• 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, 4 February, Millwood Lake continues falling back to normal pool with current discharge at the Millwood Dam. USACE gate changes at the dam are releasing around 7,100 CFS on Monday. Millwood lake is approx 7-8" inches above normal conservation pool on Monday at 259.8 ft-msl. The tailwater below the dam, dropped slightly, and as of Monday is now approx 235.8 ft-msl, with USACE gates release at the dam. Water temps increased 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 and THERE ARE MULTIPLE MISSING RIVER BUOYS ALONG LITTLE RIVER FROM YARBOROUGH POINT TO PARALOMA TRAIL!!*** USE EXTREME CAUTION IN NAVIGATION ALONG LITTLE RIVER UNTIL USACE HAS HAD TIME TO REPLACE THE MISSING BUOYS AND POLE 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 45F early to 52F 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 conditions improved over the past week, navigation is considered cautious along Little River with the current discharge around 7,100CFS. Some debris remains present in Little River current, use caution. Further up river finds highest turbidity rates. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 5-6 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 3-4 inches with stained conditions, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-15 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: (see attached photo)


    Largemouth Bass: Millwood Lake elevation level continues falling back to normal over the past couple weeks, clarity and visibility conditions slightly improved along Little River and oxbows. The bite for bass improved as well, over the past few days for Largemouths, and is better during the mid day hours in the oxbows. Good reactions are getting bit with Bomber crankbaits, large bulky 10" Berkley Power Worms, and 6" lizards are getting good responses. The best locations over the past few weeks have been in the back of the oxbows where water conditions and clarity are best, like back of McGuire and Horseshoe oxbows. Best bite certainly best during warmest periods of the day, from 8 to 15 feet deep drops, with stumps and remaining vegetation being prime locations. We continue to see improvement using crankbaits, 3/4oz slow-rolled War Eagle Spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in the creeks between 10-15 feet of depth. The best crankbaits drawing reactions over the past few weeks were Bomber Fat Free Shads, or Squarebill Cranks in Citrus Shad, Threadfin Shad, or Bandit Cranks in Crawfish patterns. Rat-L-Traps and Echo 1.75's in shad patterns like Millwood Magic, Liv-N Chrome, Ghost Shad, and Squarebills and Echo 1.75's in Gizzard Shad or Ghost Minnow continue working near mid-day warmer periods, in back of the oxbows away from muddy Little River current flows, in creek channels where clarity has improved. These are still drawing random reactions, by deflecting the Traps around and over stumps in creek channels with any cypress trees, standing timber, and stumps. Bulky, fat tube jigs like 4" Gizzits, Brush Hogs or lizards, 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. Green Pumpkin, Pumpkinseed/chartreuse, chartreuse pumpkin, and Blackberry colors continue to be good colors for soft plastic brush hogs or 10" Power Worms from solitary Bass. A slow moving, Real Deal Custom Tackle jig in Texas Craw, Black/blue, Amber/chartreuse, or June Bug, with black craw trailer are getting a few good reaction bites near stumps, from 9-12 feet of depth in outer bends of creeks and ditches with cypress trees.


    Magnum 4" Gizzit Tubes with internal rattles, are still drawing a few solid hits from solitary, 2-3 pound Largemouth Bass on stumps in outer creek channel bends, ditches, wash-outs, ridges, and points in the oxbows. Best colors of tube jigs and Gizzits over the past couple weeks are Black Neon, Black/Blue tail, 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. Slow rolling, heavy 3/4 oz War Eagle Spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, or Hot Mouse colors continue getting good reactions in the oxbows fished slow from 7-10 feet of depth. If the water clarity is heavier stained, we are switching over to a Fire Tiger color in the dirtier water.


    White Bass: No report. Not much activity with Whites this week. We would expect that to increase later in the week if the water continues warming as it has since late last week.


    Crappie: continue improving in the oxbows, clearest water you can find being the most activity areas, and are stacked up vertically over planted brush with jigs from 12-15 feet of depth. Best colors of jigs over the past week or so have been black/chartreuse, white/chartreuse, or blue/chartreuse.

    Cats: continue biting well on trot lines set in the current of Little River set from 15-20 feet deep. Yo-Yos set from cypress trees over 8-12 feet deep in back of Mud Lake are still catching some nice 3-5 lb cats. Punch bait, chicken livers and gizzards, & Catalpa Worms have been working for cats over the last several weeks on the Yo-Yos.



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    Millwood Lake and Little River conditions continued improving from last week with the reduction of current in Little River. Conditions are still cautious due to debris in Little River. There are numerous missing river marker buoys from Yarborough point to Paraloma Trail. Several more missing along Little River from Paraloma to the clear cut on main lake. Clarity improved from muddy to heavy stain, and lake level continues falling back to normal pool. USACE gate flow at the Millwood Dam was decreased recently as normal pool nears achievement. Elevation remains approx 6-8" above normal conservation pool, falling with decreased current of Little River is around 7,000 CFS. Exercise increased caution during navigation on Millwood Lake along Little River with the changing release rates and river flow conditions, as some debris and logs are present in current flow and discharge rates. 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! THERE ARE NUMEROUS MISSING RIVER BUOYS FROM YARBOROUGH TO PARALOMA TRAIL ALONG LITTLE RIVER! USE EXTREME CAUTION IN NAVIGATION WITH DEBRIS SCATTERED ALONG LITTLE RIVER AND MISSING RIVER BUOY MARKERS!!! USE EXTREME CAUTION IN NAVIGATION ALONG LITTLE RIVER UNTIL THE USACE HAS HAD SUFFICIENT TIME TO REPLACE MISSING RIVER BUOYS AND POLE MARKERS!!


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 45F early to 52F range, depending on location and time of day.

    Normal consv. pool is 259.2 ft-msl. Monday pool is 259.8 ft-msl. The tailwater level is near 235 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 5-6 inches. Little River's visibility is stained up river, the river clarity ranges 3-4 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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    Mike Siefert
    Owner/Operator
    www.MillwoodGuideService.com
    P.O.Box 4957
    Texarkana, AR/TX/USA 75505-4957
    Shop: 870-772-6840


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