HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated April 16, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 578.27 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 4-16-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the lake temp is in the 60s and the lake level is at full pool. Black bass are being caught on just about anything you want to throw. This is floating worm season, so that is always fun. Also try a jighead worm in the guts of pockets. A carolina rig is a great way to catch a good one and sight fishing is how most tournaments are being won. Crappie are in brush in 5 feet of water and less. White bass are still in most major creeks.
(Updated 4-16-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is 56 to 60 degrees. The water is very stained from the recent rains. Black bass have slowed a little due to the stained water, but are still very good. Jighead worms and floating worms are hot right now. Carolina rigged lizards and brush hogs are producing quality sacks as well. Walleye are biting well on small lipless crankbaits and crappie jigs fished near main lake structure. Stripers shut down with the cold front and the top water bite has hit a brief standstill with the colored water. Spoons, jigs and Alabama rigs might be needed the next few days until the water clears, but don’t give up on throwing a Cordell C-10 Redfin near major points on the river channels. Bream are still fair and being caught around brush in the 20-foot range. Crappie are still good and being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs in 6 to 14 feet of water. Catfish are still fair and being caught on trotlines fished near main lake and secondary points.
(Updated 4-16-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the water temperature is in the lower 60s, and the lake level is full. Black bass are bedding on the lower end of the lake. Good fish are being caught on floating worms, jerk baits and Carolina rigs. Most fish are being caught in 5 feet of water and less. Crappie are shallow also and being caught around brush in 6 feet of water and less. White bass are on the end of their run in major creeks.
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(Updated 4-16-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam has risen to 52 degrees with stained conditions in the tailrace. Storms early in the week forced Entergy to open flood gates to keep area lakes at normal levels. Flows are now greatly reduced, but generation will continue until Lake Ouachita is out of flood pool. This process will last until early next week. As conditions return to normal, bank fishermen can target very good numbers of rainbow trout below the dam. Slack water periods favor bank fishermen who have caught quality limits of trout on wax and meal worms, redworms, nightcrawlers, and crickets used with a bobber or fished off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Corn and Power Bait also are highly effective presentations. Spin fishermen continue to hook rainbows on Rooster Tails and Little Cleos in white or silver around sand bars and rock structure. Micro-jigs fished under a weighted bobber have produced good catches in areas protected from the current. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current is a prime technique in the non-stop generation. White and hybrid bass are also being caught by trollers which are beginning to spawn in the tailrace. Jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and 1/8-ounce jigs have all proven effective over shallow structure. Live shad tightlined over deep water close to the dam works well when the generators are not running. Crappie are in spawning mode but the radical changes in temperature have played havoc on a consistent bite. Live minnows, jigs, and small spinnerbaits will all catch crappie but patience is key. Freshwater drum are migrating into the area, chasing shad and preparing to spawn. Nightcrawler rigs with heavy lines are a best bet for these fish which are strong fighters. Striper action is scarce, but will improve as May approaches and the threadfin shad migration begins.