Millwood Lake Fishing Report – June 19

Updated: June 21, 2017

The Overall Picture:

As of Monday, June 19, the lake level is near normal conservation pool and steady. Monday, there is reduced current in Little River with the gates releasing around 400 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 77ºF early to 86ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.
Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 259.5 mfsl with reduced current. Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet. Discharge rate as of Monday was near 400 CFS. As of Monday the tailwater level was near 226 mfsl with reduced gate current.

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 25-35 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:  The best bass bite has been improving early on topwaters over the last 2 weeks with the improved lake level and clarity conditions. The best bass bite varies from early to mid morning, and is pretty much done by 10am in this sweltering humidity and heat. Surface temps edged slightly upward again this week, and lake wide conditions continuing to improve the clarity and the bite over the past week. Largemouth bass are on normal summer feeding patterns. Larger bass have pulled out to slightly deeper water and are beginning to bite with more regularity, moving to shallows early and late. The larger Largemouths are fair to good; from around 3 to 4 pounds each, best baits continue being worms, jigs, Bass Assassin Shads, Frogs, buzz baits, War Eagle Spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Soft plastic frogs, Johnson spoons, and Bass Assassin Shads are getting good reactions in the pads. Black buzz baits in firecracker color and Spitn’ Images are working at daylight.

Best color of War Eagle Spinnerbaits is fire tiger color for any remaining heavy stain water areas and spot remover in clearer oxbows water. Rat-L-Traps in Spring Bream, Millwood Magic, or red shad colors seem to draw the best reactions from bass, in the clearest water locations. 10″ Yum worms in peanut butter ‘n jelly, plum, or black also are randomly taking fair quality Largemouths upriver and on the main lake. Water clarity and visibility improving lake-wide as of Monday, due to recent more normal weather patterns, reduced current in Little River, and clearing. Rat-L-Trap Echo 1.75 squarebills are working in creek channels. Gizzard Shad, Ghost, and Millwood Magic remain best reaction colors for good bites.

Real Deal Custom Tackle Jigs in Peanut Butter ‘n Jelly, Texas Craw, or June Bug colors will work most anywhere on the lake. Work the jigs slightly deeper areas and ditches, creek channels around stumps and lay-downs for heavier bass, typically in the 7-9 foot zone. These deeper ditches and secondary drops in creek channels of Millwood are holding the best quality, and heavier bass. Bass Assassin trick worms in watermelon red or red bug colors,  Shad Assassins in gold shiner, or black shad, or salt and pepper silver phantom colors for better clarity water, and Salty Rat Tails in green pumpkin or watermelon red, are catching keeper bass on a light wire hook, deadsticking method in the clearest water.

Lily pads continue blooming over the past couple weeks, and the frog bite slowly improving. The clearest water holding these new pad growths are the best spots to work your top water frogs. Begin shallow early morning daylight throwing deep into the pads and working outward. Any pad stand with creek channels swinging near and/or into the pads are high target areas. Around the perimeter of the new pad fields, search for bass with Bass Assassins, Salty Rat Tails, spinnerbaits, worms, and Rat-L-Traps. Deeper cranks like the Bomber Fat Free Shads are catching bass in slightly deeper water adjacent to and off the edges of pads and vegetation of grass like pond weed, coontail, and hydrilla. Arborghast Jitter bugs are also taking good bass and blow up reactions from daylight to around 8 a.m.

White Bass: Were found stacked up in 25-30 feet deep holes of Little River last week on slabs and jigging spoons.

Crappie:  are biting very good around Cypress Trees in areas along creek channels from 2-7 feet deep, and continue to bite well on jigging tiny hair jigs in the clearest water you can locate. The Crappie are also stacking vertically over planted brush piles along Little River.  Best bite during the early morning hours before 10am. Additionally, Southern Pro Crappie tubes and hair jigs in white, chartreuse, or hot pink or small Rocket Shads and Blakemore Roadrunners were working over the past 2 weeks.

Cats:  Channel cats and Blues, all continue to bite very good over the past couple weeks in Little River’s current, and nice size 3-4 pound blues were brought in over the past week on trot lines, yo-yos, tight lines, and jug fishing along Little River. Blues and Channel Cats were biting well on red worms, Charlie, and chicken livers in 14-18 feet of Little River on outer break lines in current or with the yo-yos tied underneath Cypress trees with live shiners in 8-9 feet depths.

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