Lake Catherine

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)(Updated 12-5-18)

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Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

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(updated 12-12-2018) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that the winter drawdown is now complete for lakes Hamilton and Catherine. A 5-foot draw is now in place and will remain at this level until March 1, when both lakes are scheduled for refilling. Normal water levels have returned to the area after days of open flood gates, which created unsafe navigation below Carpenter Dam. Rainbow trout are now stocked in the Carpenter Dam tailrace. Bank fishermen are catching trout on waxworms or mealworms floated just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Redworms or nightcrawlers presented in the same manner will also be effective. Fly-fisherman can wade to areas that hold numbers of trout and can catch limits of fish casting egg patterns in white or yellow under a strike indicator. San Juan worms in red or hot pink will draw strikes from hungry trout in areas close to the main channel where some current is present. Spin-fisherman casting Super Dupers in silver or gold over current flow will have success as rainbows will be feeding on injured threadfin shad. Rock structure provides a perfect ambush point for trout chasing bait fish. Trout fishing starts slowly in November as lower numbers are stocked this time of year, so anglers need to use patience and use different techniques until one is found that produces results. Some striper activity has been observed below the bridge late in the evening around 4 p.m. Alabama rigs and Super Spooks in white give anglers a good chance at hooking one of these large predator fish as they feed on trout and gizzard shad. Walleye and yellow bass are feeding on threadfin shad schools that have migrated in the tailrace. Anglers using Carolina rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers will catch walleye in periods of slack water by the bridge. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current has taken good numbers of yellow bass and trout although the size runs on the small side. Anyone planning to navigate the Carpenter Dam tailrace is cautioned to be aware of the generation schedules and always wear a life jacket.

Lake Hamilton

(updated 12-12-2018) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas born-and-bred, Xpress all-welded fishing boat in Hot Springs, reports lake temperatures in the high 40s with water clarity stained and visibility at 5 feet or less. No reports on bass, but crappie are smoking hot! Large groups of crappie are balled up in deeper brush piles up to 45 feet deep and a being taken wholesale on slip bobber rigs with smaller minnows, unweighted hooks and 2- to 4-pound test line. Position the bait just over the piles and get ready! Strikes are not aggressive so be patient with the hook set. No catfish reports, but you striper guys need to be looking around 55 feet and look for the gulls on the surface. Fish near the state Highway 7 bridges. “Good Luck and Go Greeson!”

Lake Ouachita( Update 12-12-18)

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 577.68 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).

(updated 12-12-2018) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are fair. Alabama rigs or spoons fished on main lake points or in creek channels are best at this time. No reports on walleye. Stripers are still fair on live bait. Major creek mouths and main lake points on the western and central parts of the lake are the best for these fish. No reports on bream. Crappie are slow and being caught with jigs or minnows in 15-20 feet of water near brush. No reports on catfish. Water temperature is ranging 46-50 degrees. Water clarity is stained. Lake level is 577.68 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.

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