Lake Catherine

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Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

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(updated 9-19-2018)Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, said rainbow trout fishing remains extremely slow. Anglers will experience short feeding times and a finicky bite as wary trout feed on insect hatches and injured baitfish. Patience is key as the remaining trout numbers are actively feeding in the late evening as the sun sets over the top of the dam. Trout from 12-21 inches are present in the tailrace, but numbers are few. Bank fishermen have had some success using waxworms and mealworms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Nightcrawlers and redworms will also work presented in the same manner. As the month of September kicks in, few rainbow trout will be seen feeding and smaller numbers caught. Numbers won’t pick up until the stocking program resumes in November, when the water temperature is suitable for trout again. Walleye are also present in the area and are feeding on shad. The majority of fish are being caught by trolling shallow-running stick baits that imitate small minnows or crawfish. Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers have taken the largest fish at night. White bass are present in the tailrace with numbers being taken from the bank by anglers casting flukes and Rapala jerkbaits in a black/silver combination. Crappie are still being caught on small jigs and live minnows around rock structure and sand bars close to the main river channel. Striper activity has picked up some this week as some topwater activity has been observed below the bridge in the late evening. Huge numbers of shad are present and these predators can appear at any time of day to feed. Anyone navigating the Carpenter Dam tailrace should be aware of the generation schedules and must always follow all park and boating regulations.

Lake Hamilton

(updated 9-12-2018) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas born-and-bred, all-welded Xpress fishing boat in Hot Springs, reports that lake temperatures have fallen to 80 degrees or below throughout most of the lake. Water clarity is slightly of color (which is a good thing). Fishing really picked up during the rainy cool and overcast weather. If you were brave enough to get out in it, you likely did well! Bass are starting to turn on to the weather and have readily started hammering jigs, crankbaits in the mid-ranges and worms and creature baits Texas-rigged. You can really get on top of them with the water being off-color. A pitcher and flipper’s dream! Look for fish in the 5- to 10-foot range near some type of structure and near the main channels. No crappie report, but walleye have started to emerge into shallower water, and some bass anglers have hooked a few. Bream are feeding aggressively in the 10-foot-or-less range near grass. Good luck and go Greeson!


Lake Ouachita(No 9-5-18 Report )

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 570.90 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).
(updated 9-12-2018) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) black bass are still fair. Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot finesse worms are best at this time. Walleye are very good. Try using a CC Spoon near brush for these fish. Stripers are good on live bait. Major creek mouths and main lake points on the eastern part of the lake are the best for these fish. Bream are still good and being caught on crickets and worms in 15-25 feet of water near brush. Crappie are fair and being caught with jigs or minnows in 15-20 feet of water near brush. Catfish are still good. Cut bait, live bait and stink bait are all producing good bags. Water temperature is ranging 80-84 degrees, and the water is clear. Lake level is 570.81 feet msl. Contact the Mountain Harbor guides – Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717; Chris Darby, 870-867-7822; and Jerry Bean, 501-282-6104 – for more information.
(updated 9-12-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) in Benton said that over at Little Fir the fishing has still been going great for several of my customers using the small crappie minnows hitting the brushtops.

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