Lake Catherine For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam) For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit

(updated 2-25-2021) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 45 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Water levels are now back to the original 5-foot drawdown level established in November. Entergy is currently scheduling generation in the afternoon hours, which has enabled the public to take advantage of fishing opportunities and much safer boating. The weekly generation schedule is posted on the Entergy website each Wednesday afternoon, and anyone planning on using the Carpenter Dam tailrace is advised to check out the report. Currently, rainbow trout are the main attraction for anglers to target below the dam. Very good numbers of fish are present and feeding heavily on injured threadfin shad drawn through the dam from Lake Hamilton. Because of the huge influx of prey items, these fish are harder to catch and patience must be used for success. Fly-fishermen can still wade to areas that hold numbers of trout and should use a fly that imitates something other than a shad. A worm imitation such as the San Juan worm, often mentioned in this report, is a highly underrated fly that can produce good catches of rainbow trout in current or slackwater conditions. Woolly Buggers in green or black have done well this week, cast with a strike indicator. Egg pattern flies in orange or white have drawn strikes from finicky trout that are stuffed from threadfin shad feeding. Bank anglers have had little trouble catching limits of fish by using PowerBaits and redworms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Much larger trout are scheduled to be released in March below area dams as the springtime approaches. The walleye spawn has begun, but no reports have come in due to the heavy snowfall amounts of the past week. Anglers have been unable to access the tailrace area to launch a boat. These fish will be spawning in Lake Catherine until mid-April. Both lakes Hamilton and Catherine are scheduled to be refilled beginning Monday, March 1. Many underwater hazards on Lake Catherine are still present in the low water conditions and boaters must use extreme caution when attempting to navigate their way to the dam. Always wear a life jacket when on the water and wear a mask and observe social distancing when encountering others.

Lake Hamilton

(updated 2-25-2021) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred Xpress all-welded aluminum fishing boats in Hot Springs, had no reports.

Lake Ouachita As of Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 573.92 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).

(updated 2-11-2021) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) Black bass are fair. Try a small ⅜-ounce spoon or jig-n-rap out deep; 40-50 feet off main lake points. Bama rigs and pig-n-jigs will work for large mouths around brush in 25-40 feet. Trap time is right around the corner. No report on walleye. Stripers are good. These fish are being caught on live bait and Bama rigs. No report on bream. Crappie are still fair. Try a small jig or minnow near brush in 25-40 feet of water. No report on catfish. Water temperature is ranging 42-46 degrees. Water clarity is stained. Lake level is 574.60 feet msl. Call the Mountain Harbor fishing guides (Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717, or Chris Darby, 870-867-7822) for more information.

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