HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated August 27, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 573.90 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 8-27-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no new report.
(Updated 8-20-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort saids urface water temperature is 84 to 88 degrees. The water clarity is clear. Largemouth bass are still biting well on Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop-Rs in the morning and on drop-shotted or Texas-rigged worms during the day. Walleye are biting well on nightcrawlers dragged on bottom bouncers and drop-shot rigs. Trolling crankbaits near main lake points with cover has been good for walleye as well. Striped bass are fair on live bait and jigging spoons around main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and crappie jigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is good on rod-and-reel baited with live or prepared bait in large bays and major creek basins.
(Updated 8-27-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.
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(Updated 8-27-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 61 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has reduced daily generation times from 16 to 12 hour periods, which has allowed temperatures to rise slightly in the area but has given anglers more time to fish slack water. Trout fishing is very slow, with few trout remaining in the tailrace. Stockings will not begin again until November, and trout fishing will be tough until then. White bass are in and out of the tailrace, chasing schools of threadfin shad. Most fish have been caught below the bridge in the late evening on shallow-running crankbaits and tightlined minnows near the dam. A few walleye have been caught on jerkbaits and Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Stripers and hybrids have been spotty, with a little topwater action observed during generation. Be ready with a large soft-plastic jerkbait or Zara Spook and heavy line in case one surfaces near you while you're fishing for other species.