Great Stripers We Caught Lake Ouachita
HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA FISHING REPORTS


Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Site (Fishing)

HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS

From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site




Updated November 12, 2014



Lake Ouachita:

Visit Trader Bills Ourdoors Here

Visit Mountain Harbor Marina & Spa at Lake Ouachita Here

Visit Poorman's Guide Service Here

Diamond Head Resort & Marina on Lake Catherine Here

Visit Catch em All Guide Service Here

Visit Striped Bass Adventures

Visit Family Fishing Trips Guide Service @ Lake Hamilton and more

Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.89 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 11-5-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface water temperature is 70 to 73 degrees. Black bass are very active and being caught schooling and near structure. The topwater bite is still very good on all areas of the lake. Try a bone-colored Super Spook Jr. or run a 1/6-oz. white Rooster Tail through schooling fish for some great action. Walleye are still biting well on C.C. spoons, jigged vertically, or drop-shotted nightcrawlers. Stripers are good on live bait or slow-trolled, shad-colored crankbaits. The topwater bite has started for these fish; be prepared with a big Zara Spook or C-10 Redfin. Crappie are active and aggressive. They are being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs around 12 to 16 feet deep. Catfish are still good and being caught on rod-and-reel fished near structure with nightcrawlers. Jug lines are effective in these same areas. (Updated 10-21-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


Lake Hamilton

Entergy announced that winter drawdown levels have been reached and the water level will be maintained at 3 feet lower than summer pool levels until spring. (Updated 10-29-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


Lake Catherine

Entergy announced that winter drawdown levels have been reached and the water level will be maintained at 3 feet lower than summer pool levels until spring. For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro. (Updated 11-5-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees and rises to 74 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions are the norm in the tailrace with a minimum flow release scheduled this week. Rainbow trout stocking will begin after November 16 with the fish typically in the lake the week of Thanksgiving. At present, trout fishing is extremely slow as the vast majority of fish migrated away from the dam or were caught by fishermen and area predators. The end of October normally has small schools of white and hybrid bass moving in and out of the trailrace feeding on threadfin shad. Bank fishermen have caught these fish on live minnows and jerkbaits cast into feeding schools. Action is best in the late evening and peaks in periods of generation. Striper activity has been observed below the bridge in the late evening with fish in the 10- to 14-pound range caught on C-10 Redfins in trout patterns. Walleye numbers are low in the tailrace but continue to be caught on jerkbaits in a black/silver pattern fished in the main channel in the early morning hours. When the trout stocking begins, overall fish activity will increase dramatically with crappie, white bass, and walleye staying longer to forage.


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