Millwood Lake Fishing Report – June 4

Updated: June 6, 2018

The Overall Picture:

As of Monday, 04 June, the lake level on Millwood is near normal, at approx 3 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 259.4 ft-msl; and the discharge was near 175 CFS in Little River according to the USACE.  The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday remains very low, approx 225 ft-msl. Water temps continued improving over the past week. Be sure and check the most recent 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 and conditions.


NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 82ºF early to 87ºF range later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for random, broken, or floating timber.

Clarity and visibility continue improving over the past week, but remain stained in places, especially up river. The main lake and lower sections of Little River continue to improve, are not quite as stained or muddy as the upper regions of Little River and Saline River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-15 inches. Little River’s visibility ranges 10-12 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current. The oxbow’s clarity currently 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. 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. Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.

The Details:

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass over the past week have been best activity levels from dawn to around 10 a.m., and bite shuts off until almost dusk. Largemouth Bass have been fair over the past few weeks early at dawn and dusk, and activity levels are diminished with the increase of surface temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s range over the past week during the heat of the day. Best baits drawing reactions, over the past week or so have been Squarebill Crankbaits, Chatterbaits, Soft plastic Frogs, and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook working in new Lily Pad growth. Best color of frogs have been black and June Bug in new lily pads. War Eagle spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Spot Remover, Firecracker, or fire tiger colors, continue working randomly, around flooded brush and new emerging vegetation for 2-4 pound Bass. Switching over to Arballo Chatterbaits, slow-rolling off points and creekmouths dumping into Little River around 9-15 feet, will yield the bigger bass. Males can still be caught relatively shallow around new vegetation and lily pads. StutterSteps, Spit’n Images, Ken Pops, Pop R’s and Buzz baits are beginning to draw random reactions from post spawn Largemouths, around vegetation and new pads.

Shallow running squarebill, 2.0 & 3.0 S-cranks, and Echo 1.75’s deflecting and banging/deflecting them off stumps, from 7-12 feet deep, continue taking some random, post spawn bass around 15-18″ in length. Arballo’s Chatterbaits have been working near cypress trees and vegetation, all from 9-12 feet deep. In the clearer water of the oxbows, better spinnerbait or chatterbait colors are Spot Remover, Mouse, Watermelon Candy, or Hot Mouse colors for the last couple weeks. In the more stained areas, the White/Chartreuse and FireTiger were drawing best reactions. Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the 2.0 S-cranks, and Echo 1.75 squarebills, for the past week or so have been the Bold Bluegill, Millwood Magic, and Ghosts. Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic and White Smoke will get a slow, random reaction from 15-18″ Bass over the past couple weeks in creek channels leading in and out of spawning flats worked slower and deeper in the creeks. Squarebill S-cranks and shallow running crankbaits in shad or bluegill and bream patterns are working near creek mouths and points extending into Little River for the past week or so, since the post spawn Largemouths have pulled out to deeper sections of creek channels and points dumping into the river. Working the cranks in a stop and go, slow retrieve will draw a better reaction than fast retrieves.

Hog Craws in black and blue flake, Brush Hogs, Beaver Bugs, and Magnum 4″ Gitzit tubes continue working for the last couple weeks deeper into the creek channels. Best colors for the past couple weeks working best have been South African Special, PB&J, Watermelon Candy, black/blue, and black neon.

Heavy, big, bulky 10″-12″ worms are picking up a few random reactions from Largemouth Bass in creek channels, creek mouths dumping into Little River, and points along Little River. Berkley Power worms, and Zoom Ole Monster 10″-12″ worms in Black Grape, Plum, Red Shad, Junebug-Red, Blackberry, and Green Pumpkin colors have been drawing random reactions from lethargic, post-spawn Largemouths along steeper vertical washouts, ledges, and stairsteps along Little River and near creek mouth junctions, points, and intersecting feeder creeks dumping into Little River.

White Bass: No Report on the Nomad Whites this week, they are on the move, along Little River. We are still searching for the Whites this week.

Crappie: Were biting jigs and minnows near standing timber and planted brush piles 12-15 feet deep. Crappie were very aggressively hitting on jigs and minnows both, over the past couple weeks to deeper drops 14-15 feet of depth, near standing timber. They have been located by vertical jigging minnows, Arkie Jigs, and minnows, in standing timber in 10-15 feet of depth.

Cats: Channel Cats and Blues were fair up to 6lbs, on trot lines set 10-12 feet deep in Little River using chicken livers, gizzards, and hearts using chum blood baits near set trot lines before the Corps Engrs cut the discharge rate back. Almost/virtually no current exists along Little River this week and has slowed the Cat Bite down considerably. A few guys told us they were doing ok on YoYos hung from Cypress trees using cut shad and buffalo, in Mud Lake near the back, in 8-9 feet under the cypress tree limbs.

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival. Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River’s current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!

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