HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated February 26, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.31 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 2-26-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 42 to 48 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are biting fairly well and are showing some improvement. Football jigs, and crankbaits are still the most effective techniques, but the jerk bait bite is picking up as the water begins to warm. Walleye are staging for the spawning run on the main river channels. Lipless crankbaits and fluorescent jigs fished near structure should be producing fish. Stripers are fair and still being caught on grubs, hair jigs and Alabama rigs in major creek basins. Bream are slow with a few being caught around brush in the 20-foot range. Crappie are fair and being caught near brush in 20 to 25 feet of water on minnows or crappie jigs. No report on catfish.
(Updated 1-29-2014) The lake will be held at 5 feet below summer pool until March 2014.
(Updated 1-8-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no new report.
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(Updated 2-26-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature is 42 degrees below Carpenter Dam with clear conditions in the tailrace. Heavy morning and late evening generation has created very fast water in the area, so boaters and wade fishermen are advised to use caution when navigating the channels. Rainbow trout are king below the dam as big numbers of fish are caught daily. Bank fishermen using redworms or wax worms just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater have taken limits of trout quickly when the turbines are not running. Whole kernel corn used in the same manner is highly effective because corn closely resembles fish eggs. Spin fishermen have done well casting Super Dupers and Little Cleo's in silver or gold colors. Jigs in 1/16- and 1/8-ounce weights in gray or white colors are a deadly presentation used in current. Boaters trolling shallow-running crankbaits that imitate shad or crawfish are catching the biggest trout, some in the 17-inch class. Fly fishermen are wading to prime trout locations and doing well casting micro-jigs and small streamers in black or white. A strike indicator keeps the fly at the proper depth and aids in detecting light bites. Egg patterns in orange, white, and yellow have saved many fishing days when finicky trout refuse all other offerings. Walleye are now in the tailrace and being caught below the bridge on nightcrawler rigs and Carolina rigs tipped with live minnows. The smaller males are preparing the beds now with some of the larger females already present with more on the way in the next week. Still, no striper action seen anywhere near the dam and no hybrid or white bass caught in the area.