HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated November 18 2015
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 569.38 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 11-18-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is stained and 64 to 68 degrees. Bass are biting well on topwater baits, spy baits and crankbaits fished on points with cover. Drop-shot rigs are still producing some good spotted bass when baited with finesse worms and live crayfish. Walleye are fair on ¾-oz. CC spoons jigged vertically near structure. Stripers are fair to good on live bait, hair jigs and some topwater lures on main lake points and humps. Crappie are biting very well around brush in 20 to 30 feet of water on jigs, small spoons and minnows. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
(Updated 10-28-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the fresh water that is coming in and cooler weather should help the fishing in the backs of the creeks lately. However, a lot of the water has been sucked up by the ground, and there is very little washing into the lake. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shad patterns should do very well for bass.
(Updated 11-11-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the water temperature is in the 60s. The drawdown is going on, and with a little fresh, off-colored water coming from the rain, the bass bite should really pick up. The fish on the lower end of the lake should be a little more cooperative, especially the crappie.
(Updated 11-4-2015) Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said there hasn’t been much fishing activity on Lake Hamilton with the rains, but there have been random schools of bass breaking the surface around the main channel and Hot Springs Creek on the far eastern end of the lake.
(Updated 11-18-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has scheduled a minimum flow pattern which releases water every few days as needed to maintain lake levels. Rainbow trout stocking begins in November with fish present in the tailrace the week of Thanksgiving. The trout are gone and very few shad are present to attract gamefish. However, white bass have been observed schooling below the bridge with fair numbers in the 2-pound range. Jerk baits and ¼-ounce white jigs are the baits of choice as these fish are chasing available shad and will attack an artificial lure that resembles an injured minnow. Hybrid and striper action is very slow below the dam with zero topwater action observed. Trout stocking in November will bring good numbers of hybrid and striped bass to the area to feed. C-10 Redfins and Super Spooks in rainbow trout colors will draw vicious strikes from these aggressive predators. A few catfish have been hooked in the 10-pound class at night below the bridge in the main channel using cut shad. The deepest water holds catfish most of the year with large numbers of these fish spawning in June. Goldfish and gizzard shad are excellent choices when targeting large catfish. As the drawdown approaches, a regular flow of water from the dam will bring shad close to the dam, which will help the fishing.