• Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

    Millwood Lake Guide Service
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  • Millwood Lake Guide Service has been featured numerous times on the popular TV show Fishing Country with Charlie Pack. We guide for Largemouth bass, White bass, Kentucky bass, and Crappie. Since 1990, Millwood Lake Guide Service has supported and worked with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The US Army Corps of Engineers regularly, Catch and Release Foundation, Black Bass Federation and Restoration Projects

  • Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

    The Overall Picture:


    As of Monday, 10 July, the lake level is approximately 4 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. Monday, there is current in Little River with the gates releasing around 3900 CFS. Main lake stained from recent high wind and thunderstorms over the past few days. Largemouth Bass are very good early, moving deeper into creek channels and Little River later in the day. White Bass remain are deep Little River and oxbows. Crappie have improved up river, out of any remaining current.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging 80ºF early to 90ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.

    Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 259.5 mfsl with current. Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet. Discharge rate as of Monday was near 3900 CFS. As of Monday the tailwater level was near 241 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 continues improving, this week depending on location over the past few days. Little River continues to settle out and clear up as does 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 5-6 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity is ranging approx 15-20 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: Not much change in Bass activity over the past couple weeks, full blown summer patterns; shallow early, drop offs and ledges deeper in creek channels as the sun heats up. Bass continue feeding very good early, on topwaters. With the summer patterns continuing to be the norm, the best top water activity is from dawn and early morning, up to around 9am or so. The top water activity continues to be a excellent on Rat-L-Trap Stuttersteps, top water frogs, buzz baits, Ken Pops, Spit'n Images, Bass Assassins, and Chugbugs working around lily pads, stumps in creek channels, and vegetation from 3-5 feet deep. As the sun rises, switch to chatterbaits, War Eagle spinnerbaits, and shallow depth squarebill crankbaits will get a reaction from the Bass in the creek channels, in the same areas as the early top water bite. Big bulky magnum tubes, 8" lizards, and 10" worms near cypress trees, knees, and vegetation close to deep drops in creek channels and Little River will hold these mid to late, morning fish.


    Larger Bass are holding near points and deep creeks allows quick access to deeper water in Little River or deeper creek sections with stumps during the day as the sun gets up. Best color over the past week or so for buzz baits are firecracker, white/chartreuse, or bream colors. Bass Assassin Shads in Watermelon Candy, Rainbow Shad, Native Shiner, and Chartreuse Pepper Shad colors are working around lily pads and vegetation over the past week with the better water clarity. Rat-L-Trap 1.75 Echo Squarebill crankbaits continue to get good reactions, with the best colors over the past several weeks 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 8-12 feet depths near cypress trees and creek channel swings.


    White Bass: Best activity over the past week or so falls back to the jig'n spoon pattern for the whites or hybrids along Little River backwashes out of current from 10-16 feet deep. A few whites were schooling in Horseshoe earlier this week at daybreak in the back of Horseshoe oxbow. The schooling Whites were hitting Rat-L-Traps, Chatterbaits, Little Cleos', Little Georges', and Rocket Shads with abandon. Bomber Fat Free Shad medium diving cranks were tagging a few good Whites, as were jigging spoons in these same areas. Flats just off the main channel were good locations early for those schooling fish that were chasing shad schools.


    Crappie: Not much change, Crappie were active early until around 9am this week in planted brush piles out of current in Little River, hitting Blakemore roadrunners, jigs, and minnows.


    Cats: Blues and Channel cats were biting in the heavy current but have shifted with the reduction in current this week. Several Catfishermen in Mud lake were doing really good using big shiners and minnows on Yo-Yos hung from Cypress tree limbs over 8-10 feet of water at the back of Mud Lake oxbow.


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    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 being enforced by AGFC in Little River. NO TOLERANCE allowed regarding boats or barges of wake zones from north end of White Cliffs Campground/Park to south end which stretches over approximately 1 mile in Little River.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging 80ºF early to 90ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.


    Lake level as of Monday is currently is 259.5 mfsl, and falling, approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool. Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet. Discharge rate was around 3900 CFS on Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday was near 241 mfsl.


    Clarity and visibility as of Monday fair to stained with recent thunderstorms and high winds. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-6 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 5-10 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity also began clearing over the weekend ranging approx 15-20 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 information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs 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. 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!


    Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly. See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff.... 'Til next week, wear your life jacket, kill switch, slow down for others, & we'll see you on the lake.......
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