Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Conway will be in effect through March 1, 2019. The irrigation restriction will allow the AGFC to apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides to treat and reduce the spread of alligator weed, a non-native, invasive aquatic plant. Herbicides used will not cause harm to aquatic organisms, such as fish, and are not harmful to people or wildlife that may come into contact with treated vegetation or water. Herbicides that will be used have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. Therefore, the AGFC strongly recommends adjacent landowners DO NOT irrigate water from Lakes Conway for lawn or garden use during this period.

(updated 5-2-2018) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) says the water is back to its nice stained looked with a surface temperature up to 68 degrees. The level is normal. Crappie are good in 4 feet depth around the cypress trees. Use minnows. Bream are good around their beds in 1-3 feet of water and are biting redworms, waxworms and crickets. Bass are good in the grass beds. Use spinnerbaits, plastic worms and frogs. Catfishing is good around the shoreline areas on stink bait and nightcrawlers.

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said the best results it heard were on white bass, with fair catches. Anglers were using white twister tails. Catfishing is fair on cut bait. The water level is normal and the lake is stained.

Little Red River

(updated 5-2-2018) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said that with the new seasonal pool level that began May 1 of 463.04 feet msl, the river is seeing a more favorable water release pattern of a few hours of afternoon/evening generation daily. Hopes are this generation pattern will continue unless they receive significant rainfall. Good caddis and March Brown hatches are taking place on the middle and lower sections of the river. For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends soft hackles, hare’s ear, caddis pupa, pheasant tails, sowbugs and streamers. Hot pink and cotton-candy-colored bodies on gold heads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. 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.

(update 5-3-2018) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the weather is warm and the generation has returned to normal. The SWPA informed Greg that the generation should be 2-3 hours in the evening for the rest of the week barring any unforeseen power demands. The fish were rising late Wednesday afternoon during a caddis and mayfly hatch. If this continues, and it should, the bite should be good with the lower water. The river is clear. March Browns and caddis are hatching, so size 14 and 16 pupa, nymphs and emergers should be a good choice of flies. Water levels for wade fishing should be good at all shoals.

(updated 4-18-2018) James Dillard of Tailwater Fishing Co. in Searcy says the fishing on the Little Red has been excellent. The Army Corps of Engineers has been running two units of water each day for 14-16 hours each day, providing good fishing when the turbines are turned off. The best fishing has been in the falling/lower water levels. Lots of caddis can be seen hatching on sunny days and the fish have been very actively feeding. Hot flies have been soft hackles and sowbugs. Trout Magnets in pink, white and chartreuse have been working very well, also.

Greers Ferry Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.30 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).

(updated 5-2-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.26 feet msl and staying steady pretty much with one generator running to take care of the pool while they finish work on the other. The black bass are all trying to spawn or getting ready to or have spawned, so staying shallow wherever that might be that you find some after they get done, more will be coming; you cannot go wrong with a Texas-rigged lizard anywhere on the lake. One rod out will do the trick. Catch-and-release should be a common thing this time of year as to ensure some more are around for the years to come. The crappie are in all phases of spawn as well. A minnow or jig fished from 6 feet to the shore or a small crankbait spider-rigged is a good bet for catching them. The catfish are eating a variety of baits all around the lake on a variety of methods. The walleye are eating better as well in the lake close to where the black bass are; use a minnow on a jighead, or a drop-shot and a grub will work, also. A lot of bream are shallow, so use small crankbaits, inline spinners and crickets for your best bet. The next full moon they will be trying to spawn and if the water temp gets to 70, use crawlers. The hybrid and white bass are scattered all over the lake and rivers as well as the creek. Use grubs, inline spinners, spoons and swimbaits for the best catching.

Harris Brake Lake

(updated 4-25-2018) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) said the clarity is clear and the surface temperature is 60 degrees. Water level remains high as of earlier this week. Crappie are good and are shallow, being caught in about 2-3 feet of water on minnows or jigs. Bass are shallow as well, and the bite is good. Fish around the shoreline with minnows or plastic worms in 2-3 feet of water. No reports on bream. Nothing on catfish.

(updated 4-25-2018) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) reports that the crappie bite is “warm” in about 4-6 feet of water. They are biting on Bobby Garland Popsicle, Shiney Hiney, Glimmer Blue, BBQ Chicken, Cajun Crickets, Blue Ice, Shimmer, Monkey Milk, crystal, bone/chartreuse, Gumdrop and Penny Back Shad, as well as 1.25-inch Itty Bit Swim’r baits and minnows. Catfish is also warm on minnows and worms and frozen shad. The bass bite is hot on buzzbaits and minnows, along with worms, lizards, Brush Hogs and Whopper Plopper. White bass are biting on Popsicle, Slab Slanger, Baby Shad and 1.25-inch Itty Bit Swim’r, Cajun Spin and Silver Minnow. The bream bit is sizzling, Ken says, with crickets, worms and Rock Hopper working best.

