HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated September 17, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.92 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 9-10-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said surface water temperature is 76 to 80 degrees and the water is clear. Largemouth bass are biting well on topwaters, such as Zara Spooks, Chug Bugs and Pop Rs early in the morning and late in the evening. Jigs and deep-diving crankbaits have been effective around ledges with timber and other cover during mid-day. Walleye are biting well on CC spoons fished vertically over main lake points with cover. Trolled crankbaits also are working for the walleye. Stripers are biting well on live shad fished on a downrigger around main lake points and humps. Bream are fair around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are still biting well around brush on minnows and jigs fished in 12 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is very good on jug lines and rod-and-reels baited with live or prepared catfish bait in large bays and major creek basins.
(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 9-17-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said reports water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 61 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy has reduced daily generation times to 4-hour periods, which has allowed temperatures to rise slightly in the area but has given fishermen more time to fish in slack water. Rainbow trout are very slow with few fish remaining anywhere in the tailrace. The majority of trout have either been caught or have moved away from the dam by August; good trout fishing will not begin again until late November. White bass are in and out chasing schools of threadfin shad seeking cooler water in the summer heat. Most of the fish have been caught below the bridge in the late evening casing shallow running crankbaits or tightlined live minnows near the dam. Walleye have been taken in small numbers on jerkbaits and carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Striper and hybrid action has been spotty with some topwater action observed below the bridge during generation.