HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated June 24, 2015
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.83 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 6-17-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 78 to 82 degrees. Black bass are biting well on drop-shot rigs, Texas-rigged worms and bass jigs fished around points with cover. Walleye are still excellent and are being caught on main lake points and humps. Drop-shot rigs and bottom bouncers tipped with nightcrawlers are very effective, or try trolling a No. 5 Berkley Flicker Shad. Stripers are fair on live bait and hair jigs. The best areas are main lake points and humps on the eastern end of the lake. Bream are good and hitting worms, grubs or crickets near brush 8-15 feet deep. Crappie are fair near brush with minnows or crappie jigs fished 15 to 20 feet deep. Catfish are good and being caught on live bait or stink bait.
(Updated 6-22-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the low to mid-80s. Fishing has been good for bass lately. Find the grass and you'll find the bass. There are an awful lot of anglers catching spotted bass on crayfish already. This is really early, but the anglers seem to be catching quite a few on this typical fall pattern. The walleye are biting extremely well right now on any of the humps between Crystal Springs and Brady. Live minnows and a spoon jigged vertically over main lake humps is just as likely to land you a walleye as it is a bass right now.
Lake Ouachita is still above the flood stage. They will be matching flow from Blakely Dam in the Corps of Engineer’s effort to lower Lake Ouachita out of flood pool. Flows from Remmel and Carpenter dams are likely to increase to around 10,000 cfs before the week is over. Boaters should use extreme caution while boating on the area lakes due to the increased amount of floating debris.
(Updated 6-3-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said the bite on all fish is tough on Lake Hamilton due to a tremendous amount of water being passed through Hamilton to lower the water level of Ouachita.
(Updated 6-9-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said the tailrace below Carpenter Dam remains unsafe to navigate. Entergy continues to run huge amounts of flood waters from Lake Ouachita in an effort to bring the lake down out of flood pool. Very fast currents and high water are the norm below the dam and these conditions will continue into next week. Lake Ouachita should fall out of flood pool sometime next week which will allow Entergy to schedule normal summer generation patterns. Rainbow trout are present in large numbers in Lake Catherine, as are white bass and hybrids. Boaters and fishermen must use extreme caution in the tailrace until the dangerous conditions subside.