HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated October 15, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.75 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 10-15-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 70-74 degrees and the water is stained from the recent rain. Largemouth bass are biting well on jig and pigs. A topwater bite is still going well. Some very nice spotted bass are also being caught on live crawfish and drop-shot rigs fished near main lake points and humps. Walleye are biting well on spoons jigged vertically around main lake points with timber. Stripers have slowed a bit, but are still biting well on live shad and slow-trolled Alabama rigs around main lake points and humps. Bream are fair on crickets and worms fished 15 to 25 feet deep around brush. Crappie are still biting well around brush in 12 to 20 feet of water on minnows and crappie jigs. Catfishing is very good on nightcrawlers fished near major creek basins and large bays. Jug lines are effective at night in these same areas.
(Updated 9-3-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the water level is 5 feet below full pool and falling. Black bass are being caught on topwater lures along timberlines in creek channel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. many people also are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on Texas-rigged or jighead worms. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water near the guts of small pockets.
According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Hamilton will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.
(Updated 9-3-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the lake surface temperature is in the 80s and the water is clear. The lake is full. Black bass are being caught on topwater lures early in the mornings. Some are schooling at the surface, others are just underneath the surface and need to be called up with ah chugger or buzzbait. Check around docks near the main lake. A Texas-rigged worm fished around brush in 8 to 12 feet of water also is working well. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms.
According to a recent news release from Entergy, the 2014-15 winter drawdown on Lake Catherine will be 3 feet and will begin Nov. 1.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
(Updated 10-15-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam has risen to 71 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently scheduling minimum flow to maintain lake levels. Rainbow trout stocking begins in mid-November, which will mark the beginning of quality fishing. October brings much cooler temperatures which cause threadfin shad to move into the tailrace, bringing white bass and stripers to feed. Topwater action has been observed below the bridge in the early morning and late evening by small schools of stripers. White 1/4-ounce jigs and 5-inch soft plastics hooked weightless have taken fish in the 10-pound class. Walleye in the 3-pound range are also in the area, chasing baitfish and have been caught on Carolina rigs tipped with minnows and on firetiger Rapala jerkbaits. Timing is the bottom line with these fish as feeding periods are inconsisent and short-lived. Much of the day very little action is seen or experienced.