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ARKANSAS: Greer’s Ferry – White Bass on Spoons, In-line Spinners, HairJigs & Swimbaits

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The lake level at Greer’s ferry is at  470.42 that is now 9.39 feet above normal pool and falling.

The hybrid and white bass are doing excellent at different times of the day through out the day, on spoons,in-line spinners, hairjigs and swimbaits, fish coming up will eat topwater baits and knock-offs, find the bait fish and the fish will be close

Bream are biting well up shallow and out to 38 feet of water on catalpa worms, crawlers and crickets

Crappie are biting fair at night under lights

Bass fishing is good shallow early and late up shallow and also in the shades in the middle of the day try topwaterbaits,frogs and buzzbaits, the deeper fish will eat football heads tipped with worms, texas rigged worms, and c-rigs.

Walleye are slow

Catfish are eating well on everything thinkable

Tommy Cauley
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ARKANSAS: Norfork Lake – Best Bite for Walleye is at 28-ft

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Steve reports the Norfork lake level has been very stable for several days at 573.4 which is 8 feet lower than crest with little or no generation until today. Surface temperature is still in the mid 80’s and the lake clearing. The thermocline is at 19 feet and that is where many fish are. They are especially on main lake points right at the end of the trees.

Bink reports the best bite for walleye is at 28-ft. using a clown colored 1/2 oz. spoon. Stripers are at 20-30 ft. using the 3/4 oz. purple back spoon. White bass are at 0-40 ft. using the white 1/4 oz. spoon. There are fish being caught throughout the whole lake from top to bottom.

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ARKANSAS: Bass – Soft Plastic Baits in 25 to 35 Feet of Water

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The lake is down to 692 and still dropping a few inches a day. Everybody wants to know how fast and when the lake will get back to normal. I don’t think anybody knows that. From my experience it will depend on how much rain we get. It will also depend on how fast they drop table rock lake. That area is “special” and gets “special” treatment. 🙁  They usually get their lake dropped first. So, I would assume as soon as it gets closer to normal then we will be dropping faster. The lake temp is in the lower 70’s with a thermocline forming shallow around the 5 foot level or so I am told. I will be in the water the next few days and will be able to tell you more.

I am told that the White River is back to normal level of 8 generators. Two generators are broken but they are running 6 generators with the flood gates open to the equivalent of two generators. So- there is no problems fishing, launching, staying at the White River as of now! HOO RAY!

The fishing on the lake hasn’t changed much yet. It should soon. I have been getting lots and lots of questions about the “night fishing” thing. So here goes. Pick a spot on the lake. It might take several times to find the right spot but I don’t think it matters too much. You want to anchor in 30 to 70 feet of water. Put out a couple of lights that float on the water. This will bring a variety of bait fish starting with very small plankton, then small minnows/shad, then larger shad. The key is to get the larger shad ( 3-4 inches) around your lights. These will start doing a circle pattern around your boat under the lights. These will attract the catchable fish such as White Bass, Walleye, catfish, etc. I will take a bucket of regular minnows that we sell here at the marina and use them until I can catch the circling shad under the lights. I have made my own net to do this with. Most people use a throwable cast net to catch the shad and then use the shad they catch. Minnows seem to work for me but the circling shad you catch are natural in the lake and the fish love em. I put my bait in 25 to 50 feet of water. I will vary it until I find where the fish seem to be biting. If you never get circling shad around the boat then MOVE until you find them. I have seen this used on bluff walls, flats, channel swings, etc. Good Luck if you can stay awake. Until next time!

BASS –

1. Soft plastic baits in 25 to 35 feet of water on the “old shoreline.” This is where the brush stops and the old shoreline starts where there is no brush. I think the hungry fish hang in this spot because its easy to catch their prey here. A lot of the stuff they eat will be in the brush and hard to get to, but anything that is on the old gravel-no brush shoreline will be easier to catch. Try a variety or different baits and mix it up. Tube jigs, gitzits, 4 inch finesse worms, 5-7 inch plastic worms, french fry worms, lizards, brush hogs etc. Green pumpkin, cotton candy, brownish seem to be the best colors.

2. regular plastic worms with no weight in 0 to 10 feet of water in the brush. This pattern is a little harder to fish and takes heavy line but can be productive. Green pumpkin or bubble gum seem to be the best baits.

3. retrieve a spoon- sit out from the shoreline and cast a spoon in and retrieve it back varying speeds and depths. Sometimes you want to let it hit the bottom. The last time the water was this high in 07-08, this pattern was catching all species of fish.

4. Spinner baits in colored water back in the creeks. Bright colored big bladed baits will catch largemouth in dingy water.

5. Flipping a jig in the dirty water around the brush will catch bass in shallow water.

6. Minnow fishing with a split shot or jig and minnow is producing all species of fish, bass, walleye, crappie, white bass ect.

