HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated April 23, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.80 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 4-23-2014) 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 4-23-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said black bass are still very good on jig head worms and floating worms fished near shallow spawning areas. Carolina-rigged lizards and brush hogs are still producing quality sacks fished slightly deeper than the bedding bass you can see shallow. Walleye are biting well on Shad Raps and lipless crankbaits fished on main lake points. Stripers are biting well on C-10 Redfins. Try main lake points in all three river basins. Bream are fair but showing improvement and being caught around brush about 10 feet deep. Crappie are picking back up and being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs. These fish are being caught 6-14 feet deep and some are spawning. Catfish are good and being caught on trotlines fished near main lake and secondary points.
(Updated 4-23-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 60's and the lake level is at normal spring pool. The water is stained from the recent rain, but is clearing up slowly. Black bass are bedding all over the lake. Good fish are being caught on floating worms, jerkbaits and Carolina-rigged lizards and bush hogs. Most fish are being caught in 5 feet of water and less. Crappie also are shallow and are being caught around brush in 6 feet of water and less. White bass are finishing up their run in the 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 is 55 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Fishable conditions have now been re-established as heavy flows and stained waters have passed through the system. Rainbow trout fishing is excellent with quality limits caught daily by bank and boat fishermen alike. Target areas protected from direct flow with live bait presentations such as redworms, nightcrawlers, wax and meal worms. Artificial lures that imitate injured shad or crawfish are also working well in times of current. Crappie are spawning near the dam and being caught on minnows tightlined over deep water. Small jigs and spinnerbaits in white or yellow are also effective around structure. White and yellow bass are spawning also and can be taken on the same lures. Walleye are in the tailrace chasing shad and recuperating from the spawn. Very large drum are spawning and taking shad and crawfish over sand bars and rocks close to the dam. Topwater action for stripers has been seen below the bridge but few fish have been caught. As May approaches, large schools of shad will migrate toward the dam to spawn and will be followed by large stripers. C-10 redfins and Super Spooks in shad or trout colors are highly effective lures to cast into feeding fish.