotter, warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped one tenth of a foot to rest at twenty six and seven tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 661.1 feet. This is six and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell four tenths of a foot to rest at three and six tenths feet above seasonal power pool and ten feet and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at six and seven tenths feet above seasonal power pool and one and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had wadable water with moderate generation. Norfork Lake fell three tenths of a foot to rest at seventeen and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 556 feet and six and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had a bit 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 flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited wadable water in the near future.

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 bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) with a ruby midge suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are higher. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

 

Dry Run Creek is fishing well. With school out it can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.

July 12, 2017 - Greers Ferry Lake - Submitted by Fish Finders Fish Service - The water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 465.76 feet and falling with generation and evaporation it is 3.22 above normal pool of 462.54 and will continue to fall until we get to normal pool and then as generation needs after. The catching is great over all. The bass fishing is good deep and shallow and at night as well, use Texas rigs-rigs and football heads out deep as well as spoons out to 65 feet of water, spinner baits ,jigs and small cranks up shallow, and jig head worms on the in-between fish, there are some schoolers as well that are coming up at different times throughout the day, at night use spinner baits, right bite gizits and Texas rigged worms for the best results. The Crappie catching is good in the pole timber and brush piles  ,the fish are suspended in 12-25 feet of water eating minnows and jigs. The Bream are building nests again and can be caught on crickets and crawlers, in-line spinners and small crank baits up shallow and live bait out to 27 feet of water. The Walleye catching is good if ya can find them on these massive flats, different days different places, drag crawlers on jig heads and drop shots. The Catfishing is great all over the lake on a variety of baits and technique’s on the edges of channels. The Hybrid and White bass catching is great all over the lake, throughout the day and night from 25-70 feet of water on live baits,spoons,in-line spinners, top water baits ,swim baits and hair jigs.

July 13, 2017 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
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Striper fishing continues to be outstanding Norfork Lake. I can not remember when the fishing has been this good. My son and I have been bringing in limits of stripers everyday we have fished for the last three weeks. Because of the warm water striper fishing is strictly catch and keep so we only fish until we can a limit and then go home. Arkansas Fish & Game has requested that all persons fishing on Norfork keep all legal stripers and quit when you catch your limit. The basic fishing rig has not changed a 3 or 4oz weight with a short leader and putting the bait on the bottom then bringing it up about a foot and keep it there as we move around. The stripers are still concentrated around the dam area the best places is Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb, Point 1, and the Hudson area. There has been some topwater action in Hand Cove as of late, usually in the early evening. Trolling and spooning is also producing some fish but not the numbers the live bait is. This action should continue into August.  My son took Mike his grandson Cody and Cody’s friend Braxton out for a fast action striper trip. I took Mike and Cody out last year and we had a great time and caught our limit. Cody did a great job last year in fighting a striper. As it has been, the action starts early and is pretty steady the whole time. Right now we are using 6 downlines and there have been times where 4 and 5 rods are hit at the same time. Its total chaos but a lot of fun. Right before they were finishing up on their limits Cody’s rod went down and the fight was on since Cody knew how to fight the fish from last year he handled the fish with ease. When they got it in, it weighted 30 lbs. You could not have a bigger smile on a boy’s face as was on Cody’s. What a way to end their fishing trip then he will have a wall mount he will have for a lifetime.

July 11, 2017 - Millwood Lake - Submitted by Millwood Lake Guide Service - As of Monday, 10 July, the lake level is approximately 4 inches above normal conservation pool and falling.  Monday, there is current in Little River with the gates releasing around 3900 CFS.  Main lake stained from recent high wind and thunderstorms over the past few days.  Largemouth Bass are very good early, moving deeper into creek channels and Little River later in the day.  White Bass remain are deep Little River and oxbows.  Crappie have improved up river, out of any remaining current.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging 80ºF early to 90ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.
 
Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 259.5 mfsl with current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate as of Monday was near 3900 CFS.  As of Monday the tailwater level was near 241 mfsl. 

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

Clarity and visibility continues improving, this week depending on location over the past few days.  Little River continues to settle out and clear up as does main lake, with the reduced inflow and current.  The oxbow's clarity continues to improve.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-6 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity is 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.

The Details:

Largemouth Bass:  Not much change in Bass activity over the past couple weeks, full blown summer patterns; shallow early, drop offs and ledges deeper in creek channels as the sun heats up.  Bass continue feeding very good early, on topwaters.  With the summer patterns continuing to be the norm, the best top water activity is from dawn and early morning, up to around 9am or so.  The top water activity continues to be a excellent on Rat-L-Trap Stuttersteps, top water frogs, buzz baits, Ken Pops, Spit'n Images, Bass Assassins, and Chugbugs working around lily pads, stumps in creek channels, and vegetation from 3-5 feet deep.  As the sun rises, switch to chatterbaits, War Eagle spinnerbaits, and shallow depth squarebill crankbaits will get a reaction from the Bass in the creek channels, in the same areas as the early top water bite.  Big bulky magnum tubes, 8" lizards, and 10" worms near cypress trees, knees, and vegetation close to deep drops in creek channels and Little River will hold these mid to late, morning fish.  

