Central Arkansas Wildlife fishing report

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 Mar 13th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  396

Modified Mar 13th, 2019 at 2:26 PM

Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

(updated 3-6-2019) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said that the lake clarity is “a little murky” and the water is a little low. No one recorded the surface water temperature, but they assured Monday that it was cold. Bream reports are fair. Bream are in 5-6 feet depth and are biting redworms, crickets and nightcrawlers. Crappie are good. They’re being found at 4-5 feet depth and are most active in Willemena Cove and at Caney Creek. Minnows or jigs will work. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfish reports were fair. No baits were reported.

Little Red River

(updated 3-6-2019) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said that as of this writing, the Little Red River is receiving two units of generation round-the-clock, creating high water conditions. This pattern is expected to continue unless the area receive heavy rainfall and the generation pattern is changed to avoid flooding downstream or the lake level is lowered to the desired level. The current pattern eliminates any wade fishing opportunities. If you choose to fish these conditions, you will want to use long leaders and weight. Key for both fly-fishing and Trout Magnet fishing during heavy generation is the ability to get and maintain a good presentation of the fly or Trout Magnet. Working shoreline with streamers is also an effective fly-fishing method during high water conditions. For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends egg patterns, San Juan worms, micro jigs and streamers during high water conditions, and pheasant tails, sowbugs and streamers during normal water conditions. Hot pink, cotton candy and white bodies on chartreuse jigheads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. Be safe while enjoying the river. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501-362-5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule.

(updated 3-6-2019) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said river is clear with two-unit generation around the clock. The Army Corps of Engineers has told Greg that this will continue as they draw the reservoir down to normal level. The lake is now 471.07 feet msl, which is 9 feet above normal. The lake level is falling at the rate of 0.3 foot per 24-hour period. There hasn’t been much fishing activity on the river due to the cold weather and high water. Please be safe when drifting the high water. Check the generation schedule before planning a trip.

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