Millwood Lake Fishing Report – Aug. 7

Updated: August 10, 2017

The Overall Picture:
As of Monday, August 7, the lake level is approx 9 inches above normal conservation pool and rising at 259.9 ft-msl.  There is current of 5995 CFS in Little River on Tuesday; tailwater approx 235.1 ft-msl. Water temps dropped slightly over the past week.  Lake level in process of a rapid rise due all the local thunderstorms and rain over the past few days.  Use normal caution during navigation.   Mayfly hatch tapering off on Millwood.  We are enjoying the 10º reduction in temperatures over the past few days!

buy norvasc amlodipine 5mg generic Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 81ºF early to 89ºF range later under full sun, depending on location.  Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week.

Clarity and visibility is fair but getting worse with all the incoming fresh 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 5-10 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake remains heavy stained.  Little River’s visibility ranges 5-12 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow’s clarity currently ranging approx 12-15 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: Not much change in Bass behavior over the past week or so, although with these cooler temperature daytime highs, we have seen schooling fish more often in the oxbows up Little River.  Bass remain very good from 2 to 3 pounds, on topwaters early at daybreak.  Bass continue to react the most aggressive at dawn around lily pad stands, stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation in Little River near deep drops.  Stuttersteps, Chug Bugs, Baby Torpedoes, Shad Assassins, Heddon Dying Flutters, and Jitterbugs, all continue drawing good reactions on topwater at daybreak.  Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and top water soft plastic frogs all remain drawing good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads.  Best color of buzz baits over the past couple weeks included white/chartreuse, black, black/blue, or Bream colors around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river.  Bass Assassin Shads continue biting best on Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost, and Bad To the Bone colors.  Good bites continue on black, pumpkinseed, or june bug colored soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find.

Big bulky, fat, 7-10″ worms, and brush hogs continue working in drop-offs, with best colors over the past week or two being peanut butter’n jelly, black grape, watermelon-purple, or watermelon candy and green pumpkin.  Best locations for working the bulky worms range from 5-10 feet deep in Little River 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 continue working in Millwood Magic and Ghost colors around deeper drops in Little River.  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 continuing to get bit using Spot Remover or Firecracker colors, next to cypress trees and knees, over the past couple weeks in the oxbows once the sun gets up.
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 continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been caught on Rat-L-Traps, Fat Free Shad crankbaits, Little Georges, Beetle Spins, Rooster Tails, and Rocket Shads from approx 7-12 feet deep.   Schooling Whites have been noted in the back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows off Little River early at daybreak on flats adjacent to deeper drops in the depths from 5-10 feet deep at random intervals for the past several weeks.  The cooling daytime highs over the past week have notched up the surface breaker activity this week.
Crappie: Crappie disappeared this week with the increase of incoming muddy water and increased current.

Bream: The Bluegills and Longear Sunfish Bream continue biting really good.  Good Bream and Bluegills continue hitting crickets and worms at the Millwood State Park off the bank, and all along Little River over the past couple weeks, and especially under any leaning cypress or willow, and other “leafed out” trees where the Mayfly hatch is happening.  The Mayfly hatch is beginning to wind dow

Cats:  Blues improved this week with the increase in Little River current up.  Channel Cats continue biting well on trot lines set along outer bends of the river in stump rows of old river timber from 12-16 feet deep with chicken livers, hearts, gizzards, cut buffalo, and blood bait continue working.
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