Millwood Lake Fishing Report – June 12

Updated: June 13, 2017


As of Monday, June 12, the lake level is near normal conservation pool and steady. Monday, there is reduced current in Little River with the gates releasing around 1100 CFS. Largemouth Bass are excellent on topwaters early, moving deeper later in the day. White Bass remain are deep Little River. Crappie have improved up river, out of any remaining current.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging 75ºF early to 82ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 259.3 mfsl with reduced current. Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet. Discharge rate as of Monday was near 1100 CFS. As of Monday the tailwater level was near 228 mfsl.

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.

Clarity and visibility continue improving this week, main lake has also improved visibility over the past few days. Further up Little River clarity is much better than a week ago, with the reduced inflow and current. The oxbow’s clarity also continues improving. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 8-10 inches. Little River’s visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow’s clarity is ranging approx 20-30 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.

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.

The Details:

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are excellent on topwaters, shallow at dawn and early morning, up to around 10am, and most anglers are getting a good topwater bite early. The best bite early remains on Buzz baits, Bass Assassin Shads, frogs, and Spooks or Moss Bosses around lily pads, and small square bill cranks finessed around vegetation. Good blow ups on buzz baits, frogs, Spitn’ Images, and Jitterbugs are heart stopping at daybreak around stumps, lily pads, and vegetation from 1-5 feet deep. Jitterbugs in coach dog, leopard frog, and black are getting best reactions. Soft plastic frogs in green pumpkin / pearl, june bug, and black are getting really good blow ups in the pads. When the sun gets up over the trees, switching over to big bulky 10″ worms, or chatterbaits, or shallow running squarebill crankbaits, Echo 1.75 cranks, are working to entice a few more early bites adjacent to the flats in the ditches. War Eagle spinnerbaits are working on windy days, and best around stumps, cypress trees, and vegetation near deeper drops of ditches and creek channels.

We are seeing the Bass holding during the higher sun periods, near points and quick drops, to allow quick access to deep water in Little River during the day after the shallow top water bite is done. Best color over the past week or two continues for buzz baits to be firecracker, white/chartreuse, or bull bream colors. Bass Assassin Shads in Salt and Pepper Phantom, Bad to the Bone, and Panhandle Moon, colors continue working around lily pads and vegetation over the past week. Big, bulky, magnum Lizards, or Berkley 10″ Power worms continue working with Blue Fleck or purple drawing best reactions. Rat-L-Trap 1.75 Echo Squarebill crankbaits are beginning to get good reactions, with the best colors over the past couple weeks being the Gizzard Shad, Ghost Minnow, and Millwood Magic. Medium running Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits in Citrus Shad or Tennessee Shad being best colors for a few Largemouths in the oxbows and clearer water color in 5-9 feet depths near cypress trees and creek channel swings.

Rat-L-Trap Stuttersteps continue getting good reactions at the surface on flats and over creek channels early in the morning low light hours, up river in the oxbows with best colors being Ayu, Pro Blue, and Ghost Shad.

White Bass: Best reaction bite we could find over the past week were locating large schools of whites or hybrids holding in 12-16 feet depth of Little River. Cordell or Kastmaster jigging spoons were able to jig up a few whites over the past week.

Crappie: Improving in planted brush between 9-12 feet of depth on white/chartreuse jigs or white/red jigs.

Cats: Were back to action this past week with best cats on trot lines in Little River between 9-15 feet of depth using chicken livers, and cut baits.

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