• Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

    Millwood Lake Guide Service
    (870) 772-6840 http://www.millwoodguideservice.com/index.html MillwoodLakeGSvc@aol.com
  • 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

    As of Monday, 7 January, Millwood Lake began dropping back to normal from a rise over 2 feet from all the recent rain in sw Arkansas. USACE gate changes at the dam are releasing around 19,750CFS on Monday. Millwood lake is approx 16" inches above normal conservation pool on Monday at 260.5 ft-msl. The tailwater below the dam, as of Wednesday is now approx 249 ft-msl, with USACE gates release at the dam. Water temps were stable over the past week. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. Watch for sudden gate changes and debris, which will increase with current in Little River. Navigation is normal, and floating debris is reduced in navigation this week.


    For more information on Millwood Lake levels, contract work, and maintenance, contact the Millwood Project Office at 870-898-3343.


    ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE. USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.***

    NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 42F early to 47F range later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood this week, watching for random, broken, or floating timber with the current conditions of river flow in Little River. Navigation is normal conditions with the current discharge.


    Clarity and visibility continue improving over the past week, and navigation is noted normal along Little River. Further up river finds highest turbidity rates. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 5-7 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 3-6 inches with stained conditions, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-20 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. 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. Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.

    The Details:


    Largemouth Bass: Millwood has begun falling back to normal over the past week, and beginning to clear up somewhat from recent Lake Wind Advisories, rain, and thunderstorms from the past couple weeks. The bite for bass is very good most days for Largemouths, during the mid day hours in the oxbows, and Bass will respond to crankbaits in the oxbows. Good reactions are getting bit and using Bomber crankbaits, large bulky Gizzit tubes, or Berkley Power Worms, are getting good responses. The best locations over the past few weeks have been in the back of the oxbows on points where tributary creeks and ditches dump in, ranging from 8 to 15 feet deep with stumps. For the past couple weeks, Largemouths remain good during the heat of the day, and continue hitting spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in the creeks between 8-12 feet of depth. The best crankbaits drawing reactions over the past few weeks were Bomber Fat Free Shads in Tennessee Shad and Citrus Shad, or Pearl White. Rat-L-Traps and SpinTraps in chrome/blue and shad patterns like Millwood Magic, Liv-N Chrome, Ghost Shad, or Transparent are working in the more clear sections in back of the oxbows away from muddy Little River current flows. These are still drawing random reactions in creek channels with any cypress trees, standing timber, and stumps. Magnum tube jigs like Gizzits, Brush Hogs, 10-12" bulky Power Worms, and Real Deal Custom Tackle Jigs continue taking a few chunky, Largemouths in the creek channels from 10-15 feet deep on stumps, and on secondary points with stumps from 6-10 feet deep. Blackberry, Pumpkinseed, June Bug Red, or Red Shad and Blue Fleck colors continue to be good colors for soft plastic brush hogs or 10" Power Worms from solitary Bass not chasing shad. Good reactions continue on Real Deal Custom Jigs in Habenero, black/blue/ or black/blue/purple using a black Craw trailer for bulk.


    Jumbo or Magnum 4" Gizzit Tubes are still drawing a few solid hits from solitary, 2-5 pound Largemouth Bass on stumps in creek channel swings, ditches, wash-outs, ridges, and cuts behind secondary points along the river. TIP: Put a rattle inside your tube jig on a tungsten knocker weight to draw a reaction in the stained water clarity conditions. Best colors of tube jigs and Gizzits have been smoke/black/red flake, Black Neon, and Pumpkinseed or Green Pumpkin with tail tentacles dipped in JJ Magic Chartreuse dipping dye. Pitching the gizzits on stumps from multiple angles seems to initiate a reaction in mid-day warmer periods. War Eagle Spinnerbaits in Spot Remover, White/chartreuse, Hot Mouse and Mouse colors are all getting good reactions in the oxbows. If the water clarity is heavier stained, we are switching over to a Fire Tiger color in the dirtier water.


    White Bass: Decent size schools of White Bass are still roaming in the oxbows, and nice 2-4 pound White Bass continue randomly hitting Crankbaits in Horseshoe and McGuire oxbow lakes up Little River. These White Bass have dropped off into slightly deeper water over the past few weeks, in the oxbows, and were back randomly hitting Fat Free Shads, Rat-L-Traps, Cordell Hammered Spoons with red/white bucktails, and Rocket Shads. Best color crankbaits for the White Bass seem to be the Tennessee Shad and the Citrus Shad patterns.


    Crappie: continue stacking up vertically, moved deeper and out of Little River muddy current, approx 20-26 feet deep in standing timber of the oxbows, or on planted brush and were hitting Southern Pro Scale Head Little Hustler tubes in blue/white, blue/chartreuse, and blue/fire tail. Cordell paddle tail, smoke colored grubs and Blakemore roadrunners in white and chartreuse, were getting reactions away from muddy water in the clearer sections of the oxbows on standing timber in 20-25 feet depth.

    Cats: continue biting well on Yo-Yo's and trot lines in the current of Little River. Chicken livers, hearts, and gizzards, along with punch bait, and Catalpa Worms have been working well for the last couple weeks from 12-18 feet deep.



    }><(((> Lake Level & River Conditions Report <)))><{


    Millwood Lake and Little River conditions beginning to return to normal from recent thunderstorms over the couple weeks, and USACE gate flow at the Millwood Dam was increased to accelerate normal pool conditions returning. Elevation is 16" above normal conservation pool, falling with increased current of Little River is around 19,000 CFS. Use normal caution during navigation on Millwood Lake with the changing release rates and river flow conditions. Always use caution during navigation along Little River with current, or high flow conditions. Expect to see normal pool possibly by next week with no additional rainfall.

    **** Be Advised, there are at least 2 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE. USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 42F early to 47F range, depending on location and time of day.

    Normal consv. pool is 259.2 ft-msl. Monday pool is 260.5 ft-msl. The tailwater level approx 249 ft-msl. Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation. New NO-WAKE ZONE in effect at White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys. Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. Watch for increased current and debris in Little River.

    Clarity and visibility worsened from recent thunderstorms over the past couple days. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-7 inches. Little River's visibility is stained up river, the river clarity ranges 3-6 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-20 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.


    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....


    Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!
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