Lake Overcup

NOTICE: An irrigation restriction on Lake Overcup will be in effect starting April 23, 2018, and ending March 1, 2019. The irrigation restriction will allow the AGFC to apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides to treat and reduce the spread of alligator weed, a non-native, invasive aquatic plant. Herbicides used will not cause harm to aquatic organisms, such as fish, and are not harmful to people or wildlife that may come into contact with treated vegetation or water. Herbicides that will be used have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. Therefore, the AGFC strongly recommends adjacent landowners DO NOT irrigate water from Lakes Overcup for lawn or garden use during this period.

(updated 5-2-2018) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said that the water level is about 1 foot above normal and water temperature is 68 degrees on surface. Clarity is great. Crappie are doing well on minnows and jigs. Some are near the shoreline, some in 6ft of water and some in 11-16 feet of water. The bigger ones are in the deeper water males and females. Bass are in shallow water spawning. Catfish are being caught on jugs and trotline, blues, flathead and channels using perch, crawfish and shad. “Bream are slow but should start picking up any day now with this beautiful weather. Come out and see us at Overcup Bait Shop off Arkansas Highway 9,” Catfish says.

Brewer Lake

(updated 5-2-2018) Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the water level is ranging normal to high. The surface temperature has hit 65 degrees and the clarity is clear. Bream are in 4 feet of water near the shoreline and are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are excellent around the shoreline and brush piles. Fish for them in 2-4 feet depth with minnows and jigs. Black bass are good. They’ve also made their way up into 4-6 feet depth around the shoreline and are hitting crankbaits and plastic worms. Nothing to report on catfish or white bass.

Lake Maumelle

(updated 5-2-2018) Jolly Rogers Marina (501-868-5558) said the lake level is about 10 inches above the spillway, water temperature from the marina is 64 degrees and about 66 degrees on the north side. Largemouth bass are excellent. With water temperatures in the 60s the bass are moving to spawn areas. Try using Zoom Trick Worms, crankbaits, jerkbaits and jigs in 4-8 and 10-15 feet of water. A few can also be caught in shallow water on spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. The blacks are still biting more during dusk and dawn. Cameron Nesterenko and Andrew Worley pulled in a 3.76 Big Bass to win Tuesday’s night’s fishing tournament here with a 12.70-pound total. Kerdon Martin and Gravey Hearnberger also found a Big Bass of 3.76 pounds. Sixteen of the 29 boats entered weighed in over 6 pounds each. The Kentucky bass bite is good. The spots are still a little deeper than the largemouth bass. Main lake, rocky shoreline or points are best with a crankbait or jig. White bass are good: Less reports coming in on the whites the past two weeks. Some are saying the whites are staging. Normally the run is over by the first of April. Use Rooster Rails, CC Spoons, deep-diving Bandits, and Bombers. Crappie fishing has been good. More reports are coming in of them being found near brush piles from 6-8 feet deep. Some are saying they’re taking off with the bait rather than hitting. More males are being caught this week. Bream are good. They are coming into shallow water off the rocky points and around brush piles. Try using crickets or jigs anywhere from 3-12 feet depth. Catfishing is very good. More reports this week of the channels starting to move out and the blues coming in. Try stink bait and worms around 20 feet deep. Had a 64-pound catfish caught this week.

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said catfish are reacting to cut bait. Good reports still on white bass hitting twister tails.

(updated 4-25-2018) Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie are good on Bobby Garland Popsicle and Slab Slanger, as well as minnows and 1.25-inch Itty Bit Swim’r. White bass are biting on Slab Slanger, Baby Shad, Cajun Spin and Silver Minnow. Bass are biting on worms, lizards, Brush Hogs and Whopper Plopper. Bream are excellent on crickets, worms and Rock Hopper.

Palarm Creek

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) said the water level and current are normal. The clarity is muddy. The only reports received were about catfish. They were fair on cut bait.