Larger Bass are holding near points and deep creeks allows quick access to deeper water in Little River or deeper creek sections with stumps during the day as the sun gets up.  Best color over the past week or so for buzz baits are firecracker, white/chartreuse, or bream colors.  Bass Assassin Shads in Watermelon Candy, Rainbow Shad, Native Shiner, and Chartreuse Pepper Shad colors are working around lily pads and vegetation over the past week with the better water clarity.  Rat-L-Trap 1.75 Echo Squarebill crankbaits continue to get good reactions, with the best colors over the past several weeks Gizzard Shad, Ghost Minnow, and Millwood Magic.  Medium running Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits in Citruse or Citrus Shad are catching a few Largemouths in the oxbows and clearer water color in 8-12 feet depths near cypress trees and creek channel swings. 

White Bass:  Best activity over the past week or so falls back to the jig'n spoon pattern for the whites or hybrids along Little River backwashes out of current from 10-16 feet deep.  A few whites were schooling in Horseshoe earlier this week at daybreak in the back of Horseshoe oxbow.  The schooling Whites were hitting Rat-L-Traps, Chatterbaits, Little Cleos', Little Georges', and Rocket Shads with abandon.  Bomber Fat Free Shad medium diving cranks were tagging a few good Whites, as were jigging spoons in these same areas.  Flats just off the main channel were good locations early for those schooling fish that were chasing shad schools.

Crappie:  Not much change, Crappie were active early until around 9am this week in planted brush piles out of current in Little River, hitting Blakemore roadrunners, jigs, and minnows.

Cats:  Blues and Channel cats were biting in the heavy current but have shifted with the reduction in current this week.  Several Catfishermen in Mud lake were doing really good using big shiners and minnows on Yo-Yos hung from Cypress tree limbs over 8-10 feet of water at the back of Mud Lake oxbow.

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Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK being enforced by AGFC in Little River.  NO TOLERANCE allowed regarding boats or barges of wake zones from north end of White Cliffs Campground/Park to south end which stretches over approximately 1 mile in Little River.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging 80ºF early to 90ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.

Lake level as of Monday is currently is 259.5 mfsl, and falling, approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate was around 3900 CFS on Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday was near 241 mfsl.

Clarity and visibility as of Monday fair to stained with recent thunderstorms and high winds.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-6 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity also began clearing over the weekend 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 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. 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.  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.... 'Til next week, wear your life jacket, kill switch, slow down for others, & we'll see you on the lake.......

July 10, 2017 - Norfork - Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.
http://www.stroutfitters.com/
Striper fishing is outstanding right now on Norfork Lake. We are catching multiple limits of stripers each trip we are out. The stripers are holding right on the bottom in 45 to 50’ of water around the dam area. Live bait has been the best method to catch a limit. Very small threadfin shad has been the most productive bait. We are using a 3 or 4oz weight with a short leader and putting the bait on the bottom then bringing it up about a foot and keep it there as we move around. This action should continue well into August so now is the time to get on the lake. The stripers are starting to concentrated around the dam area the best places is Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb, Point 1, and the Hudson area. Trolling and spooning is also producing some fish but not the numbers the live bait is. This action should continue into August. One nice thing that is happening in this high water year is the lake is being lower daily about 2”. In years past we would have high water well into the fall. The lower water will help the fish later this summer. My son and I had trips last Friday morning. It was very nice for the first hour and half until the storms came. I had 3 stripers in the boat and Sean had 5. We moved to Jordan Marina to wait out the storm. I waited 2 hours and went out in a light rain since I had some rain gear my clients could wear. Sean had to wait 3 hours until the rain passed. Once I started fishing we had our limit in less then 45 minutes. Since Sean needed 7 more stripers it took longer but he ended up with his limit plus a 20 lb striper for the wall. This year the striper bite is starting later in the morning and lasting well into the day so even if the weather is bad you can still catch fish if you are patient.

For you out of area folks, you might want to get your calendars out and start making plans now. The stripers are in their summer pattern and the bite is on. A good tool to use to make your plans with is on the web at www.FishNorfork.com for everything Norfork Lake! For a real outdoor adventure, you might consider a striper fishing trip combined with a pheasant hunt. It's a blast!

July 7, 2017 - White River - Submitted by Berry Brothers Guides - JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 7/07/2017

During the past week, we have had several rain events (combined for a bit over four inches here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped two tenths of a foot to rest at twenty seven and one tenth feet above seasonal power pool of 661.5 feet. This is six and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell five tenths of a foot to rest at four feet above seasonal power pool and ten feet above the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose four tenths of a foot to rest at six and nine tenths feet above seasonal power pool and one and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water with moderate generation. Norfork Lake rose seven tenths of a foot to rest at seventeen and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 556 feet and six and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had a bit 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 flood pool. We should expect a lot of generation, with limited wadable water in the near future.

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 cerise San Juan worm with a bead head pheasant tail nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use lots of lead and long leaders to get your flies down

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are higher. With the warmer weather the smallmouths are 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 stained. It fishes well one day and poorly the next. 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 ruby midge dropper.

Dry Run Creek is fishing well. With school out it can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

The Spring River is off color. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is on and there many 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.