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 March 18, 2015



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

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 579.28 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 3-18-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is stained and high. The surface water temperature is 50 to 53 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair to good on jigs fished 15 to 25 feet deep. A willowleaf spinnerbait slow-rolled over the edge of creek channels in 12 to 15 feet of water is working as well. Walleye are spawning up the river channels. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows have been effective above and below shoals on the river. Stripers are biting well on swimbaits, Alabama rigs and live shad near major creek basins and river channels. Crappie are picking up near brush in 20 to 30 feet of water; try minnows and crappie jigs with just enough weight to feel them in the deep water. Catfishing is fair on live sunfish or nightcrawlers. Jug lines and limb lines have produced well for catfish anglers.

(Updated 3-4-2015) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs had no report.


Lake Hamilton

Entergy reports that the recent rainfall has caused Lake Ouachita to be more than 3 feet above flood pool, so Blakely Dam is releasing 10,500 CFS. Carpenter and Remmel Dams are opened to allow the same flow downstream until the floodwater is gone. It should take a few days of constant flow before the water level has dropped out of flood pool for all lakes in the chain.

(Updated 3-4-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said the surface water temperature is 45 degrees. The crappie are very slow. All temperate bass (white bass, hybrids, stripers and yellow bass) are chasing shad right now. Casting or vertically jigging spoons or dropshotting jighead plastics is working well. A random walleye and catfish have been caught by the same presentations.

(Updated 2-18-2015) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said crappie should be schooled up out in some main channel brushpiles, but most boat ramps are still iced over, making getting on the water difficult unless you have a boat slip.


Lake Catherine

Entergy reports that the recent rainfall has caused Lake Ouachita to be more than 3 feet above flood pool, so Blakely Dam is releasing 10,500 CFS. Carpenter and Remmel Dams are opened to allow the same flow downstream until the floodwater is gone. It should take a few days of constant flow before the water level has dropped out of flood pool for all lakes in the chain.

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.

(Updated 3-11-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said heavy rainfall and snow runoffs has caused Lake Ouachita to rise into flood pool. The excess water must be run through the dam system as soon as possible. Flood gates below Carpenter Dam have been open this week to aid in this effort, along with lengthy generation times, which also is bringing Lake Catherine back up into normal summertime pool. The lake is rising around 6 inches per day and will be complete on Sunday, March 16. Until Lake Ouachita falls out of flood pool, open flood gates and heavy flows will be the norm below Carpenter Dam. Extreme caution is advised. rainbow trout are present in the tailrace in very good numbers and have been caught by bank fishermen, fly anglers and boaters alike. Live bait presentations such as wax worms, meal worms, redworms and nightcrawlers fished under a bobber or just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater have accounted for many limits of trout from the bank or boat. Live minnows tightlined over deep water have taken rainbows in the 3-pound class, although these trout are few in number. Trout in the 1 to 2 pound range are abundant below the dam and continue to feed and shad and available forage. Fly-fishermen are advised to use caution when wading to areas that were easily accessed earlier in the year. Rising water will make these places dangerous and unavailable soon. Olive-colored woolly buggers, San Juan worms, micro-jigs, and small streamers all in white or black presented with a strike indicator have produced quality trout in areas protected from heavy current. Egg patterns in yellow or white also are working. Walleye are in mid-spawn and present in good numbers all over the tailrace. These fish receive little fishing pressure but can be caught trolling small shallow-running crankbaits in the main channel. Carolina rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers are another effective technique when fish are located in small areas. Jerkbaits in bright colors have caught fish in the 3-pound range, but most of the walleye taken are below the 2-pound class. Crappie will be spawning below the dam in the next several weeks with a few small males being caught this week on minnows by trout fishermen. These fish migrate into the tailrace very close to the banks to avoid the current. Live minnows and jigs will account for the majority of fish caught. Stealth is essential when targeting these spooky fish in the shallow water where any noise can ruin any chance of a successful catch.


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