Millwood Lake Fishing Report – Aug. 21

Updated: August 25, 2017

The Overall Picture:
As of Monday, August 21, the lake level is approx normal conservation pool and steady at 259.2 ft-msl. There is minimum current of 170 CFS in Little River; tailwater approx 230.2 ft-msl. Water temps increased slightly over the past week. Lake in process of stabilizing level from all the local thunderstorms and rain over the past few days. Use normal caution during navigation.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 86ºF early to 93ºF range later under full sun, depending on location. Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week.

Clarity and visibility is stained to muddy depending on location from recent rain, compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-7 inches. Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained to muddy. Little River’s visibility ranges 5-8 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow’s clarity currently ranging approx 6-12 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK for approximately over 1 mile, and being enforced by AGFC in Little River. This no wake zone is being strictly enforced and is no tolerance for wake boaters or barges.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office. To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers’ main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777. Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800. Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.

The Details
Largemouth Bass: Warmer temperature daytime highs this week diminished the surface schooling activities we have been seeing over the past few weeks up Little River. Bass remain fair to good around 2-3 pounds, on topwaters early at daybreak. Bass continue to react the most aggressive at dawn around stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in the oxbows and Little River near deep drops. Top water bite at daybreak remains very good on soft plastic fogs, buzz baits, Stuttersteps, Baby Torpedoes, Heddon Dying Flutters, and Jitterbugs. Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and top water soft plastic frogs remain drawing good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads. Best color of buzz baits over the past couple weeks included black/blue, Casper the ghost, bubblegum, and Firecracker/chartreuse around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river. Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Chartreuse/Silver Glitter, Mississippi Hippie, Limetreuse, and Texas Red colors. Best colors over the past week of the Stuttersteps are the Sexy Ghost, Gold Black Back/Orange belly, and Bone.

Big bulky, fat, 7-10″ worms, and brush hogs continue working in drop-offs, with best colors over the past few weeks being peanut black grape, black, or pumpkinseed/chartreuse tail. Best locations for working the bulky worms range from 5-10 feet deep in Little River behind points (primary and secondary) around grass mats after morning top water bite subsides, and in the same areas where the top water early bite is aggressive. Continue moving deeper in the creek channels or to the points of Little River where the creek junctions the river as the sun rises and begins to heat up the flats adjacent to creek channels. The deep and medium diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad, remain working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits continue working long old river channel cut-overs, ditches, and deep creek outer swings where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into Little River. Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills are Pinch’n Peach, Chartreuse Flash, in the stained water areas, and the Ghost Minnow and Sexy Chrome in the clearer water backwaters away from current. Nice size bass also continue biting on magnum sized, 4″ salty tubes with Smokey/black/red flake, Purple Smoke/purple fleck, and black/blue tail colors working over the past several weeks.

Chatterbaits in black/blue and War Eagle Spinnerbaits in Firecracker with chartreuse colors, are working also away from muddy water current of Little River next to cypress trees and knees, over the past couple weeks in the oxbows away from current in Little River, once the sun gets up, in the clearest water you can locate. Shad and Bream colored squarebill crankbaits continue working around hydrilla and stumps from 5-9 feet deep near cypress trees along creeks and parallel to vegetation lines/mats dumping into the oxbows.
White Bass: Whites/hybrids are still roaming, but not much surface breaking activity this past week with the influx of muddy water and current.

Crappie: No consistent/reproducible pattern to speak of that we can comment on, since all the inflow, increase in current, and muddy water of Little River last week.

Cats: Blues continued feeding well this week in Little River. Channel Cats continue biting well on trot lines set along outer bends of the river in stump rows of old river timber from 8-15 feet deep.
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