Millwood Lake Fishing Report – June 5

Updated: June 7, 2017

The Overall Picture

As of Monday, June 5, the lake level is approximately 11 inches above normal conservation pool and steady. Monday, there is reduced current in Little River with the gates releasing around 1300 CFS. Recent thunderstorms and high winds muddied up the main lake. Largemouth Bass are good early, moving deeper into creek channels and ditches 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 73ºF early to 80ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 260.1 mfsl with reduced current. Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet. Discharge rate as of Monday was near 1300 CFS. As of Monday the tailwater level was near 229 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 remain heavy stained and muddy, this week depending on location, main lake was stirred up with the local high winds and thunderstorms over the past few days. Further up Little River is beginning to settle out and clear up much better than main lake, with the reduced inflow and current. The oxbow’s clarity continues to improve. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-8 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 feeding good early. Dawn and early morning, up to around 10am, the top water activity continues to be a good bite. Most consistent bite from 3-5 pound class bass are feeding across flats, with stumps, vegetation, and pads, adjacent to creek channels. Buzz baits, soft body plastic frogs, Bass Assassin Shads, and Chugbugs or Ken-Pops continue working around lily pad, stumps on flats, and vegetation from 1-5 feet of depth. As the sun rises, switching over to big bulky 10″ worms, chatterbaits, War Eagle spinnerbaits, and shallow depth squarebill crankbaits will get a reaction from the Bass in the creek channels.  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 near points and ditches to allow quick access to deeper water drops in Little River during the day when the sun gets high. Best color over the past week or so for buzz baits are firecracker, white/chartreuse, or bull bream colors. Bass Assassin Shads in Salt and Pepper Phantom, Black Glitter Shad, Bad to the Bone, and Panhandle Moon, colors have been working around lily pads and vegetation over the past week. Big, bulky, magnum Lizards, or Berkley 10″ Power worms continue working. Rat-L-Trap 1.75 Echo Squarebill crankbaits are beginning to get good reactions, with the best colors over the past week Gizzard Shad, Ghost Minnow, and Millwood Magic. Medium running Bomber Fat Free Shad crankbaits in Citruse or Citrus Shad are catching 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 are 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: No report this week for the Blues or Channel cats.

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