HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated August 26, 2015
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.85 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 8-26-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water temperature is 86 to 90 degrees and the water is clear. Black bass are fair on drop-shot rigs, Texas-rigged worms and jigs fished around brush and other cover near points. Early in the morning, buzzbaits, poppers, chuggers and Horny Toads are working around topped out grass and shorelines. Walleye are still very good on main lake points and humps on 3/4-oz. CC spoons jigged vertically around any cover you find. Stripers are biting well on live shad and hair jigs in the eastern end of the lake around main lake humps. Bream are biting well on worms, grubs and crickets near brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are slow on minnows or crappie jigs about 15 to 20 feet deep. Catfishing is very good on nightcrawlers and stink bait.
(Updated 8-19-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the hydrilla and milfoil should be holding some good fish right now. If someone's just looking for a limit of keepers, a drop-shot on rocky points will be the ticket, but the bigger fish are going to come from the moss. Topwater lures and buzzbaits are good bets early in the morning, and a Texas-rigged worm is good when the sun comes up.
(Updated 8-26-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs had no report.
(Updated 7-29-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com said all fish species are tough on Hamilton right now, however, if you get out there at first-light you can catch schooling white bass and hybrids.
(Updated 8-26-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 60 degrees and rising to 64 degrees below the bridge. Entergy has scheduled 4-hour generation periods on weekdays beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Weekends the flow will begin at noon at continue until 6 p.m. Clear conditions are the norm below the dam with the summertime pool in place until mid-November when the drawdown will begin again for all area lakes. Rainbow trout fishing is over until November with very few fish being caught. The vast majority of trout have either been caught, eaten by predators or migrated away from the dam. This scenario occurs every year and is normal pattern below a hydro-electric dam. White and hybrid bass fishing has tailed off considerably in the last week as schools of shad move in and out of the trailrace. These fish follow the baitfish and are prone to move out of an area at any time. Alabama rigs have been key in catching these fish along with live bait tightlined over deep water near the dam. Walleye have been caught in the same areas on Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or live minnows. Most of the action is taking place at night when the turbines are not running. A few large blue catfish have been caught below the bridge in the main channel on hand-sized bream fished under a jug. No striper action has been observed in the tailrace this week since the shad schools are few at present. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam should be aware of the generation schedules and must always follow all park and boating regulations.