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Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit
(updated 9-30-2020) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that water temperature below the dam is 64 degrees with clearing conditions in the tailrace. Lake Ouachita is just under flood pool, which has enabled Entergy to greatly reduce flow from all area dams. Extremely fast flows and muddy conditions had been the norm for weeks as flash flooding earlier in the month caused high-water problems in the state. Entergy now is running a much safer flow below Carpenter Dam and lake conditions are returning to normal. Rainbow trout fishing will return in mid-November when the stocking program begins again for the winter. Trout are normally in Lake Catherine the week before the Thanksgiving holiday. The beginning of fall finds white bass and hybrid bass still living in the tailrace and feeding on shad. Boaters trolling shallow-running crankbaits that imitate minnows or crawfish have caught these fish in decent numbers this week. Size ranges from 1 to 2 pounds with some hybrid catches over 4 pounds. Topwater action has been observed in the early morning below the bridge. Walleye still remain in the tailrace and have been caught on minnows tightlined in deep water. A few catfish have been taken on stink baits around rock structure close to the dam. No striper activity has been reported so far, but these predator fish migrate in and out of the area frequently. Anyone navigating the Carpenter Dam tailrace should always wear a life jacket and must observe all park rules. Mask wearing and social distancing are still in effect.

Anyone navigating the Carpenter Dam tailrace should always wear a life jacket and must observe all park rules. Mask wearing and social distancing are still in effect.

Lake Hamilton

(updated 9-30-2020) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred Xpress all-welded aluminum fishing boats in Hot Springs, Greeson Marine, reports Lake Hamilton’s levels at normal pool with water clarity at 5 feet or more in most areas and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, with exception to the headwaters. Bass have been doing very well lately (at least the last three weeks). To recap what patterns have happened: First we went into the annual shad binge followed by the srawfish smashing of last week. We are now totally into junk fishing. Worms, craw patterns and shad patterns are all on right now, but it seems like the fish are getting a bit full. That being said, the only consistent pattern that we have seen are jigs (typically in half-ounce black and blue or pumpkinseed/brown coloring). Trailers need to be a craw legs-style in either June bug or green pumpkin. The other thing that is consistent on especially spotted bass is drop-shot rigs with a soft plastic natural-looking (salt and pepper coloration) crawfish. Crappie have started to come alive a little now that the water temps are down into their prime range. Crappie are scattered right now and mostly in and up creek channels in 20 feet of water. You can’t miss them when the electronics hit them, as they will look like a Christmas tree of balled-up fish. Hit the crappie with minnows and experiment with jig colors. Odds are that nothing beats a live minnow right now! Bluegill are good right now on worms and crickets in 15 feet of water and near shade or deep current. Catfish are good as always on cheese and cut bait near the channel in 20 feet. The season is changing, folks, so please use caution and get in the habit of wearing those life jackets again. Soon enough the water will be deadly cold. “Good Luck and Go Greeson!”

Catfish are still good in all areas on cheese and cut bait in 20 feet of water near current. We haven’t seen the signs of hybrids and stripers yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they move up the river channel to the tailrace of Blakeley Dam.

Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 577.99 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).

(updated 9-23-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) reports that black bass are good. The topwater bite is picking up, and spotted bass are schooled up chasing baitfish. Try a small 3/8-ounce spoon in submerged schools and your favorite topwater in those same areas. Major creek mouths and up the rivers have had the best reports. Walleye are good. Spoons and bottom bouncers with small spinners tipped with a crawler are working best. Stripers are still fair to good. These fish are being caught on live bait on the east part of the lake. Bream are still good with crickets or worms in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are slow. Try a small jig or minnow near brush in 15-25 feet of water. Catfish are good and being caught with trotlines and jugs. Cut bait and live bait are working best. Water temperature has been ranging 76-80 degrees and the clarity is clearing. Lake level, now at 578.87 feet msl. Call the Mountain Harbor fishing guides (Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717, or Chris Darby, 870-867-7822) for more information.

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