Last Updated November 28, 2018
Little Red River
Our source for the Little Red River, Lowell Myers, told us, "The Greers Ferry Lake is close to normal seasonal pool, so the flood gates have been closed and water release through the power units is now scheduled to accommodate power demand. For fly fishing, we recommend midges, soft hackles, sowbugs and streamers. Hot pink, chartreuse and white 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 is at 462.68 feet and falling with generation and gates open to get it down to 462.04 feet it is 0.64 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet. The catching is good over all, and the more steady weather for the next month looks good as well up until January when the weather affects the fisherman more than the fish if you can stand it the fish have to eat as well and less pressure the easier the catch. We just received a large stocking of threadfin shad again all over the lake as our bait fish population continues to grow so will all species. Crappie are still eating well up rivers and creeks in and around any timber on jigs and minnows 12-18 feet of water, the bite will be good for the next month or so. Bream, No-Report, No – Report on Catfish ,The Black Basses are eating a variety of baits all over the lake ,creeks and rivers, you can chase the wind with spinner baits,traps,moving baits up shallow, or you can fish for suspended fish in the 25-45 feet range, or you can drag something between the bank and 60 feet and catch fish ,just pick your strength or it's a good time of year to work on a technique you are not real good at catching on and now is a good time to learn it from unpressured fish. The Hybrid and White bass bite continues to be good all over the lake ,try using spoons, Texas tornados ,swimbaits, and hair jigs in 25-60 feet of water ,some top water action is going on, most will stay in that depth range until January then you will have to move out to the 70-80 feet range.
To book a trip with Tommy, call 501-654-8844 or 501-940-1318. You can also email Tommy at [email protected].
Our source for Norfork Lake, Mr. Tom Reynolds, told us "In December, Arkansas is full fishing and hunting mode. Winter fishing for stripers, walleye, bass, and crappie is very good. Duck hunting begins in earnest with the migration and arrival of ducks and snow geese. As the weather turns colder up north, the mallards head our way with the peak migration in late December and early January. Modern gun deer hunting ends the first weekend of December but we still have 3 day muzzle loader in mid-December and a 3 day modern gun hunt right after Christmas. Plus are archery season continues to the end of February. In all you have many opportunities to harvest a deer, some ducks, and a big stringer of your favorite fish. Combine the hunting with some great striper fishing and you have a perfect Cast & Blast opportunity. We offer a bird hunting Cast & Blast package an inclusive Pheasant hunting packages that include lodging, meals, & guide starting in November through March 31. Check it all out at www.stroutfitters.com/specials.
Stripers move to deep water as winter begins. The shad move from the shallows and setup in deep water usually near or in the river channel. Look for bait and stripers in waters 50 to 100 feet. The shad will usually be in the 40 foot range in December and move deeper in January and February as the water turns colder. Live shad, both gizzard and threadfin, work the best and should be 3 to 5 inches in length. Spoons are your next best method for catching stripers. The best color and length is a white 3 inch spoon. Our presentation varies but it's usually floats, and downlines. Our normal bait will be 3 to 5 inch gizzard shad. Most times we will have 8 rods out, six downlines and 2 floats. I will vary the depths of the downlines until I figure out what range the stripers are holding that day. I then set all lines to that depth. One trick I use is using a light leader line of 10 lb test. The lighter line allows the small baits to move freely in the water. The best spots to catch stripers in December are Float and Panther Creeks, the large flat above 101 bridge, and the river channel in the 101 area up to Fouts Marina. Look for the bait or sea gulls and you will likely find the stripers. Decembe and January can provide great striper bite all day long, it's just not a morning bite. Cold weather does not effect striper fishing just the people. Last December between Christmas and New Years my family came down to fish and hunt. The weather was extreme for us the coldest morning we started fishing it was 14 above. In three days of fishing we boated 45 stripers we then did a pheasant hunt and harvested 32 birds. That's the type of action you can expect in the winter.
The bass will move to the buffs and drop offs near the river channel. The best baits are on jigs, worms and spinner baits thrown later in the day if you can a bank that has wind pounding it. 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 the creeks.
The crappie bite is very good. The fish are holding along the buffs in brush piles and roaming the flats in 20 plus feet of water. Warm days will bring the fish up so make sure you always check out the shallow flats. Spider rigging is the most effective technique to catch them. You can find active crappies in Brushy Creek and Big Creek on the south end of the lake, and Bennett's Bayou, Red Bank, Calamity Beach, Pigeon Creek on the north end.
Winter fishing on Lake Norfork can be very rewarding. You will the lake to yourself and the weather is usually in the 40's or higher. This is a great time to come down from the hard water, snow, and cold to enjoy some fantastic fishing."
Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 52 years and they guide out of Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at www.stroutfitters.com, at Facebook at/STROutfitters, or by calling 870-421-1541.