Great Stripers We Caught Lake Ouachita

Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Site (Fishing)


From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site

Updated January 21, 2015

Lake Ouachita:

Visit Trader Bills Ourdoors Here

Visit Mountain Harbor Marina & Spa at Lake Ouachita Here

Visit Poorman's Guide Service Here

Diamond Head Resort & Marina on Lake Catherine Here

Visit Catch em All Guide Service Here

Visit Striped Bass Adventures

Visit Family Fishing Trips Guide Service @ Lake Hamilton and more

Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 575.85 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 1-21-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 47 to 50 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are biting well near structure on a jig-and-pig. Stripers are fair on Alabama rigs and live shad; concentrate on main creek basin areas. Crappie are biting well on minnows and crappie jigs fished 15 to 20 feet deep in and around brush. No report on catfish, walleye or bream. Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Hamilton

For weekly flow releases from Blakely Mountain Dam, visit Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.

Lake Catherine

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit (Updated 1-21-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature has fallen to 45 degrees below Carpenter Dam with clear conditions in the tailrace. A 3-foot drawdown has been in place since November, which has exposed numerous underwater hazards so boaters should use extreme caution when navigating the area. Rainbow trout fishing is very good despite the frigid temperatures as limits are recorded daily by bank fishermen and boaters alike. Hungry trout are biting waxworms and meal worms floated off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Redworms or nightcrawlers are working well fished in the same manner. Anglers should target shoal areas, sand bars and exposed rock structure in order to be successful in calm or current situations. Fly-fishermen can easily access areas that hold good numbers of trout and are catching limits of rainbows by casting small streamers in white above and below the shoals. Shad are a main prey item in winter. Streamers, zonkers and micro-jigs perfectly match injured baitfish. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current below the bridge is a very effective method of finding schools of trout, as well as hooking trophy fish that tend to feed on larger prey like threadfin shad. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails in white or brown are having success in times of generation. Jigs in 1/16- and 1/8-ounce sizes in gray or white are very effective in current as trout are searching for injured shad drawn through the turbines from Lake Hamilton. Trout stocking intensifies this month with thousands of fish stocked and inhabiting the Carpenter Dam tailrace. Rainbow trout are king at present with other species of fish present later this month and in February. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam should be aware of the generation schedules and always follow all boating and park regulations.



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