7 Drop shot a night crawler from 5 to 35 feet depending on the bank and structure. The standing trees out from the shoreline are a good place to try this, as well as the old shoreline in 25 to 35 feet of water.

8. Top water minnow looking baits are producing some fish – Flukes, spooks, pop r’s, chug bugs, etc.

Walleye –

1.Drop shot a night crawler from 25 to 35 feet depending on the bank and structure. The standing trees out from the shoreline are a good place to try this and then the old shoreline in 25 to 35 feet of water.

2. Split shot a night crawler and drift fish with in in 20 to 35 feet of water

3. Retrieve a spoon form the bank very slow

4. vertical jig a spoon

White Bass –

1. cast some type of minnow bait on the gravel flats on the old shore line

2. night fishing under lights

Crappie –

1. night fishing under lights

Catfish –

Lots of catfish being caught on limb lines from 5 to 25 feet of water.

Ricky Eastwold and Crew
Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock
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ARKANSAS: Greers Ferry – Crappie Are In The Bushes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 479.05 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).

white bass and hybrids are biting well up the rivers on cloudy days. The bite is slow during direct sunlight.

Catfishing is good on jugs, trotlines and rod/reel all over the lake; they can be caught using cut shad, stink bait, bream and soap.

Bream are trying to spawn in shallow areas and will bite crickets, nightcrawlers and grasshoppers.

The main lake crappie are in the bushes, usually in groups.

Walleye are biting well on points, humps and edges of flats on nightcrawlers.

Bass are doing well on Texas-rigged lizards, frogs, swimbaits and Carolina-rigged Cinkos and lizards.

Tommy Cauley
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ARKANSAS: Fishing Using Only a Zara Spook

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Scuba Steve reports the wind has shifted to the north and the air and water temperature has dropped. It was 44 degrees out this morning with a water temperature at 65 degrees which had hit a high of 72. This will make the topwater bite last longer in the year. It is forecasted to warm up on Thursday and rain on Friday and Saturday. Lake level is 578 and dropping very slowly. Clarity is steadily improving with more debris sticking to the shore. There is still debris in the Cranfield area.

Bink reports he is topwater fishing only for 4-hrs. in the morning and again in the evening back in the creeks using only a Zara Spook. He is catching mostly stripers, hybrids and white bass everyday. Black bass have spawned and have moved from the tree line.

Scuba Steve caught a 6-lb. largemouth Thursday, 5-lb. largemouth Friday, and a 4-lb. smallmouth Saturday all on a grub in the old roadway. Other people are reporting success using floating worms and spinnerbaits. He is also catching big catfish on trotlines using live shiners and perch.

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ARKANSAS: White River Fishing

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

During the past week, we have had more rain with cool temperatures and mild winds.

The lake level at Bull Shoals Dam rose twelve feet to rest at thirty five and seven tenths of a foot above power pool of 654.00 feet. This is five and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell three and five tenths feet to rest at sixteen and three tenths feet above power pool or three tenths of a foot above the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at eight and nine tenths feet above power pool or seven tenths of a foot below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had light generation with no wadable water. Norfork Lake rose one and six tenths feet to rest at twenty seven and one tenth feet above power pool of 552.00 feet or nine tenths of a foot below the top of flood pool.

On the Norfork, the generators are down for repair and the flood gates are open to lower the lake level.

The level of outflow has been significantly increased in the past week to lower the lake level below the top of flood pool.

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ARKANSAS: Branson – Table Rock Lake Fishing

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Kimberling City Area:
Massive water temperature rise over the past week; average surface temperatures are in the low 60’s in the afternoon in the mid lake area. With that in mind fish have moved shallow in mass and can be caught on a variety of baits. The most predictable bite has been on a Jewel football or spider jig worked slowly along the bottom on points near spawning coves. Look for points that are at the mouth of these coves to be the most productive. On windy days these same locals will produce on an X-Rap or Mc Stick jerkbait. Work the bait quickly allowing it to pause five seconds or less between jerks.

James River:
The James River has warmed as much as any other part of the lake; surface temps in the mid sixties are not uncommon right now on sunny afternoons. With that in mind males have begun making beds in shallow gravel coves around rock and wood cover, these fish are no where near being locked on the bed but they are holding close waiting for females to move up and spawn. Best opportunity to catch males have been to draw reaction strikes with RC crankbaits and Chompers spinnerbaits; throw the bait well beyond the fish and pause it briefly near the fish to draw a strike. Bigger females can be caught on Jewel football jigs worked on points near the spawning coves.

White River:
Just like the rest of the lake the White River has much warmer water temperatures this week. Look for fish to be holding on the inside of points in spawning coves twenty feet deep or less. Jewel Football jigs and Squirrel heads worked along the bottom on these points will produce staging fish. Toward the back of creek arms fish are further along in the spawning process, the same tactics outlined for the James River will work here. The Kings River has the warmest water on the lake, males are hovering very close to nests built over the past week and should be spawning by the end of the week.

