HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS AREA LAKES FISHING REPORTS
From The Arkansas Game & Fish Commision Web Site
Updated July 23, 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 7-23-2014) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear and the surface temperature is 82 to 86 degrees. Black bass are still biting well on Texas-rigged worms and drop shot worms. Top water action is still good with Zara Spooks, Zoom super flukes and buzzbaits. Night fishing with a black, ¾-oz. spinnerbait is working as well. Walleye are still biting very well. Drop-shotting and bottom bouncing live nightcrawlers is the best method for these fish; make sure you have a ¾-oz. CC spoon for vertical jigging tied on to a baitcasting rod if you find a school of walleye on your electronics. Stripers are fair on live bait; try main lake points and humps. Bream are biting well around brush in 15 to 25 feet of water. Crappie are fair and being caught near brush in 15 to 20 feet of water with minnows or crappie jigs. Catfish are good 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 7-23-2014) 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 16-hour generation periods each day, which has kept the tailwaters cold and clean and alive with baitfish. Sadly, the rainbow trout season is almost over with very limited numbers of trout living near the dam. This occurs every July and August as the majority of rainbow's have been caught or migrated away from the dam in search of cooler water. Live bait presentations give anglers the best opportunity to hook the remaining wary trout that will often ignore artificial presentations. Nightcrawlers, redworms, mealworms, wax worms, and live minnows tightlined over deep water or fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater are a best bet for results. Few white bass are still present, but schools of whites will move in and out of the tailrace chasing shad and can be in the area for weeks at a time or not at all. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current is a proven method of locating numbers of white bass along with casting 1/16 and 1/8 ounce jigs around visible rock structure. A few small walleye have been caught using these same methods below the bridge in periods of current. Striper activity has been slow with little topwater action observed this week.