Sunset Lake

(updated 5-2-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said this is an AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program destination lake. Regulations are found on Page 69 of the 2018 Fishing Guidebook. Please abide by them in order to let others, especially kids, to also be able to catch some fish. It's stocked every once in a while with catfish. But it also has bream, crappie and bass. Bass are the only fish you have to return to the water immediately. The lake is located off the service road past the Saline County Fairgrounds, off Fairfield Road. Catfish will bite on chicken livers, bait shrimp, nightcrawlers and even minnows. especially right after being stocked. March 13 was the last time it was stocked. You can Google when it and others were stocked by typing in "stocked ponds – AGFC,” then click on the link and scroll down to see the chart. At the top of the list will be Benton – Sunset Lake and the dates and how many catfish were stocked. Lisa says she has seen some very nice crappie come out of there as well. They do well on No. 6 crappie minnows and pink crappie minnows. Some catch them around the pier; others go over on the bridge going to the other side. Bass do well on topwater frogs and brooder minnows. Bream do fair on crickets and redworms. It's a good place to take kids; there is a paved walking trail all the way around the lake

Bishop Park Ponds

(updated 5-2-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said this is located over off Boone Road in Bryant at Bishop Park. While these aren't AGFC lakes, they are owned by the city of Bryant. They are not listed in the AGFC’s Fishing Guidebook, so you go by the state regulations on Page 8. As you are facing Bishop Park, you will see the front one on the left-hand side by the road over by itself. That is Lake Norma; back behind it, Hurricane Creek runs as well as it runs up behind Lake Charles. Lake Charles is the back one; you go through the entrance of the park where the buildings are on the right-hand side as you are facing the park. You just pass by the buildings and the ballfield and at the end of the road you will see it. The only time these are stocked, to Lisa’s knowledge, are in September once for the Bryant Fall Fest. But when Hurricane Creek floods, it floods into both of the lakes and that's where a lot of the fish come from. Lisa says she has had some good reports from Lake Norma, especially on bass with plastic worms. But she gets better reports from the back one, Lake Charles. Catfish do well on chicken livers, nightcrawlers and occasionally on No. 12 bass minnows. Crappie have been caught off of No. 6 crappie minnows. Some are small but I have seen some big ones, too, that were caught off the dock. Bass like the Zoom Red Shad plastic worms and brooder minnows. Bream hit good on the crickets.

Saline River Access in Benton

(updated 5-2-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said, “Behold, some of the best fishing around here in Saline County.” There are three boat ramps where you can put in a canoe or a flat-bottom. One is past Sunset Lake off I-30 down Fairfield Road. Another is out off of Peeler Bend Road off I-30 past the Bruno's Italian Villa that sits back off the service road. Then you will go over the old Ed Dodson Bridge that crosses the Saline River; if you look up the river to your right you will see the spillway. The road next past the bridge on your right will be Peeler Bend Road. Another access to put in is at Lyle Park – once you see Waffle House off the service road, turn like you’re going to it. Once you pass it, go to the red light and turn right. You will see a sign saying Lyle Park. Turn left onto Lyledale Road and it will take you straight to it. The river provides lots of good fish: walleye, smallmouth, Kentucky and largemouth bass, bream and catfish. Usually prime time for the walleye is October-February. They like brooder minnows and stick baits. The bass also will go for the brooders pretty good and 4-inch Zoom green pumpkin lizards seem to be a favorite of theirs. Catfish can be caught on brooders, goldfish and black salties and nightcrawlers. Crickets and redworms, and super mealworms can catch you a mess of bream when it gets a little hotter. Crappie will go after No. 6 crappie minnows as well as the pink crappie minnows. You can also catch them on Kalin’s Jigs and Zing Tails. In a canoe you can get around pretty good on the Saline. The spillway is a very popular place to get some good fish. But it can get pretty packed, too!

Lake Norrell

(updated 5-2-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said it is located in Alexander, out Congo /Ferndale Road 13 miles from Lisa’s bait shop, and 40 minutes from Little Rock. It's a 280-acre lake owned by the city of Benton. Some of the biggest redear bream Lisa says she has ever seen have come from there. In about another week or so, using a cricket fishing on bottom will provide you will a good stringer of nice redears. There are crappie in there, too, but they are not big in abundance, but some are slabs when caught. Usually No. 6 crappie minnows or 2-inch Kalin’s Tennessee Shad colored jigs may get you a few. Bass are in there – No. 12 bass minnows or brooder minnows do well on them, as well as spinnerbaits or a Rat-L-Trap. Catfish will go after the chicken livers and nightcrawlers. They also like the black salties, especially on trotlines. Since this lake is not listed in the AGFC Fishing Guidebook, you got by the state regulations listed on Page 8 of the book.