Dam Area:
While not as warm as the rest of the lake the lower end has warmed considerably this past week as well. Fish are not as far along in the spawning process in the dam area as the rest of the lake and can be found on main lake and secondary points. Jerkbaits have been a key bait when the wind is blowing, quick retrieves with short pauses will draw strikes from fish moving shallow to feed. Chompers single tail grubs on a quarter ounce head are working well in these areas as well. Jewel spider jigs with J tail trailers are effective when the winds are calm, work the bait along the bottom from ten to twenty feet deep.

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ARKANSAS: Table Rock Lake Fishing

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Well our water here by the Dam has finally hit the 50 degree mark.

In fact today I was able to find 52 degree water. The fishing is still hit or miss but that will change quickly with the warming water.

As usual on Table Rock Lake,if the wind is not blowing the fishing gets tough. If this happens you want to swim a grub on a 3/16 oz head very slowly in the back of coves and pockets. Keep the boat in about 15-18 feet of water. If timber is present the better it will be. Saturday was one of those windless mornings. I was determined to catch fish on the jerk bait so that is what I stuck with all day. By 2:00 in the afternoon I had 2 fish in the boat. Both smallmouth bass and one was pushing 3 1/2 lbs. The wind then started blowing out of the North about 10 mph. I ran over to a point on the south side of the lake that is known to hold big largemouth. I was hoping to connect with one of the brutes but had no success. I decided to go fish some pea gravel points and banks to see if the smallmouth had moved up with the wind. Sure enough they did. In the next hour and a half I ended up catching 14 fish with 8 of them being keepers. Today was the same start cloudy with no wind. I went back to the area I caught the fish on Saturday and guess what. NO LUCK. I worked the bank all the way to the back of the cove and in the very back in 2 feet of water I caught a 3 lb smallmouth. About 10:00 am the wind wind picked up and the fish started to feed. It was a lot of hard work but by 3:00 I had put 11 fish in the boat and they were all keepers. All came on the jerk bait and most all of them were in the back 1/4 of coves and pockets. All smallmouth and only one area I caught more than one in.

Till next time Good fishin’

Capt. Jamie Kowalsky
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MISSOURI: Table Rock Lake Fishing

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Kimberling City Area:
Access continued to be an issue through this past weekend, the best ramps in the mid lake over the weekend were Ahoys (The ramp is clear but parking was limited and most anglers parked in the condo lot) and Aunts Creek lower ramp. The bite has remained the same with three patterns dominating most of the action; stickbaits, spoons and jigs. SPRO McSticks fished around isolated cover on channel swing banks is producing strikes form quality fish, any areas where there are dieing shad are the best producers. Jewel Eakins and football jigs with Eakins craws have been productive in these same areas, look for the portion where the channel swings away from the bank to be the most productive. Finally, War Eagle spoons fished in the center of larger creeks near schools of shad will produce numbers and quality spotted bass.

James River:
The ice that had formed in the upper James was mostly broken up by Sunday afternoon, above Cape Fair there was still some ice on the lake so caution is imperative in the upper James. The lower ramp at Aunts creek is still your best option, the lot has not been plowed but there has been enough traffic to make the ramp accessible. The bite in the James is similar to the mid lake area; SPRO McSticks and Jewel jigs are the best option around isolated pieces of cover on steeper banks. The deep bite has been best in the Aunts Creek area, the bigger creeks and the main lake have both been productive with a War Eagle spoon.

White River:
ccess has improved on the White River, Shell knob is open, Baxter has had enough traffic to make I usable but the ramp is steep and can be hard to pull out, further up stream ice can be an issue, most of the ice above Eagle Rock has broken up but caution should be taken. Across the board the bite remains similar to the rest of the lake, Stickbaits, Jewel Jigs and War Eagle spoons continue to be the most effective patterns. A slightly different spoon pattern has developed on the main lake around the Shell Knob area; look for large community docks on steep banks to be holding schools of Spotted bass, on sunny afternoons the fish are holding in shady areas and will strike the bait on the initial fall.

Dam Area:
State Park remains the best access on the lower end but a lot of work was done at Indian point and it is open. Just like the rest of the lake the bite boils down to three patterns; jig, stickbait and spoon. For numbers of fish a War Eagle spoon worked around deep tree tops close to the main channel of larger creek arms, any shad located on electronics will increase the number of fish caught. Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos fished in last channel swing of a creek has been very effective, look for areas of run off near the channel swing to hold the most fish. SPRO McSticks fished around isolated cedar tree on steeper banks in larger creeks have been producing quality largemouth.


