HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated July 16, 2014
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Lake Ouachita Lake Elevation:
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 576.51 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is at full pool. Black bass are being caught on topwater along timber lines in creek chanel swings. Try a Spook or any other walking-type topwater lure. Many people are catching bass in 12 to 16 feet of water on a Texas-rigged or jighead worm. Bream are still biting on the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water in the guts of pockets.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface temperature ranges from 80 to 84 degrees. Black bass are biting well on Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. Top-water action is still good with Zara Spooks, Zoom Super Flukes and buzzbaits druing the day and black ¾-oz. spinnerbaits at night. Walleye are very good on drop-shotted nightcrawlers and crawler harnesses on a bottom bouncer. When you find a few, make sure to have a ¾-oz. CC spoon handy for vertical jigging. Stripers are fair to good on live bait. Try main lake points and humps. Bream are still very good and being caught around brush in the 15- to 25-foot range near brush. Crappie are still fair and being caught near brush with minnows or crappie jigs. These fish are being caught 15-20 feet deep. Catfish are still good and being caught on trotlines and jug lines fished in big bays and major creek basins.
(Updated 7-15-2014) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the surface water temperature is in the 80s and the lake is full. The water color is stained to clear from the rains and is clearing slowly. Black bass are being caught on topwater early in the mornings. Try a chugger or a buzzbait around the boat docks. A Texas-rigged worm is also a good option, try brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bream are good on crickets and worms fished near the bottom.
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(Updated 7-15-2014) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently running 12-hour generation periods each day, which has kept the area cool and greatly aided in reducing moss growth from the dam to the bridge. The rainbow trout season is near its end. The trout bite is extremely slow in slack water times and disappears completely in periods of current. This pattern is normal for this time of year. The typical trout season begins the week of Christmas and normally extends through mid-June. However, the trout that are caught at present are from 15 to 18 inches long with the occasional 20-inch fish hooked. Live-bait presentations are crucial for anyone serious about catching rainbow trout in Lake Catherine in summer. Nightcrawlers, redworms, wax and meal worms, and crickets fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater or under a bobber give anglers the best chance for hook-ups. Patience is another key element as the bite is fast at times and very slow as small schools of fish move in and out of feeding areas. White bass are being caught on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits and live minnows. The action is best when the turbines are running in the late evening. Hybrids and stripers are feeding below the bridge in the afternoon and have been caught on jerkbaits and live shad presented under a balloon rig. Fish over 30 pounds have been caught and released this past week. Large stripers favor cooler water in the tailrace and find prey easily in the nutrient rich water.