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Millwood Lake Fishing Report – August 28

Updated: August 29, 2017

The Overall Picture:

As of Monday, August 28, the lake level is approx 6″ above normal conservation pool and rising at 259.7 ft-msl. There is current of 1097 CFS in Little River; tailwater approx 229.4 ft-msl. Water temps dropped slightly over the past week. Use normal caution during navigation. We expect this to change drastically late this week, and into the weekend, with the forecast models currently being issued from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey by the NWS. Check lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels. Use caution in navigation on Millwood Lake.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 83ºF early to 91ºF range later under full sun, depending on location. Navigation considered normal caution on Little River and Millwood, this week.

Clarity and visibility is stained, but improving, 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 5-12 inches. Little River’s visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow’s clarity currently ranging approx 10-20 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: Cooler temperatures this week has dropped the surface water temp and schooling activities up river, are back again. Bass remain good around 2-4 pounds, on topwaters early at dawn up to around 11am. 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, and Firecracker/chartreuse around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river. Bass Assassin Shads continue working well with salt and pepper or Houdini colors. Best colors over the past couple weeks of the Stuttersteps are the Sexy Ghost, Gold Black Back/Orange belly, and Bone.

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 the oxbows. Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills are still catching bass with the Ghost Minnow and Sexy Chrome best colors 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. 10″ magnum Berkley worms are still working with best colors over the past week being black, black grape and blue fleck. Brush hogs are catching a few keeper size bass in the 3-4 pound class as well with the best colors chartreuse pumpkin, chameleon, cherryseed, and watermelon magic.

Chatterbaits in black/blue and War Eagle Spinnerbaits in Firecracker with chartreuse colors, are still working also 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 back to early and mid morning schooling activities with all the recent cloud cover and cooler daytime temps, away from river current in the oxbows. Clear baby torpedoes, Cordell crazy shads in chrome/black, Stuttersteps, and rooster tails are catching these schooling fish. Also on the schooling fish a Little George, Rocket Shad, or Rat-L-Trap in chrome or Millwood Magic will bring in a good mess of these nomads.

Crappie: Began improving again near standing timber in the backs of the oxbows from 7-12 feet deep on vertical jigging spoons, tubes, grubs, and Blakemore Roadrunners.

Cats: Channel Cats continue biting well on trot lines set along outer bends of the river in timber from 7-12 feet deep using Charlie, cottonseed cakes, hot dogs, and chicken livers.

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly. See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas’ State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, and tons more great fishing stuff….

Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!!