Lake Pickthorne

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4958) says catfish are fair on cut bait. The water level is normal and the clarity is muddy.

Lake Valencia

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says the clarity is muddy and the lake level is normal. Catfish are fair on cut bait. No other reports.

Lake Willastein

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s in North Little Rock (501-758-4958) says the clarity is muddy and the lake level is normal. Catfish are fair on cut bait. No other reports.

Lake Winona

(updated 5-2-2018) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said this lake is 35 miles west of Little Rock in the Ouachita National Forest. It has a surface of 1,240 acres and has a watershed at 43 square miles. It's about 51 minutes from Lisa’s bait shop. There are bass, crappie, catfish, bream and walleye in there. Back in 2009 the AGFC stocked it with several thousand walleye. Lisa says she doesn’t know if it has been stocked with any more. One of her customers had a neighbor last year that caught some using a spinnerbait. Catfish do great on chicken livers and also live crawfish. Crappie do well on No. 6 crappie minnows. Bream are good off of crickets. Lisa says that from what she hears you can also catch lots of bass off of minnows. “This lake doesn't get a lot of pressure for I have been told it's a good 7 miles off of pavement on a gravel road. You wouldn't want to take a nice truck or boat there, from what my regulars tell me.” Check out the regulations on Page 71 of the Fishing Guidebook, especially on the required boat lengths.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(updated 5-2-2018) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said the weather and the water temperatures are getting good. Black bass are coming shallow and the fishing is good. Water has risen and fallen at least twice a day. Fish the grass and secondary drops. Use green pumpkin. White bass are around Point Remove Creek, Petit Jean River and Coppers Gap. Use a shad-colored cranks. Reports have been fair. Catfish are moving to the jetties. Fish shad. Results have been fair. No reports on crappie. Bream are around the jetties and grass line. Use crickets. Anglers report fair reports. Charley also hears that in local ponds the fish are really going crazy.

Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)

(updated 5-2-2018) Professional angler Cody Kelley with Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282) had no report.

Little Maumelle River

(updated 5-2-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the clarity is clear and the water level and current are normal. Crappie are good. You’ll find them in 2 feet of water or less. Fish in the shallows/near the bank. Use minnows or jigs. Black bass are good. Like the crappie, they also are shallow, in 2 feet of water or less. Use spinnerbaits or plastic worms. No reports on any other species.

(updated 5-2-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the clarity is stained and the level and current are normal. Surface water temperature was ranging 58-60 degrees. Crappie are good in the back water in a depth of 4-6 greed. They’re biting white and chartreuse jigs. Bass are good below the dam in 4-5 feet of depth. Use white grubs. Catfishing is good on skipjack. Heard good reports on white bass. Nothing on bream, however.

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said white bass have been fair the past week on white twister tails. Catfish seem to be going for cut bait this week, with fair results. Level and current are normal, the clarity is muddy.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)

(updated 5-2-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the clarity is stained and the level and current are normal. Surface water temperature was ranging 58-60 degrees. Crappie are good in the back water in a depth of 4-6 greed. They’re biting white and chartreuse jigs. Bass are good below the dam in 4-5 feet of depth. Use white grubs. Catfishing is good on skipjack. Heard good reports on white bass. Nothing on bream, however.

(updated 4-25-2018) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said that near the Murray Lock and Dam the water is stained and the surface temperature recorded earlier in the week was 58 degrees. Level and current are normal. Catfishing is fair using shad and slicks. White bass reports were excellent, with anglers using white twister tails and minnows.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

(updated 5-2-2018) Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said crappie are good in 8-10 feet depth and are biting blue and chartreuse jigs. Vince did not hear of any specific location for them. Bass are shallow and the bite is good on crankbaits and black and blue jigs. Fish near brush. No reports on catfish or bream. Water in this pool is stained to muddy with a temperature ranging 61-65 degrees. Level and current are normal.

(updated 5-2-2018) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie are good in 4-6 feet depth on jigs in the backwater. Bass are good in about 4-5 feet below the dam on white grubs below the dam. White bass are good. Catfish are biting skipjack and the bite is good. Nothing to report on bream. Water is stained with a temperature ranging 58-60. Level and current are normal.

Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)

No reports.

Peckerwood Lake

(updated 5-2-2018) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reported the water is stained and the surface temperature is 60 degrees. Water level is normal. Crappie are shallow and biting well in the timber. Try fishing at about 2 feet depth with minnows or jigs. Bass are also in the 2-feet range in brush and are hitting spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on stinkbait. Nothing reported on bream.