Posted on Wednesday Jul 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.77 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the lake level is at 461.90 and falling with surface temperatures ranging from 83-86 degrees. A visible thermocline appears at 30-35 feet and fish are suspended at 15-25 feet. Surface schooling activity has decreased and fish are feeding heavily on tiny baitfish. Drop-offs, ledges, points and flats are key areas for foraging fish. Check for holding fish in the backs of creek and river channels where the first 20-30 foot depth appears. Submerged woody structure will hold fish in 20-30 foot depths.
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is at 462.28 feet and falling, and the temperature is in the mid-80s. Bass fishing is good if you have wind or generation. Try drops 15-35 feet deep with football head jigs with crawdad trailers or worms, big Texas-rigged worms, Carolina-rigged lizards or a drop shot rig. The topwater bite is good early and late up shallow and there has been a little schooling action. The bream are biting well on crickets and crawlers from up shallow out to 15 feet of water. Crappie are slow but will improve with a little wind. Walleye are slow but steady on crawlers and cranks dragged in 15-27 feet of water on rocky points. Catfishing is good all over the lake on jugs and trotlines baited with bream, shrimp and many other types of bait. Hybrid and white bass fishing is good with wind and current and night fishing has picked up as well. Try spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits in 25-39 feet of water.
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Call a District 10 Fisheries Biologist toll free. Perrin or Tom Bly 877 470. 3309 Counties: Van Buren, Cleburn, White, Faulkner, Conway and Perry