Last Updated September 28, 2018
Little Red River
Our source for the Little Red River, Lowell Myers, told us, "The expected return of lower temperatures over the next few days combined with wildflowers in full bloom makes this a great time to trout fish on the Little Red River. Currently the Little Red is receiving a few hours of afternoon and/or evening generation. For fly fishing, we recommend midges, soft hackles, 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 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 was (at the time this forecast was written) at 460.08 feet, 2.46 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet for this time of year and will continue to fall with generation. Little to no rain is in the forecasts for this hotter than normal time of year and generation needs. The catching all over the lake is great and getting better by the minute, the fish are healthy and we have a large forage base going into fall and winter, the bite will be off the charts between now and when it gets super cold in late January. The Crappie are eating well especially up the rivers, the lake fish get no respect or pressure at all, try using minnow and jigs fished 12-28 feet of water around any wood vertical. The catfishing is good all over the lake with not a lot of pressure either, use any method ya like plenty to be caught using rod and reels or jugs, lines. Walleye are eating cranks and crawlers, use jig heads or drop shots, in 15-28 feet on flats. Black Basses are on the feed and aggressive, schooling on top or down, try top water baits, spinner baits, crank baits, jigs, jig headed worms, Texas rigged worms or c-rigs from super shallow out to 38 feet. The Bream bite is good from super shallow out to 28 feet on Crickets and crawlers, up shallow try small crank baits and in-line spinners or flies. The Hybrid and White bass are gorging their selves on top and down, use top water baits, spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits or Alabama rigs in 15-55 feet of water, just stay around shad."
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, "October the start of our fall fishing and hunting seasons. Striper, bear, & deer make up for a great beginning to our fall and winter fishing and hunting. With the cooler nights, the water starts to cool and the deer start feeding heavy preparing for the rut. Bear season begins Oct. 1 for bow and the harvest is usually over in the first 2 weeks. Our bear region usually sees over 200 black bears harvested. If the season runs longer then you can harvest a bear using your muzzle loader which is the third week of October. Arkansas's deer season is one of the longest in the country. Our bow season begins the end of September and ends February 28th. In between that we have a 9-day muzzle loader season beginning the third week of October. Beginning the second weekend of November our modern gun starts and runs until the first weekend of December. We then have a 3-day muzzle loader in mid-December and a 3 day modern gun right after Christmas. In all you have many opportunities to harvest a deer. Combine the hunting with some great striper fishing and you have a perfect Cast & Blast opportunity. We offer both deer and bird hunting Cast & Blast packages starting in Mid-October thorough February. We now offer inclusive pheasant hunting packages that include all meals, lodging, guided hunts and some of the best evening walleye and crappie fishing that is included at no extra charge. Check them out at www.stroutfitters.com/specials.
2018 has seen a normal water pattern for lake Norfork in years pass we have high water and the stripers usually quit biting and wait until the water cools down. This year we will see a consistent bite throughout the fall. Stripers will start their migration from the around the dam as the weather begins to cool. The first major spot will be Robinson Point in waters around 50'. We will also see a major migration toward the Arkansas/Missouri boarder. While the lower end of the lake is cooling and waiting for the turnover the upper end of lake is already turned over. The average water depth is less than 30 feet and the shad are everywhere. The stripers have not feed much the last month so they begin to bulk up for the winter. We usually begin our fishing near Calamity Beach and move north as the water cools. Our presentation varies but it's usually planner boards, floats, and some downlines. Since the water is shallow most lines are set at 19 feet. Our normal bait will be 6 to 7-inch gizzard shad. Most times we will have out 10 rods that covers a very wide spread. The next best way to catch the fall stripers is trolling a swim bait or crankbait. 3" swim baits and 7" crankbaits would the best. Since it's shallow you can run long lines you do not need downriggers planner boards also work well trolling. As the weather cools the stripers will move up most major creeks and also be on Robinson Point. You can catch them using the same method I described above.
The bass will start feeding heavy, with lots of top water action. 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.
As the water begins to cool the crappie will start moving up and start their fall feed. Spider rigging is the most effective technique to catch them. Again moving north will provide the best opportunity for the first big crappie bite. Once we are in the middle of October you should be seeing lots of action in Brushy Creek, Big Creek on the south end of the lake, and Bennett's Bayou, Red Bank, Calamity Beach, Pigeon Creek on the north end.
Regardless of your outdoor passion, the fall scenery displayed by Norfork Lake is fabulous. Beginning in mid-October there is no better time to view the Arkansas hardwoods exploding with vivid colors. The lake gives you a never ending fall treat as you motor from hot spot to hot spot."
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.