HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated July 29, 2015
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 574.61 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-8-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clearing and the surface temperature is 84 to 86 degrees. Black bass are fair on drop-shot rigs, Texas-rigged worms and jigs worked around points with cover. Walleye are excellent and are being caught on ¾-oz. CC spoons jigged vertically near cover on main lake points and humps. Stripers are good on live bait and hair jigs. The best areas are main lake points and humps on the east end of the lake. Bream are still biting well on worms, grubs or crickets near brush 8-15 feet deep. Crappie are slow. They are being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs at depths around 15-20 feet deep. Catfish are still good and being caught with live bait or stink bait.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the hydrilla and milfoil on the north side of the lake have really been holding a lot of fish lately. Night fishing has been great with the bright light of the moon right now.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge ends July 31, so there's still a little time to get out and catch a tagged trophy. The $10,000 fish was announced to be a white bass in Lake Hamilton. It was released near the mouth of Williams Creek. Night fishing has been the best way to catch largemouths lately. Slow roll a single Colorado-blade spinnerbait around the edges of coves for the best results and be sure to keep your boat lights on the entire time you're fishing.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said all fish species are tough on Hamilton right now, however, if you get out there at first-light you can catch schooling white bass and hybrids.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees during periods of generation and rises to 64 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions exist in the tailrace with Entergy running 12-hour releases each day in varying patterns according to electrical demands. Rainbow trout are very slow now that the July heat as set in. Small numbers of trout remain near the dam with the occasional fish caught by experienced guides. This drop in activity occurs each year around the middle of July despite the fact that most of the season was lost due to flooding. The trout simply aren't in the area to catch. Trout stocking begins again in mid-November, which will bring quality trout fishing back to the dam for the holidays.