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ARKANSAS: Millwood Lake Fishing – The Ten Pounder

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The photo of that 10 pound bass, was caught on a Bass Assassin Shad Assassin soft plastic jerk bait. The client and I were fishing on Millwood Lake upriver between Mud Lake oxbow and McGuire Lake oxbow in a small slough immediately off of Little River. Per your request, here is the story:

Starting at daybreak, a slight cool front had passed through the area the night before, and a light fog had developed over the lake. Water temperatures ranged in the low to mid-80º range. The morning started out quite well with numerous bass above the 16″ minimum length requirement for a “keeper” size bass. By 9:00 we had already boated between 8-10 keepers, and many “dinks” below the 16″ minimum length; all on the Bass Assassin Shad jerk baits and buzz baits which I build for my own, and client’s use. The bite had just practically “shut down” in the area we had begun fishing in, around 9-9:15am. I decided to make a move further up river.

We idled out of the location above, on the river, and ran approximately 20 minutes at full throttle up Little River. We shut down and idled into another slough within 50 yards of the river to began our plan B assault. Trolling motor humming, we graciously greeted a man and wife Crappie fishing in the area and quietly eased passed them as to not disturb their Crappie hole. The man in the boat asked me, “Did you throw by that rock over there?”. I responded, “No sir, but I have certainly caught some good bass back in here over the years, we are just trying to get out of your way.”

About 20 minutes later, around 10am, all hell broke loose. We were fishing the Bass Assassin Shads around coontail moss, hydrilla, and lily pads, when I felt the boat rock to one side. I turned around to see what was up, and Gary Moore, the client from east Texas was setting the hook hard. Looking at his medium heavy rod, it was doubled over. I immediately looked at his line where it entered the water, and drag was singing off his reel to the tune of “Mr Big headed for 30 feet deep” of the river. Gary shouts, “GET THE NET!” and in an instant, I was on my hands and knees with the net in one hand, and my other hand on the trolling motor turning the nose of the boat toward the fish. The bass ran into a wad of lily pad stems and swirled round and round. Gary says, “I cant feel him!” I said “lighten up on him just a hair”. When he did, the fish pulled him further into the pad stems. I began immediately to pull lily pad tops back to find the fish. All I could see was the 4″ thick back and tail of this monster bass with his head and face rooting downward in the lily pad stems. As I pulled the pads apart, the fish made a run back to the river again. Gary says, “He’s loose, he’s running!” I said you best tighten that drag, or he is gona wrap you up on a stump out on the edge of the river in 15-20 feet and we will never see him!” As he tightened his drag, he turned the fish again, and i could see a huge flash as the pig rolled on her side, turning back down into the lily pad stems again. I said, “Dang she is huge, looks like the side of a BARN! This fish is well over 8 pounds, and maybe bigger!”

As she rooted in the lily pad stems again, I grabbed my pliers off my belt, and began lifting the pad tops and cutting them and throwing them to the side. Gary says, “you look like a weedeater down there!” I said whatever it takes! As I pulled the last pad top back I could see the back and tail of the monster again.
I lunged at her with the net and missed, she was deeper than I had thought. I made one last swoop of the net with the handle fully extended out to 6 feet and when we looked as I brought up the net, she was in it. Not only was she IN the net, she took up the ENTIRE net!

By this time, the old man and woman crappie fishin were just intently watching all the commotion going on 40 yards away. When we got her in the boat, we both yelled out WOW WHAT A HOG! I said, Gary this fish is well over 8 or 9 pounds, she maybe over 10. Taking her out of the net, Gary commented “man you could put a softball in her mouth!” He was holding the fish with both hands like a pair of vice grips, as I worked the Owner hook out of the cartlidge in roof of her mouth. Gary says “look at her gullet! You could put a hot dog down her throat its so big!”

We got the digital scales out and weighed her, the digital read out flashed in pounds and ounces 9 lb 14-15 ounces, back and forth. I said shes as close to 10 pounds as you are going to get. We put her in the livewell to calm her down, put “Please Release Me” in the livewell, and ran the aerator continually for about 45 minutes. A collegue guide of mine comes flying down the river about 30 minutes later and I flagged him down. We get his digital scales out, and reading in pounds and tenths of pounds, it flashed 9.9-10.0-10.1. So there was no doubt. Gary had landed the 10 pound bass he had came after for so many years. Gary has been coming to Millwood Lake fishing with me and my guides for over 7 years, and he finally caught the hawg he had so desparately pursued. We snapped a few more photos of the pig, took her measurements, said our fond farewells, and turned her loose to fight again. The woman crappie fishin’ says, “lookie there, they are turning that big fish loose!” The huge bass blasted off to the side of the boat, in the lake with a vengence, throwing a mighty shower of water in our face with her tail, as if to say “Thank you for letting me go”, as we said, “Thank YOU for the pictures, and truly the fight of a lifetime!

Mike Siefert
Millwood Lake Guide Srv
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