HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated May 13, 2015
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 583.73 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).
(Updated 5-20-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the surface water temperature is 74 to 76 degrees and the water is muddy from all the inflow of rain. Black bass are biting well on Flukes, Zara Spooks and other topwater baits fished around secondary points and main lake points. Walleye are biting well on jerkbaits and no. 5 Flicker Shads trolled over main lake and secondary points in 10 to 15 feet of water. Stripers are biting well on topwater C-10 Redfins and live bait. The best reports are coming from Bird Island, Cedar Fourche and the main lake. Bream are biting well on worms, grubs and crickets near brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. Many bream are making a move shallow as well. Crappie are fair near brush in 10 to 16 feet of water on crappie jigs and minnows. Catfishing is very good on live bait fished under jugs or trotlines.
(Updated 4-29-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said this week's cooldown has slowed things a little, but the weather forecast indicates another warming trend soon. The catfish and bluegill spawns are right around the corner, and we may see some spawning activity for these fish during the next full moon. Look for the buckbrush line, and look about 10 to 15 feet out from it to find the inside grass line. That line is where bass and crappie are both holding. For bass focus on Texas-rigged Senkos and YUM Dingers, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie anglers should cast and retrieve jigs with grubs or fish a jig-and-bobber combination to catch a few papermouths on the inside grass line.
As of Monday, May 18, Entergy reported that Lake Catherine was at 303.49 and Lake Hamilton was at 399.20. Lake Ouachita was still 5.59 feet above the flood stage with more rain in the forecast. They will be matching flow from Blakely Dam in the Corps of Engineer’s effort to lower Lake Ouachita out of flood pool. Flows from Remmel and Carpenter dams are likely to increase to around 10,000 cfs before the week is over. Boaters should use extreme caution while boating on the area lakes due to the increased amount of floating debris that was washed into the lakes during recent flash flood events. In addition, flows on the Ouachita River below Remmel Dam may be high and anyone planning to float should check current conditions on the USGS website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/uv/?site_no=07359002.
(Updated 5-19-2015) Darryl Morris of Familyfishingtrips.com had no report.
(Updated 4-22-2015) Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said the bass spawn is wrapping up, but a few may still be in the shallows guarding fry from bluegill.
(Updated 5-20-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said conditions below Carpenter Dam remain unfishable. Entergy is currently running almost 10,000 cfs from the dam which has created very fast and dangerous flows all over the tailrace and for several miles downstream. High water levels further complicate the danger as muddy water and debris are the norm in Lake Catherine and these conditions will continue for weeks until Lake Ouachita has been brought down below flood pool. More rain is forecast this week and with Ouachita almost 6 feet into the flood pool, very heavy flows will continue from Carpenter Dam until water levels return to normal. No one should attempt to navigate the tailrace for any reason until these dangerous water conditions are brought back under control.