Last Updated August 9, 2018
Little Red River
Our source for the Little Red River, Lowell Myers, told us, "We continue with a summer time generation pattern for the Little Red River. This schedule is a few hours of early afternoon and/or evening generation. You will find wading opportunities on the upper river in mornings and lower river in afternoons. For fly fishing, we recommend midges, hare's ears, sowbugs and streamers. Hot Pink and cotton candy colored bodies on chartreuse jig heads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. Be safe while enjoying the Little Red River. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501.362.5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule."
For trip information contact Lowell Myers, Sore Lip'EM All Guide Service, website: sorelipemall.com, email: [email protected], phone: 501.230.0730
Tommy Cauley told us, "The water level at Greers Ferry Lake (at the time this forecast was written) was at 458.98 and falling with evaporation and generation 3.56 feet below normal pool for this time of year of 462.54 feet.
The Catching over all is good for most species, below is a rundown and the catch ratio is going up every day with fall in the headlights.
The Crappie are suspended most of the time or on bottom in 15-35 feet of water all over the lake, use jigs and jigs tipped with minnows in and around brush piles and pole timber. Walleye are the slowest thing going right now but should be better soon with lower temps water and air and more cloud cover, try dragging crawlers in 18-32 feet of water for the best results. Catfish are eating all over the lake on any of your favorite baits, anyway you like to catch them as well. Bream are eating from super shallow out to about 28 feet on crawlers and crickets, some can be caught with flies, small crank baits and in-line spinners. Black basses are up shallow chasing bream and out deep to 55 feet of water eating big jigs, c-rigs and Texas rigged worms, some schooling fish are all over the lake as well, use crank baits, spinner baits, flukes and top water baits up shallow, keep a spoon on for longer cats for schooling fish as well. Hybrid and White bass are eating well several times a day and at night, the whites are eating threadfin and gizzard shad fry, the bigger Hybrids are eating big gizzard shad right now, timing is everything and staying around the shad, use spoons, in-line spinners, grubs and swim baits for the best catches."
To book a trip with Tommy, call 501-654-8844 or 501-940-1318. You can also email Tommy at [email protected].
Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters told us, "August fishing is referred to the "Dogs Days of Fishing in the North" but here on Norfork Lake it means lots of stripers and fast action. The stripers are feeding heavy on shad and crawdads on the flats usually right on the bottom. When you find a school you can expect multiple poles to get hit. The best baits are shad both threadfin and gizzard shad for live bait, spoons for jigging and for trolling, swim baits. Trolling is effective if the stripers are suspended in open water which is usually the case. Try trolling very early or late in the day to produce fish. Troll the channels closest to the dam varying your baits from 35 to 80'. Jigging spoons can be effective if you can find the fish on the bottom feeding. Jigging in open water is hard since the fish are always on the move. If you find bottom fish, let your spoon hit the bottom then yank it up a couple of feet and let it free fall they will usually hit the spoon on the fall. Sometimes the stripers are very sluggish so a small movement of the spoon yields better results. Live bait fishing with shad is the most productive method of fishing. Both shad and crawdads are the striper's main food source and provide the most protein. Our typical setup is a downline: 3 or 4 oz sinkers with a 15 lb leader with an Owner hook, the hook size varies based on the size of the bait. If we are fishing the bottom we slowly put the bait on the bottom then bring it up about 1' and move very slowly following the fish. We sometimes will keep one bait higher up in the water column for the roaming striper or school passing bye.
Last August we had a 2 day event with 9 people and 3 boats. The first day we boated 24 stripers with 4 over 20 lbs and the next we boated 27 stripers. Everybody caught their limit. In addition, each boat missed at least 20 stripers over the 2 days. Last year we were leaving for the lake at 4:30 AM and going to a shallower submerged island surrounded by deep water. Each person was holding their pole and waiting for the striper to strike. The striper usually would swipe at the bait then would come back and take it. Most misses were on the first strike the clients were so anxious they would jerk instead of waiting. In the end it did not matter since the bite was so strong everybody caught fish all morning.
Points with long flats and river channels are the most effective places to find and catch stripers. The stripers feed early shallow then move out to deeper water when the sun comes up. Some of the best points are Thumb, Point 1, Hudson, Koso, Shoal Creek, and Dam Cove. One or more of these points will hold fish in August once you find the fish they will usually be there for a long period of time.
The bass will be in their summer pattern, early morning top water then jigs, worms and spinner baits are your best baits. There is also great night fishing throwing jigs, worms, and black or red 3/8 oz spinner baits. You can catch fish all over the main lake and creeks.
The crappie will be in feeding on the deep brush piles and flats that are deeper then 15 feet. Spider rigging is the most effective technique to catch them. Bennett's Bayou is your best choice to catch summer crappies forwarded by Brushy Creek and then Big Creek."
Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 51 years and they guide out of Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at www.stroutfitters.com, 870-421-1541 or on Facebook.