Location

AR
United States
34° 15' 14.9976" N, 93° 12' 0.7092" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission - Arkansas Game & Fish Comission
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Stained
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Fishing Report
September 17, 2014
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 401.08 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl). Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. With fall approaching and the cooler water, the shad are starting to move into the creeks and large coves, so keep this in mind when you search for fish. Some decent bass catches have been reported, but the fish are running either small or in the slot. Look for fish feeding in shad schools early in the morning. The fish will now be in the big coves and major creeks such as Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy. Most any topwater presentation will work, such as Zara Spooks, Sammyies, Flukes, and 3-inch swim baits. Color isn't too important as long as it is something in natural shad. What is important is that you have to get the lure right on the "break" because the fish are chasing shad and don't hand around one spot too long. A few fish have been coming on Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards worked across secondary points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try green pumpkin or red shad for the plastics. No report on crappie; no one is fishing for them. Hybrid fishing is very spotty with very little schooling activity. Some fish are being taken at mid-lake around Alpine Ridge and Yancey Creek. Look for any breaking fish and throw 1/2-ounce spoons, big in-line spinners or swim baits and let the lure sink down to about 20 feet and work up through the fish. If the fish are tightly schooled, a top water will work; try a Zara Puppy or Pop R. Early morning and late evening are the feeding times. Bream action is holding up well with some nice shellcrackers coming off secondary points in coves. Tightline redworms near the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most anywhere in the lake will hold bream, just keep moving until a school is found. Catfish are only fair. Many noodles are floating around the lake, but not many anglers are reporting success. Set the noodles at about 20 to 25 feet and drop them over standing timber. Bait with cut shad, nightcrawlers, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers or hot dogs with soap.
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Fishing Report Provided by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission - Arkansas Game & Fish Comission
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Stained
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
September 10, 2014
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 401.53 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl). Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is pretty slow with only a few decent catches reported coming early in the morning. Some schooling activity in the shad schools is occurring between Ozan Point and the mouth of Yancey Creek on the south side. Throw surface lures such as Zara Spooks, Sammy's, shallow-running jerk baits, Pop-R's, Flukes or 3-inch swim baits. Also try the Alabama rig. If you see little surface activity try a spinnerbait or shallow-running crankbait. Morning and late evening are the best, and probably the only times for any action. Hybrid fishing has really slowed with very little schooling activity. Lots of shad, in fact they are on the surface in huge schools in the Alpine Ridge, Yancey Creek areas. White bass are pretty good with some nice schools showing around Alpine Ridge in the early morning. Throw a small 1/2 ounce spoon or Roostertails to the white bass. Lots of bream are showing, especially with the full moon. Mostly small fish up shallow, so fish deeper at 10 to 20 feet near the bottom for bigger fish. Try redworms or crickets. Most any secondary point with some cover in big coves will hold fish. Catfish are fair at night on both noodles and trotlines. Set the trotlines across coves in the major creeks such as Big Hill and Brushy. Drop the noodles over timber at mid lake around Arlie Moore and Edgewood. Bait with cut shad, chicken livers, Catfish Charlie, night crawlers or hot dogs/soap.
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